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On Saturday, March 10, Parkway Partners and the Department of Parks and Parkways will hold their annual tree and plant sale from 8 a.m. to noon at 2829 Gentilly Blvd. There will be a variety of plants and trees for sale, and urban foresters, landscape architects and horticulturists will be on site to address questions about regreening efforts for home landscapes as well as public spaces. For more information, call 620-2224 or visit

On Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, Ballins Ltd. (721 Dante St., 866-4367; will host a trunk show featuring new designs by Vitamin, a womenÕs clothing line offering a relaxed sophisticated look in wonderful colors and fabrics.

Ropa Fashion Loft (4228 Magazine St., 309-9772) is a new womenÕs boutique featuring clothes priced to suit all types of shoppers. Look for lines from new designers like Jully Kang as well as apparel from well-known designers such as Jenny Han and others. New spring shoes are scheduled to arrive soon.

A furniture cafŽ? Look through catalogs over a cup of coffee and get quotes on your favorite pieces at Great Ideas Unlimited (2137 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-1212), a new shop specializing in fine furniture and accessories. Place an order, put down a security deposit and your furniture will arrive within weeks with Òwhite gloveÓ delivery service. The grand opening is March 10.

Juilet Custom Furnishings (2108 Magazine St., 561-5696) announces the reopening of Juliet Interiors (861-1710) at a new location: 8125 Hampson St. It offers a mix of decorative items for the home and fashion accessories. Look for distinctive jewelry and high- end handbags (think Gucci and Prada).

Send information about trunk shows, new product lines, sales and in-store events to Kara Nelson at, call 483-3107, or fax 483-3116. Information should be received 10 days prior to publication.

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