The latest intelligence from the retail scene, featuring Meredith Marks, Sofia and the fifth annual Tax Free Weekend at 900 N. Michigan.
All that glitters
Jewelry designer Meredith Marks’ exotic, elegant pieces (above) have made her a favorite of celebs like Reese Witherspoon and Courteney Cox. Join the Chicago native for her trunk show at The Four Seasons (120 E. Delaware) Feb. 12-13, where she’ll display her spring collection, unveil brand-new designs and stick around for post-show cocktails. Meredithmarks.com.
Head over heels
Rev up the romance with help from Sofia boutique (100 E. Walton). Spend $200 in-store or online Feb. 9 -14, and you’ll get a 20 percent discount at West Loop hotspot Nellcote (833 W. Randolph) and a free glass of bubbly at the speakeasy-inspired Drumbar (201 E. Delaware) on Valentine’s Day. Sofialivelovely.com.
Dollars and sense
Stash extra cash for the spring when 900 N. Michigan Shops hosts its fifth annual Tax Free Weekend Feb. 16-18. Peruse more than 40 of your favorite stores, including Club Monaco, J. Crew, space519 and Michael Kors Collection, and take advantage of the 9.25 percent discount — even on sale items. Download your access pass at Shop900.com.
Chicago-based womenswear brand Modahnik will launch its spring/summer 2013 collection at local boutiques Vile & Valiant (1359 W. Grand) on Feb. 15 and Floradora (330 S. Dearborn) in March. Designer Kahindo Mateene says she was inspired by her African heritage and by TV shows “Spartacus” and “Game of Thrones” when crafting the collection’s dresses and separates, which feature bold pinks, silk chiffon and Greco-Roman draping. Modahnik.com.
Work it out
Break a sweat in style at Nike Training Club’s newest Lincoln Park location, a fitness and athletic-wear destination exclusively for women. Gear up for the club’s complimentary cardio, yoga and barre-based classes inside the retail section, where you’ll find Nike+ Fuelbands ($149), Legend pants ($45-$75) and the new Nike Studio Wrap ($150) — five shoes in one. 833 W. Armitage. Facebook.com/ntclincolnpark.