British shoe brand Strive Footwear makes its American debut this month at select Belk stores, with Raleigh’s Crabtree Valley location being the only North Carolina outpost carrying the label. The shoes are designed with the help of podiatrists to provide a comfortable fit with more style than the typical orthotic shoe. The women’s shoes will be available at Crabtree starting Feb. 14. Learn more at strivefootwear.com.
Port of Raleigh
Downtown Raleigh’s latest boutique, Port of Raleigh, opens this week with a grand opening party slated for Saturday from 5-8 p.m. The Warehouse District shop carries everything from modern home furnishings to jewelry and other accessories. Cocktails and snacks will be served during the event. Visit in person at 416 S. McDowell St. or online at portofraleigh.co.
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After the past week’s snowy weather, stylist Mary Michele Nidiffer will offer a warmer outlook with her spring Wardrobe Wellness style workshop, Saturday 10 a.m. Held at Nidiffer’s StyleFinder boutique in Raleigh, the session will offer tips for refreshing your wardrobe to best fit your body and style. There will be trunk shows from Rachel Marie jewelry, Baci and more, plus makeup consultations, refreshments and giveaways. RSVP for the free event at 919-454-3068 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than 70 bridal vendors will gather at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill for the hotel’s annual Bridal Showcase, Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Wedding gown shops, stylists, florists, caterers and other wedding service providers will be on hand to meet with brides-to-be. Tickets are $15 and available at carolinainn.com.
Belk is once again accepting entrants for its Southern Designer Showcase competition. The annual contest allows designers from the South to compete for a cash prize and to have their winning collection sold in select Belk stores. Applications from clothing and accessory designers from the area will be accepted through March 31 at belk.com/southerndesigner. Finalists will be announced in April with the winning designer named in May.
Vermillion will host a trunk show of new jewelry from Irene Neuwirth Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The show will feature necklaces, earrings and more in bold colors and gems. For more info, call 919-787-9780.
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