SEASIDE - Frank and Laura Kaim at Seaside Scents, 409 Broadway, are offering a deal to women who generally get vacuum cleaners for Valentine's Day: register for a variety of lotions, perfumes or giant rubber ducks in their store, then let the gentleman friend come in on his own and pick from those.

"It's a no-fuss Valentine's Day for the dude," said Laura Kaim, who said the store will also gift wrap. "It's hard for a man to come into a lotion shop." She said Frank helps the confused males, and the store also maintains a "bored boy bench" for men shopping with their wives.

Seaside Scents is also offering after-hours parties through January and February. Laura Kaim said a hostess would bring snacks, drinks and CDs, then get 10 percent of any sales that happen at the party. Features such as makeovers, manicures, and a chance to create a jar of bath salts, body mist or massage oil are also available.

Laura Kaim said she wants local women to have something fun to do with their friends on cold, rainy evenings.

"We were very blessed with local customers this Christmas," she said. "We're very thankful for the locals." For more information, call (503) 738-7051.

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