Retail Therapy: Furniture bargains, pickup only

Closing time: The Jennifer Convertibles store in The Market Place, 2866 El Camino Real, Tustin, will shut its doors after this weekend. Samples are being sold for up to 70% off retail price, including complete bedroom sets, sofas, chairs and ottomans. Both fabric and leather products are available. All items are customer pickup only. Information: (714) 544-8838 or

Classic fashion: The Garment District warehouse, which will be closing, is hosting a sale through Saturday. Save up to 85% on women's sportswear. If you like stores like Coldwater Creek, you may find something you like here. The warehouse is at 22822 Granite Way, Unit C, Laguna Hills.

In the better-late-than-never department, here are some last-minute Valentine's Day options for those seeking a romantic night out. Be sure to make a reservation since spaces fill quickly:

Mercy rule: A Restaurant, 3334 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, has announced a "Chef's Mercy" dinner menu featuring aphrodisiac ingredients. Chef Jonathan Blackford will provide a surprise five- to six-course menu at 6 and 8:30 p.m., for just six couples per seating. The meal is $150 per couple. Ingredients will include lobster, caviar, black truffles and oysters; a glass of champagne is included in the price. Information: (949) 650-6505 or

Cheap and cheerful: Wahoo's has brought back its annual Valentine's Day promo with a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for its No. 1 combo, which includes a salmon (or choice of protein) taco, rice and beans, good Friday through Sunday. Go to to print a coupon.

St. (Regis) Valentine: The St. Regis Monarch Beach's flagship restaurant, Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern, will offer a five-course Valentine's Day (and weekend) tasting menu for $175 per person. The menu at the Dana Point resort includes favorites like Mina's lobster pot pie; a charlotte of asparagus; Dover sole; and tagima-gyu. A wine pairing is available for a $95 supplementary fee. Information and reservations: (800) 722-1543.

Spahhhhhhhh: Spade Skin Care & More, 1220 Bison Ave., Suite A-6, Newport Beach, is helping couples relax this month with several special offers. Customers who purchase one HydraFacial with Diamond Tip Microderm for $150 will receive the second one free. Red Carpet Facials are $69, regularly $150, or get a Red Carpet Makeup Application for $50, regularly $85. Those who purchase a $100 gift card will receive an additional $25 credit. Information: (949) 335-SKIN (7546) or

O, what a night: If a girl's night out appeals to you more than Valentine's Day, stop by Red O Restaurant, 143 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, for its National Margarita Day celebration. Although the national celebration is Feb. 22, Red O's tequila extravaganza begins Saturday and runs through March 1. Enjoy a flight of three 6-ounce margarita portions for $15, including the Topolo Margarita (with El Agave Silver tequila, orange liqueur and housemade limonada); the Alacran Margarita (with Hornitos Reposado, orange liqueur, VeeV acai spirit, limonada and serrano chile syrup); and the Organic Skinny Margarita (with Tierras Organic Blanco tequila, fresh-squeezed organic lime juice and organic agave nectar). Information: (949) 718-0300 or

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