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Retail news: New offerings and bargains abound

Outland Cigars

The attention of cigar-smoking aficionados should be sparked with the notice of an event scheduled for Feb. 23 at Outland Cigars in Ballantyne: Clint Aaron, owner of 262 Cigars will be present. Attendees can meet Aaron and taste the new Paradigm 262 Lancero as well as the rare Manifesto. The event will be held from 5 - 9 p.m. and those in attendance can receive discounts, box sales, free cigars with purchase and try their chance at raffle prizes. Event is open to the public.

Ballantyne Village

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14815 Ballantyne Village Way

Charlotte, NC 28277

704-369-5500

www.outlandcigars.com

The Sweet Tooth Festival

Have a craving for confections? Or a desire for desserts? Then you won't want to miss The Sweet Tooth Festival, a celebration of all things confectionary. Hosted inside Black Lion's Pineville location, this is your chance to sample and snag some of the finest cupcakes, candies, cookies and more. All-inclusive tickets include generous samples from Sweet Tooth vendors, a to-go box, and swag bags packed with goodies. Tickets are $25 with a portion of proceeds benefitting The Joe Martin ALS Foundation. Sweet Tooth Vendors include winner of the Food Network's "Cupcake Wars" Cupcrazed Cakery, Caribou Coffee, Vin Master, The Secret Chocolatier, Delightful Decadence and more. Drop in from 2 - 6 p.m.

Held at Black Lion

10605 Park Road

Charlotte, NC 28210

www.sweettoothfestival.com

Barnes & Noble

Books, breakfast and a big visitor: Cookie Mouse, the beloved character from Laura Numeroff's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is coming to Barnes & Noble in the Arboretum on Sat. Feb. 25. A Cookie Mouse menu will be available in the café; meet the mouse himself during the meal and stay for story time afterward. Reservations are required for the 10 a.m. event. Call 704-341-9481.

Barnes & Noble - Arboretum Location

3327 Pineville-Matthews Road

Charlotte, NC 28226

704-341-9365

www.barnesandnoble.com

Bruce Julian

Since 2001, Bruce Julian Clothier has been outfitting men with outstanding brands in a luxurious, entertaining atmosphere. Don't get caught up at the bar or pinball machine within the store - you'll want to see and try on Julian's lines which are well made and sought after by image-conscious males.

Bruce Julian Clothier just received inventory of fashionable line Super Dry. And there are bargains in the store as well. All Mizanni suits and outerwear are on sale for two for $350 and Arnold Zimberg batik woven sport shirts are two for the price of one. Some of their fall/winter inventory is 30 percent off.

8128 Providence Road

Charlotte, NC 28277

704-364-8686

www.brucejulian.com

Lilly Pulitzer

Feeling blue? Then head over to SouthPark Mall where you'll be green with envy at all the bright, bold shirts and shifts in the new Lilly Pulitzer store. The 2,490-square-foot space is scheduled to open Feb. 17 and will feature playful prints in women's, men's and children's collections. The story includes gifts and accessories, bags, shoes, jewelry and eyewear.

The brand started with a juice stand and a shift dress that showcased a colorful print intended to hide the fruit juice stains while looking fabulous. The dress became an instant success and Lilly started selling dresses. Fifty years later, there are more than 75 Lilly Pulitzer Signature Shops, with Charlotte's being one of the latest. Visit the Grand Opening on Feb. 25 and 26.

SouthPark Mall

4400 Sharon Rd.

Charlotte, NC 28211

1-888-PB-LILLY

www.lillypulitzer.com

Perry's SouthPark

After 30 years of being housed in SouthPark Mall, Perry's at SouthPark has relocated across the street, appropriately locating in the "gold building" at 6525 Morrison Blvd. Best noted as one of the nation's finest antique and estate jewelers, Perry's occupied a 4,000-square-foot space and offers 12 private buy offices and a lavish reception and sitting area. Their staff includes over a dozen appraisers, two coin specialists and a custom jeweler who creates one-of-a-kind custom pieces for customers.

6525 Morrison Blvd.

Charlotte, NC 28211

704-364-0734

www.perrysjewelry.net

The Posh Closet Fine Children's Consignment Sale

Clean out your kid's closet or make room for more. The twice-yearly event is ideal for those seeking gently used smocked, boutique, home show and name brand clothing in excellent condition. Find fine children's clothes that aren't at full price or sell your stuff and get cash back. See website for brands you can expect; sizes run from newborn - 18. Public sale is held in the South Charlotte Banquet Center on March 1 from 10 - 5 p.m.; 30 percent off select items sale is from 6 - 9 p.m.

South Charlotte Banquet Center

9009 Bryant Farms Road

Charlotte, NC 28277

704-299-3097

www.theposhclosetsale.com

Run for Your Life

Calling all couples who love to run, and runners looking for a new friend: Run with your special someone or meet another special someone this Valentine's Day at the Love Connection Run. Held at Run For Your Life's Dilworth location, this free four-mile run will begin at 6 p.m. and will route through the streets of Dilworth, finishing back at the store. Post-run affairs will include a celebration with food, refreshments, a raffle and giveaways. Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome, as are baby joggers. Reflective gear is encouraged, as is registration.

Run For Your Life (Dilworth)

2422 Park Road

Charlotte, NC 28203

704-358-0713

www.runforyourlife.com

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