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Bargain bin: Holiday shopping deals aplenty

Enjoy Night Out in the South End

Mark your calendars now for next Wednesday (Dec. 14), when South End businesses host that neighborhood’s Holiday Night Out from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Lots of shops, including M. Flynn Accessories, will be serving refreshments and offering discounts of 15-20 percent; see for a list of participants (click on each to find out what they’re offering). Select restaurants including Gaslight Brasserie du Coin, Masa, Myers + Chang, and others will offer prix-fixe menus or other special deals, and you can park for free at 500 and 540 Harrison Ave.


The annual Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll happens this evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with Victorian carolers, a strolling brass quintet, horse and buggy rides, and refreshments and discounts at some of the neighborhood stores. Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill (46 Charles St., Boston, 617-227-4646, will have Vineyard Vines ties marked down 50 percent and drawings for Vera Bradley prizes; Crush Boutique (131 Charles St., Boston, 617-720-0010, is offering 10 percent off of purchases; and Charles Street Supply Co. (54-56 Charles St., Boston, 617-367-9046, will offer 10 percent off purchases for people wearing a Santa hat (sold at the store), just to name a few. Find a video of last year’s stroll at


The annual Shop Inman Square by Moonlight event happens today from noon to midnight, with a scavenger hunt, in-store prizes, and, starting at 6 p.m., discounts, snacks, and entertainment at some of the stores. Stellabella Toys (1360 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-491-6290, will have a wine and cheese tasting from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will take 20 percent off one item; Inman Oasis (243 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-491-0176, will take 10 percent off products and gift certificates and will be showing holiday movies; Boutique Fabulous (1309 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-864-0656, will have live music, fortune telling, hors d’oeuvres, and more. Find more event details and a complete list of participating businesses at



Soodee hosts a trunk show with styles from Boston label Bless By Bless Couture ( until 8 p.m. today. Winter and summer pieces from designer Bless Mazarura will be 25-75 percent off; starting at around 5 p.m., he will be taking custom orders for items from his 2012 collection. Other pieces in the shop will be marked down 20-80 percent. Refreshments served, too. Soodee is at 170 Newbury St., Boston, 617-266-7888.


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On Saturday, select Coolidge Corner shops will be opening at 7 a.m. and offering discounts, gifts with purchase. Among them, Fire Opal (320 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-739-9066, is offering 15 percent off storewide; Tiny Hanger (14 Pleasant St., Brookline, 617-487-5501, will have items marked down 20 percent between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 10 percent between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.; and Eureka! Puzzles (1349 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-738-7352, will offer a free gift with purchases of $20 or more. Find a full list of participating businesses and discounts at


Belmont Center’s Midnight Madness event happens tonight from 6 p.m. to midnight, with refreshments and discounts at Leonard Street businesses including Bessie Blue, A Chocolate Dream, Bells & Whistles, the Frame Hut, Marmalade, Rancatore’s Ice Cream and Yogurt, Revolve, Roberts Salon and Spa, Thirty Petals Boutique, and Vintages. At many of the stores, the discounts will get progressively steeper as the night goes on - a good incentive to stay out late.


Ibex Outdoor Clothing hosts a winter warming party at its Newbury Street store from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, with 20 percent off everything in the store (tops, bottoms, outerwear, scarves, and more). There will be food and drink from American Flatbread, Harpoon, and others, along with a raffle for Ibex softshell jackets, gift certificates, and a weekend ski trip for two to Stowe Mountain Resort. Ibex is at 303 Newbury St., Boston, 857-277-1932.


If you’re shopping for pets, Pawsitive Thoughts in Burlington has some deals that may pique your interest. Through Monday, the store is offering a different discount each day. Marked-down items include food, treats, leashes, collars, and other accessories. (Find more details at; click “Specials and Promotions.’’) On Sunday, pets can have their photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus for $15, and starting Tuesday, the store will have holiday merchandise including pet toys, stockings, and clothing marked down 25 percent and Bessie & Barnie beds marked down 20 percent (through the end of the year). Pawsitive Thoughts is at 390 Cambridge St., Burlington, 781-365-1691.



The Pink List, a membership program offering moms discounts at boutiques, spas, and other spots, hosts a holiday shopping crawl on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (You don’t have to be a Pink List member to attend.) Shops and salons in Beacon Hill, the North End, and other neighborhoods will be giving attendees discounts, gifts with purchase, and other deals. A $35-wristband is required to get the discounts; 10 percent of the proceeds will go to Room to Grow. See for a complete list of participating stores and discounts and to purchase a wristband, or purchase in person at Magic Beans in the Prudential Center starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday. (The first 100 people to check in on Saturday get a gift bag filled with surprises.)


If you need a little pick-me-up to break up your holiday shopping, one of the three mini-spa services that Bliss at W Boston is offering through the end of the month may do the trick. The 30-minute indulgences - each a discounted, abbreviated version of a full treatment offered at the spa - include the “shopper’s delight,’’ a leg, foot, head, and neck massage with a cucumber eye mask ($70); the “post-party perk-up,’’ a facial and eye treatment ($60); and the “pre-soiree slim-down,’’ which includes dry brushing (for exfoliation and circulation) and a rub-down with a skin-firming cream ($70). Call ahead to book: 617-261-8747. Bliss is at W Boston, 100 Stuart St., Boston.

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