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This week Macy's is hosting a number of grand-opening events at its two new stores at Lakeside Shopping Center (3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie) and The Esplanade (1401 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner). There will be a charity shopping day on Wednesday, Oct. 22 — local organizations that sell $5 "shopping pass tickets" to their supporters keep the entire proceeds — and a cocktail gala benefiting NOCCA on Friday, Oct. 24. For gala tickets, call 940-2900 or visit On Saturday, Oct. 25, there will be ribbon-cutting celebrations at both stores with personal appearances by Tommy Hilfiger, Gavin DeGraw, Russell Simmons, Martha Stewart, Steve Madden, Clinton Kelly and others. For more information, visit and

Women's boutique Simple Elegance (455-4420), formerly located Uptown on Adams Street, has moved to a new location at 3512 18th St. in Metairie.

Hazelnut (5515 Magazine St., 891-2424; will host a trunk show featuring Bosom Buddy handbags ( on Saturday, Oct. 25, and will serve wine and cheese from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Au Pair des Chiens (617 S. Claiborne Ave., 528-3747; is now open and offers cage-free daycare and boarding for dogs, with optional bathing and grooming services by appointment. Purchase a multi-day package before Oct. 31 and receive a free "Dog Nanny" T-shirt.


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