Ladies Day Out: Meadville stores dedicate a day of shopping to women | New
Get out the credit cards and Christmas lists, ladies, because this Sunday the stores of downtown Meadville are giving you a day of shopping all dedicated to you.
The annual Ladies Day of the Meadville Independent Business Alliance (MIBA) returns Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. like Save Room for Dessert and Confections of a Cake Lover.
Christine Yamrick, president of MIBA and owner of Chateau Christine, said Ladies Day Out regularly brings 350 to 400 women to downtown Meadville. Many companies have special sales or serve free food or drinks during the event.
There is even a raffle for participants. Anyone participating in the event can obtain a punch card passport and have it stamped at each of the participating companies. Those who hand in a completed passport will have the chance to win the grand prize, which will consist of gifts donated by all participating companies.
While the chance to get a good deal or win a prize is a raffle, in some ways Ladies Day Out is more important to stores than shoppers.
“This is the kick-off of our vacation and it’s really to promote downtown shopping, small purchases, local shopping before we start shopping at big box stores for the holidays,” he said. Yamrick said.
Corey Young, owner of French Creek Framing and Fine Art, echoed that sentiment. Although this is the first year his company has participated in the event, which just opened last August, Young previously worked for the Meadville-Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce and said he knew to how vital an event like Ladies Day Out is to the retail season.
“This is extremely important and it is a good reminder for Meadville to remember that we have different and unique shopping experiences in Meadville and to spend your money downtown for the holiday shopping season,” said Young.
For the event, French Creek Framing and Fine Art will unveil an exclusive new print by Brenna Thummler, New York Times bestselling author and former Meadville resident, titled “The ABC’s of Meadville”.
The importance of the exhibit is something Hovis Interiors owner Bill Grassinger agrees with. Grasinger has long involved his business in Ladies Day Out, even though people rarely spontaneously buy furniture.
Instead, he gets involved both in helping fellow local business owners and for the chance to attract a new potential client at a later date.
“I’ve always been there,” said Grasinger. “I think I sold a chair four years ago, but that’s okay because some of these people come back later and buy things.”
However, the ability to do Christmas shopping in advance can be vital for some businesses. Grasinger said it is stocking some of its items more for the simple reason that supply chain shortages have made it more difficult to purchase new products.
La-Z-Boy furniture, for example, can take almost a year to enter if specifically ordered, Grasinger said. While most of the supplies Grasinger obtains its product from are domestic, even these companies are starting to receive increased demand and a slower arrival of new products.
“If someone wants furniture in February, it is better to buy it in December,” he said.
Travis Crytzer, owner of Loeffler’s Flowers & Gifts, agreed the supply chain is a concern. However, he believes it could end up benefiting local businesses, as buyers may be more confident in their ability to directly purchase something rather than waiting for it to ship.
Loeffler’s has long been a Ladies Day Out, and Cryzter said he was looking forward to the event. The flower shop will offer discounts of 10 to 20 percent on almost everything in the store, and will also be able to serve drinks.
“It’s an event that I think really attracts a good group of community members to the downtown shopping district and the atmosphere is always cheerful enough to kick off the holidays,” he said.
The Chalk Shop is attending Ladies Day Out for the first time this year, with the store offering 10% off gift cards and 20% off all pre-made signs.
Additionally, owner Georgette Bennett said the store had a full day of classes booked that day. While there are no places available for course attendees, shoppers may be able to take a look at how The Chalk Shop makes many of its items.
Bennett said she’s noticed this holiday season isn’t as busy as it used to be, and she’s hoping Ladies Day Out serves as a springboard for the season.
As one of the founders of Ladies Day Out – which started with only Chateau Christine and the former Jeron Jewelers and Gemologists boutique – Yamrick said she was proud to see how the event has grown over the years. for years, calling it validation of why the Meadville community is so strong together.
“Seeing 21 companies participating and everyone being included, I think it’s just a fantastic way to celebrate the community,” she said.
She specifically mentioned The Green Shoppe, which recently had to relocate from its location at 242 Chestnut Street. The company has temporarily moved into the lobby of the Professional Union Trust Building at 231 Chestnut Street and is hosting a holiday market for the season, which will be open during the Ladies Day Out event.
For Yamrick’s own business, Chateau Christine will be offering “Chateau Cash” on purchases during Ladies’ Day, which will provide cash that can be used to purchase other items. There will also be door-to-door sales and heavily discounted items during the day.
Yamrick encourages all available women to enjoy the day if they haven’t already.
“It’s so much fun,” she said. “You see your friends, your neighbors, your coworkers. There is a lot of laughter; there is a lot of friendship that day.”
Companies participating in Ladies Day Out include Boho Swag, The Vogue, City Limits, Green Shoppe, Hovis Interiors, The Salty Spa, The Chalk Shop, Fox’s Sew & Vac, The Woolen Mill, Chateau Christine, Loeffler’s Flowers, Lucky Lucy’s Tattoo, Ooh La La Consignment, Save Room for Dessert, Indigo Boutique & Botanica, Confections of a Cake Lover, Harmony Formals, French Creek Framing & Fine Art, Tattered Corners and Julian’s Bar & Grill.
Sean P. Ray can be reached at (814) 724-6370 or by email at [email protected]