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The French vodka, Peureaux Perfect 1864, was introduced into the United States recently through New Orleans distributor Avenue Wine Inc. (700 Edwards Ave., Harahan, 247-0279). The packaging of the vodka includes a fleur de lis, the symbol of French royalty; it is made at Grandes Distilleries Peureaux, Fougerolles, in the Vosges region of France. A portion of the sales for Perfect 1865 will be donated to the Crescent City Restaurant Re-Birth Project, which helps support the recovery of the hospitality community in New Orleans.

Women & Wine on Wednesdays will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at The Bridge Lounge (1201 Magazine St., 299-1888). The event, which is free, is designed to help women build relationships professionally and personally as well as to share resources and discuss opportunities.

Floor de Lis (3803 Toulouse St., 488-4880), a full-service floor-covering company, recently opened a store in Mid-City. It is one of the first new retailers to open in the area since Hurricane Katrina. The store is owned by Jacky Levy Hughes and Vic Hughes, the latter of whom is proprietor of Pel Hughes Printing, one of the cityÕs oldest printing and mailing companies.

For an admission price of $5, you can attend the Antigravity Alternative Media Expo from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 at the HowlinÕ Wolf (907 S. Peters St., 522-WOLF), where you can browse through magazines, comics, crafts, photography, T-shirts, films, blogs and other media. The first 250 people who arrive will receive free gift bags from New Orleans Craft Mafia. Other sponsors include Dirty Coast, and Charitable Film Network.

New Orleans Art Supply (3620 Royal St., 949-1525) in the Bywater is having an end-of-summer clearance sale that includes 15 to 50 percent off selected merchandise, including watercolors, Amaco and Spectrum ceramic glazes, charcoal, Fabriano paper, books and more.

Tomato (3318 Magazine St., 895-0444) is having a summer sale to make room for fall arrivals. The sale features 20 to 60 percent off selected items throughout the store and 20 to 40 percent off a large selection of denim. New in the store for the fall are Orla Kiely handbags and wallets.

Send information about trunk shows, new product lines, sales and in-store events to Kandace Graves at, call 483-3105, or fax 483-3116. Information should be received 10 days prior to publication.

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