Macy's to hold fifth annual Shop for a Cause Day

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Area Macy's department stores will participate in the company's fifth annual Shop for a Cause charity shopping event Saturday.

Shoppers who would like to receive store deals and discounts while supporting charitable organizations can purchase Macy's Shopping Passes for $5 today then take 10 to 20 percent off most regular, sale and clearance purchases Saturday.

For more information, visit www.macys.com.

Event planning firm to hold grand opening

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The social, event and wedding planning firm Polished Affairs will open its new showroom Saturday in Lawrenceville.

Polished Affairs will hold a grand opening event from 7 to 10 p.m. including live entertainment and hors d'oeuvres, as well as exhibits of floral design, cake artistry, photography and table designs presented by various vendors.

Polished Affairs is located at 480 N. Perry St. in Suite G. For more information, call 404-759-1244.

Yoga, pilates, tai chi studio to open Saturday

BUFORD -- Carisma Studio for Wellness, a business offering classes in yoga, pilates and tai chi, will celebrate its grand opening Saturday.

Owner and Buford resident Christine Truhe has more than 15 years in the fitness industry and Carisma Studio will host guest speakers and healthy living workshops in addition to offering infant massage, core training clinics and stress management, acupuncture and meditation sessions.

The grand opening event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Carisma Studio is at 1630 Buford Highway, Suite 5, in Buford. For more information, call 678-765-2350 or visit www.themindbodyspa.com.

Leather World furniture in Norcross to close

NORCROSS -- Leather World Fine Furniture is going out of business, its ownership citing the economy for its decision to close the doors of its two locations.

Leather World was founded in Norcross in 2002 as Atlanta's largest and most exclusive specialty store. It later changed its name to reflect an offering of bedroom furniture and opened a second location in Buford.

Leather World is expected to remain open until all remaining merchandise is sold.

For more information call 770-729-8624 or visit www.lwff.com.

Interior design company opens showroom to public

SNELLVILLE -- Interior design company Celeste Alexander Spaces has opened a studio and showroom inside the Snellville Fabric Mart.

Interior designer and business owner Celeste Alexander will offer custom-made designs at more affordable prices. She has been in business for over 10 years, creating designs for the high-end homes and has expanded her offerings.

Snellville Fabric Mart is at 2340 Ronald Reagan Parkway in Snellville. For more information on Celeste Alexander Spaces, call 770-310-7793 or visit www.decoratingsista.vpweb.com.

Center to offer course in starting a business

GAINESVILLE -- The University of Georgia's Small Business Development Center will offer a course on planning and financing a small business Wednesday.

The course will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. and The Featherbone Center, 999 Chestnut St. in Gainesville. Cost is $69 per participant and registration is requested online at www.georgiasbdc.org. For more information, call 770-531-5681.