Category Archives: Shopping

Susan Fredman Holiday Trunk Show 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

SFAH Chicago Holiday trunk show

4:00pm — 8:00pm

350 W. Erie
Chicago, IL 60654

RSVP to Jamie Fields at:

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Posted by on November 27, 2011 in Holiday, Shopping


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Pre-Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

Pre-Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 2:00PM-6:00PM

Borris Powell Studio – 2465 N. Halsted Street

Shop local designer favorites Borris Powell, Paoo Jewelry, G.I.A. Luxe Handbags, Kristi O’Sullivan Accessories, and Christopher Augmon Handbags & Accessories.  Don’t miss out on great deals including some items discounted up to 50% off!

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Posted by on November 27, 2011 in Holiday, Shopping


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Pledge Your Support for Small Business Saturday

Pledge Your Support for Small Business Saturday

The holiday season has officially begin.  Tonight we start with Black Wednesday going out with friends and drinking through the wee hours of the night looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow morning before we head to our friends, families, or other destination to eat a full meal for the Thanksgiving holiday.  And of course let us not forget the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, where patrons line-up in the middle of the night in hopes of getting their hands on some great deals.  Come Monday, shoppers will have another chance to score some great bargains via the internet for Cyber Monday.  In between all of that we also celebrate Small Business Saturday this weekend where we pledge to support smaller companies.  The 2nd annual Small Business Saturday® is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.  On November 26, we’re asking millions of people to Shop Smallsm at their favorite local stores and help fuel the economy. When we all shop small, it will be huge.

Read more here:!

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Posted by on November 23, 2011 in Holiday, Shopping


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Shavonne Dorsey Holiday Trunk Show


Shavonne Dorsey Holiday Trunk Show

Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The Fashion Market – 216 S. Jefferson St., Suite 100 Chicago, IL 60661

Come and preview the Spring 2012 collection and save on beautiful holiday pieces for your wardrobe! As a holiday gift to you, we’ll be offering 15% off all purchases that evening. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by November 26th. See you there!


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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in Fashion, Holiday, Shopping


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Glitter: A Holiday Shopping Event

Glitter: A Holiday Shopping Event

December 1, 2011 from 11:00AM – 6:00PM

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., Preston Bradley Hall
Chicago, IL 60602

Admission is FREE

This year, shop local and get unique gifts in a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Glitter is the perfect place to get great holiday items from approximately 24 local fashion designers and independent retailers. Meet Chicago’s finest in fashion while shopping for accessories, apparel and jewelry. This is the perfect opportunity to score the perfect holiday find, and support Chicago’s local fashion community. As an added special touch, there will be complimentary gift wrapping with purchase, and holiday treats and light refreshments for all attendees.

For a list of the designers that will be represented, visit

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Posted by on November 20, 2011 in Free, Holiday, Shopping


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Susan Fredman At Home Holiday Trunk Show

Holiday Trunk Show

Thursday, December 1, 2011 from 4:00pm — 8:00pm

350 W. Erie
Chicago, IL 60654

Enjoy sweet treats, drinks, and a selection of perfect gifts.  The event is free but you must rsvp to:  A portion of proceeds from purchases this evening will be donated to Designs for Dignity

“Designs for Dignity believes that the built environment can have a transformative impact on the experience of those seeking support. Often, those who could benefit the most from good design have the least access to it. Our Mission is to engage the design community and all of its resources to respond to this need.”

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Posted by on November 19, 2011 in Free, Holiday, Shopping


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Reminder for CeCe & Melinda – Shop In Chicago: RSVP Today

The holidays are right around the corner.  Get all of your shopping done under one roof while supporting the top local Chicago designers and businesses at this anuual shopping extravaganza.  Click the flyer below to RSVP for an amazing shopping experience on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 from 5:00PM-9:00PM at the legendary Drake Hotel.  See you there!

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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in Fashion, Free, Holiday, Shopping


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Henri Bendel at Water Tower Place Grand Opening

Henri Bendel at Water Tower Place Grand Opening

Friday, November 18th, 2011 from 6pm – 9pm

Henri Bendel at Water Tower Place Grand Opening
845 Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
( No RSVP Needed)

Henri Bendel is opening at Water Tower Place in Chicago! Help us celebrate our grand opening…

Opening Night Party
Join us for a champagne toast and digital photobooth fun!  Receive a limited edition Henri Bendel tote with $150 purchase (while supplies last).  Plus, all weekend long receive a 20% off splurge card with any purchase, valid towards your next purchase of $100 or more!


