Friday, May 19, 2006

Weekend Sales

Casa di Lino, the new luxury home boutique on Oak Lawn near Avondale, is now throwing an official grand opening, and sale. Offerings include fine Italian linens and home and bath accessories. Now through Wednesday, receive 15 percent off all purchases and special orders.
Casa di Lino, 4026 Oak Lawn Ave., 214-252-0404

West Elm's Web site is having a huge Summer sale. Save up to 50% on select modern furniture and accessories.

The Bodum store on Knox is still running their GOB sale. 50-70% off.
Bodum, 3103 Knox Street, 214-522-0800

Mesquite is for More than Smoking Meat

You can't really say that mesquite is making a comeback since it's never been used for much other than making BBQ, but Ann Sachs introduced a mesquite wood tile at the Chicago Kitchen/Bath Show which is making quite a splash as a resilient and naturally sustainable product. If you've ever tried to cut one down, you know that mesquite wood is extremely hard and the trees extremely tenacious. They will grow anywhere.

If you think this is a fluke, HGTV recently featured mesquite flooring on their "I Want That" program. Bottom line, big name designers beat us to the punch on making our prickley weed tree trendy. The worst part is, it's a great idea.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Make Urban Bazaar

This year's Urban Street Bazaar will feature the hand-crafted work of local designers. Products for sale will range from clothing and jewelry to furniture and wall art. Sponsored by local urban-crafting haven, Make, the Bazaar will take place June 2nd - 4th at Thomas and Boll. The event also features raffles, prizes, hands-on demonstrations, and a silent auction. For hours and details check or the Make site.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Sprouts Review

I stopped by the new Sprouts grocery store on Marsh and Forrest this weekend. The store is small, but they had all the 95% of the items on my list, including dried, unsweetened cherries (they didn't have light mayonnaise or toffee). The food prices were better than Whole Foods and on par with Central Market. The service was great - knowledgeable without being intimidating and very friendly. I will definitely be stopping by regularly.

Bodum Going Out of Business

The Bodum store on Knox is going out of business. Everything tea and them some is on sale 30%-70% off.