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Melanie Fawer and Suzy Rivera have opened a new store, LIFE: A Lifestyle Boutique (1138 S. Carrollton Ave.), featuring comfortable, versatile clothing and accessories that can take you from morning exercise class (perhaps at the yoga studio attached to the new boutique) to a lunch meeting to afternoon errands. Look for lines such as Lululemon and Donna M.

Robert Fresh Market (135 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 282-3428; is the first full-service grocery store to reopen in the Lakeview area since Hurricane Katrina. The store sustained heavy damage from the storm and its reopening marks a major milestone for the area.

Fashion-forward pets will take to the runway during a fall fashion show at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at PETCO (5300 Tchoupitoulas St., 899-6122; Customers can bring their favorite outfits from home or shop DC, PETCO's exclusive line of pet fashions. The first 20 pet fashionistas will receive a free Pup-arazzi Polaroid photo in a special frame, and chic canines will be treated to hors d'oeuvres courtesy of the event's sponsor, Natural Balance. Customers visiting PETCO Nov. 17 and 18 will receive 25 percent off all DC apparel, fashion carriers and collars.

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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