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IN THE BAG

Shopping column: Fair-trade boutique opening downtown

Grand opening is Oct. 18.

Friday, October 5, 2012 - 12:01 am

A local nonprofit fair-trade boutique and design company is hosting a grand opening soon at its new downtown location, and the public is invited.

Creative Women of the World, or CWoW, is having a fair-trade coffee, tea and chocolate tasting 5:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at 125 W. Wayne St. Entry is free, but donations will be accepted.

A proclamation and ribbon-cutting ceremony is at 5:30 p.m., and CWoW will introduce its first long-term international advocate, Jen Foster. She will be going to Nairobi, Kenya, to mentor a group of women in sustainable business practices over three years.

All proceeds from the event benefit CWoW or Foster.

At the event, CWoW will offer tastes and pairings of organic chocolates, coffees and teas from around the world. There will be live music.

“October 18th is an important day for us because it is also Anti-Slavery Day,” Executive Director Lorelei VerLee said in a statement. “Slavery comes in many forms. Those who have more social power can enslave the weak. Poverty can also enslave. But creative empowerment, rather than charity, gives confidence, and can change a life forever.”

CWoW's mission is to inspire creative business and marketing solutions for women around the world seeking to rise out of extreme poverty or enslavement. The nonprofit markets original designs created by women who live in the Third World. Examples include jewelry, primitive art, cards, journals, scarves, purses and more. Check out CWoW's website at www.creativewomenoftheworld.com.

Rubber stamp and scrapbook show

Head out to the Allen County Fairgrounds this weekend if you are into scrapbooking or other crafts that use rubber stamps.

Twenty-four vendors will be at the Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Getaway this weekend. In addition to shopping, there will be make-and-take projects, demonstrations and door prizes, and food will be available.

The event is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the fairgrounds, 2726 Carroll Road. Tickets are $6 in advance or $8 at the door. Order tickets in advance and pick them up at the show by calling 557-4809.

Admission is free after 2 p.m. Sunday.

Michelle Lindeman, who is organizing the event, said scrapbooking, card-making and other crafts using rubber stamps are all hobbies that are still going strong.

Bridal Octoberfest

The Monogram Shop and more …, 6410 W. Jefferson Blvd. in Covington Plaza, is hosting a Bridal Octoberfest noon-3:30 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy cider and cupcakes, as well as a free bridal shower memory book for first 50 brides; free thank-you notes with wedding invitations ordered that day; and free shipping on wedding accessories ordered Sunday, such as cake toppers, pens, guest books, groomsmen's gifts and bridesmaids' gifts.

Bracelets with a purpose

Apricot Lane, a boutique at Jefferson Pointe, is selling 3Strands — a fashion brand working to fight sex trafficking around the world. With the sale of every 3Strands handmade bracelet and gift box, money is raised to help empower, teach and employ young women who have been rescued from sex trafficking, according to an Apricot Lane news release.

The first of the 3Strands products, wax-cotton woven bracelets with a signature 3Strands metal closure, are handmade by rescued young women.

Guys’ night out

Christopher James Menswear in Covington Plaza is hosting an event, “Sweet Clothes, Sweet Cars and Fine Cigars,” 4-8 p.m. Oct. 12 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13. The two-day trunk show features products from Hickey Freeman & Coppley, Allen Edmonds, Robert Talbott, Eton, VK Nagrani and Edward Armah.

On Friday night, there will be food and drink, music and the opportunity to check out “some of Fort Wayne's coolest cars” courtesy of SweetCars. Also, Riegel's pipe and tobacco shop will have its doors open showcasing its best cigars.

Representatives from www.Lendingahand.net will be on hand to explain their partner charities, and 5 percent of your purchases that weekend will go to the partner charity of your choice.

The Ladies of Auburn

If you like to support business owned by women, consider any of these 12 in Auburn. The business owners even put together a brochure. They are: The Busy Brush Gallery and Cafe, Cheesemanstore, Olive Twist, Expressions Gallery, Lyn-Maree's Affordable Women's Accessories, Paper Gourmet, PeeKerS, Like Yesterday, Cookie Nook, Ain't She Swell, Lollypop's Vintage Shoppe, and Changes.

Free haircuts to breast cancer survivors

During October, in honor of breast cancer awareness month, J.C. Penney is giving away free haircuts and styles to all breast cancer survivors. Also, for the first 50,000 haircuts, J.C. Penney will donate $1 each to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Call or stop by the salon to schedule a free October appointment. In Fort Wayne, J.C. Penney is at Glenbrook Square, 4201 Coldwater Road. Phone: 484-5521.

Know of a store opening, closing or remodeling? Find a good deal? Call Cindy Larson at 461-8284, fax 461-8817, email clarson@ news-sentinel.com or write to: In the Bag, C/O The News-Sentinel, PO Box 102, Fort Wayne, IN 46801. To read other columns, go to www.news-sentinel.com/ section/LARSON.