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Shopping and Socializing


It really doesn’t take much to convince me to go shopping. Underwear sale today in Highland Square? Hmm. Okay, I’m there. (I mean, we’re talking Hanky Panky undies, people. This is a big deal.) It’s actually only part of the retail therapy available in the area tonight, because the shops around Highland Square are now participating in a monthly Third Thursdays series of sales, wine tastings, trunk shows, music, and other not-so-subtle ways to tempt customers into coming up and staying awhile. From 5 – 8 p.m. tonight, Frolik on 32nd is offering the above-mentioned Hanky Panky sale (seriously ladies, they are like the best, softest, no-lines, comfiest brand) plus other discounts. And mint juleps. How’s that to lift your spirits on a triple-digit hot day? Nearby stores like Le Chocolatier are offering chilled French mint tea and pastry tastings, and Uncommon Scents is offering a $6 discount on personalized perfumes – prices range from $24 to $60 – and white wine tastings. Harmony Salon is offering free samples of Purology products (and peach rum punch) and Zen Bath is hosting a live artist creating Asian-inspired dragon paintings (and ginger sake). Starting to see a pattern yet? It’s social shopping, and with the many frou-frou cocktails thrown in, this is likely to turn into a very chatty block party by 8 p.m. Brilliant.

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