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Two boutique openings for Raleigh shoppers

CorrespondentFebruary 6, 2013 

In Glenwood South, Cat Banjo boutique will celebrate its new location with a grand opening fete from 6-9 p.m. on Feb. 7.


Raleigh’s shopping scene has more to offer with two big boutique openings this weekend.

In Glenwood South, Cat Banjo boutique will celebrate its new location (the store was formerly in Cameron Village) with a grand opening fete 6-9 p.m. Thursday. During the event, several of the store’s designers – such as Jaime Powell of Revamp Clothing, Kenda Kistenmacher of Kenda Kist Jewelry and Pilar Ramirez of PamOr Designs – will be in the store to meet customers and share their newest pieces. Cat Banjo is at 122 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, 919-615-1428,

Lucky Strike Vintage Boutique marks its debut on Hillsborough Street with a grand opening celebration noon-midnight Saturday. The store, which is the second location of the popular Winston-Salem shop, carries vintage cowboy boots, handbags, clothing and more in a variety of sizes. There will be flash sales during the grand opening, live music from acoustic duet HillCat from 6 to 8 p.m. and a 20 percent discount for shoppers who don vintage attire. Lucky Strike is at 3116 Hillsborough St., Raleigh,

A toast to shopping

Peachy Keen boutique in Cary will treat customers with champagne, chocolate and live music during their pre-Valentine’s Day Sip-n-Shop event, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Nashville singers/songwriters Jessica Campbell and Sara Beth Geoghegan will perform 2-4 p.m., and shoppers will receive a Valentine’s gift with purchase. More information: 919-678-0092 or

A bridal invite

Brides-to-be are invited to stop by Cute Buttons Gift and Paper Boutique in Cary for their bridal open house, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. There will be cake tastings from Once in a Blue Moon Bakery, giveaways and more. For more info or to make an appointment, call 919-462-9618.

Sales support

Dress for Success Triangle will hold its quarterly inventory excess sale this weekend at Northgate Mall in Durham. The sale allows the charity, which works to provide business-appropriate clothing to needy women, to clear seasonal inventory while raising funds for their efforts. Shoppers can score new and gently used clothing (including designer pieces) from $2 for jewelry to $10 for suits. All proceeds benefit Dress for Success’ mentoring and professional development programs. The sale will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Shoppers can enjoy an early-bird sale Saturday at 9 a.m. with a $20 donation, and a bag sale will be Sunday with $10 all-you-can-fill bags. For more info, call 919-286-2128 or visit

Do it for their health

Blo salon’s annual 24-hour cut-a-thon raises thousands of dollars each year for local charities, and the stylists hope to continue that tradition Sunday. From 8 a.m. Sunday through 8 a.m. Monday, Blo stylists will provide haircuts for a $40 donation. All donations, plus proceeds from retail sales and a raffle during the event, will benefit Alliance Medical Ministry of Raleigh, which provides affordable health care for working adults who cannot afford insurance. Appointments can be made by calling 919-484-8600, and walk-ins are welcome. Blo is at 8451 Brier Creek Parkway, Raleigh,

From the heart

Cameron Village celebrates American Heart Health Month with its annual Love Your Heart promotion. Through Feb. 14, shoppers who accumulate $250 worth of same-day receipts at Cameron Village stores can bring the receipts to Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, Madison or Great Outdoor Provision Co. for a free gift. Some exclusions apply. For details, visit

Seeking Southern style

Last year, several Triangle designers got an amazing opportunity to have their clothing sold in Belk stores throughout the Southeast after winning the Belk Southern Designer Showcase. The department store hopes to find another crop of emerging fashion talent this year with the 2013 competition. Contestants can enter through March 1 by visiting Finalists will be chosen in March and winners will be announced in June.

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