ULTA Beauty kicks off its 21 Days of Beauty celebration on Sunday, March 16. The three-week promotion features product discounts and buy-one-get-one-free offers, beauty tips, complimentary in-store consultations and live demos. (Appointments for free make-up and skin consultations are recommended. You can sign up at your nearest store.) Information: www.ulta.com.
Comcast has extended its Internet Essentials, a program that provides Internet
service for $9.95 a month, along with the options to purchase an Internet-ready
computer for less than $150 and get digital literacy training. To qualify,
households must be in areas where Comcast offers service, have at least one
public, private, parochial or home-school student eligible for the National
School Lunch Program and meet other guidelines. Information:
www.InternetEssentials.com or 1-855-846-8376; or for Spanish, www.InternetBasico.com or 1-855-765-6995.
Bring a friend to Canton Clay Works and sign up for adult spring pottery classes, (Wheel Throwing, Hand Building in Clay and others), and you’ll both receive a 40 percent discount on tuition. (To get the deal, one of each pair signing up must be a new student.) Classes begin March 26. Information: cantonclayworks.com.
The chunky little bars are $3 and 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale will go to organizations that promote women’s entrepreneurship.
The soap is available on www.usa.loccitane.com.
Join the Maple Sugar Madness at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House, 972 Main St., in
Glastonbury, on Sunday, March 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. Watch a demonstration of the
maple sugaring process, from tapping trees to boiling sap, then go inside for
fresh cooked pancakes made over an open hearth and topped with last year’s maple
syrup. The event is sponsored by the Glastonbury Historical Society. Tickets are just
$5. Information: 860-633-6890.
Juliska, a company specializing in high-end china, crystal, cutlery and home and garden accessories, holds a warehouse sale at the Berry & Fred Outlet, 441 Canal St. in Stamford on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 7, 8 and 9. Merchandise includes seconds and retired glassware, ceramics, lighting, linens, home accessories and more at 40 percent to 75 percent off retail prices. The sale is about a 90-minute drive from Hartford. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Information: 203-883-6263.
Kent merchants are holding their first Shop Hop event on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 7, 8 and 9. More than 30 stores will feature sales on spring merchandise and winter clearance.
Banana Republic stores at Westfarms and Evergreen Walk have teamed up with Princess & the Prom to collect dresses for the organization’s annual gown giveaway. Drop off a gently-used, current style dress at either location by March 24, and you’ll receive a 25 percent off coupon good toward a regularly-price purchase. Information: www.princessandtheprom.org.
The Wedding Dress of Portland, 222 Main St., host a Lea-Ann Belter Couture Bridal trunk show on Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8. Get $200 off gowns purchased from this collection during the event. Information and appointments: 860-342-5361 or www.theweddingdressllc.com.
Getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day? Save some green on merchandise at Five Below. Necklaces, earrings, shamrock head bands, green tees and more are $5 or less. Find locations at www.fivebelow.com.
It’s National Consumer Protection Week, and USA.gov has free apps and publications, including the new 2014 Consumer Information Catalogue.
Most merchandise is 75 percent off at the Second Chance Shop of Simsbury on Friday, March 7. On Saturday, March 8, remaining items are $5 per bag. The store is at 12 Station St., Simsbury and hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The annual winter boots and shoes clearance is on at Williams Shoes, 132 Park Road, in West Hartford. Shoes, regularly to $120, are $29.99 to $79.99 a pair and boots, regularly to $230, are $59.99 to $179.99. Brand names include, Ugg, Merrell and others. Sale ends March 15. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 860-233-1663.
It’s March Madness sale time at the Co-Op shop Boutique in the Vintage Shops Building, 42 Bridge St., (Route 140), in East Windsor. Discounted merchandise includes winter clothing, kids’ wear, books, jewelry gifts and more. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday is Bring Your Own Friends day at IKEA. Shop with a buddy and you’ll each get special deals, free breakfast and a free blue IKEA shopping bag. The day also features in-store activies and sales. You’ll need to go to IKEA-USA.com/BYOF to RSVP and print out coupons for the freebies. For each RSVP, IKEA will make a $1 donation to Save the Children. The New Haven store is at 450 Sargent Drive.
Get menu ideas and culinary tips at Williams-Sonoma’s free in-store technique
classes on Sundays in March. Each hourlong session covers a specific topic, such
as spring entertaining and cooking with seasonal foods, and includes recipe
tastings. Participants get a 10 percent discount on same-day purchases. No
charge for the classes, but space is limited, so register in advance.
Purchase a Frosty Key Tag for $1 now at Wendy’s and you’ll get a free Jr. Frosty wPurchase a Frosty Key Tag for $1 now at Wendy’s and you’ll get a free Jr. Frosty with every purchase you make through Aug. 31. All proceeds benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Tags are available at participating locations while supplies last.
Tuesday is National Pancake Day and IHOP restaurants celebrate by giving a free short stack (three buttermilk pancakes) to anyone who visits a participating location. The fine print: one order of free pancakes per person, dine-in only, pancakes available while supplies last, and, since the giveaway is also a charity fundraiser, IHOP asks for a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network. Information: www.ihoppancakeday.com.