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Skimming the racks: Microsoft at Pioneer Place and free pancakes
[February 09, 2013]

Skimming the racks: Microsoft at Pioneer Place and free pancakes

Feb 05, 2013 (The Oregonian - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Microsoft announced it plans to open its Pioneer Place store this summer. The store, in the former Romano's Macaroni Grill location at 300 S.W. Yamhill St., will carry touchscreen laptops, desktops, and tablets running Windows 8, to Windows Phones, to Xbox and Kinect consoles and accessories.

The company said the store also would carry "a wide array of first and third-party software titles," a Microsoft blog post on Tuesday explained, "our goal is to introduce you to the best choice, value and service we have to offer." The International House of Pancakes is offering a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes through 10 p.m. today in hopes of generating donations for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals program.

The fund-raiser, a part of National Pancake Day (who knew ), aims to collect $3 million from diners across the country.

Once you've worked off the free pancakes, folks with a stack of goodwill can head on down to the Woodburn Company Stores' shopping fund-raiser.

The outlet mall's "Spring Fashion Frenzy" will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, to raise money for eight local nonprofits. The mall hopes to raise $35,000 from the $15 tickets to participate and through raffle sales. Tickets include the day of shopping, a wine tasting, a lunch provided by Wooden Nickel Catering and a shot at one of 10 gift bags and $40,000 in gift cards.

The nonprofits featured this year are Family Building Blocks, DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Oswego Friends of Doernbecher, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Marion County Dog Shelter, Woodburn Art Center and Katie's Kause for Cystic Fibrosis.

For more info, refer to Woodburn's website or call 503-981-1900.

Starting on March 12, Macy's will begin carrying collections from a group of designers launched through Fashion Week seven years ago.

The collections, which will feature tanks, skater skirts, outerwear, pants, tops and dresses, will be located in Macy's Impulse departments. The clothing will be inspired by "modern school boy," "feminine grunge" and "graphics," according to Macy's, and will range in price from $39 to $139.

For a peek, check out the department store chain's Impulse department online starting on April 2.

"Our clothes, just like us, exist somewhere at the intersection of fashion, music, art and popular culture," Jenne Lombardo, co-founder of MADE, said in a Macy's announcement. "Our collections will always be inspired by the kids on the streets. Our friends."' -- Laura Gunderson ___ (c)2013 The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.) Visit The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.) at Distributed by MCT Information Services

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