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IN THE BAG

Shopping column: Campers setting up in coliseum

And brides-to-be are invited to a “super” event at Monogram Shoppe.

Friday, February 1, 2013 - 12:01 am

Hot on the heels of the Outdoor Sports, Lake and Cabin Show at Memorial Coliseum is the Fort Wayne RV and Camping Show this weekend.

I guess this is the time of year when we pine away for warmer weather and outdoor activities.

It's the place to go if you're thinking about investing in a recreational vehicle. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. today and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Admission: $6 adults, $4 ages 60 and older; $2 ages 5-12. A family day pass (two adults and up to three kids) is $14. Sunday is Family Day — ages 12 and younger get in free. If you're going today, go to www.rvshows.org/Portals/322/FtWayne/2013_FW_show_discount.jpg to get $1 off today's admission.

Super Bride Sunday

Brides-to-be are invited to the Monogram Shoppe and more … for a special event, Super Bride Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Yes, you'll still get home in time for the big game.

Store owner Sara Keltsch says the event gives women something to do while the guys are watching the pre-game show.

The first 50 brides-to-be will get a free tote bag. Door prizes will be awarded, and the store is offering 10 percent off bridesmaids' and groomsmen's gifts, as well as jeweled cake toppers. There will be cake sampling, music and more. The Monogram Shoppe is in Covington Plaza at 6410 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Kissing contest

Merle Norman Cosmetics in Covington Plaza is hosting a Most Kissable Lips contest today through Feb. 9. Women can come into the store at 6386 W. Jefferson Blvd. and kiss a paper that will then be placed in the store's front window. At 4:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Judge John Surbeck will judge the “kisses.” Information: 432-9315.

Farmers market

Don't forget the Fort Wayne Farmers Market 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Parkview Field in the indoor Lincoln Financial Event Center. More than 40 vendors and artisans will sell food, farm products, natural products and handcrafted items. The Three Rivers Orchid Society will present a program. Information: www.ftwaynesfarmersmarket.com.

JC Penney brings back sales

Just a year ago, J.C. Penney made major changes to its pricing, lowering prices on everything 40 percent and dispensing with most of its sales.

Apparently the strategy was a flop. According to an Associated Press story, J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson said the department store chain this week will begin adding back some of the sales it curtailed last year.

Here's more from the AP story: “Penney also plans to add price tags or signs for more than half of its merchandise to show customers how much they're saving by shopping at the chain — a strategy used by a few other retailers. For store-branded items such as Arizona, Penney will show comparison prices from competitors.

“The reversal comes on the eve of the one-year anniversary of its original vow to almost completely get rid of the sales that Americans covet but that cut into a store's profits. The idea was to offer everyday low prices that customers could count on rather than the nearly 600 fleeting discounts, coupons and sales it once offered.”

The story goes on to say, “Penney next month is expected to report its fourth consecutive quarter of big sales drops and net losses. After losing more than half of its value, Penney's stock is trading at about $19. And the company's credit ratings are in junk status.”

I guess it shows just how much we shoppers like our sales.

Know of a store opening, closing or remodeling? Find a good deal? Call Cindy Larson at 461-8284, fax 461-8817, email clarson@news-sentinel.com or write to: In the Bag, C/O The News-Sentinel, PO Box 102, Fort Wayne, IN 46801. To read other columns, go to www.news-sentinel.com/section/LARSON.