Friday, April 11, 2008

Buy Curious: Parties, Openings, and the "Birth of Blue"

Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 1:58 PM

Temperatures are supposed to reach the mid-seventies this weekend, which means that in addition to unearthing your spring flocks, there's no excuse not to take head outdoors and hit up one of the many fabulous shopping events happening this weekend — whether you're looking for that special end-table to spruce up your living quarters, splurge on an organic pedicure, or trade in your dusted duds for something new (or all of the above). Plus, with Earth Day approaching, get hip to the latest craze, going "blue." What it all means, after the jump ...


Spa Week
We've been promoting this for a while now (though, admittedly, we have no idea whether this promotional event will live up to its promise), but spas participating in the national Spa Week, April 14-20, are offering two to three spa service treatments for $50 each in an attempt to draw the everyday person who normally might not rationalize spending their hard-earned cash on seemingly frivolous pampering. Organizers promise there will be an emphasis on organic, herbal, and detoxifying treatments. Bay Area participating spas include:
Body by Melisa (4442 Piedmont Ave., Suite A, Oakland)
The Appearance Care Center (2408 Clay St., SF)
Epi Center Med Spa (450 Sutter St., # 1336, SF)
La Belle Day Spa (233 Grant Ave., SF)
La Petite Rose (2409 25th Ave., SF)
Mary Thé Skin Care (188 S Park St. # 1, SF)
Red Door Spa (126 Post St., SF)
Spa Solé (2500 Clay St., 2nd Fl., SF)
The Barber Lounge (854 Folsom St., SF)

Speaking of Organic Spa Treatments ...
This Berkeley salon isn't participating in Spa Week, but that's likely because it doesn't have any trouble drawing customers. Joi Nail Spa (1597 Solano Ave., Berkeley) has been attracting women by the droves for their organic, chemical-free mani/pedis and other spa treatments. Though they're a bit on the pricey side, you get what you pay for: stainless-steel foot baths (no gross, disease-festering whirlpool tubs), relaxing massages, great customer service, and a serene ambience. Even if you've sworn to never step foot into a cheesy nail salon, this place may very well change your mind. (Just be sure to book an appointment ahead of time.)(P.S. To see if your local salon is meeting state health and safety requirements, look them up on the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. Hint: Under "Business Name," click "Match any part of name.")

Speaking of Health and Safety ...
Elephant Pharmacy will host an Electronics Recycling & Safe Medicine Disposal event this weekend (Saturday in Walnut Creek, Sunday in Berkeley). Donating your old prescription drugs, electronics, and computers will help keep them out of landfills and waterways (your high-tech trash may even end up in ditch in Ghana). To boot, 10 cents per pound will be donated to nonprofit Teleosis Institute, which works to keep meds out of the water.
Where: 1388 S. California, Walnut Creek (Sat.) and 1607 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley (Sun.)
When: Saturday, April 12-Sunday, April 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
If you can't make it this weekend, you can always donate your old electronics for free here.

More Green Stuff
For a big list of eco-friendly deals this month, check out the Daily Green (thanks to for the tip).

Beyond Green, to Blue
Former Sierra Club prez and "Death of Environmentalist" proponent Adam Werbach (full disclosure: my old boss) gave a sold-out talk at the Commonwealth Club this week on the "Birth of Blue." Werbach, whose company Act Now Productions was just acquired by Saatchi & Saatchi to help major corporations become more sustainable, is now encouraging people to go "beyond green" by creating a "personal sustainability practice," which includes taking note of the things we buy. Look for more greenish/blueish events and opportunities in next week's edition of Buy Curious.

Acrimony Grand Opening Party
Head across the bay tonight for the grand opening celebration of a new, nearly 2,000-square-foot Hayes Valley boutique Acrimony. The store promises to eschew big brands and the quantity-over-quality mindset, opting instead to "relentlessly" challenge, seek, and redefine concepts of original style. Owner Jenny Chung's unique lines include April 77, Wood Wood, Cassette denim, and Michelle Vale handbags.
Where: 515 Gough St. (at Grove St.), San Francisco
When: Friday, April 11. 7-9 p.m.

Recycle Your Denim
SF boutique Carrots continues its recycled denim promotion this weekend. Bring in your old denim and get 20 percent off a new pair. Event benefits La Casa de las Madres, which helps battered women. C'mon, we know you've got some stretchy denim hiding in your drawers!
When: Now, until April 12, 2008
Where: 843 Montgomery St., San Francisco

Modern Economy Home & Lifestyle Sample Sale
So you can't afford to move or remodel your kitchen, but you can spruce up your living quarters on a budget. Take up to 70 percent off samples and overstock of home and lifestyle stuff at this event hosted by Modern Economy (translation: broke-ass). Free admission and all sales are final.
When: Saturday, April 12, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Fort Mason Center, Building A

Second Saturday Showcase
Check out this monthly evening showcase of style and wine-sipping from AC Clothing and Bags and Porcelynne Lingerie in their DTO digs.
When: Saturday, April 12, 6-9 p.m.
Where: 261 10th St. @ Alice Suite 202, Oakland

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