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Get the latest in Bohemian-style clothing (and more) without a designer price at fab’rik Vinings. Dana Spinola’s fab’rik boutiques make high fashion accessible to all women. The stores also host free shopping sprees for local women dealing with poverty, exploitation, and abuse. 4300 Paces Ferry Rd. FabrikStyle.com

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MARCH 12 Georgia Bridal Show Cobb Galleria Centre 12-5pm $12 in advance, $15 at the door (cash only) Meet wedding experts and check out dresses at this bridal extravaganza. EliteEvents.com

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Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 3pm $39-$99 Grammy-nominated Celtic Woman will bring their showstopping performance of Voices of Angels to the stage. CobbEnergyCentre.com

Atkins Park Smyrna 2pm $5 daily The 14th annual celebration will have live music, games and food. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. FreshTix.com/Events/St-Paddys-Day-In-Smyrna

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DIY Wedding Floral Design Class

2840 Plant Atkinson Rd. SE. 12pm Free The Little Helpers of Atlanta are teaming up with 7 Bridges to Recovery to put together lunches for the homeless. 7BridgesToRecovery.org

City Of Smyrna Community Center 2-5pm $35 Learn how to design your own wedding bouquet. Everything you need for this session will be provided. TheSkysTheLimitEvents.com

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666 Smyrna Hill Dr. SE. 8am-4pm $7 (Sat.), $14 (weekend pass) Join over 300 people at Speed Meet, one of the most unique inline speed skating events in Georgia. Facebook.com/ Events/2164225103803470

The Atlanta Opera Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 8pm $35 and up A film star looking for love marries a gold digger with other intentions. AtlantaOpera.org

APRIL 21-22 Pinners Conference & Expo Cobb Galleria Centre Fri. 10am-9pm; Sat. 9am-6pm $7-$49 Bring your Pinterest boards to life with exhibits, shopping and classes. PinnersConference.com

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APRIL 29-30 Smyrna Crawfish Boil Atkins Park Smyrna 11am $15 weekend pass, $60 VIP (per day) Dig into fresh crawfish at this fun 15th annual event. Expect live music and beer. FreshTix.com/Events/Smyrna-Crawfish-Boil

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Calendar MARCH 18-19 The Model Train Show Cobb Galleria Centre Sat. 10am-5pm; Sun. 10am-4pm $10 for adults, kids (under 12) free Here, train enthusiasts will see six operating model railroad layouts and more than 250 vendor tables. TheModelTrainShow.com

MARCH 24-26 39th Annual Spring Atlanta Home Show

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Atlanta Ballet 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy. Fri. 8pm; Sat. 2pm, 8pm; Sun. 2pm $25 and up Experience the mesmerizing choreography of Yuri Possokhov, George Balanchine and Jiří Kylián at this show. AtlantaBallet.com

MAY 20-21 2017 Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo Cobb Galleria Centre Sat. 10am-4pm; Sun. 10am-3pm $15 one-day pass Get the inside scoop from experts on all things gluten-free and sample products at this educational exhibition. GFAFExpo.com

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2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy. 7pm (red carpet) Ticket prices $30 The 9th Annual Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards will celebrate students who excel in the arts. ArtsBridgeGA.org

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Jonquils, Smyrna’s official city symbol, were introduced by Smyrna residents, Samuel Taylor and his wife, who shared a sack of jonquil bulbs they received from their son with friends and neighbors.

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Shepard and Hutcheson know of what they speak, as they both have experience in the fashion, home décor, beauty and retail buying industries. They honed their skills as executives of an established home textile company, and when they decided to strike out on their own, Dear Keaton was born. The name is an homage to the time-honored tradition of sending postcards from far-flung destinations. “Postcards once served as a wonderful way to share unique sights and experiences gained while traveling the globe,” Shepard notes. “Dear Keaton is our personal postcard to our customers, sharing great finds for creating a well-traveled home.”

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Places like Venice, Italy inspire Hutcheson. “The colors are just more beautiful there,” she says. And beach destinations like St. George Island also are among her most beloved travel spots. Shepard shares Hutcheson’s fondness for the water’s edge, with the beaches of Sayulita, Mexico, ranking at the top of her must-visit list. Of course, the pair has traveled far and wide for Dear Keaton as well, including locales in Africa, Central and South America, and India, to find sustainable and fair-trade items. “Sourcing unique global products is one of our favorite parts of running this business,” Shepard remarks. “We love meeting the entrepreneurs revitalizing cottage industries in remote lands. Not only are they creating beautiful products, but they also are creating jobs that allow impoverished artisans to support their families.”

You don’t have to book a flight or break the bank to give your home a genuine resort vibe. These Dear Keaton products (pictured left) are reasonably priced and can add the perfect touch to your home.

While they love traveling, they also believe that there’s no place like home. They run Dear Keaton out of a co-working space in Westside Atlanta, which is an easy commute to Smyrna and Vinings. Hutcheson has called Vinings home for 20 years, and she relishes the opportunity to “live close to the city while enjoying a smaller hometown feel.” Shepard, who grew up in Smyrna, also appreciates the fact that the area has retained its small-town charm even while growing immensely. Local restaurants are a big draw for her, as are boutiques like Sandpiper in Vinings.

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