Buy Curious: The East Bay Has Style Dammit!

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And the East Bay Style Collective will prove it this weekend with its Spring/Summer 2008 fashion show. Leave the Crocs at home and head on over to what will surely be one of the most stylish events in the East Bay this year. Plus, Mission Bazaar in the City and an art reception and sale in Oakland.

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East Bay Style Collection Charity Fashion Show
The boutique owners in the burgeoning "Left Bank" neighborhood in Berkeley (south of Fourth Street, west of Telegraph and College, more than just geographically) collectively represent an attractive, independently (and vintage) minded and stylistically distinct vision of East Bay style. Eschewing big-name brands or run-of-the-mill boutique staples, the East Bay Style Collective will show off its sure-to-be-unique looks for Spring and Summer at their charity fashion show, benefiting the Children's Village of Sonoma. Participants include Icon, Feather (Dolled Up and Twisters vintage stores), Magnet, and Shawn Burke of Herringbone doing hair and make-up. After the event, partake in some late-night shopping with a 10 percent off discount at each store. Don't miss it.
When: Saturday, May 17. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. The first fifty get free goodie bags.
Where: Parking lot behind 2500 block of San Pablo Ave., Berkeley (entrance between 2524 & 2530 San Pab)
How much: $10 donation at the door, or $8 in advance at any EBSC boutique

Mission Bazaar — The Shopping Spectacle
With a name like that, it can't be bad! Check out this two-day "gift and performance expo," showcasing Bay Area art, design, music, and performance, hosted by the producers of the Edwardian and Spectra balls. Click here for all the details.
When: Saturday & Sunday, May 17 & 18, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: The Armory, 14th and Mission St., San Francisco

Olivia Rogers Art Reception
Enjoy "boozie snow cones" and food at the opening reception for artist Olivia Rogers' drawings, on display at August, plus 10 percent off all store purchases.
When: Saturday, May 17, 4-8 p.m.
Where: August, 5410 College Ave., Oakland

Iniam Three-Year Anniversary
Take 15 percent off everything in the store (except sale merch) this weekend.
When: Friday, May 16-Saturday, May 17
Where: Iniam, 5902 College Ave., Oakland

Pre-Holiday Sale The weather's finally hot. It's time to put away your black winter wardrobe and bust out your colorful, summery frocks -- and pick up a pair of new shoes while you're at it. Stop by the shoe and accessories boutique Deliciouz, which is having a 30 percent off sale this weekend only.
When: Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18
Where: Deliciouz, 1506 N. Main St., Walnut Creek Got a tip for Buy Curious? Store opening? Sale? Send it to buycurious [at] eastbayexpress [dot] com