e6b8/1247597834-img_6658_thumb.jpgIt’s practically within walking distance from the peninsula, but for all-too-many downtowners (including myself) the little Avondale shopping community suffers from a case of out-of-sight, out-of-mind. But it’s worth becoming a regular stop on shopping excursions. We recently ventured over the bridge to visit some old favorites (Avondale Wine & Cheese, Helping Kids with Cancer Thrift Store, Lava Salon, Poe, Voodoo) and visited two newish shops that are definitely worth going back for — and Thursday would be a good time to do it.

Wink has been open since last fall, but some people are still discovering its charms. It’s stocked with cute dresses for a big night out, most of them priced under $100 — a great option if you’re looking for something no one else will be wearing. (Wait, maybe I shouldn’t be telling you about this place…) They’ve also got a good little selection of jewelry, also moderately priced (necklaces around $20). Wink hosts regular shopping events, and this Thursday (July 16) they’re holding a happy hour party with cocktails and apps from 6-8 p.m. According to owner Errica Watkins, they’re expecting a new shipment of clothing, jewelry, and accessories hand-picked from a recent trip to L.A.

Just down the street is Bungalow Home, which owner Patrick Giel opened about three months ago. Some stand-out items: great candles, tableware, fun statues and figurines, affordable prints, and more. Bungalow also hosts regular shopping events, and on Thursday they’ll be offering drinks and hors d’oeuvres to complement their July 40 percent-off sale.

Don’t forget to stop by Lava Salon for a ladies’ night Thursday, featuring five-minute makeup touch-ups, eyebrow waxing, sugaring demos provided by Sugar Me, and five-minute massage demos.