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Bargain Buzz: the beehive’s Bi-Annual Warehouse Sale

19 Aug
beehive warehouse sale

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We are huge supporters of shopping local, and we consider it a huge bonus if you can save money while also supporting your community. This Saturday kicks off the nine-day Warehouse Sale at the beehive, an independent designer showcase in Edgewood. Shop early and shop often–early birds on Saturday will be rewarded with Wanderlust Cold Brew Coffee and Revolution Donuts, plus first pick of all the 40%-90% off goodies.  But late sleepers don’t fret, vendors will restock throughout the week!

Stock up on apparel, jewelry, housewares, gift items and more from over 50 local vendors. If you’re a crafty-type person, you’ll be able to scoop up discounted DIY supplies. Check out a full list of vendors and details here. Shop the extended kickoff Saturday from 9am till 7pm, or stop by during normal business hours (11:00am – 7:00pm, M-Sat; Noon – 5:00pm, Sunday). The sale ends on August 31.


To-Do: Boutique Bargains Warehouse Sale

22 Jul
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via Boutique Bargains Facebook page

It’s time for the twice-a-year event that is the closest Atlanta gets to a sample sale: the Boutique Bargains Warehouse Sale. It’s not so much a sample sale as several local stores pooling their clearance sections under one roof, but we’ll take it. The convenience of shopping multiple sales at once is hard to argue with.

This year the sale is at the Shops Around Lenox on July 25 and 26, in the former Roche Bobois space. They’ve got discounts from 50% to 70%, dressing rooms and a giant parking lot, but they only take cash or check–which is kind of a pain, so make note and don’t be That Girl. There’s a variety of shops participating this year, from Sandpiper to K-La, so there’s something for everyone. Highlighted brands  include lots of premium denim, Alexander Wang, Lilly Pulitzer, Joie, Rachel Pally, Moschino Cheap & Chic, DVF, Lauren Moffat, and more.

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There’s also an Uber code for 10% off your ride to the sale, in case you’re the kind to get drunk on deals: ORIGINALBOUTIQUE. Mark off your two hour lunches and get ready for some bargains.

Celebrations: Krispy Kreme Turns 77

10 Jul
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This is kind of a big deal. Beloved Southern doughnut chain Krispy Kreme will celebrate its 77th birthday on July 11. (Best. Friday. Ever.) For that day only, you can buy a dozen glazed doughnuts for 77 cents. That’s about 6.5 cents per doughnut. We’re not sure how the hot light will keep up with demand.

But we’re sure it’s never been easier to jump to the top of the list for Employee of the Month.

The Little Luxury Crossover That Could: Our Week With A 2013 Buick Encore

7 Jan

buick encore 2013 steering

Right before Thanksgiving, we were privileged to participate in the Buick #ATLDistrict promotion and test drive a 2013 Buick Encore for a week. You probably saw us tweet about it. It was pretty awesome, if for no other reason than someone giving you a car for a week is always awesome. As long as the car doesn’t burst into flames, it’s awesome.

buick encore 2013

Honestly, the amount of luxury for the price was impressive. We got a fully tricked out model, and the price on that is $32,800 new. We’re still wistfully dreaming about the heated steering wheel and seats. Also impressive: big screen voice-activated navigation system (kind of nice to scream out where you’re going and get immediate directions), XM and Pandora radio with full-color display, Rainsense wipers that worked quite well, rear-vision camera (standard), forward collision alert, park assist and more.

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We didn’t get to test out the park assist or the lane-departure warnings, but the forward collision alerts were kind of nice–apparently they let you know when the car in front of you has slowed down to where you will hit them if you don’t take action. Although it got a little annoying on the highway stuck behind someone who rides their brakes. But the Bose sound system and noise cancellation tech really helped keep the stress levels down. (Keep calm and rock on.) Random fun feature: there’s a non-cigarette-lighter-plug in the backseat. Say whaaaaat?

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Terrible photo, but there ya go

Since we usually drive a sedan, the Encore initially felt like wrestling a yak down the street. But, like, a really responsive yak. Ultimately the car isn’t that large for an SUV–it really takes up the same width as a sedan, but the extra height is deceptive once inside. And it’s easy to get used to the size. The fuel economy is 25/33, which isn’t as good as our sedan, but is decent for an SUV. Cargo space wasn’t shabby for day-to-day stuff (taking out the trash/recycling, shopping trips)

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The car probably wouldn’t be described as “peppy” or a “sports car,” but its performance was pretty solid in the Georgia rains. Ultimately, the Encore is good for someone who wants some luxury flair on an SUV without having to drive an actual giant road-hogging SUV or pay lots of money for the privilege. The base price is just under $25,000, leaving plenty of room for some add-ons while staying under $30K.

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Verdict: The Encore is underrated. If we hadn’t just bought a new car, we’d seriously consider buying one.

