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A bustle of fun

Area women enjoy Loudonville's Ladies Night Out

By KRISTI SCHWEITZER Published: April 25, 2017 4:00 AM
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Downtown Loudonville was a bustle of activity Friday night as friends and families went out for some shopping fun.

Local stores were open until 9 p.m. during this year's Ladies Night Out to give ladies more time to browse their favorite stores and discover something new.

Participating shops offered special deals and freebies for ladies who came in, like Mugs, which gave ladies gift bags of chocolate-covered espresso beans in exchange for their visit.

The future coffeehouse and community center opened its doors to offer a sneak preview of what's to come in about six months.

Ladies poured in, trying out samples of coffee and chatting with workers of the nonprofit organization. Those feeling adventurous could take a seat in a fun ball pit with a stranger and make a new friend by using conversation starters found on individual balls.

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"Mugs is all about building community, so it's just kind of a fun example of what Mugs is going to be all about," executive director Bethany Paterson said.

In the long stretch of its fundraising days, Mugs has opened a few times to give sneak peaks of the future coffee shop downstairs and community conference rooms upstairs, but this is the first year it has joined in Ladies Night Out.

Down the road, the newly established Strive Health Chiropractic opened its doors for its first Ladies Night as well.

Dr. Dakota Zickefoose and his wife, Ashley, greeted customers, introducing them to the evening's specialty clothing and jewelry displays.

Loudonville resident Janice Taylor, who browsed the items with her friends, enjoys going to Ladies Night. She has come nearly every year.

"It's just fun," Taylor said. "Just because it's Ladies Night Out. You should be a lady and get out It's a pretty decent night to have ladies night out so I'm happy for that."

A few doors down, Loudonville resident Lynne Babb was just getting started on her evening out with friends, browsing the numerous items inside Four Seasons Flowers & Gifts.

"I just like being with my friends and getting out and walking around and seeing what all there is to see We're just going to go as long as we can hold out," Babb said.

Four Seasons has participated in the event every year, offering discounts throughout the store. In honor of its 23rd anniversary the same week, it offered an additional 20 percent off to celebrate.

Owner Angie Heimberger enjoyed rewarding her loyal customers and meeting new friends.

"I love seeing all the different women coming in and seeing new faces and old faces alike," Heimberger said.

Heather Coch, an employee at Buzzards Shoes said she had seen people from the surrounding local communities like Ashland, Mansfield, Mount Vernon and Wooster.

"We see a lot of people come in from those communities to visit our community. It's good, it's a good time for all," Coch said.

Buzzards offered discounts along with punch and chocolates for the ladies while pursuing through the store's shoe collections.

At Creative Outlet shoppers could enter a raffle for a $25 gift certificate as well purchase limited-time tarot card readings and reiki energy healings. All items were 20 percent off to treat new and old customers.

"It's awesome just being a part of the community and, we can see a lot of new faces and then we see a lot of local people that come through and we just enjoy having those moments with them," assistant manager Megan Dunlap said. "Every year we have the same people that come through too. So it's really cool."

Each of the 20 businesses involved with the event also provided cards to customers that would be punched at each store something was purchased. When shoppers reached three punches on their cards they could turn them in to the Loudonville-Mohican Chamber of Commerce -- the event's sponsor -- for a chance to win a free stay at either Landoll's Mohican Castle or the Mohican Lodge.


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