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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in Free, Shopping


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Time Out Chicago & Gilt City Present: Shop Chicago

Time Out Chicago & Gilt City Present: Shop Chicago!

Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 from 5:00PM-7:00PM

Salvage One – 1840 W. Hubbard Street

Knock out all your holiday shopping at Time Out Chicago’s Shop Chicago! event, in partnership with Gilt City. This market brings together our editors’ favorite places to shop featuring nominees from our second annual Shopping Awards Issue. Enjoy complimentary drinks, exclusive deals and beats from DJ Konsept at this one-night-only event!

Tickets are $15. Click ‘ADMIT ONE’ to purchase:




Vendors include:

Cities in Dust
D/Vision Optical
Fresh & Proper
H20 Plus
Labrabbit Optics
Pavilion Antiques
Randolph Street Market
Renegade Handmade
Salvage One
Seek Vintage
Shades of Grey
Spare Parts

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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in Shopping, Social


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The York Furrier Luxury for Less Trunk Show & SAVINGS Event


Luxury Fur Trunk Show

1PM – 5PM • November 17th – 20th

The Elmhurst City Centre location only invites you to a Luxury Fur Trunk Show. This is a rare opportunity to experience the most exquisite furs in the world all in one location – Russian Sable, Canadian Lynx, Norwegian Fox, U.S.A. Mink, Broadtail Lamb, Chinchilla and Velvety Sheared Mink – all superbly crafted into designer garments or York’s own Signature Styles. Guests may also schedule a personal appointment to work with York’s craftsmen to create a one-of-a-kind, custom-made York Exceptional Exclusive.

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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Fashion, Shopping


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The DIY Trunk Show

The DIY Trunk Show

DIY is a diverse gathering of creative talent to showcase, sell and promote handmade arts, crafts, goods, and endeavors of all kinds.

Dates: November 19th, 2011 from 10 am to 5 pm

New Location!

Broadway Armory Park
5917 North Broadway Street
Chicago, IL 60660

A Brief History

We’ve been doing our separate crafty ventures for several years, but it wasn’t until we became active online that we began to realize how many other cool, hip crafters and artists there were in Chicago looking for a chance to share their items in a large, public market. We wanted to create a Chicago-centric show that would give many people their first opportunity at being a vendor, including ourselves. In 2003, we did just that. We had such an amazing time and got such great feedback from people that we decided to keep on going. This is our ninth fantastic year, and we hope you’re interested in joining us either as a vendor, volunteer, or visitor. The more the merrier, so tell your friends.


Chicago Craft Mafia


The DIY Trunk Show Craftifesto: The Power is in Your Hands!

© Amy Carlton and Cinnamon Cooper, DIY Trunk Show co-founders

The DIY Trunk Show is an annual event that brings the best of the Chicago area’s alternative craft community to the people.

We believe:

Craft is powerful. We want to show the depth and breadth of the Chicago crafting community. Anything you want—clothing, jewelry, art, music—you can probably get from a real live person here in Chicago. And buying handmade, one-of-a-kind goods from your neighbor kicks the ass of buying mass-produced, slave-made corporate stuff.

Craft is personal. To know that something was made by hand, by someone who cares that you like it, makes that object much more enjoyable. And it makes you feel less lonely when you realize that you know the name of the person who made the bar of soap you use, the earrings you wore when you met that special someone, or the scarf that kept you from freezing while you waited for the train.

Craft is political. We’re not just trying to sell stuff. We’re trying to change the world. We want everyone to rethink corporate culture and consumerism.

Craft is possible. Everybody can create something—you don’t have to be an established business to make stuff. The DIY Trunk Show encourages new crafters by giving them a place to sell their work for the first time. We hold workshops to teach people how to make things. And we’re creating friendships and connections between crafters — being a small business owner doesn’t mean you have to work in isolation.

