Have you been to The Retreat Augusta on Washington Road? This tapas bar and coffeehouse is hardly a Starbucks, with gourmet pastries served in the morning and tapas served in the evening.
It’s a more grown-up feel for meetings you might have after office hours, and its owners also have The Smokers Retreat next door.
That’s a cigar lounge and bar where you can get expert input about your cigar selections after you finish your tapas. Find them on Facebook or call (706) 250-3717 for more information.
I think I’ve found my favorite trend for this coming season: ombre tights.
These opaque tights have a color gradient up your leg, so that you get the fun of the bright color without having to totally commit to possibly looking like a cartoon character.
One etsy store, BZR, has become Internet-famous for their tights that are bright at your feet and lower leg but deepen to a darker hue after your knee. They are $40 a pop, a bit of an investment for something I would probably get a run in after two wears.
Good news – American Eagle has hopped on the trend and is selling some for only $12.95. The color selection isn’t exciting, but I look for more brands to carry this trend as the season progresses.
RedLaser is a cool app that has actually been around for a while, created by the folks at eBay to help you get the best deal on anything with a barcode.
Using GPS location technology and Internet search engines, RedLaser pulls up the best deals online and locally for the item you scan.
I couldn’t get any Augusta-area stores to come up for the items I scanned, so it might be a while before markets of our size are added to the system.
Even for an online shopping comparison tool, though, it’s great to have on your phone.
I often wonder if I could find a book, shirt or makeup cheaper online than in Target or other chain stores … now all I have to do is scan it.