BUTTERS AND BEANS
Who: Ann Evans of Woodbury.
What: A line of locally produced infant clothing with dresses for girls and pants for boys, plus onesies and matching accessories.
The story: Named after the nicknames for Evans' second son (Butters) and her nephew (Beans). Seeking to create a line with green concepts, she uses sustainable fabrics made from natural, chemical-free fibers. Hang tags are made from fabric scraps.
Where to shop: Online at www.buttersandbeans.com and at UberBaby, 1628 West End Blvd., St. Louis Park, 612-869-0930.
Who: Alice Berman and Mariko Savitt of Golden Valley.
What: Organic cotton infant apparel and accessories designed in Minneapolis and made in the United States. The tees, one-pieces, hats, pants, thermal tops and bibs feature a cast of critters, including ladybugs, squirrels and bees.
The story: When Berman started making handmade gifts for Savitt's baby, the childhood friends decided to combine their passions for graphic design and business into Mermapillar. The company name comes from a hybrid mermaid-caterpillar critter that Berman drew.
Where to shop: Online at mermapillar.com and at Moss Envy, 3056 Excelsior Blvd., Mpls., 612-374-4581.
MY LITTLE DEAR
Who: Amanda Rydell.
What: Ruffle-front tees, flower headbands, burp cloths and screen-printed onesies.
The story: The full-time nanny wanted to incorporate educational lessons such as the alphabet and numbers into clothing in a fun way. She sold more than 100 headbands during No-Coast Craftorama last year.
Where to shop: Online at www.mylittledearkids.com and at Pacifier, 310 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls., 612-623-8123.
PICK OF THE WEEKMAC's Cham Pale Collection
MAC's new Cham Pale collection is understated with golds, blushing pinks and taupes that give your face a warm glow. The Caviar Dreams shadow palette ($36), above, offers eye-brightening nudes for day or blending at night, while the collection of four champagne-colored lipsticks ($15) lends a pretty, natural look.
SALES AND EVENTS
Parc Boutique's winter clearance: Save 30 to 80 percent on clothing for women and men, accessories and jewelry. Brands include Kensie, Alternative Apparel, Dex, Fluxus, Mink Pink, BB Dakota and Obey.
328 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls., 612-353-4966, www.parcboutique.com.
Rove Arounds closing sale: Everything in the store is half off, including clothing for women and children, fabrics, store fixtures and sewing machines. Fans will still be able to shop online.
Through Jan. 22, 4305 Upton Av. S., Mpls., 612-920-4305, www.rovearounds.com.
Rodeo Drive Consignment Boutique's winter clearance sale: Everything in the store is 20 to 60 percent off. Prices will be reduced further Jan. 17.
Through Jan. 31, 4110 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-920-0188.
MACY'S BRIDAL EXPO
During the monthlong event, there will be exclusive trunk shows, personal appearances and special events.
Demetrios personal appearance: The wedding gown designer will be in town with his spring 2011 collection. Receive 15 percent off orders placed during the event.
Friday through Sunday.
"The Best of the Best" Watters Bridal Trunk Show: Receive 15 percent off special gown orders placed during the event.
Jorge Perez personal appearance: The bridal designer will help you try on his gowns, characterized by their classic Cuban flair. Receive 15 percent off gown special orders placed during the event.
Marisa Bridal trunk show: Receive 15 percent off of gown special orders placed during the event.
Trend presentation: Shereé Bochenek, creative director for Après Party and Tent Rental, and the Wedding Guys, Bruce Vassar and Matthew Trettel, will offer advice and showcase current industry trends.
4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 3.
Sample sale: Get your competitive shopping skills ready for the large selection of bridal gowns priced at $199.
Through Feb. 13, Macy's Bridal Salon, 700 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. Appointments and reservations are required for all events at 612-375-2162. See macys.com for a full listing of events.
Sara Glassman • 612-673-7177