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The first 1,000 passengers who book a Visions Airlines flight to Destin/Fort Walton Beach will win a $200 Visa gift card. To qualify, you have to book a vacation package for two adults, including airfare, hotel/resort accommodations, and car rental with a minimum three-night stay. The first 1,000 customers will receive their gift card upon arrival at Northwest Florida Regional Airport located in Fort Walton Beach. These special vacation packages can be booked at www.visionairlines.com or by calling 1-877-FLY-A-JET. Vision Airlines is so confident about its low-priced packages that it urges customers to compare its rates with other online travel companies. (Though it won’t qualify you for the gift card, you can book a flight to Destin/Fort Walton for $39 each way through June 20.) — Leslie Turk

We don’t need no concrete jungle to spur fashion creativity in Acadiana. Forget New York. ’Round here, we give out free dance lessons and fleurs de lis while we sip Budweiser in a “Black & Gold state of mind.” The Gold Machete, a boutique style T-shirt store owned by Ashley Degeyter and Alex Nunez, offers a wide variety of original T-shirt designs with local flavor. The couple’s shop at 317 E. University Ave. is overflowing with one-of-a-kind Saints gear, bright vermilion tees that boast former USL logos, a shirt that pays homage to the hot dog vendor on Jefferson Street — and much more. The duo can customize prints for groups or special occasions that call for 24 shirts or more, and a few local artists have also joined the venture and allow Gold Machete to sell shirts donning original artist prints. Stop by the shop from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, or find The Gold Machete’s Facebook page and become a fan. — Heather Miller

We first heard about the website Kickstarter.com last week when The Ind received an interesting offer from Lafayette musician Bernard Pearce: donate funds to help him finish recording a record and be “one of the good guys.” Kickstarter is a clearinghouse for musicians, filmmakers, performance artists and other creative types to solicit money for cool projects. In Pearce’s case that’s the completion of Without Warning, a record he’s been off-and-on recording for two years in Athens, Ga., with several guest musicians including members of the former Lafayette alt-rock band Urbosleeks, who high-tailed it to Athens over a decade ago in search of hipster fame. Gigging regionally under the guise of One Man Machine, Pearce is also manager of the Tipitina’s Music Co-op in the Hub City, and he’s cleverly incentivized his endeavor: a contribution of $20-$49 gets one a free copy of the CD when it’s completed; $50+ contributions earn a vinyl copy. (Vinyl, baby! It’s still making a come-back!) A $500 donation will send the one man machine to your home to cook a meal for you, the CD and vinyl in tow. Bernard Pearce seriously wants to finish this damn record. To help, log on to Kickstarter.com and search “Bernard Pearce.” — Walter Pierce

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