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Burn Your Socks Sale At Eliza B Outlet In Essex

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ElizaB (2)The Eliza B / Leather Man Ltd Outlet store celebrates the end of winter with a Burn Your Socks opening sale on Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring in a sock for the fire and you’ll get $10 off a pair of sandals. (One discount per person.) The store, at 55 Plains Road in Essex, features trendy sandals for women, leather goods and accessories, including headbands, watchbands and totes, along with men’s leather goods, fashionable pet leashes and collars, fabrics, ribbons and trims. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Information: www.elizab.com.

Artist Karen Rossi will hold an open house and sale from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at her studio, 60 Estey Road, Norfolk — and she’s offering a special spring deal. Spend $20 and get your choice of tabletop chimes free, value $20. Information: 860-305-6579 or www.karenrossi.com.

Amelie Michel, an Essex company specializing in high-end French linens, holds a warehouse sale 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday through Sunday, April 11 through 13. Merchandise will include table linens, pillows and soaps. Discounts are as much as 50 percent off. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sale is at 192 Westbrook Road. Information: 860-767-0336, www.ameliemichel.com.

Gledhill Nursery, 600 Mountain Road, West Hartford, will hold a spring open house Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, with free refreshments and special deals. Information: www.gledhillnursery.com.

Spend $50 or more at L.L. Bean and you’ll get a free $10 gift card. Offer good through April 20 in stores and at www.llbean.com.

Friends of the Manchester Public Library, 586 Main St. in Manchester, holds their spring book sale on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 pm.

The Perfect Toy, 290 West Main St./Route 44 in Avon, holds a spring sale with savings of 20 percent on all toys. The sale begins Thursday, April 10 and ends Sunday, April 12. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Information: 860-678-7015.

It’s spring sale time at Antiques on Main, 165-167 Main St. in Wethersfield. Sale ends April 19. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:30 am. to 5:30 p.m.

Classic soft serve sundaes are buy-one-get-one free at Carvel stores every Wednesday. Information: www.carvel.com.

The Friends of Ellington Library, 93 Main St. in Ellington, are holding a bag of books sale on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 11, 12 and 13. On Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., bags of books are $9; on Sunday from 1 to 4:45 p.m., bags are $5.

Huskies’ Win Brings Deals

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photoThe UCONN men’s and women’s teams both won NCAA basketball championship titles - and that means Husky fans are getting more than bragging rights today.

Area businesses are showing  their team spirit with special deals.

To celebrate the double win, Connecticut Moe’s Southwest Grills are offering burritos, regularly as much as $8, for just $1.  Dave Vorchheimer, manager of the West Hartford Moe’s, says people started lining up a half-hour before the store opened at 11 a.m.

Since then hundreds of fans have waited as long as 45 minute in line to get their burrito-for-a-buck.

“The same scene is playing out at other Moe’s locations,” says Vorchheimer. “We’re letting people in in groups of 10 to 15 to try to keep the line moving. I think it’s going to keep going like this until 9 p.m. when we close.”

Amanda Hathaway and Jonathan Cohen, interns at a West Hartford promotions company, heard about the deal on social media and spent their lunch hour waiting in line to score the offer.

The bargain, they said, was worth the wait.

“Hell yeah,” says Hathaway. “Great deal.”

“We love the Huskies,” says Cohen. “And we love the price.”

Other Husky specials:

To celebrate the UConn Men’s and Women’s Basketball NCAA Championships, local Dunkin’ Donuts stores are treating fans who have the Dunkin’ Mobile App to a coupon for a free medium hot or iced coffee on Wednesday, April 9 at participating CT Dunkin’ Donuts (except Fairfield County). Information: www.dduconnwins.com/.

The first 100 customers at CT FroyoWorld locations get 8 oz. of frozen yogurt free on Wednesday, April 9. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. (Participating stores include Cheshire, East Haven, Glastonbury, Hamden, Middletown, Mystic, New Britain, New Haven, New London, North Haven, Southbury, Storrs, Waterbury, Waterford and Westport.)

Domino’s at 1244 Storrs Road in Storrs is including a free order of Stuffed Cheesy Bread with the purchase of a large Hand-Tossed Pizza on Wednesday. Information: 860-429-7969 or www.dominos.com.

Huskies Win, Fans Score Deals

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huskiesThe UCONN men’s and women’s teams both won  NCAA basketball championship titles – which means Husky fans get more than bragging rights today.

To celebrate the UConn Men’s and Women’s Basketball NCAA Championships, local Dunkin’ Donuts stores are treating fans who have the Dunkin’ Mobile App to a coupon for a free medium hot or iced coffee on Wednesday, April 9 at
participating CT Dunkin’ Donuts (except Fairfield County). Information: www.dduconnwins.com/.

