Edited and written by Jahna Peloquin, l'étoile Fashion Editor
This week in local shopping and style events, "Tabatha Takes Over" H Design Salon, and vintage havens Tatters and Up Six host their biggest sales of the season:
Through Sunday: Buy-One-Get-One Sale at Drama
What: Uptown boutique Drama invites you to stock up for spring in their buy-one-get-one free sale running all this week. Plus, take an additional 20 percent off clearance items.
When: Sunday, February 26-Sunday, March 4.
Where: Drama, 4946 France Avenue, Edina, 952-920-0294, www.shopatdrama.com
Tuesday: "Tabatha Takes Over" H Design Salon Viewing Party
What: Only a few episodes after taking over Minneapolis' own Jungle Red Salon, hit Bravo reality show Tabatha Takes Over is taking over yet another local salon: H Design Salon in Uptown. Watch the sure-to-be-cringe-worthy revelations and host Tabatha Coffey's revamp at a viewing party hosted by the salon at Stella's Fish Bar in Uptown, hosted by Jason Matheson and Alexis Thompson from FM107.1 and Fox 9, plus a fashion show featuring looks by Project Runway alum Christopher Straub styled by H Design Salon stylists, plus live performances by Sole to Soul Dance Conversion, Bars and Measures, Tommy Dark, Harley Wood, and Lady Parts DJs. (Pictured: look by Christopher Straub, photo by Kevin Ophoven)
When: Music at 7 p.m., fashion show at 8 p.m., screening at 9 p.m. Tuesday, February 28.
Where: Stella's Fish Cafe, 1400 West Lake Street, Minneapolis. Click HERE for the event invite.
Tuesday-Sunday: Up Six Winter Clearance & Leap Year Sale
What: The Up Six Vintage Annual Winter Clearance Sale is a must-do on any vintage lover's calendar, but this year they're adding a bonus day. Throughout the week, take 30 percent off all clothing and accessories, 20 percent off all jewelry and jewelry case items, and 10 to 50 percent off all furnishings and housewares. Plus in honor of Leap Year, on Wednesday from noon until 8 p.m. take an additional 10 percent off your purchases and get the one-time chance to shop new merch available that day only.
When: Tuesday, February 28-Sunday, March 4.
Where: Up Six Vintage, 157 Snelling Avenue N, St. Paul, 651-917-0470, www.upsixvintage.com
Saturday & Sunday: Tatters 50% off sale
What: Since 1980, Tatters has been a source for costumes, chttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.giflothing and funky accessories for vintage and oddity lovers alike. Tatters' half-off sale only comes twice a year, so you best get yourself down to the Uptown retro haven this weekend to fill your closets before the best stuff clears out for good. Everything in the store - yes, everything - will be 50 percent off all weekend.
When: Saturday, March 3 & Sunday, March 4.
Where: Tatters, 2829 Lyndale Avenue S, Minneapolis, 612-823.5285, www.tattersvintageclothing.com
Saturday: Mad-Hatters Tea Party and Fashion Show
What: We love a good Alice in Wonderland theme as much as the next tea party-loving fashionista, so thankfully North St. Paul boutique Design Vertigo is keeping our appetites satiated. Trade in your cocktail for a cup of tea and head to the K & J Victorian Room for a fancy afternoon of fashion. Snack on tea sandwiches and hors d'oeuvres while taking in local looks from Gina Marie Vintage, whose style infuses a modern sensibility into classic styles. Tickets are $4 in advance at HERE or $7 at the door.
When: 3-6 p.m. Saturday, March 3.
Where: K & J Victorian Room, 2546 7th Avenue E, North St. Paulo, 651-770-1901, designvertigo.net
New blow dry bars open in Minneapolis
What: Minneapolis is taking a nod from the coasts with a wave of blow dry bar openings this month. Boutique salon HAUS (pictured), which opened last year, just introduced an in-house blow dry bar to its South Minneapolis location, available for $30 a pop (or $20 for first-timers). Meanwhile, Smart and Chic Beauty Lounge has relaunched as the Beauty Lounge Minneapolis under new ownership, offering hair and makeup styling, private parties, and special occasion services. Finally, the new Blast Blow Dry Bar is opening two locations later this spring: at the Shops at West End in St. Louis Park and Aloft hotel in downtown Minneapolis, priced at $35. All services include a wash, blow dry, and styling.
When: Now open at HAUS; coming soon at Blast Blow Dry.
Where: HAUS Salon, 4240 Nicollet Avenue S, Minneapolis, 612-827-4287, www.haussalon.com; Beauty Lounge Minneapolis: 20 NE University Avenue Minneapolis, 612-227-9363, www.mplsbeautylounge.com; Blast Blow Dry Bar: 1668 West End Boulevard, St. Louis Park & Aloft hotel, 900 Washington Avenue S, Minneapolis, 1-855-MNBLAST, blastdrybar.com
Now open: ARROW
What: Many mourned the loss of Intoto when the longtime Twin Cities designer retailer closed in 2010 after 20 years of business. But fans of the store have something to look forward to when two former Intoto employees open Arrow at the end of this month in martinpatrick3's old space in the North Loop. Partners Sarah Dwyer and Michael Basham promise a concept similar to the old store but less high-end and more colorful, with hard-to-find lines for men and women such as Surface to Air (pictured), Vanessa Bruno, Steven Alan and Rogan.
When: Now open.
Where: ARROW, 121 N 1st Street, Minneapolis, 612-339-1663.
Beginning Thursday: STYLEDLIFE Semi-annual Sale
What: Fans of designer accessory haven STYLEDLIFE have been waiting with bated breath for the Galleria boutique's sale of the season. The shop will be marking down everything (excluding vintage items) 30 to 70 percent, with more items fromb rands like Missoni, Pucci, Alexis Bittar (pictured), Marc by Marc Jacobs, Lauren Merkin and more at greater discounts than ever before, including music. Plus, newly arriving Spring/Summer 2012 merchandise also receives at 15 percent off discount.
When: Beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 2. Sale runs through March 4.
Where: STYLEDLIFE, Galleria, Edina, 952-928-8888, www.styledlife.com
Ongoing: Spinario Design Moving Sale
What: Vintage interiors haven Spinario have already moved to their new digs, but for a limited time, much of the stock at their old location will be 20 percent off. Merchandise available at discount currently includes Paul McCobb, Dunbar, Alvar Aalto, Scandinavian glass, original mid-century art, paintings, prints, and sculpture, studio pottery, books, records, lighting, and much more. New items will be added regularly, and prices will continue to drop to 40 and 60 percent off as they sale continues.
Where: Spinario Design, 1300 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis, 612-396-1860, www.spinariodesign.com