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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Shopping


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Saturday, November 19, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
10am to 5pm Both Days

1340 W. Washington – Chicago, IL
Plumbers Hall

Purchase Tickets: $8 discount online General Admission or $10 at the gate. New in 2011: Every paid admission gets a $5 or $10 Shopping Voucher good toward purchases. Online tickets are NOT mailed, just print your Paypal receipt.

Purchase $3 discount online Student Admission. $5 at the gate. Student ID will be required during check in at front entrance! Online tickets are NOT mailed, just print your Paypal receipt

PURCHASE A 2012 IMAGEPILOTS SEASON’S PASS: THE ULTIMATE GIFT! The most exciting shopping experience for two with free valet parking!! And now — get free entrance for two to all market festival events throughout the winter months as well!!

Click here for more details on the season’s pass.
___________________________________________________________________________________ recommends the Randolph Street’s Holiday Market for “Top holiday shopping”. So join us and stretch your stylish dollars to the max this holiday season! Presented by the producers of the Randolph Street Market, the Holiday Market provides a unique mix of smartly priced antique, vintage and modern goods makes for a simple and convenient one-stop shopping for memorable and custom-made gifts.

Get your holiday shopping off to the right start with gifts in all price ranges, from thrifty to extravagant. You will discover fabulous keepsakes from embroidered hankies to estate jewelry. Timeless antiques and modern treasures including vintage and indie fashion, jewelry, art, decorative objects, house wares, and more will make this holiday a memorable experience for gift givers of all ages!

Free Parking & Free Gift Wrapping… Holiday shopping has never been easier.

In a fun and fanciful space, make this holiday the richest and most memorable experience for you and everyone you love with fabulous keepsakes from the Randolph Street’s Holiday Market!

NEW for 2011:
• Complimentary Furniture Delivery* within downtown Chicago! Click for info.
• Lower online advance ticket price! $8 general / $3 student
• Kids under 12 always FREE!
FREE PARKING in huge Plumbers Hall lot for all indoor shows!
• Shopping Refund Vouchers for Admission by Vendors: Each voucher is for $5 off and the vendors should reduce the purchase price by $5 on items valued $25 or more. Note that not all vendors are able to honor the voucher due to their profit margins and customer should ask vendor if they accept the voucher before they shop in their booth.

Please Note: Because we have a huge onsite parking lot with FREE parking during our off season October through April shows, there will be no Michigan Avenue Trolley running during these months. Trolley ONLY runs May-September.


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Posted by on November 15, 2011 in Holiday, Shopping


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Ms. Career Girl Connect

Ms. Career Girl Connect

Thursday November 17th at 6:30pm Proof Chicago | 1045 N Rush Street, Chicago

Proof Chicago
1045 N Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60610



Professionals, job seekers, business owners, students, freelancers and social media newbies alike will get something out of this event!


  • Appetizers by 5 Chicago food trucks
  • Complimentary champagne
  • Mini-styling sessions and gift certificate raffle by Traci Aducci Salon
  • Holiday shopping and gift certificate raffle by Stella & Dot
  • Business card exchange table

Social Media Panel discussion answering questions on how to use social media for your career, job search and how to use social media to boost sales around the holidays.  Panelists include:

  • Blagica Bottigliero, Global Director of Social Media at Motorola Mobility where she is responsible for planning and executing a cohesive global social media strategy while serving as an internal expert.
  • Thea Lux, Director of Social Media at Groupon where she oversees 175 markets’ Twiter & Facebook accounts with the goal of engaging and providing top customer service.
  • Leah Jones, Account Director of Emerging Media at Olson PR where she works with clients including Pei Wei Diner, P.F. Chang’s, OPTIMA batteries and Wrigley. 
  • Cait Weingartner, Senior Engagement Specialist at Aspen Marketing Services where she develops social strategy for leading brands such as Discover, Sears, ConAgra, Jaguar/Land Rover and AT&T.  Caitlin is also the founder of

Food provided by:


6:30-7pm | Check-in, drop your business cards at the the exchange table, network, and enjoy complimentary food & champagne, free mini-styling sesssions with Angela Petersen of Traci Aducci Salon and shopping with Stella & Dot! Cash bar open.

