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Shopgirl: Fall sales, updated apps and Best of Augusta

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WHAT’S AFFORDABLE

The fall sales have started to pick up speed, from high to low. In Augusta, chain stores such as Ann Taylor have introduced their fall sweater lines with 30 percent discounts. Banana Republic offered 40 percent off select new fall pieces a few days ago, and you’ll see that come back in a few weekends to encourage more purchases.

Even local stores like Soho are starting to show off their sweaters and boots, and I would always encourage you to give your favorite local merchants a try before going to the mall.

WHAT’S NEW

The iPhone 5 had some glitches at the beginning, like any new advancement in technology, but now there’s a growing list of apps whose makers have adjusted them to account for the larger screen and other specs.

If you use Evernote, the great list app, it is ready for iPhone 5 and has some new details. Other apps with iPhone 5 updates include Garmin’s Navigon, Reeder, Tweetbot and the old standby Instagram.

With the way Apple’s maps app has been booed off the stage even by Apple executives, you might need to download that Navigon to keep from getting totally lost on your way to pick out pumpkins or have any other fall adventures.

WHAT’S TRENDY

If you haven’t gotten your advance tickets to the Best of Augusta celebration on Tuesday, do it soon. This year’s party will be amazing, with food from local vendors including T’s Restaurant and Boll Weevil and entertainment from local groups including Sibling String and Garden City Jazz. The celebration goes from 6 to 9 p.m.

Advance tickets cost $20, a great deal on the best sampling of local delicacies and a three-hour concert. More importantly, Best of Augusta is a great way to show support for local artists, restaurants and businesses who have worked hard enough to not only survive in our tough economy, but to thrive.

Go to www.AugustaMagazine.com to order tickets online or pick them up in person at the Augusta Chronicle News Building downtown, Sacred Heart Cultural Center’s gift shop or the Columbia County News-Times office.


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