Don't judge, it was socially acceptable to listen to holiday music at the time

Don’t judge, it was socially acceptable to listen to holiday music at the time

Your Holiday Solution: Alice + Olivia Trunk Show

20 Nov
Alice Olivia trunk show

Image via Tootsies

We’ve all experienced that what-to-wear panic…there’s an event coming, we’ve known about it for weeks, and yet we’re still frantically crawling the mall at the last minute looking for something to wear. Because nothing in the closet looks “right.” But neither does anything on the racks. This time, it’s because the holidays are here, and we’re not the only ones who need something for a holiday party.

Fret no more.

Tootsies is hosting an Alice + Olivia trunk show. If you’re not already familiar, you may need the full disclosure that we’re kind of fans here. But truly, Stacey Bendet’s dresses are the ultimate effortless chic. Statement dresses that don’t scream “look at me, I’m a statement dress!” Mostly because of flattering cuts and subtly glamorous materials.

Stop by Tootsies at the Shops Around Lenox Nov 21-23 during regular business hours to shop the hottest holiday dresses, and find something that suits you. (And avoid the overcrowded mall entirely.) Because you already have enough stress in your life.

Now, what to do for New Year’s…

-Alice + Olivia Trunk Show at Tootsies. 3400 Around Lenox Dr. November 21-23.

Pop-Up Shopping: Indie Craft Experience

13 Nov
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Don’t you wish someone would make a brick-and-mortar Etsy-style store that has great holiday gifts for everyone? On Friday, your wish comes true: the Indie Craft Experience is popping up in Candler Park from Nov. 15-Dec. 30, giving you items from more than 50 vendors to fill your holiday wish list. Think: jewelry, home goods, art, paper goods, bath and beauty, food and even goodies for pets (.

Stop by for the launch party between 7-9pm on Friday and get a bag ‘o swag if you’re one of the first 100 people in the door.

Get Out: Erica Domesek of ‘PS I Made This’ at Saks

12 Mar

If you’ve ever wished to be as creative as the guru behind hit blog PS – I Made This, you can at least have the opportunity to pick her brain at Saks Fifth Avenue this Wednesday. She’ll even help you make a piece of your own jewelry using Swarovski crystals, just in time for prom/wedding season. Where was this kind of budget-friendly stuff when we needed it?!

Stop by the dresses section upstairs between 4 and 7pm on March 14.

It’s Back: Midtown Pop-Up

1 Dec

Image via Midtown Pop-Up's Facebook

If you’re looking for ways to shop local/indie this season (and if you aren’t–why not?), check out the Midtown Pop-Up, returning this weekend to the Midtown Mile. Stop by on Thursday after work (5pm to 9pm) to shop the Clothing Warehouse, Drew Lewis’ new private label menswear, En Paris gifts and Revolution 11 vintage apparel. Then come back on Friday and Saturday for more from Olive, Pieces of Me, Lisa Jill, Kristi Hyde and Junebug, plus Sinless cocktails and Rockin’ Cupcakes. Not only will you get your holiday shopping out of the way early this year, but you’ll be able to bask in the (smug) satisfaction of knowing that you helped a small business.

Midtown Pop-Up. 999 Peachtree Street. Dec 1-3.

Get Ready: Black Friday Deals in Atlanta

23 Nov

For a look at what’s happening at Kohl’s, Macy’s, Filene’s Basement, Express, and Old Navy, click here.

Most stores will be opening at midnight, some at 10pm the night of Thanksgiving. Get there early to get the best deals!

-Anthropologie: extra 50% off all sale items, in store and online.

-The North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawsonville will be opening at midnight on Black Friday, with many retailers offering extra deals for the “early birds,” which are turning into “insomniac birds.” You’ll find lots of BOGO deals at Ann Taylor and LOFT outlets, 40% off everything at the Banana Republic outlet, 30% off everything at the Coach outlet, 40% off everything at Coldwater Creek, 50%, 60% and 70% off select styles at the Gap outlet, 50% to 70% off select styles at the J. Crew outlet, 30% off the entire store at Polo Ralph Lauren’s outlet, 20% off the entire store at Restoration Hardware, an extra 20% t0 50% off at Off Saks, 30% to 50% off the entire store at Talbots and more. Click here for the full list of sales.

-The Tanger Outlets in Commerce will be opening at 10pm on Thanksgiving. Take an additional 30% off at Abercrombie and Fitch, 40% off everything at Brooks Brothers, up to 50% off at Calvin Klein, 30% off the entire Guess store until noon, 25% of at Tommy Hilfiger and more. Click here for the full list of sales.

Get Out: The Rink at Park Tavern Returns November 21

4 Nov
charlie brown ice skating

Image via A Charlie Brown Christmas

If it isn’t already a holiday tradition, it should be: The Rink at Park Tavern will open on November 21. Tickets are $15 and include skate rental. Bring the kids for some cocoa, or show up for adult time and have a few drinks (because skating sober isn’t hard enough?).

This year, you can even get engaged on the ice.

The Rink is indoors, with a heated tent, modern amenities and music piped in through an awesome sound system. There’s also rink-side dining available for epic people-watching possibilities. Go ahead and buy your tickets online now (the Rink can accomodate 200 people at a time).

Park Tavern 500 10th Street in Piedmont Park.

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