 7pm-7:10 | Networking Activity 

7:10-7:45 | Social Media Panel Discussion 

7:45-8pm | Q & A session

8-10pm | Network, enjoy complimentary food & champagne, free mini-styling sesssions with Angela Peterson of Traci Aducci Salon and shopping with Stella & Dot! Cash bar open. Pick up relevant business cards at the exchange table.


Can I attend the event if I am under 21? 

Yes!  You just can’t drink alcohol.

Can guys attend? 

Absolutely!  We always have at least a handful of brave souls among the bunch!

Can I buy tickets at the door?

Yes, but they are $20 instead of $15.

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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in Professional/Networking, Shopping


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Browning & Sons Forevermark Event

Browning & Sons Forevermark Event

Tuesday, November 15,  2011 from  2PM – 7PM

Browning & Son’s Fine Jewelry
46 Washington Street
Hinsdale IL   60521
You are cordially invited to join Browning & Sons as they unveil the A. Link collection for Forevermark™ diamonds.  Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while previewing gorgeous diamond designs bridal, fashion and the red carpet. Each dazzling Forevermark™ diamond is beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced. Less than one percent of the world’s diamonds can be Forevermark
Email RSVP:
Email Subject :    Lisa Auriemme
or call: 630.986.0880

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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in Fashion, Free, Shopping


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Head’s Up: Chicago Welcomes New Era Flagship Downtown

Photo Courtesy of SinnamonS

New Era has finally made it’s way to the midwest setting up shop in none other than the Windy City!  The newest flagship location is located at 201 S. State Street (just north of Adams).  This is the very first owned & operated retail location in the midwest and with 2 levels and a total of 4,500 square feet it also happens to be the largest New Era shop in existence.  With almost 9 decades in the business, being known as the official on-field cap of the MLB, and even spotted on runways – you better believe we were excited to welcome New Era to Chi-town and even more excited to be invited to the VIP grand opening this past Thursday night.  A huge thanks to the Chicago Blogger’s Network for making sure we were involved.

From 8PM-11PM, New Era’s newest location opened it’s doors for a private party exclusive to VIP invited guests only allowing them a sneak peak at their newest and largest location.  Guests were able to shop the hottest in headwear, satiate their appetites with light bites including mini hotdogs and chicken wraps, quench their thirst with a fully stocked open bar, and move to the beats of DJ J2K of Flosstradamus & Hollywood Holt fame.

And what is a celebration without cake & gifts?  New Era delivered there, too.  Mini cupcakes in a variety of flavors (including an insanely delicious chocolate peanut butter) with the New Era logo were passed out to guests and before leaving all attendees received New Era Backpacks filled with goodies including t-shirts, belts, mini hats, etc all donning the brand’s logo.

The second floor hosted an even more exclusive VIP party for select guests.  The lucky few also went home that night with a very special limited edition New Era cap embroidered with the Chicago Skyline.  Only 300 of those caps exist and NowYouKnow was lucky enough to go home with a few.

The newest New Era store officially opened it’s doors to the public this past Saturday.  if you haven’t made it over there yet, be sure to swing by when you get a chance to check out some of the hottest caps plus apparel and accessories for men and women.  My personal favorite… these adorable animal hats which have become quite popular and the fact that as an adult I can actually get away wearing – what would otherwise be deemed absurd wear for an adult – makes them all the better!

Photo Courtesy of SinnamonS


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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in Fashion, Shopping, Sporting, Where We've Been!


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Wright in the City Holiday Open House

Wright in the City Holiday Shopping Open House

Thursday, December 1, 2011 from 5 pm – 7 pm

The Rookery
209 South LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60604


FREE Event With Free Champagne, Appetizers, and Invite Only X-Mas Shopping
New ShopWright Store at The Rookery / Wright in the City Holiday Open House


•Live Music
•Complimentary champagne and appetizers
•Complimentary tours of the Rookery Vault
•10% discount on all merchandise
•Product giveaways at 5:30, 6:00 and 6:30

Frank Lloyd Wright gets a new Chicago home: Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust Group devoted to his work opening a new location in the landmark Rookery Building
Additional information can be found on their Facebook Page:

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Posted by on November 13, 2011 in Free, Holiday, Shopping


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ClaSha The FashionArt Gift Shop at the Fashion Market

Come to the Chicago Fashion Market for all your holiday shopping needs as it transforms into a FashionArt Gift Shop.  Local designer ClaSha will have all of their beautiful handmade goods for sale just in time for the holidays.  Items will be available for purchase Friday, November 18 from 5PM-10PM, Saturday, November 19 from 10AM-10PM, and Sunday, November 20 from 10AM-5PM.  Plus you can enjoy gratis drinks and appetizers while you shop.