In honor of the wins, burritos are $1 on Wednesday at Moe’s Southwest Grill. (Offers available at CT Moe’s locations. Limit one $1 burrito per person.)

The first 100 customers at CT FroyoWorld locations get 8 oz. of frozen yogurt free on Wednesday, April 9. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. (Participating stores include Cheshire, East Haven, Glastonbury, Hamden, Middletown, Mystic, New Britain, New Haven, New London, North Haven, Southbury, Storrs, Waterbury, Waterford and Westport.)

Domino’s at 1244 Storrs Road in Storrs is including a free order of Stuffed Cheesy Bread with the purchase of a large Hand-Tossed Pizza on Wednesday. Information: 860-429-7969 or www.dominos.com.

Buyer Beware: Retailers Post April Fool’s Day Ads

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kaleLet the buyer beware. Retailers are advertising products that don’t exist. Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels are filled with April Fool ads today and consumers are falling for the gags.

Here’s a few of the best:

Calling all greenies: Sonic Drive-In is introducing its newest menu item – a Kale Cream Pie Milkshake.

Introducing Brasieks by Gavrieli, the first ever foot bra for enhanced toe cleavage. The $65 silk toe slings are made in a small village that is home to the world’s only colony of free-range silkworms.  Paired with your favorite Tieks, Brasieks provide maximum lift and increased toe exposure to make you the walk of the town. Learn more: www.tieks.com/brasieks.

Caribou is proud to announce Clear Coffee, a proprietary new coffee blend that has removed the color while retaining all the flavor. Thanks to an innovation in bean cultivation techniques and processing, Caribou has been able to produce an entirely colorless, stain-free beverage.

Attention Trekkies: Pop culture retailer ThinkGeek.com has introduced a $269 Klingon-dialect edition of the language instruction software Rosetta Stone.

American Eagle Outfitters fake ad for a new doggie clothing under the “American Beagle Outfitters” label was so popular that, no joke, the retailer will debut a limited edition canine collection this fall.

 

Prom Gown Giveaways

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Sat from 9-5, Sun 10-4pmThis is a gallery assignment for features--need big gallery.Prom princesses on a budget will have to be more creative with finances this year.

The cost of attending the big dance is estimated at about $1,900 per couple, according to new research from prom dress retailer Golden Asp — and one of the biggest expenses for girls is their gown; $300 or more, on average.

“That price tag can put junior or senior prom out of reach for many,” says Cheryle Podgorski, co-founder of Princess and the Prom, an annual gown giveaway that offers free dresses to high school girls in need.

This year’s event, which features an inventory of more than 1,800 new and gently-used formal and semi-formal dresses, takes place April 4 – 6, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Windsor. Advance registration is required at PrincessandtheProm.org. No financial information is required, but girls must bring a valid high school ID. Attendees are assigned a time slot and can bring a friend to help them choose the perfect gown, as well as purse, wrap and jewelry.

In Southington, Kristen’s Kloset, a seasonal prom-gown giveaway program, provides dresses and accessories to Connecticut high school girls with financial need. The annual pop-up shop, open through May 10 at the Town Hall Annex, 93 Main St., stocks more than 750 gowns in a variety of sizes and styles.

Those who can afford to make a donation pay $25 for a dress; those who can’t get a gown for free. Girls can also bring a current-style gown in good condition and swap it for a different dress at no charge.

Hours are Tuesday, 2:30 to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 2:30 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is needed.

Free Skiing At Mohawk Mountain

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mohawkSunday, March 30, is the last day of the season at Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall, which means it’s Customer Appreciation Day. Skiers are invited to stop by the ticket window or customer service station for a free lift ticket. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: www.mohawkmtn.com.

Bargains are in bloom on Saturday, March 29, at Elizabeth Park’s annual spring greenhouse sale. The popular event, which benefits the park’s gardens, features bargain-priced annuals and perennials Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: 860-231-9443.

Get 40% off your entire purchase at Gap stores through Monday, 3/31.

If you brake for rummage sales, head to the Avon Congregational Church, 6 West Main St., in Avon this weekend. The sale takes place Friday, March 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. (From 6 to 7 p.m., admission $5; from 7 to 9 p.m., admission is $2.) On Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., admission $1 and items are half price. Information: 860-678-0488.

Winter clothing is half-off on Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30, at the Villager At Avery Heights shop, 550 Avery Heights in Hartford. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Information: 860-953-1201.

