Make the holidays easy-cheesy.
Cookies by Design
What: The North Texas-based biz opens its first flagship offering one-of-a-kind services like cookie decorating parties and a retail section with personalized and grab-and-go creations.
Why: Treat your holiday guests.
When: Thurs. & Fri., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 1920 N. Coit Rd., ste. 221, Richardson (972-234-1574).
What: Spice up the ol’ lucky black-eyed peas New Year’s Day tradition with Austin’s World Peas, which douses the green guys in high-volume flavors like barbecue, Sichuan chili, and Sicilian tomato.
Why: A portion of the profits from each bag ($4) goes to rebuilding schools affected by earthquakes and other natural disasters.
When: You want to contribute to world peace.
Where: Whole Foods, 8190 Park Ln., ste. 351 (214-342-4850); online at amazon.com.
Uptown Consignment Sale
What: Shop designer clothing, handbags, shoes, and accessories (think Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Tory Burch, and Missoni) marked 75 percent off.
Why: Label yourself.
When: Thurs. & Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Uptown Consignment Fine Apparel, 4152 Cole Ave., ste. 102 (214-528-4400).
Fair to Midland
What: The Big D, a five-dude band, croons songs from its metal-meets-Evanescence album, Arrows & Anchors.
Why: Get your Fair share.
When: Fri., 7 p.m.
Where: Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave. (214-824-9933). Tickets ($18) at the door or online at tickets.granadatheater.com.
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