What's in Store: Fall fashion is VIP at Aeropostale

Aéropostale at Apache Mall in Rochester will be closed much of the day today as the store is made over for a private shopping party to launch the new fall line.

Only pre-registered shoppers will be let in for the private Fashion Rocks party to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today, but don't be surprised if you see people lined up early to get in. The first 50 shoppers will receive goodie bags, plus along with getting a sneak peek of the latest looks, the shoppers will be treated like VIPs with snacks, giveaways and prizes.

"This is brand new thing we're doing," said Dawn Mueller, assistant manager. "It's supposed to be really fun."

The store reopens to the public at 6 p.m. so you can see what the fuss was all about.

So charming


For hair that's as fabulous, glamorous and glitter-iffic as you are, check out Charmsies .

Described as a mix between nail art, metal stud embellishments and temporary tattoos, but for your hair, Charmsies are iron-on hair charms,

"Charmsies are the newest thing from the West Coast," said Susan Stenhaug, at Tangerine Gifts, 110 First Ave. S.W., Rochester, which just got its first shipment in last week.

The tiny little hair charms have been spotted on celebrities and in fashion magazines.

Charmsies are $12.95 for a pack of 72 charms that you apply yourself with a flatiron. Or have them applied in front of Tangerine during Thursdays on First & Third. Cost: $3 for 1/4th of a sheet; $5 for 1/2 a sheet; or $10 for a whole sheet.

The charms are designed to stay in for one hairstyle and easily comb or wash out.

Fair weather shoppers

Fair and festival season is in full swing, which means one-stop shopping for fun, food and yes, shopping. The savvy fair goer knows though that some fairs and festivals are better for shopping than others. And this weekend's River City Days in Red Wing is one of the good ones.


The event has both an arts and craft show with 80 to 100 vendors that come from several states and a commercial marketplace of 20 to 25 retail vendors from across the region, said Judy Walsh, vendor organizer.

The booths will be set up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Levee Park. And that's just a fraction of what's going on at the festival, which also includes food, live music, entertainment and contests.

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