Design Forum, 902 Farmington Ave., Farmington, is holding its annual spring jewelry sale through April 6. Savings range from 20 to 70 percent. Information: 860-677-7568 or www.designforumgallery.com.

The UCHC Auxiliary Thrift Shop, 270 Park Road, in West Hartford, is clearing out winter merchandise with a $7 bag sale on Friday, March 28. The shop is closed on Saturday, March 29 and reopens on Tuesday, April 1, with spring merchandise.

Another bag sale — this one at Friend To Friend Thrift Store, 32 Spoonville Road in East Granby. Select items are $8 a bag, other merchandise is 50 percent off. The sale begins Saturday, March 29. Store hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information: 860-651-1659.

Pompanoosuc Mills is holding a spring cleaning event with savings of up to 70 percent on a variety of furniture. Sale ends April 1. There is a store at 21 Brace Road in West Hartford. Information: www.poompy.com.

New customers can get a 15-week membership for $15 at Sam’s Club stores. Offer available through March 31.

The retail shop at White Flower Farm, 167 Litchfield Road, Morris, opens for the season on Tuesday, April 1. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Merchandise includes garden décor, orchids, early-blooming perennials and other plants.

Neckers, a Simsbury toy store, holds an anniversary celebration Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30 with savings on merchandise storewide. Neckers is at 1591 Hopmeadow St. Information: 860-658-5783.

Dunkin Hatches Peeps Donuts

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PEEPS DonutDunkin’ Donuts has hatched a new confection for spring – flower-shaped PEEPS glazed donuts, decorated with pastel pink or green icing and topped with a pink or yellow PEEPS Marshmallow Chick.

The new, limited time offerings, available though the Easter season, will be in cases at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations on Monday, March 31 and will retail for $.99 each.

“We are excited to partner with Dunkin’ Donuts to introduce PEEPS Donuts and provide millions of people a delicious new way to express their PEEPSONALITY this season,” said Brian Bachrach, senior marketing manager of innovation at Just Born Quality Confections, makers of PEEPS.

 

McD’s Introduces New Sandwich

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Love McDonald’s special sauce but not a Big Mac fan? Good news. There’s a new vehicle for the pinky-orange condiment.

bacon clubhouseMcD’s has introduced the Bacon Clubhouse Sandwich, a new menu item available in three varieties – Bacon Clubhouse Burger, Bacon Clubhouse Grilled Chicken and Bacon Clubhouse Crispy Chicken. All feature Big Mac special sauce.

What year was the Big Mac introduced nationwide? Be one of the first 15 people to email the correct answer and I’ll send you a coupon for a free Bacon Clubhouse Burger, good at Connecticut/Western MA McDonald’s locations, (excluding Fairfield Country).

Send emails to kvann@courant.com and include your name and mailing address.

Geissler’s Supermarkets Issue Recall

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geisslersSubscribers to Geissler’s Supermarket’s email alerts received the following notice on Tuesday afternoon:

“Due to an ingredient being recalled, Geissler’s is recalling “Gourmet On The Go” Items.

- Broccoli, Bacon & Cheese Stuffed Potato Skins.

-Broccoli, Bacon & Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

-Spring Popper Mushrooms

-Stuffed Kielbasa

PLEASE DO NOT EAT & return these items to any Geissler’s Supermarket for a full refund.

Sorry for any inconvenience, Geissler’s Supermarkets”

Geissler’s has stores in Bloomfield, East Windsor, Granby, Somers, South Windsor, Windsor and Agawam, Ma.

Karen Rossi Deal, Jewelry On Sale

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Karen RossiCheck out the online March Madness deal at www.karenrossi.com/shopping2/. Order $50 or more and you’ll get a Mark Twain Flight figure, (regularly $50), a First Communion frame, (regularly $30) and an Angel Scarf, (regularly $30), free. Offer expires March 31. Information: 860-292-8142.

March is Jewelry Month at The Spirited Hand, in The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, 110 Albany Turnpike, in Canton. Most jewelry is 20 to 70 percent off. Information: 860-693-3300 or

Vera Bradley accessories are on sale at Heart of the Country, 169 Main St. in Wethersfield, and the more you buy, the more you’ll save. Discounts range from 10 to 25 percent. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 860-257-0366.

For some off-the-beaten-path shopping, check out the Elmwood Senior Center’s Little Boutique. The shop features new jewelry, handcrafted items and collectibles at bargain prices. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 860-561-8180.

The can’t-wait-for-sale continues at Japanalia. Mention the Savvy Shopper column and you’ll get 20 percent off most merchandise, including gift certificates. The store is at 11 Whitney St. in Hartford. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 860-232-4677.