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Retail news: Fitness Expo kicks off 2012

Try Sports

Running, yoga, swimming or biking? What's the sport you've always wanted to try? TrySports Charlotte has just the gear to get you started and to keep you going. From beginner bikes to top-of-the line swim stuff, find your inner athlete and look the part by checking out the Blakeney store.

If you're ready to resolve to get fit, you won't want to miss the Fitness Expo, held Jan. 13-16. Learn the three key ingredients to getting your fitness resolution started. Clinics will be held throughout the weekend and the store will offer 30 fitness specials to help get you started without breaking the bank. Attendees of any of the clinics offered throughout the expo will receive a free copy of "Younger Next Year," a bestseller by Chris Crowley.

9816 Rea Road, Suite I

704-544-4626

www.trysports.com

Monkee's of Morrocroft

Craving some Charlotte chic for your closet? Then you'll want to head to Monkee's of Morrocroft where their fall and winter merchandise (excluding new arrivals) is 30-50 percent off. Find shoes, clothing and accessories from well-known designers such as Tory Burch, Diane von Furstenburg, Shoshanna, Kate Spade and Milly.

3900 Colony Road Suite E

704-442-7337

www.monkeesofmorrocroft.com

Laura James Jewelry

Those who appreciate local handmade jewels will be dazzled by the findings at Laura James Jewelry. The lofty, window-filled boutique sits atop the Twin Oaks Shopping Center on East Boulevard and offers handmade collectable keepsakes created with vintage components, gold, silver, vermeil and semiprecious stones. The jewelry studio boutique is having a Happy New Year sale Jan. 5-7. Everything in the store (aside from custom orders) will be 20 percent off.

1419 East Blvd. Suite K

704-372-1267

www.laurajamesjewelry.com

Mommy & Me Kids Consignment & More

With newfound gifts for the kids from Mr. Claus, cleaning out the kids' closets may be on your to-do list. There's a new option in kids consignment to consider, and they've just opened in The Fountains (at the corner of Tom Short and Ardrey Kell roads). Buy or sell clothes, sizes infant-12, toys, strollers and more. The store is accepting fall and winter items through the end of February after which they'll begin taking spring items.

8129 Ardrey Kell Road

980-245-7366

Our Place

Head to Our Place where you'll find casual, lifestyle clothes and accessories in a comfortable, yet intimate atmosphere. In honor of their 35th anniversary, the boutique is bringing in Canadian line, Sympli, for a trunk show from Jan. 12-14. Pieces run are classic with an edge, lightweight and machine washable. The following week, the boutique will host a trunk show featuring Isda & Co. The European-inspired modern wear will have their Bridge line on hand, which owner Mechelle says is wonderful for everyday wear or casual sports. View the line in person Jan. 19-21.

6700 Fairview Road

704-554-7748

www.our-place.us

72 Shoe Boutique

Run over to 72 Shoe Boutique in Blakeney where they are having their after Christmas sale. Find your own new kicks in the form of wedges, boots, flats and more, a casual yet funky mix of footwear including lines OTBT, Nicole, Poetic License and Bacio 61. All fall and winter shoes will be 20-75 percent off during their sale, which will continue through Jan. 15.

9856-G Rea Road

704-542-0472

www.72shoeboutique.com

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