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Retail Therapy: A merger by Design

Better than Pinterest: Interior decorator Thomas Lavin and the Blake House showroom at the Laguna Design Center have merged to become Thomas Lavin at Blake House. The new combined space, open to the public, was launched with a party hosted by Elle Décor on Sept. 16. Covetable new lines on offer include Bright and Altura furniture, Marian Jamieson lighting and Liberty of London and Anichini fabrics, along with the introduction of Christian Liaigre, Jiun Ho, Fuse, Magni Home, McEwen, Link Outdoor and Tuell & Reynolds, among others. Information: thomaslavin.com.

Social capitalism for a cause: If you like the retail activism method used by brands like TOMS, stop by a group warehouse sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday to save up to 80% on clothing and accessories from local brands like Krochet Kids, Vestal, 31 Bits, Almond Surfboards, 31 Bits, Insight and Deus. The cause-conscious labels will converge at Krochet Kids HQ, 1630 Superior Ave., Unit C, Costa Mesa. Information: krochetkids.org.

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Develop fashion confidence: Celebrity stylist Rebecca Pennington has opened a new designer resale boutique and styling studio, Violette Studios, at Old World Village, 7561 Center Ave., Suite 51A, Huntington Beach. In addition to offering deals on top labels, the venture plans to offer weekly and monthly events to help people of all ages learn to dress for their lifestyle. Stop by the grand opening at 11 a.m. Saturday to learn more and enjoy music, food, door prizes and shopping. Information: violettestudios.com.

Study buddies: The Newport Beach Public Library will host a free SAT Practice Test from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at its Central Library Friends Room. Students of any age may participate; results will be emailed within two weeks. Register soon at newportbeachlibrary.org since space is limited. Registration is required. The test will take about four hours; bring a calculator.

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Wine and dine: The new Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa signature restaurant Watertable, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., will begin a series of monthly wine dinners at 6 p.m. Sept. 30, when it welcomes Napa Valley's famed Heitz Wine Cellars to pair its bottles with dishes including Yellowtail Hamachi Crudo, Organic Beet Tartar, Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast, Espresso Rubbed Short Rib and Fall Harvest Black Mission Fig Tart. Future dinners will be Oct. 30 and Nov. 12. The dinners will be $95 to $135 per person, plus tax and gratuity. RSVP at (714) 845-4893.

Autumn bounty: Join chef Pascal Olhats and special guests Anne and Dan Manassero from Manassero Farms at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Sherman Library and Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, to learn about growing vegetables and enjoy a cooking demonstration and French countryside feast by the chef. The monthly interactive dinners are limited to 50 guests, and the cost is $50 to $60 per person. Information and reservations: (949) 673-0033.

Have a hot sale tip, or know about a new local business that you think deserves a little attention? Contact CANDICE BAKER at candicebaker@gmail.com.

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