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Last weekend saw the opening of not just hotly anticipated boutique Frances May (1013 SW Washington), but also a quieter opening of doors around the corner at Covet (429 SW 10th), the papered-over doorway of which has been promising its own unveiling for some time now. Covet's merch is a mix of high-end basics (Citizens of Humanity denim, Michael Stars tops and leggings) plus dressier separates from lines like Tibi; a small but well-chosen and well-priced selection of jewelry; and most excitingly (to this fashion writer at least), accessories by California's Calleen Cordero—a handmade line of leather accessories out of California that's heavy on flat stud embellishments. The line's belts are already in store, with shoes and bags on the way. With the simultaneous arrival of these two excellent stores on the same block, one can only imagine what other chic businesses will be drawn to the Ace Hotel's irresistible proximity.

Event-wise, this week brings us Flourish, an annual fashion show for the N Mississippi crowd: Stores Sameunderneath (915 N Shaver; 806 NW 23rd), Blue (3753 N Mississippi), Gypsy Chic (3966 N Mississippi), Black Wagon (3964 N Mississippi), Pin Me Apparel (3705 N Mississippi), and Phlox (3962 N Mississippi) will all show their wares. Of note is that Phlox owner Barbara Seipp is also launching her new line, Isaac Hers, at the event, with a launch party in the store to follow the runway show. The show itself is a benefit for Escuela Viva Dual Language School, and will be emceed by the Mercury's own Wm. Steven Humphrey. (Mississippi Ballroom, 833 N Shaver, Thurs April 10, 6 pm, $5 suggested donation)

Meanwhile, the art museum is hosting Power of the Purse, which teams local personalities with handbag designers. The co-designed results are auctioned off to benefit Girls Inc., which provides empowerment programs to school-age girls. In addition to those on the auction block, a "boutique" of original designs from still more handbag designers will be set up on the premises, with still more buying options that will contribute to the cause. (Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park, Thurs April 10, 5 pm, $125)

This weekend is also the Buckman Art & Sell, a two-day craft exposition and sale benefiting the Buckman Elementary School. The weekend kicks off with a party at the Jupiter Hotel (see My What A Busy Week!, at left), and the sale—featuring 120 regional artists and craftspeople—runs through Saturday. (Buckman Elementary, 320 SE 16th, Fri April 11, 5-9 pm, $5, Sat April 12, 10 am-5 pm, $2)

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