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The second annual Magazine Street Retail Relief will be held Saturday, Nov. 4. The all-day celebration with jazz, festivities and fun for the whole family will feature special promotions and in-shop events along Magazine Street. The event is being organized by Bryan Batt of Hazelnut (5515 Magazine St., 891-2424) to boost the continued economic resurgence of historic Magazine Street.

Sabai (3115 Magazine St., 897-6211) is having its annual sidewalk sale Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-5, featuring selected jewelry up to 70 percent off and 10 percent off merchandise storewide.

They're bringing thrifty back on the West Bank. On Oct. 26, Thrift City (601 Terry Pkwy., Gretna, 363-0006) opened its doors after being closed for more than one year after Hurricane Katrina.

Popular sixth-ward barbershop Boss Soul Aquarius gets a new location and the royal treatment from Crown Royal. Having volunteered with the Canadian whiskey company to run a mobile barbershop and relief program after Hurricane Katrina, the owners of Boss Soul Aquarius are now ready to unveil their new location. The lavish transformation — including custom barber chairs and flat-screen TVs — that turned Boss Soul Aquarius II (935 Teche St., 374-0863) into an upscale hangout is courtesy of Crown Royal Barbershops, a national program that rewards worthy businesses with substantial interior improvements to support a significant community cornerstone — the barbershop. Stop by on Thursday nights for a music and mingling cocktail hour.

There's a new place to get "done up" Uptown. Vanity on Maple (7621 Maple St., 864-8300) is a partnership between Joshua Scott (formerly of Salon JKL and Make Up Art) and Gina Fazzio (formerly of Make Up Art). Specializing in haircuts and color, makeup application, facials and waxing, the new salon will hold a grand opening event in November.

Give your furs back to the animals! Starting Nov. 1 through Earth Day (April 22), bring your real fur apparel, including fur trims, fur accessories (such as hats, gloves and muffs), and shearling to Buffalo Exchange (3312 Magazine St., 891-7443) as a donation to The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The furs are used as bedding for orphaned and injured wildlife. To claim a tax deduction, mail your fur directly to the HSUS, Attn: Coats for Cubs, 2100 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20037. For more information, visit


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