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New year, new savings. The Red Carpet (3425 Magazine St., 281-4610) is having a storewide 20 percent-off sale through Jan. 6. All About Me (3256 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-6463) has sale items starting at $9.99. Beginning Jan. 3, take 50-75 percent off selected clothing, shoes and accessories at Ballins Ltd. (721 Dante St., 866-4367; 806 E. Boston St., Covington, 985-892-0025; Ballin's Ltd./Joan Vass, 2917 Magazine St., 891-4502). Take 50 percent off all Christmas merchandise at Belladonna (2900 Magazine St., 891-4393). Selected children's fall and winter smocked clothing is marked down 20-50 percent at Orient Expressed (3905 Magazine St., 899-3060).

Women's boutique FeBe (115 Metairie Road, 836-9798) has opened a second location just a few blocks away at 474 Metairie Road (835-5250). The new showroom, which features the dressier side of FeBe's inventory, gives customers more room to shop for clothes from designers such as Diane von Furstenberg, Elie Tahari, Vera Wang and Nanette Lepore. Blush Beauty, FeBe's makeup and fragrance boutique, has moved to the new location as well.

The Silk Road Collection (3714 Magazine St., 894-8540) has some exotic new arrivals — Buddha and Ganesha artifacts, wood carvings, thangkas, silver jewelry, yak wool carpets, Nepalese singing bowls — brought back from the owners' recent trip to India and Nepal. Stop by the store or browse online at the store's newly-enhanced e-commerce website: www.silkroadcollection.com.

On Dec. 28, 16 months after Hurricane Katrina, United Bank and Trust (2714 Canal St., 827-0060) became the first bank lobby to reopen with full-service banking on Canal Street. Located at the corner of Broad and Canal streets, the UBT bank building, which flooded during the storm, now has a fully renovated lobby. In addition, the 16-year-old minority-owned banking institution is now bilingual, offering all services in both English and Spanish.

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