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Shopgirl: Buona Caffe will open cafe

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WHAT’S NEW

You’ve no doubt seen Buona Caffe around town, either at local events including Best of Augusta or the Augusta Market at the River on Saturdays. Pretty soon, you’ll be able to grab a cup of coffee from these talented local coffee crafters at their new cafe on Central Avenue.

They’re hoping to open at the end of this month, so follow them on Facebook for all the details.

It’s exciting to watch this unfold for a variety of reasons – I love seeing the Central Avenue corridor grow, and it’s great that Buona Caffe’s owners and roasters, John and Pat Curry, are bringing Augusta another local coffeehouse.

WHAT’S TRENDY

You’ve read here in the past about Birchbox, the subscription service that sends you cosmetic and fashion samples through the mail. I’m a big fan, and it has been doing some tinkering with the brand over the past few months to make the business an even smoother machine.

It had already launched Birchbox Man, but the new strategy is to be more “lifestyle driven” by hosting a blog with tips on how to incorporate Birchbox samples into your beauty/cosmetics routine.

The company also recently acquired a copycat company, Joliebox, in Europe, and will be pushing hard all over the world now.

WHAT’S AFFORDABLE

Brands like Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton and Hermes have been the engine behind generations of credit card debt, but TheRealReal.com is a way to get great labels for less and sell your gently used Louboutins to other fashion lovers.

You’ll find things up to 90 percent discounted, and the quality is guaranteed by the company to be without signs of wear. Each piece consigned with TheRealReal.com is inspected by its staff of stylists, and then listed on the Web site, which is organized into curated sales.

Whether you’re looking to score big or recoup some of your splurges, it’s worth a look for anyone who likes luxury.


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