New products commemorate Black History Month

  • In honor of Black History Month, is offering a new "DREAM" ring for $1,260.

    In honor of Black History Month, is offering a new "DREAM" ring for $1,260.

  • Nordstrom put out a special CD for Black History Month.

    Nordstrom put out a special CD for Black History Month.

Published2/17/2009 12:01 AM

Beyond the Barack Obama merchandise, retailers have several new items to commemorate Black History Month.

Nordstrom, for example, put out a special CD called "The Royal Blues - Celebrating the Queens of Blues and Jazz." The compilation features songs like Ella Fitzgerald's "Just A Sittin' and a Rockin'," Billie Holiday's "Love Me or Leave Me," and an exclusive track by up-and-coming jazz singer Lizz Wright. The CD is $18.95, and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.


With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in mind, is offering a gold and diamond "DREAM" ring for $1,260. The diamond guards are an additional $1,232 each.

For children, there's a new series of black history books by Gallopade International -- and the collection is up-to-date: The newest book features President Obama. Prices vary. Visit

New spa in Vernon Hills

This weekend, the mother-and-son team of Helen and Leo Zarovsky will open the ZaZa Salon and Day Spa at 1101 S. Milwaukee Ave., Suite 101, in Vernon Hills.

Helen Zarovsky, a native of Ukraine, has worked in the spa business since moving to the U.S. 20 years ago. Most recently, she owned Love Those Nails in Wheeling and then La Beaute European Day Spa in Lincolnshire.

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The Zarovskys' new 3,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art, full-service salon and spa will focus on wellness, cleanliness and customer service, with touches like a complementary espresso/juice bar.

ZaZa Salon's grand opening will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. Food, drinks, raffles, freebies, mini-treatments and more will be available and the public is invited to attend. For more information, call (847) 793-1111 or visit

Attention shoe divas!

At 1 p.m. Saturday, March 14, the Macy's in Woodfield Mall will host a Shoe Diva Shopping Party. Buy two or more pairs of shoes at the regular price and get 25 percent off your purchase. Everyday value items are excluded.

Need a vacation?

Wait, there's a scuba diving trip to Key West, Florida, for only $24? What's the catch? Well, you don't actually go there. You pop in the "HD2O - The Keys" DVD and watch more than an hour of underwater footage on your TV or computer. See for details.

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