By late July, I'm itching to swap out my lightweight summer handbag for a heftier leather satchel or tote, something that will hold up through the wind and rain of fall and freezing snows of winter.
Mark and Graham has a great selection of satchels and cross-body bags with clean old-school lines. The adjustable shoulder straps, pockets and gold hardware mean they're perfect for the classroom or toting essentials to and from work.
The Academy collection of bags come in primary colors of bold red and deep midnight blue. Free monogramming is available in a foil-debossed or blind-debossed design beneath the flap. The bags, originally $165 and $250, are currently on sale for $149 and $199. Go to Markandgraham.com.
More shopping news
■ Coffee Times and Street Scene will co-host a party on Saturday. Coffee Times at 2571 Regency Road, will celebrate its 31st birthday by offering 31-cent cups of coffee 8 a.m. to noon and 31 percent off coffee by the pound.
Next door, Street Scene will celebrate its seventh anniversary with discounts. A "boot sale," with local vendors selling merchandise out of car trunks in the parking lot, will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.. The Athenian Grill food truck will arrive at 11 a.m. and a DJ will spin tunes from noon to 5 p.m.
■ The Morris Book Shop will celebrate its sixth anniversary from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. The day will include live music from Warren Byrom, Seth Murphy and Idiot Glee, food by Minton's Little Brother Food Truck, Ale-8-One and free doughnuts from Donut Days. Plus, everything in the store will be 20 percent off.
■ Through July 31 save 15 percent on everything at The Uncommon Dog, the online pet emporium. Use the code DOGS15 at checkout. Merchandise includes dog leashes and collars, beds and bowls. Go to Theuncommondog.com.
■ The grand opening of The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass in Simpsonville is on July 31. During the event, the Crabtree & Evelyn outlet store will give away containers of Avocado, Olive & Basil Hand Therapy to the first 100 customers, while supplies last.