ClaSha FashionArt Gift Shop

Friday, November 18-Sunday, November 20

The Chicago Fashion Market – 216 S. Jefferson Street (between Adams & Jackson)

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Posted by on November 12, 2011 in Fashion, Holiday, Shopping


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Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Celebration

Free Event With Free Wine and Appetizers plus Fun and Shopping

Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Celebration

Thursday, November 17, 2011 from 5pm to 7pm

Chicago French Market
131 N. Clinton St. West Loop

In tiny villages and big cities across France- as well as in many countries around the world- people will be celebrating the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau 2011, a very young wine made in the Beaujolais region of France.  The grapes are picked earlier in the fall, fermented for just a few weeks, and then goes on sale at the stroke of midnight each third Thursday of November, amid much hoopla and fanfare.

Join the party and enjoy a tasting of Beaujolais Nouveau 2011 accompanied by live music from french jazz trio, Flon Flon et Musette. Many vendors will be celebrating as well, so work your way around the Market enjoying samples of a wide array of specialties!


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Posted by on November 12, 2011 in Free, Holiday, Music, Shopping


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Welcome Winter with Standing Sideways Video Premiere & Big Snowman Kicker Party

Make some last minute plans for tonight or start planning your Saturday night with these two fun winter events:

Standing Sideways Video Premiere

Thursday, November 10 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Burton Snowboards Chicago Store

56 East Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60611
Don’t let the warm weather fool you Chicago! Snow has already begun to fall out west and east. Kick off your season correct!  Enjoy FREE drinks,  FREE food, Giveaways, shopping, and the oopportunity to meet some amazing riders!

 Big Snowman Kicker Party

when: Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 6-9pm

where: windward boardshop – 3317 North Clark Street

Head on over to windward on November 12 between 6-9pm to checkout our new winter 2012 gear, celebrate one-year of windward re-invented, and support a local chicago skater’s new book. As always, we will have free food, drinks and giveaways! Don’t make the big snowman a big and ANGRY snowman, bring your friends!

Also, bring in your board for a one day only deal on full hot wax and edge sharpening tune ups for only $25! Winter is just around the corner so get that ole’ stick in shape to get out and conquer the mountain on opening day.

Raffle donations help raise money for our good friend and local rider, Amos Soma Fuller, to publish his new book, “Tough Like You”. The book will be a guide for all action sports riders, filled with tips and stories on how to keep your body in shape and dominate your sport.

I hear the Big Snowman is the main supplier for Santa’s coal delivery service…so you better be a good boy or girl and come out to Windward Boardshop on November 12.


All are welcome, but I.D. is required for those wishing to partake in adult beverages!

You know how we do! This premiere is going to be super fun and the riders that are coming out are really rad. If you’re not familiar with the names check out some of their footage over at and get yourself familiar! As always there will be free stuff and cool folks so we best see your faces here.

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Posted by on November 10, 2011 in Free, Shopping, Social, Sporting


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Banana Republic Invites You to the After 5 Event


Banana Republic Invites You to the After 5 Event

Free Event With Free Drinks and Hassle Free Shopping 

Thursday, November 10, 2011  from  5pm to 9pm

Water Tower Place  (Level 4)
835 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 440-3166

Come in early and shop Banana Republic’s new holiday collection before the rush at their After 5 Event 
Thursday, November 10 from 5:00 pm. to 9:00 p.m. on Level 4 at Water Tower Place.
All guests will receive special offers and enjoy great fashions and complimentary cocktails throughout the evening.
To attend this amazing event, RSVP by e-mail or Phone
EMAIL RSVP:   Lawrence_m​onroy_jr@s​​com

 EMAIL SUBJECT:   Banana Republic’s VIP Event  

or by phone at (312) 642-7667.

INFO Can Be Found Here:
Ask for a store manager when calling. Space is limited, so RSVP today! 

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Posted by on November 10, 2011 in Free, Holiday, Shopping


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