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Ever wonder what 'B-Girls' in Wolfbait & B-Girls refers too? Could it be "Bike Girls?" From now until July 27, anyone who bicycles to the Logan Square boutique will score 20 percent off any one item.

Woldbait & B-Girls, which sells works from more than 170 Chicago artisans, is at 3131 W. Logan. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday

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In today's Shopping column, I previewed the fabulous new Chicago Fashion Incubator Pop-Up Shop, inside the 900 North Michigan Shops. For those of you who have always wanted to support local designers but have never gotten around to it, you really have no excuse now. More than a dozen of Chicago's biggest up-and-coming designers are selling their spring clothing, all in one place, and a lot of it is surprisingly affordable. (I'd say 75 percent of the clothing and accessories are less than $200.)

A quick background on the Chicago Fashion Incubator program, for those who are unfamiliar: For the past three years, the city's Incubator program has mentored
up-and-coming designers, giving them a workspace inside Macy's on State and
helping them start their own businesses. (Think "Project Runway" without the
TV cameras. Or having to make a jumpsuit out of Twizzlers.)

This pop-up shop, which opens today and runs through April 23, features Incubator alumni from the past three years. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday through Wednesday.

And to get better acquainted with the designers, make sure to hit one of these trunk shows, fashion shows or meet-and-greets that will be held next door to the pop-up shop:

March 18: noon to 5 p.m. - Kristin Hassan Trunk show
March 19: noon to 5 p.m. - Meet and Greet with Nora del Busto
March 20: noon to 5 p.m. - 2011 DIR Meet and Greet
March 24: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Agga B. Trunk Show
March 25: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Agga B. Trunk Show
March 26: noon to 3 p.m. - Evil Kitty Trunk Show
March 26: 5 to 10 p.m. - Anna Hovet Fashion Show

April 1: noon to 6 p.m. - Dottie's Delights & Miriam Cecilia Manicures & Mocktails
April 2: noon to 5 p.m. - Spring into Glamour and the Future with Evil Kitty
April 3: 1 to 5 p.m. - Anna Hovet Trunk Show
April 3: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Buyer's Brunch
April 7: 6 to 9 p.m. - Kristin Hassan Fashion Show
April 8: 4 to 7 p.m. - Alidade Trunk Show
April 8: 8 to 10 p.m. - Zamrie Fashion Show
April 9: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. -Dottie's Delights Spring Pin Up Photo Shoot Event
April 10: noon to 3 p.m. - Zamrie Trunk Show
April 15: 6 to 9 p.m. - Nonnie Threads Trunk Show
April 15: 6 to 9 p.m. - Miriam Cecilia Fashion Show
April 16: 2 to 6 p.m. - Alidade Trunk Show
April 17: noon to 5 p.m. - Kristin Hassan Trunk Show
April 17: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Nora del Busto Trunk Show
April 21: 6 to 9 p.m. - Killian Gui Informal Presentation


Boutique Veruca Salt, 521 N. Kingsbury, will play host to designer Shavonne Dorsey, a new face on the Chicago fashion scene, with a trunk show from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 6.

Siobhan Apparel, the name of Dorsey's newly launched clothing company, aims to celebrate the different silhouettes of women.

Dorsey will also offer fashion consultations at the trunk show.


If you'll be in or around East Lakeview this weekend, stop by gifts and accessories boutique Spare Parts for their sidewalk sale today, May 15, and Sunday, May 16. You'll find savings of up to 50 percent off.

Spare Parts, open for more than 20 years, is an East Lakeview staple, offering everything from custom jewelry by local designers to men's accessories to candles to quirky animal backpacks and clothing for children. Not to mention an incredible handbag selection for women (a purse-lovers dream)!

Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; closed Monday. Call (773) 525-4242.


Re.Stock Shop, a traveling designer sample sale in Chicago, will be stopping at 1452 N. Milwaukee from 4 to 7 today to offer savings of up to 80 percent off on new designer clothing.

Save on the following designers: Kensie Denim, Ted Baker, Five Crown Tees, Heavy Rotation, New Breed, Interlud, Scrapbook, Earnest Sewn, 213 Industry, Modern Amusement, Divine Wear, JLee Silver, Bjorn Borg, Industry, Divine Wear, Me el, Hollister, SuperDry, Rolleez and more.

Left: Coeur du Jour Necklace, $68 (choose from six messages, including "Crazy 4 You" and "U R Hot.") Right: Tetra Ring, $96. Wood is sustainably-grown Sono wood from Indonesia. Both prices are before the 40 percent off.

From now until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, February 9, you can snag 40 percent off of all jewelry at

To get the special Valentine's Day markdown, enter the code 40OFF at check out.

The jewelry, designed by Chicagoan Kirsten Goede, features Swarovski crystals in elegant designs that are colorful, feminine and playful.

Goede designs bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings, as well as earrings and bracelets for kids.


Fix Boutique, 1101 W. Fulton, now carries men's and women's shoes in addition to clothing and accessories. And from now until Monday, February 1, anyone who donates a pair of gently used shoes will receive 20 percent off any shoe purchase.

The donated shoes will be given to Soles4Souls, a global charity that is now working to donate over one million pairs of shoes to Haiti to help the earthquake survivors.

Shoe designers at Fix include Cynthia Vincent (above left) and Leoffler Randall (right).

Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and by appointment only on Sunday. Call (312) 226-4565.


Shop local designers from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, June 4, and Friday, June 5, at 233 N. Michigan (on the Concourse Level next to Delmonico's restaurant).

Designers will include Brynn Capella Handbags, Chic Gems, etc. and Juliet Jewelry.

Sales will run up to 50 percent off! If you go, let me know what you found.


Parker Posey wore Chicago designer Cynthia Rowley to the Lucille Lortel Awards (for off-Broadway shows) in New York Sunday.

The waxed linen dress, from the designer's Spring collection, gives the illusion of leather. You can find it at Cynthia Rowley stores (1653 N. Damen and 810 W. Armitage in Chicago) and at

I think the dress is pretty darn cute (and perfect for a Picasso-loving biker chick!).

What do you think?


Join White Attic, a beautiful shop that offers re-colored and re-invented antique and vintage furniture, for a grand opening party from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at its new location at 1842 N. Damen in Bucktown. (The original White Attic is in Andersonville at 5225 N. Clark). At the party, get 10 percent off all dressers, credenzas, chairs and lamps. Enjoy some light refreshments and "nibbly bits."

Owner Terry Ledford on the vintage 1960s chair shown above: "I had the chair reupholstered using new fabric I sourced. I will be doing this going forward -- finding vintage upholstered pieces, choosing new fabrics and having them reupholstered. I love taking older pieces and making them new!"

Ledford on the accessories below: "All of the items were also from the 1960s. We hand sanded each piece to remove the finish and then use a satin varnish on the casing and latex paint to paint out the fronts."


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