Queen West, mon amour
Tonight (Thursday, March 24), Preloved (613 Queen West) throws a shopping party where the spring line is yours for 20 per cent off. Such a fete just couldn't be sans music, which is being provided by Rec Room, with super-with-it Hannah Sung (of MuchMusic fame) acting as DJ, beer from the good folks at Amsterdam Brewery (600 King West, 416-504-1040) and eats courtesy of the organically inclined Healthy Butcher (565 Queen West, 416-674-2642). 7 to 11 pm. 416-504-8704.
Me, my favourite topic
Love all those high-on-the-cachet-factor cosmetics? Silly me, of course you do. Well, thanks to beauty junkie Lisa Pasternack 's new online company, It's About Me Cosmetics (www.mememe. ca), scoring those hard-to-find goodies is just a click away. Join the MeMeMe Diva Rewards program for the annual fee of only $20 and score 10 per cent off all your purchases. Plus, once you're part of the site's beauty elite, you'll be invited to attend exclusive parties, demonstrations and in-salon events. 416-543-9408.
Get ready for handmade central - it's time for the One Of A Kind Show . Taking over the National Trade Centre at Exhibition Place, the event starts today (Thursday, March 24) and continues through Monday (March 28). From housewares, ceramics and garden gear to apparel, accessories, millinery and jewellery, this would be the place to pick up great items priced without retail overhead factored in, and maybe even meet the designers. www.oneofakindshow.com for hours, admission price and directions. 416-960-3680.
Don't miss Neoset 's (1970 Avenue Road) grand reopening Saturday (March 26), where until April 3 you can pick up a desk for as little as $29.99, an entertainment unit for only $44.99 and bookcases starting at $79.99, plus a whole bunch of other deals. Bring the young 'uns (there'll be clowns, face-painting, balloons) and come early - the first 100 guests score free gifts. Monday to Friday 9 am to 9 pm, Saturday 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. 416-789-5598, www.neosetcanada.com.