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Shamrock Shenanigans: Mini Cupcakes; Biggie Cupcakes; Ombre Manicures; A Little Advice About Strange Cargo

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RIVER NORTH - Blow dry salon Blowtique, owned and operated by straight-up Irish folk has some snazzy swag for customers this weekend. First, Baked By Melissa, the infamous "tiny cupcake" company out of New York is sending some bite-size treats to go with Irish Coffee the trained staff is mixing. Second, the only thing that can make a blow out any more Irish is green hair chalk, which is complimentary. And before customers leave, there's a wheel of fortune to spin for chances to win discounts and swag. [Racked Inbox]

GOLD COAST - This Saturday and Sunday Sprinkles Cupcakes on Walton will release the much anticipated Green Velvet Cupcake for $3.50. This special edition light chocolate cake is nearly identical to the most popular flavor; Red Velvet. Additionally, they'll launch the Irish Chocolate featuring Belgian dark chocolate with a Baileys Irish cream cheese frosting and a shamrock. Both flavors will be available in the ATM. [Racked Inbox]

WICKER PARK - The Lomography store is having its first scavenger hunt on St. Patrick's day. Entrants come in groups of 3-5, or if you come alone you are placed in a group of friendly Lomographers. The cost is $10 a person, and this gets your group a Diana with an Instant Back, and a pack of film. Rally at 1PM and shoot everything possible until 4PM. First place gets the Sardinia and Second place gets mini Fisheyes like this baby pictured here. [Racked Inbox]

RIVER NORTH - The spa at dana is in the mood for all-things emerald this weekend. Among other treatments the spa is offering an emerald and ombré mani/pedi with an exfoliating sugar scrub and relaxing hand massage. 20% off the service ends tomorrow, March 15. [Racked Inbox]

LAKEVIEW - A word from the wise: If you're planning on making the trip to Strange Cargo for Saint Patrick's Day t-shirts or accouterments you should note that this is a huge holiday for the store-- one of the busiest of the year. For over twenty years, the store, which as you may know is in the heart of the Wrigleyville bar scene, has had lines out the door and will sell nearly 10,000 t-shirts this year. To avoid the craziness and the lines, start early; on Friday hours are from 10Am-8PM and Saturday from 9AM until whenever. [Racked Inbox]