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Eclectic Home has officially opened its new, expanded showroom at 8211 Oak St., just two doors down from its former location. The larger retail space gives owner and interior designer Penny Francis more room to showcase her store's well-priced lines of distinctive home furnishings and accessories. Call 866-6654 for information about the store and its design consultation services.

A Hammond-based import furniture company has just opened a New Orleans store: Discoveries Furniture and Finds (318 N. Rampart St., 569-0310; Owner Scott McKearn travels to China and India to handpick antiques, one-of-a-kind pieces and unique designs that he sells to his customers at direct-import prices. Because McKean imports the furniture directly — skipping the wholesaler markup — prices can be lower than expected. Plans are underway for a grand opening event in June.

A regular vendor at Crescent City Farmers Market events, Bittersweet Confections (484-0780; now has a location in Lakeview at 5331 Canal Blvd., next to Helm Paint. Open Monday-Saturday, the shop offers 18 different varieties of handmade chocolate truffles — from bananas Foster and créme brulee to mango and passion fruit — as well as handmade caramels, cookies, roca and chocolate-dipped strawberries.

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