The majority of people walking the sidewalks and browsing local shops were participating in the fifth annual Ladies Night Out sponsored by Main Street Wooster on Thursday night, June 21.
Twenty-nine merchants and seven restaurants participated in the event, creating specials or having giveaways especially for the night, such as a dollar off a specialty drink at Broken Rocks Café and a raffle for a $50 gift certificate at The Urban Cottage. Cutter’s Hair Studio and Spa offered free massages in Friendtique and Larry’s Music Center hosted a free concert.
Pine Tree Barn located some of their goods in the gazebo during the festivities.
As a member of Main Street Wooster, Julie Kilbourne said it was really important to them to participate in the activities and support the downtown.
“It’s great to be down here and let folks see what we have; a little taste of what we have,” she said.
Kilbourne also said it’s a great event because people come down in groups and are able to hang out with their friends.
One such group was Celia Smart, Sharon Pooler and her daughter-in-law, Julie Pooler, who attended the event for the second year.
“It’s fun going downtown and being in stores you haven’t been before and new stores as well,” Smart said.
They said the Passport to Pampering gets people into stores they normally wouldn’t go into otherwise.
“The merchants are really doing a nice job of being ready. When you come in they have beverages, they tell you about their specials. Everybody has been very attentive as we come through. They prepped for it. They really have a nice attitude,” Smart said.
One fairly new store downtown is G&G Boutique. The owner, Kim Gantz, said she has been waiting for this event after hearing so many good things about the night. And, as a ladies clothing store, she said the event suits her business perfectly.
“The women seem to be having fun, so that’s what it’s all about. I’m excited to be a part of it,” Gantz said.
She said ultimately she hopes people will be aware her store is there and people will enjoy what she has to offer.
“This is everything I hoped it to be,” she said.
Friends Allison Seymour, Elaine Aukerman and Barb Shilling said they came to Ladies’ Night Out “for the freebies.”
The group came out for the event impromptu and enjoyed the opportunity to go to all the places they hadn’t been downtown. They felt it was a great way to see all the specialty shops.
Sheryl Villegas, another attendee, said Ladies Night Out was beneficial to Wooster’s economy and it is encouraging to have events of that nature happening downtown.
Plus, she said, it is an excellent night to leave the guys at home.
Published: June 27, 2012