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ISABELLA'S (3331 Severn Ave., Metairie, 779-3202; 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 304-4861; www.isabellasgallery.com) offers sales on signature styles to give customers a head start on back-to-school savings. Shop early and receive 25 percent off newly retired Vera Bradley merchandise.

Seasonal savings are in order at FRERET GARDEN CENTER and Landscaping (5007 Freret St., 895-3022), where you can pre-order a Christmas tree with a down payment of $25. The garden center will also deliver and set up the tree at no added cost. When customers participate in the punch card program, they receive a $15 gift card for each $100 spent at the store.

The freaks come out at night — and so do the bananas, when the "Go Bananas After Dark" tour comes to New Orleans. Monday, June 28, through Wednesday, June 30, Dole and BRENNAN'S RESTAURANT (417 Royal St., 525-9711; www.brennansneworleans.com) team up to feature new banana-centric dinner and dessert choices while revisiting classics like Brennan's bananas Foster.

From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 24, the New Orleans Craft Mafia (www.neworleanscraftmafia.com) celebrates five years of crafting during its birthday party fiesta at THE FACTORY (8314 Oak St.; www.thefactorynola.com). The event features music, food, free beer and free workshops on topics like T-shirt recycling and screen-printing. The first 20 guests receive a tote bag filled with crafty gifts.

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