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Francesca's Collections boutique opens at WestShore Plaza



Diamond shadow blouse

There's a new store in town, and its styles and prices are speaking our language.

Francesca's Collections opened at WestShore Plaza on Sept. 19. Consider this boutique shopping without boutique prices. The store, situated between Gap and Soma Intimates, is filled with trendy clothes, fashionable purses, stylish jewelry and cute gift options (kitchy tampon holder, anyone?).

On my visit, I spotted cute $38 dresses that would work great for Florida's fall (i.e., autumnal colors but also short-sleeved). Francesca's staff does a nice job of showing customers how to layer and mix pieces to create different outfits, including a "get this look for under $100" display. If you like Miss Me jeans, you can get those, too.

Sundance tote

Diana Gomez, the Tampa store's assistant manager, let me in on a little secret. Francesca's orders only a handful of each size for every piece it sells, so "you're pretty much guaranteed that there aren't going to be 20 people at a party wearing the same thing you are." Amen to that.

The chain runs frequent sales (yipee!), including one through Oct. 4 for 50 percent off all clearance items. Sign up for the mailing list and receive 20 percent off whatever dress Francesca's dubs the "pick of the week."

"We're always running the sales," Gomez said. "It's so beautiful."

Deal Diva Colleen

(Photos: Diamond shadow blouse and Sundance tote, both available at Francesca's.)

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:20pm]


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