There's a new place to relax and/or workout in town: Balance Spa & Fitness (Loews New Orleans Hotel, 530 S. Peters St., eighth floor, 595-5333). It opened Jan. 15 and incorporates a full-service spa with a state-of-the-art fitness center. Spa services include massages, facial, manicures, pedicures, hot tubs and saunas. The fitness facility provides personal training, an indoor swimming pool, cardiovascular and strength-building equipment. A grand opening event will be planned in the future as well as additional services and specials.
Handmade women's casual, business and evening clothing by Mack & Mack will be featured at a trunk show Friday and Saturday (Feb. 18-19) at Ballin's Ltd. (721 Dante St., 866-4367).
Ele Shoes and Accessories (3638 Magazine St., 309-8674) opened Uptown Jan. 24 and offers everything from stilettos to flats, as well as accessories. Shoe brands include Charles David, Laundry, Via Spiga, BCBG Girls, Guess and others. Watch for news about a grand opening celebration.
Take 50 to 75 percent off selected items during Saturday and Sunday's sidewalk sale at Prima Donna's Closet (3258 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-3327).
Receive 70 percent off all suede boots throughout February at Simple Elegance (712 Adams St., 861-4200), a boutique with women's clothing, handbags, shoes and other accessories.
Take 50 percent off fall shoes and boots at Juanita's Shoes, Handbags & Accessories (721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-9511), where new spring shoes and handbags are arriving daily.
Take 15 percent off all running shoes through Feb. 28 at Southern Runner Sports (6112 Magazine St., 891-9999).
A trunk show featuring bridal attire by designer Jim Hjelm and his son, James Clifford, is scheduled Thursday through Saturday (Feb. 17-19) at With This Ring Bridal (3230 Severn Ave., Metairie, 780-7090).
At both locations of All About Me! (3256 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-6463; 1201 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 278-3400), fall merchandise -- clothing, shoes and accessories -- starts at $9.99 during Saturday and Sunday's sidewalk sale. Pretentious Whimsy will close its doors at the end of February, but customers may still shop for favorites on its Web site, www.pretentiouswhimsy.com. As a thank-you to loyal customers, shipping will be free to all New Orleans addresses. And for all your baby gift needs, check out new addition www.pretentiousbaby.com.