Simona Calla, a fairly new addition to Division Street, released on Tuesday it's second line of handbags in perfect pastel colors that are sure to spice up those fleeting grey wintery days. From painted floral patterned clutches and mustard yellow wallets to mint green shoulder bags and Calla Lily red totes, most bags are made with vegan leather and nylon materials. The spring line is the store's second in the five months it's been open, and most items are priced under $200. 2124 W. Division St. 773-661-9550.
Tomorrow only, Sofia hosts a trunk show for Los Angeles-based brand Groceries. The brand's basics for men and women are made from organic, recycled and repurposed materials including hemp dresses, recycled plastic sweatshirts and California-grown cotton T-shirts. Noon to 7 p.m. 100 E. Walton St.
After four years, Southport Avenue's Cerato Boutique is closing, and everything, including the fixtures, must go. Until April 30, store merchandise is marked down up to 90 percent. The Lakeview boutique supports upcoming and established designers both local and national. The current collection of items includes floral print dresses and tunics, maxis, tank tops and jewelry fit for spring. 3451 N. Southport Ave. 773-248-8604
There won't be any shortage of dancing, drag queens and discounts at this month's Orange Dot First Friday in Wicker Park and Bucktown. Tomorrow from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., 37 artists and business in the Flat Iron Arts Building (1579 N. Milwaukee Ave.) and surrounding area will participate in the event. Chopin Theatre is showing a dance-driven adaption of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and is discounting tickets for $10 with code WPBorange (8 p.m. at 1543 W. Division St.). Jackson Junge's "Fit For A Queen" exhibition features a trunk show of local art and jewelry and performances by local drag queens (1389 N. Milwaukee Ave.). Life's a Cabernet is offering the "Orange Dot Trifecta" including free tastings, local art and 10 percent off your purchase.
Two new Nordstrom Racks opened today, in Lincoln Park and Skokie. Like the Racks were familiar with, both locations carry discounted brand name clothing, shoes and accessories for women, men and kids as well as cosmetics and will offer on-site alterations. The 42,600-square-foot Lincoln Park location is centered in the Collection Anex, 1551 N. Sheffield Ave. (hours: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.). The 36,000-square-foot Skokie store is in the Shops at Orchard Place, 9625 Skokie Boulevard (hours: Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.).