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Magazine Street has a new women's boutique. Sorella (2036 Magazine St., 309-6256), which opened the day after Thanksgiving, carries lines such as Karli, Whish, Parasuco Denim and Jordi Labanda. Because sorella is Italian for "sister," the word appealed to owners Angelina and Christina LoCicero as a name for their new venture. The sisters plan to have grand opening event early in 2007.

There will be an after-hours holiday party at Ele Shoes (3316 Magazine St., 309-8674) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14. Enjoy wine, cheese and savings — take 10 percent off any pair of shoes!

NOLA Cooks (5212 Conti St., 218-7103) has introduced its own line of cook "wear," including a selection of matching aprons and towels as well as recipe aprons. After hearing story after story of recipes and cookbooks lost to Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters, owner Valerie Turgeon decided to preserve some of her own family recipes — seafood gumbo, redfish couvillion and eggplant stuffed with shrimp — on aprons. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will go to the Katrina Crop Circle, a project organized by the Crescent City Farmers Market ( to raise money for its vendors who lost crops, barns, boats and homes during the hurricane.

There will be two family book events —10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 15 and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 16. — at Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center (1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. ) during Holiday on the Boulevard, a celebration organized by AshŽ Cultural Arts Center.The book events feature a group reading and custom book activity. For more information, contact Erik Gregory at

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