Take 60 percent to 75 percent off selected items during a sale at Cream of the Frock (2137 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1665), and check out the recent shipment of brand new St. John clothing starting at $175.
State Department of Economic Development Regional Director Roy Mack Sr. will discuss the state of entrepreneurship in New Orleans during a business networking session from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at GG's Gourmet Coffee and Caf&233; (8480 Morrison Road, Suite B, 241-6788). The event also includes a fashion show of men's spring and summer clothing from Debonair Clothiers and live music by Jus-Fa-Nah. Admission is free with a purchase from the shop's espresso bar.
Merigold (3652 Magazine St., 897-4837) is holding a grand opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 2, in conjunction with a block party in the 3600 block called Doggy Diva Day to benefit the SPCA. The event will include food and live entertainment, including an evening performance by the Storyville Stompers. Each participating business on the block will have special raffles and some will have door prizes. There also will be prizes for the most 'Diva-ed' dogs.
Bid on great deals, including Blue Dog paintings by local artist George Rodrigue, during silent and live auctions at the OMNI Bank Parkway Promenade XIV fundraiser to benefit Jefferson Beautification Inc. from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Oakland Plantation Estates (Oakland Road, Kenner, 737-7583). The event includes food and drinks. Tickets are $50 each or $85 for a couple. Call 569-8467.
Fashion specialists from Zanella will be available to advise women about the clothing line during a trunk show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Rubensteins (102 St. Charles Ave., 581-6666). Complimentary valet parking is available, and the show is free and open to the public.
Enjoy sweets, a drink and Latin music by Vivaz while you browse the new spring sandals, mules, slings, wedges, handbags, eyewear and leatherwear in a host of cool colors from designer Donald J. Pliner from noon to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Saint Germain (The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., Suite 208, 522-1720).