Shopping News 6-10-08 By Kara Nelson Women's retailer Francesca's Collections ( has expanded its presence in New Orleans. The store on level two of the Shops at Canal Place (333 Canal St., 581-4402) now has an additional location, uptown at 3333 Magazine St. (899-2118), near the corner of Louisiana Avenue. The boutique offers a variety of gifts, apparel, home accessories and jewelry.

Enjoy summer savings at Inside Design (1623 Metairie Road, 833-8686) where selected merchandise is 30 percent off.

Saks Fifth Avenue (301 Canal St., 524-2200; and Havaianas announce the launch of "Beauty Splash," an exclusive footwear collection to benefit charity: water, a non-profit initiative bringing clean water and basic sanitation into impoverished communities. Three of the most celebrated women in beauty — Trish McEvoy, Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown — have collaborated with Havaianas to express their inspiration for summer on a whole new surface. Saks Fifth Avenue will be offering its customers these special edition Havaianas from June 8-22, for a retail price of $15, with any two cosmetics or fragrance purchases (while supplies last). One dollar from each purchase (up to $200,000 total) will be donated to charity: water.

Whitney National Bank has opened a new branch at 4301 Lapalco Blvd. in Marrero (207-7010;, making it the bank's sixth location on the Westbank.

Send information about trunk shows, new product lines, sales and in-store events to Kara Nelson at, call 483-3107, or fax 483-3116. Information should be received 10 days prior to publication.