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Shopping column: Treat sweetheart to a handmade gift

Pop-up market at Downtown Grind will have jewelry, bath supplies, candles and more.

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 12:01 am

If you're looking for Valentine's Day gift ideas, check out the Handmade Valentines Day Pop-up Market 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Downtown Grind Coffee House, 200 Pearl St.

Find gifts for men or women from a selection of pottery, caramels, metal art, fiber art, bath and body supplies, candles, jewelry, and more. The Facebook event link is Go there to see some of the items that will be for sale.

Flower deal helps Easter Seals

Valentine's Day is Thursday. If you're thinking of sending flowers, consider ordering from ProFlowers. Doing so will help support Easter Seals and the work the organization does for people with disabilities.

Order your flowers from, and your local Easter Seals affiliate will receive $10 when you place your order.

Personalized gift

Looking for a gift for that special someone? The Wine Shop at Joseph Decuis Emporium, 151 N. Main St., Roanoke, is selling personalized wine boxes, which come with a wine opener, foil cutter, aerator and stopper. Provide the store with a PDF file describing what you want engraved on the lid of the box. Cost: $50 without wine. Of course, the wine shop can help you choose a wine to put inside.

Red dress event benefits women's heart health

Now through Easter, all 500 Burlington Coat Factory stores, including the one at 4120 Illinois Road, will feature a prominent red dress section in its stores. For every ladies and girls dress sold, Burlington will donate $1, up to $25,000, to WomenHeart to fund heart health education.

In addition, customers can donate $1 or more at check-out to contribute to WomenHeart's education and support services for women living with heart disease.

February is American Heart Month, and heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, which is why Burlington chose this time of year for its campaign.

Boat show cruises into coliseum

When I was driving to Columbia City on Monday, I kept seeing recreational vehicles going west on U.S. 30, and boats on trailers going east.

Sorry to say spring isn't just around the corner. The RV and Camping Show had just wrapped up at the coliseum, and the boats, I assume, were headed there for this weekend's 2013 Fort Wayne Boat Show and Sale.

The event actually started Thursday and runs 3-9 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. More than 60 exhibitors will be there, with special prices, low financing and special incentives on boats, personal watercraft, wet suits, wake boards, toys, boat lifts, boat covers, repair services, piers and more. Admission is $6; ages 12 and younger are free. For coupons, go to

The Department of Natural Resources will conduct a Water and Boating Safety class 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; doors open at 8:30 a.m. Register at the DNR booth, or for more information, call 244-3720.

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