COURTESY TORY BURCH
A resort look from Tory Burch, among the designers to be featured at Nordstrom's opening gala and runway show.
Plan ahead for what could be the party of the year
We know you've got pressing concerns like determining how to cross out all those names on your holiday shopping list, but if you've already got your 2008 calendar, Nordstrom is asking you to circle March 5. That's when the retailer celebrates the opening of its first Hawaii full-line store, with a stylish fete to benefit Bishop Museum, Hawaii Theatre Center and HUGS (Help, Understanding & Group Support).
Guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, entertainment and the opportunity to do some "sneak preview" shopping in the new 210,000-square-foot specialty store. The highlight of the evening will be a full runway fashion show of American and European designer spring collections in a tent adjacent to the store.
Doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person, with a purchase limit of 10 tickets per person due to space limitations. Tickets go on sale next Tuesday. Call the Hawaii Theatre Center at 723-1879.
Nordstrom will open its doors at Ala Moana Center on March 7.
HONOLULU DESIGN CENTER
The Shrug Queen, Pam Sandridge, will be among the artists offering wares at the Honolulu Design Center's Holiday Shopping Bazaar.
HDC aims for fun
The Honolulu Design Center wants to make holiday shopping fun by bringing together a roomful of local artisans and new "boutique" companies to show off what's new during a Holiday Shopping Bazaar taking place 4:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the Cupola Theatre.
Among the participants are Pam Sandridge, Queen of Shrugs, who will show her new holiday collection, while Ohana Doggie Day Care and Spa introduces their new line of doggie spa products and treats, Roy Venters shows his "broken heart collection," while Alliway shows hand-crafted jewelry to wear to your next party or to wrap up for someone else.
Admission is free, and a dessert buffet will be available at $12 for two trips per person.
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Early birds win
The early bird will be rewarded Friday morning when Ala Moana Center stages "The Thanks-getting day event." The first 500 Ala Moana Center shoppers that day will receive a $25 center gift card when presenting same-day receipts totaling $500 or more at the mall's Customer Service Center, with one gift card offered per person.
Many stores will be open early, starting with Old Navy at midnight, the Disney Store at 4 a.m., KB Toys at 5 a.m. and Macy's and ABC Store at 6 a.m.
Shoppers will also be treated to complimentary water all day, from tables set up throughout the mall, to stay hydrated and refreshed while matching up gifts and giftees.
Meet designers Roberta Oaks and Cindy Yokoyama of Ginger 13, who will be able to help shoppers make their holiday selections at Bamboo Sky tomorrow. They'll be offering their designs at 35 percent off retail price from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The sale continues through Tuesday.
Bamboo Sky is at 401 Kamakee St.
'Pearl Tasting' set
Accents Honolulu will be hosting a "Pearl Tasting" from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The cost is $5 for the event, which includes wine tasting and a discussion of the confluence of climate and environment that also goes into the creation of fine black pearls, which will be shared and compared, not swallowed, of course.
Accents Honolulu is at 1240 Ala Moana Blvd., in the IBM Building near Borders. For more information, call 597-1003.
UH signal caller up for bid at event
The big dinner on the day after Thanksgiving might seem like overkill, but a party's a party, right? And this one's for a good cause -- plus you can bid on a dinner with the man of autumn, University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan.
Adult Friends for Youth's annual dinner auction, "Celebration of Youth," has been held for 21 years on the Friday after the holiday, and has raised $5 million to help Oahu's at-risk youth.
This year's event takes place at 4:45 p.m. at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel Hawaii Ballroom, featuring entertainment by Frank De Lima, Jan Brenner and Jordan Segundo.
Items up for bid include dinners with Brennan and University of Hawaii at Manoa basketball coach Bob Nash, as well as original artwork by Luigi Fumagalli and Walfrido.
Tickets are $150, with tables for 10 at $1,500 to $3,500. Call 833-8775 or 590-5843.