Now she's moving to New York City to open a retail shop for her company, StarStrings. "I think it will really allow me to take this company to national and international levels," Magdalain says of her relocation to the arty Soho-Nolita district. "I'm hoping to do a lot of work with celebrities and artists in the urban community."
StarStrings has a retail space at 5306 Martway in Mission that's open by appointment only, or you can check out the designs at www.starstrings.com. Magdalain's send-off party is 8 p.m. Friday at the Yoga Gallery; call 913-208-2274 for more information. -- Annie Fischer
On the Block
Let the bidding begin.
The Hope House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, hosts its first-ever auction at 9 a.m. Saturday at Maywood Auction House (10112 East Truman Road in Independence). It's a chance to score antiques, appliances, tools, furniture and other goodies; you can also get some grub in exchange for a donation or enter the $2 raffle. And if you're feeling really wicked, consider donating merchandise to be auctioned; the Hope House accepts contributions until Friday. Call the auction house at 816-836-2294 for more information. -- Fischer