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Selected shoes and apparel are up to 50 percent off at All About Me! (3256 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-6463;, plus check out the store's new line of Jose Balli jewelry.

Selected items currently are marked 20 to 60 percent off at b(474 Metairie Road, Suite 102, Metairie, 835-2021).

French Quarter Candles, fragrant, long-burning, natural soy-wax candles produced at a plant in New Orleans, will be among items in celebrity gift bags at the 2006 MusiCares Foundation tribute dinner for stars during Grammy week. MusiCares and The Recording Academy have dedicated $1 million to musicians and others associated with the music industry who were adversely affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Take 40 percent off selected furniture and home accessories at b(5515 Magazine St., 891-2424;

Martin Wine Cellar has opened a small retail space at 3500 Magazine St. to sell wine, spirits and gourmet foods to fill a gap left when its large Uptown store and deli were closed following the hurricane. The new store will contain a small gourmet food section, but will not have a full-service deli like those at its other stores at 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, (896-7300) and 2895 Hwy. 190, Mandeville (985-951-8081).

Mignon Faget Ltd. will reopen its store at The Shops at Canal Place (333 Canal St., 524-2973; Friday, Feb. 10, and owner-designer Mignon Faget will be on hand to greet customers at the gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Canal Place jewelry gallery has been closed since Hurricane Katrina. Other Mignon Faget stores are open at 3801 Magazine St., 891-2005; 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, 835-2244.

New Orleans Fashion Collaborative is offering shoppers a way to save money on stylish men's and women's clothing, jewelry, costumes and accessories by buying them directly from local designers during weekly sales at The Maple Leaf Bar. The sales are from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Saturday, and the event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 905-2830, or visit

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