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Targeting Facebook

Target is selling Facebook Credits gift cards, giving players a new way to get virtual cash to buy goods within "FarmVille," "Mafia Wars" and other games on the social networking site. The chain is the first retailer to sell Facebook’s virtual currency. Target offers Facebook Credits gift cards in $15, $25 and $50 increments. According to Inside Network, which publishes the Inside Facebook blog, the market for virtual goods could reach $1.6 billion this year, including $835 million for items bought in social networking games.



Letarte’s ‘Alia Hinu oil
($54) and Vanille Poly-
nesia lotion ($39) work
to keep skin hydrated
and healthy.

Ward Centers holds annual inventory sale

Ward Centers is hosting its once-a-year Inventory Clearance Sale, running 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

More than 40 merchants are participating in the event, clearing out clothing, gift items, accessories, home decor and more to make way for new holiday merchandise. To make extra room, the sale will spill out into the Ward Warehouse parking lot.

The family event will include temporary tattoos for kids, keiki IDs, free balloons and edibles such as shave ice, cotton candy and popcorn.

Shoppers will also will receive a $20 Ward Centers gift card, while supplies last, when redeeming $200 in qualified Ward shopping and/or dining receipts from purchases made on the event dates. There’s a limit of one gift card per person, 13 or older, throughout the promotion. Gratuity amounts on receipts are not applicable toward the $200, and credit card receipts must be accompanied by retailers’ detailed receipts. The redemption counter will be located at the Island Slipper Store at Ward Warehouse, Saturday and Sunday, during mall hours.

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Boutique showcases new arrivals

Jessica’s Traveling Boutique will show new arrivals with her sales rack at A Little Bit of Everything at The Galerie, Imperial Plaza, 725 Kapiolani Blvd., from 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow.

There will be pupu, wine and coffee to enjoy while browsing. Call Jessica O’Neill at 310-428-4478 for more information.



Care for bare skin

It’s difficult to show a swimsuit to its advantage when skin is rough and dry, so Maui-based Letarte, long known for its elite collection of swimwear, cover-ups and sportswear, has debuted its own line of hydrating skin care lotions and oils.

"Our new lotions and oils bring a bit of the islands to all of our customers," said designer Lisa Letarte Cabrinha. "Plus, they promise to keep skin supple and healthy."

Letarte’s Vanille Polynesia lotion ($39) combines aloe vera and shea butter in a medley of patchouli oil, vanilla, orange, sugar and almond fragrances to heal weather-worn skin. ‘Alia Hinu oil ($54) combines argan, coconut and essential oils for skin hydration.

They’re available in 8-ounce bottles and 2-ounce travel sizes ($24 set) at the Letarte flagship store in Paia, Maui, online at or at Becca Beach at The Kahala Hotel.


Events at Neiman

Neiman Marcus is hosting a few in-store events this weekend as follows:

» "Wacoal Support the Girls Event": For every Wacoal Awareness or Embrace Lace bra sold through Oct. 17, Wacoal will donate $2 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure to fight breast cancer.

» "Up Close: Robert Graham": Men can receive a complimentary long-sleeved woven shirt for every $500 in regular-priced Robert Graham merchandise purchased through Oct. 10.

» "Lafayette 148 New York Wardrobing Presentation": Meet representative Barbara Andreoli and view the Lafayette 148 New York Fall 2010 Collection at 2 p.m. Saturday. This is the company Ivy Higa, who competed this season on "Project Runway," worked for before launching her own brand.


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