Retail Therapy: Walk with an Italian accent

Sole comfort: A new store featuring Italian shoes has opened in Laguna Beach. Quattro Passi, 305 Forest Ave., Suite 103, owned by Gabriella Caltabiano, focuses on offering comfortable, versatile and beautiful footwear by brands that have been long established in Italy but are unknown in the United States. Italian handbags will arrive this spring, followed by children's shoes in the summer. Information: (949) 922-2576.

'Sex and the City' stampede: The SJP collection by Sarah Jessica Parker will launch at Nordstrom's South Coast Plaza store and on on Feb. 28. The collection includes shoes, handbags and a trench coat that evoke actress Parker's personal style. Information:

Margarita madness: Z'Tejas South Coast Plaza will host a National Margarita Day celebration on Saturday. The full price of each $2.22 "Little Larry" 5-ounce margarita and $2.22 top-shelf margarita sold that day will benefit THE Breast Cancer Fundraiser. Information: (714) 979-7469 or

Get a handle: Bottega Veneta at South Coast Plaza celebrated the opening of its new, larger store last week with a soiree heralding the North American debut of its spring collection, hosted by Elizabeth Segerstrom, Keiko Sakamoto Witte and Elizabeth An. Designed by the brand's creative director, Tomas Maier, every part of the store's interior was custom-made to complement the brand's famously luxe leather goods and other pieces made by families of Italian artisans. Information:

Got Lent? Slapfish restaurant, 19696 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, is planning weekly Friday fish specials for Lent observers. Lent runs from March 5 to April 17. In addition to Slapfish's standard menu, new options like an All-American Lobster Boil, salads and grilled fish and chips will be on the lineup. A Laguna Beach location is slated to open this spring. Information:

Crush on crustaceans: Ways & Means Oyster House, 513 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, has announced new Maine Lobster Mondays. One-pound lobsters will be sold for $9.99 from 11:30 a.m. each Monday until they sell out. Those who sit at the exhibition oyster bar also will receive a free pour of wine. Information: (714) 516-1800.

Spahhhhh: A local Massage Green Spa franchise location has just opened at 16561 Bolsa Chica St., Suite 100, Huntington Beach. The location offers environmentally friendly spa services in a green environment. The location will offer an introductory one-hour full-body massage for $39.95. Information:

Kitchen caper: Fig & Olive, 401 Newport Center Drive, Suite 151, Newport Beach, will host a cooking class with executive chef Pascal Lorange from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 25. Admission is $85. The class will focus on the flavors of the French Riviera, including dishes like zucchini Carpaccio, Chilean sea bass and an apple tart. Information and reservations: (212) 924-1200 or

Boot up: Ritual Wellness and CDM Fitness, 2841 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, are hosting a Love Your Body couples boot camp with juice refreshments at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Proceeds will benefit Infused Fitness' Sweat for Karma. Information: (949) 682-8087 or

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