Pick of the week: MyHabit

A new player in the world of flash sales comes from a familiar name: Amazon. The online retailer recently launched MyHabit (www.myhabit.com). It offers the same benefits of Gilt and Rue La La with up to 60 percent off designer clothing, jewelry, handbags and shoes, available for a limited time. Slick videos show off the items. If you need to return something, the credit can be used on MyHabit or Amazon. Current sales include Gryson bags and Cosabella lingerie. Upcoming events feature Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent (Thursday, pictured), Robbi & Nikki apparel (Saturday) and Luciano Padovan shoes (Saturday).


EXC in the City fashion show: Water Street will serve as a runway for the annual event, emceed by John Hanson and Elizabeth Ries of "Twin Cities Live." Proceeds benefit Ready for Success.

Water St., Excelsior, www.excelsiorgirlsnightout.com. $15 tickets available at Ooh La La, Pantouf's and Cherie Consignment.

MartinPatrick3 end-of-season sale: Take 20 percent off storewide (few exclusions; greater discounts on seasonal goods).

Through July 31, 121 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-746-5329, www.martinpatrick3.com.

B&Lu store opening: The trendy plus-size website will open its first retail location, an occasional store with monthly hours. Clothing, shoes, jewelry and bags are less than $70.

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thu. and Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., noon to 4 p.m. Sun., 1007 Mainstreet, Hopkins.

Vintage glam party: StyledLife kicks off its annual celebration of vintage accessories.

5 to 9 p.m., Galleria, Edina, 952-928-8888. Through July 20.

Local Motion's summer party and sale: Get 20 percent off everything in the store. Refreshments and door prizes Thursday.

Through Sun. Party 4 to 8 p.m. Thu., 2813 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., 612-871-8436, www.localmotionmpls.com.


Bastille Day celebration: The shops on the corner of Selby and Snelling will offer French goodies, giveaways and deals. Visit all 12 participating retailers for a chance to win a gift card. At Flirt, shop the semi-annual sale, with 40 percent off select items, and you'll receive a sachet with a $75 purchase.

Flirt, 177 N. Snelling Av., St. Paul, 651-698-3692, www.flirt-boutique.com.


Summer deals: During July, get deals at participating businesses that are members of the Metro Independent Business Alliance. They include 20 percent off a $30 purchase at Bibelot, 20 percent off one item at Smitten Kitten and 20 percent off a regularly priced item at Key North Boutique.

Through July 31, pick up a brochure at participating shops or print one online at www.buylocal.com.

Sara Glassman • 612-673-7177 • sglassman@startribune.com