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Help All About Me! celebrate five years in business at its Chalmette location (1201 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 278-3400; from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, with refreshments, special sales and giveaways.

Bridge House Thrift Store (1160 Camp St., 522-2124; has installed air-conditioning to make things more comfortable this summer for shoppers looking through the clothes, shoes, home furnishings and accessories there.

Shop the clearance sale at Hazelnut (5515 Magazine St., 891-2424; and receive 30 to 50 percent off selected furniture, accessories and gifts, through July 31.

Editors of the trade magazine Home Accents Today recently named Hurwitz-Mintz (1751 Airline Drive, Metairie, 378-1000; 211 Royal St.; 227 Chartres St., 568-9555; one of its 50 'Retail Stars,' chosen from among the country's small- to medium-size independent home accent retailers. The Retail Stars were selected for their success in business in their marketing area, having a strong presence in their communities, creative merchandising, display and advertising.

Take a chance on winning "a girl's best friend" – a loose diamond close to a half-carat in size – and enjoy a cocktail from a special drink menu at Loa at the International House Hotel (221 Camp St., 553-9550) between 5 p.m. and midnight on Saturday. Each time you buy a drink, you can register to win the diamond by filling out a form on a special cocktail napkin. The winner will be announced at midnight.

All mixed drinks and beer are two-for-one from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Two for Tuesdays all summer long at Pat O'Brien's Bar (718 St. Peter St., 525-4823).

Receive 30 percent off anything in the store all this month at Royal Crescent Interiors (4118 Magazine St., 891-5600).

Get a free gift that includes a fashionable hounds-tooth fabric tote packed with nine Lancome Paris products when you buy $35 worth of Lancome products from July 20 to 30 at Saks Fifth Avenue (301 Canal St., The Shops at Canal Place, 524-2200).

Receive 15 percent off all designs by artist Thomas Mann through July 23 and 20 percent off all colored stone jewelry from July 25 to July 29 at Thomas Mann Gallery I/O (1812 Magazine St., 581-2113;

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