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This Week in Fashion: Custom Leather at The Factory, Chillin' Turns 13, The 2nd Annual Beauty Expo + Mega Memorial Day Sales

1. Custom Leather Jacket Event & Memorial Day Sale at The Factory (370 4th St), Saturday May 28, noon-4pm.

Choose your leather, add custom details and come out with a one-of-a-kind jacket you will keep forever. Prices range from $300-$700. Bonus: All Factory label designs, from basics to the Summer Silk Capsule collection, will be 30% off during the event. 

Is the Tonga Room Landmark-Worthy?

The Tonga Room in the Fairmont Hotel has been a center of kitsch in the city for decades, delighting many a visitor (especially the young ones) and working as a much-needed counterbalance to the string of hip restaurants and bars on which a local can occasionally get burnt out.

The Storm Brewing Over the Tonga Room

These days the Tonga Room—the Fairmont Hotel's thatched-walled, indoor-raining temple of Tiki Kitsch—finds itself in more danger, more often than Elisha Kuthbert’s ever-threatened Kim Bauer on the first season of 24. The current state of the historic bar's impending closure has the Fairmont turning it and the 28 stories above it into condos.

Rain, Rain (Don't) Go Away: The Tonga Room Rally

I can only imagine that the call to action is that classic Hawaiian song, "Mele Kalikimaka."

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