This Week’s Top Story

Marianne Strokirk Salon (1325 N. State Pkwy., is consolidating its River North and Gold Coast locations into one salon. Now “soft” open in the Gold Coast, the space will officially open on July 21, and it will have some 40 stylist stations at the ready.

As always, the salon will offer facials and waxing along with haircuts, styling, and coloring (stylists are also skilled at corrective cuts and color). The new space will have expanded manicure and pedicure services, as well as a separate, glassed-in room for keratin treatments. And though several product lines will carry over from the previous locations—Redken and Oribe, for example, are still in heavy rotation—the salon will add botanical skincare line LINNÉ, Revitalash cosmetics, and others.

Strokirk wanted the new, 5,000-square-foot space to feel peaceful and calm. So, in addition to an abundance of natural light, it’s outfitted with periwinkle-blue floors; a living succulent wall and a juice bar are in the works.

Top Sales This Week

Max Mara (900 N. Michigan Ave., is offering discounts on its knitwear, coats, blouses, dresses, and more. Also available online, sale items include a double-wool, sleeveless pink dress (reduced from $625 to $312) and a waterproof, two-tone raincoat (reduced from $625 to $312).

Kate Spade (58 E. Oak St., is offering discounts on its spring merchandise. The sale is also running online, where discounted items include a jaunty striped top that says “Joie de Vivre” (reduced from $128 to $83) and a zippered pouch with a tiki bar theme (reduced from $128 to $102).

Salvatore Ferragamo (645 N. Michigan Ave., is hosting sales in-store and online. Goods for both men and women are discounted, and offerings range from the classic, bowed Vara pump (reduced from $550 to $385) to a fringed flap purse (reduced from $1,590 to $1,113).

Cole Haan (673 N. Michigan Ave., is wrapping up its “extra 30 percent off sale items” event. The sale applies to a range of shoe styles, including ballet flats, penny loafers, and sandals.

Brooks Brothers (713 N. Michigan Ave., is hosting its summer clearance sale. Select spring and summer styles are up to 50 percent off in stores, and up to 70 percent off online. Online, items include a menswear-inspired shirtdress for women (reduced from $598 to $239) and a seersucker sport coat for men (reduced from $398 to $199).

Barbour (54 E. Walton St., is also hosting its summer sale. Find discounts of up to 50 percent on everything from jackets and skirts to pajamas.

Vintage boutique Dovetail (1452 W. Chicago Ave., is holding a sale through July 10. Shoppers who buy one piece of vintage clothing will get a second piece of equal or lesser value for 50 percent off.

Retail News of the Week

  • Blank Label, a custom menswear retailer, will open in the Loop on July 11. Read more.
  • Local sneaker line Bucketfeet will shift to a direct-to-consumer business model. Read more.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago’s new jewelry-centric exhibit, Vanishing Beauty, will be on display through August 21. Read more.