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Ballantyne Music Academy

Aspiring musicians: The Ballantyne Music Academy opens the beginning of March and is accepting registrations for students of all ages. Housed in Ballantyne Corners and led by the Ballantyne Chamber Orchestra music director, the academy offers lessons for woodwinds, brass and string instruments. You'll find many options to develop your musical talents.

11318 N Community House Road, Suite 302 Charlotte, NC 28277 . 704-807-1017

Creative by Nature HOME

Spring: Stop by Creative by Nature Home where they'll be celebrating spring March 15, 16 and 17. Home to accessories, furniture, floral design and gifts, the store offers many additions for your home. The store's Bunny Hop Party will include refreshments; door prizes and special pricing. 9856 Rea Rd. Suite H, Charlotte, NC 28277, 704-542-7570,

Cutie Pies Boutique

For kids: Capture cute, couture clothes for your kids at Cutie Pies. The boutique, located in the Promenade Shopping Center, specializes in clothes, shoes and gift items for children. Brands include Twirls & Twigs, Tea Collection, Zutano, Kissy Kissy, Kate Mack, Mim-Pi, CachCach and more. Shop Feb. 29-March 5 and buy more with their buy 3-get-1-free sale.

5335 Ballantyne Commons Parkway #250, Charlotte, NC 28277.704-847-4617;

B Natural

Casual clothes: Offering casual, comfortable apparel for women of all ages, B Natural is often a destination for fans of Fresh Produce. Kicked-back clothes with sunny style, they are comfortable and fun at the same time - perfect for casual days or vacationing as well. The newest shipment of 2012 Fresh Produce Sportswear just arrived at B Natural, so the boutique is clearing space by offering all fall and winter at 50 - 75 percent off. Hurry in for the best selection.

5341 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., Charlotte, NC 28277. 704-847-3557.

Jeffre Scott Apothecary

Get pretty: When it comes to makeup, Jeffre Scott's can offer you something to beautify your selection. On March 2, meet makeup artist Vincent Longo from 5-6:30 p.m. Vince will hold a master makeup class 10 a.m.-noon March 3; reservations are suggested. Oscar-nominated makeup artist Julie Hewitt will be at the store taking appointments for one-on-one makeup applications and consultations March 16-17.

607 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28207, 704-339-0010,