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New Orleans' newest sweets store, Prince Michael's Chocolate (2045 Magazine St.), is having a gourmet chocolate tasting party to help fund the Humane Society of Louisiana's cruelty investigation and prevention programs. You can attend the event at the soon-to-open chocolate shop on Saturday, July 14, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for $25 per person. That price includes gourmet chocolate and a wide selection of organic teas and coffees. For more information, call 1-888-6-humane or visit

M.S. Rau Antiques (630 Royal St., 523-5660) is having its "biggest online sale ever" now through Aug. 15. New acquisitions and an overflowing gallery translate into major savings for customers, as more than 300 antiques are marked down significantly Ñ many priced at cost. Visit to choose your treasure.

The summer streets still feel steamy, making now the perfect time to buy warm-weather clothes marked down around town. Total Woman (3964 Magazine St., 891-3964; has an entire room with sale and clearance items marked up to 75 percent off. A few blocks away at Paka's (3450 Magazine St., 899-8873), you'll find an entire rack of dresses and jeans priced $39 each. And experience "Christmas in July" at Orient Expressed (3905 Magazine St., 899-3060; with a linen sale through July 12. Stock up on hand towels, kitchen towels and pillowcases priced at $1 to $6.

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