Don't miss downtown Belleville's Diva Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Cost is $5. Register at Ambassador Travel, 312 E. Main St. and you'll receive a special passport. Get it stamped at seven stops downtown then turn it in at the after-party at Marcos Tavern on Main (301 E. Main St.) for the chance to win a great prize. Girlfriends love this monthly event, with Main Street a sea of women browsing shops and businesses and getting special discounts and deals.
Back to school shopping? Go to St. Clair Square's websites (stclairsquare.com) and click on Sales and Events to download a page full of coupons to be used at the mall for food, clothing and accessories.
You either have to arrive early or late to get a good deal this weekend at New York & Co. at the mall. From 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday (today) and from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday, the first 10 customers each day will get $25 off a $75 purchase. All day, both days, pants are buy one pair, get one free.
Don't forget that Scooby Doo will be in the house from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday (today) at the mall. Head to center court and get a photo snapped (bring your own camera), plus kids can take part in fun activities, suh as how to roll pretzels, decorate cookies and pitch to win prizes.
National Curly Hair Day. Summer is a frustrating time for anyone with curly hair. Skin and hair care company Carol's Daughter will be at Macy's at the mall this weekend to promote its Hair Milk Collection, which is designed for all kinds of super curly (and typically dry) hair. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Saturday) and Sunday, get a free consultation and a curl refresher from a licensed stylist. If you buy something, you get a Curl Perfecting Towel free. You need to book an appointment, though, so call Andrea at 624-2000, Ext. 2697.
Last week for this deal: Through Thursday at Build-A-Bear at the mall, make your own animal, then choose any outfit and shoes, all for $29.99.
Do you hear what I hear? Kirlin's Hallmark at the mall wants to help members of the military serving overseas be a part of their families' Christmas celebrations. Partnered with Operation Support Our Troops, the retailer is accepting donations at all Kirlin's Hallmark locations to help send out copies of "The Night Before Christmas" and "Charlie Brown Christmas" recordable storybooks. Members of the military can then record their own voice reading the story and send them back to their families. Donations need to be received by Aug. 31 so the books can be sent overseas with enough time for them to make their way back home by Dec. 25.
Take advantage of free kids' (kindergarten through sixth grade) haircuts through August at the salon inside JC Penney at the mall. Call (855) 527-5437 or stop by the salon to schedule an appointment. The number is limited. Also, guys should check out the new Levi's Denim Bar in the men's department. It boasts 11 jean fits and 88 washes with prices $40 and $45.
Zumiez has opened at the mall. It's described as the "place for cutting edge clothing, footwear, accessories, DVDs and hard goods for skate and snow active lifestyles." It's on lower level near Spencer Gifts.
Victoria's Secret Pink has filled the upper level retail space next to Build-A-Bear. It's the junior/preppy/collegiate off-shoot of Victoria's Secret, which still has its store downstairs. Bright pink cotten totes (with zip top) are $19.50.