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Weekend Picks - May 3, 2012


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To the Maxx
You've seen the commercials. Now, T.J.Maxx's first Hawaii location is finally open. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the 35,000-square foot store (that is, if you're not already there).

1. As soon as you enter, turn right and hit up the special "Runway" department, exclusive to the Ward store. We're not allowed to mention designer names, but let's just say we spotted a pair of red soled shoes among the many high-end items. Don't forget to look across the aisle for embellished cardigans, printed skirts and a $35 tank by a designer whose name rhymes with "Gate Trade."

Lei Chic2. Avoid the racks. The best stuff is located around the perimeter. If you're in a hurry, just walk down the aisle. Then, when you reach the shoe department, head straight to the back and check the display shelves for luxe labels, like the three initial designer known for her iconic wrap dresses.

3. Stop by the kitchen department to pick up some French cast iron cookware normally found at that fancy kitchen store down the street.

4. Check our Facebook page for a look at the designer items we spotted during our visit. We'll be adding more photos throughout the day, and feel free to post your own finds on our page. Sizes are limited and expect smaller sizes to go first, but we're told the store gets thousands of new items in each week.

Where: 1170 Auahi St., Ward Village Shops, 3rd Floor
Details: Two more stores open in the coming weeks - May 10: Pearl City Gateway, 1120 Kuala St.; and May 17: Pearlridge Center Uptown, 98-1005 Moanalua Rd.

Choc It Up
Score major brownie points with Mom by signing up for Madre Chocolate's truffle making class. Come Mother's Day, she'll swoon over your coconut truffles with maple cumin candied pepitas, vanilla agave truffles with toasted sesame seeds and almond butter truffles dipped in raw Hamakua couverture (a high quality chocolate with extra cocoa butter). Save a few for quality control. We won't tell.
When: Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
Where: Madre Chocolate Shop, 20A Kainehe St.
Details: $50. Click here to register.

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Coming Up Roses
Immerse yourself in colorful works of art at Kaleidoscope, Andrew Rose Gallery's first solo exhibition by founder Andrew Rose. Look for Peacock, an array of strokes and color that resemble a peacock's brilliant plumes, and Pearl, a 5-by-15-foot mural that depicts an abstract view of Honolulu.
When: Tomorrow through June 22. Open from 6-10 p.m. for First Fridays.
Where: Andrew Rose Gallery, 1003 Bishop St., Suite 120, Ground Floor
Details: Parking is available in the garage, the entrance is left off of Alakea Street just before Hotel Street. Call (808) 599-4400 for more information.

Old Made
Dive into Muumuu Heaven's collection of classic treasures during its biggest vintage sale ever. The store has set aside an entire room stuffed with racks of bright dresses and one-of-a-kind accessories. Our pick: a sleeveless orange tent dress with pink and white flowers, reminiscent of an Austin Powers' movie.
When: Through May 31.
Where: Muumuu Heaven, 767 Kailua Rd.
Details: View a selection of items on Muumuu Heaven's Facebook page.

Wine and Dine
Make reservations now for Fujioka's Italian wine dinner at Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar. Journey through Tuscany with Master Sommelier Patrick Okubo when you savor wines like Poggio Antico, Brunello di Montalcino 2006, an intense, ruby red wine with sweet tannins and hints of blackberry and licorice.
When: Tuesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar, 3605 Waialae Ave.
Details: $120 per person. Call (808) 744-7567 to make a reservation.

Night on the Town
Lei Chic's Guide to First Friday

Lei ChicWho:
Barrio Vintage, 1160 Nuuanu Ave.
Details: Just in, artwork by Tucson artist Nick Georgiou, known for transforming stacks of discarded books and newsprint into abstract mixed media portraits and prints. Don't miss the smaller scale portrait, hidden in a vintage cigar box.
Also: Score 25 percent off all tags with a pink lucky kitty stamp. Visit Barrio's loft space at 1109 Maunakea St., #208 to scoop up clearance items for as low as two dollars.

Who: Mojo Barbershop, 1157 Bethel St.
Details: Launch of "Work Hard, Stay Handsome," a collection of photographs by Cassy Song, featuring local joes like JJ Dolan's Danny Dolan and JJ Niebuhr and in4mation's Jun Jo.

Who: House of Aria, 1140 Bethel St.
Details: Wishing Bridge trunk show. Be the first to pre-order pieces from the Fall 2012 collection. Show Wishing Bridge's Facebook page on your phone to get 10 percent off plus a $5 voucher for your next purchase.

Who: Fighting Eel, 1133 Bethel St.
Details: Tiare Hawaii and Padma & Pickles trunk shows. Get 20 percent off all Padma & Pickles items and free earrings with purchase of $100 or more. Buy anything from the trunk show and get 10 percent off the rest of your purchase.

Who: Roberta Oaks, 19 N. Pauahi St.
Details: Ohia Modern trunk show; 10 percent off all Ohia Modern purchases.
Also: Score 10 percent off Roberta Oaks' Summer 2012 collection when you mention "Love R.O." at the register or shop online with the code LOVERO.

Who: Milk & Honey, 1128 Smith St.
Details: Noteworthy's new pocket tee release, up to 50 percent off spring clearance items.
Also: 30 percent off all Report heels, 10 percent off tops and blouses, 30 percent off select items storewide.

Who: Florencia Arias, 1161 Nuuanu Ave.
Details: 50 percent off rack, 20 percent off select jewelry, $20 bin. Enter to win a Florencia Arias Dahlia dress.
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