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Microsoft Opens In Pentagon City; Fashion Nights Out; DSW Launches In October

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PENTAGON CITY—Microsoft's second store in the region is opening today in Fashion Center at Pentagon City. Early birds to the opening can score a chance to see Weezer this Saturday at Warner Theatre. Others can play Kinect with Wizards point guard John Wall (if you're lucky) and check out some awesome gadgets. [Official Site]

GEORGETOWNFashion's Night Out In Georgetown is hitting the streets again. On September 6, more than 100 stores, bars, and restaurants will make this upscale nabe into a "fashion playland". And for added cachet, former Real Housewives Mary Amons and Lynda Erkiletian are members of the host committee. Better get ready to party and drop some dough. [FNOGeorgetown]

ALEXANDRIA—Nipping on the heels of Georgetown's Fashion's Night Out is the inaugural event across the Potomac. Alexandria's Old Town will be hosting its first FNO on Thursday, September 6, the same night as Gtown. And there will be several runway shows happening. So sashay, Shante. [EYA]

GEORGETOWN—The first annual “Botox & Locks” event was a little over a week ago and dozens turned up to get their trusses trimmed and their wrinkles smoothed out, all over hors d'oeuvres and personal attention from hairstylist Luigi Parasmo and plastic surgeon Dr. Ayman Hakki of (Luxxery Medical Boutique). [Georgetowner]

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS—Shoe lovers unite! The much anticipated CoHi store coming to DCUSA is planning to launch "in or around October 4, 2012". At least that's the latest from Council Member Jim Graham. We're guessing given the nabe's reputation, DSW will be carrying lots of Converse sneakers. Keepin' it old school, of course. [PoP]

GEORGETOWNGant is coming to town. Who is coming to town? Gant. The clothing store that sells American style clothes to men, women, and everything in-between. It'll be opening in August in the place nearly every other store opens in DC, Georgetown's M St. [WWD]

DC—If you can't satisfy your macaroon craze in the city yet, rumor has it that Maison Laduree may be looking to set up shop right here. There's no timeline or firm plans, so right now we can only speculate. [DC Internationalist]