Every fall, the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce holds a Girls Night Out. It’s a time for the ladies of Lowell to gather a few friends and hit their favorite downtown shops for food, fun and fabulous deals. (The gentlemen of Lowell are, of course, always welcome to join the festivities as well.)
The 2019 Girls Night Out took place on Thursday, October 17, and this year’s theme — Queens and Unicorns — seemed to be a hit with both shoppers and retailers.
Uptown, on W. Main Street, both McDonald’s and Self Serve Lumber were offering specials for the evening. However, most participating Chamber members were in the historic downtown, starting with the Lowell Area Historical Museum and running east to All-Weather Seal.
Food is a major part of the fun with most stops offering treats of some kind. This spread was courtesy of LowellArts.
LowellArts also had their gallery set up so visitors could see how the space could be arranged for private events.
Next door at Flat River Gallery and Framing, there were more treats as well as art to fit every taste…
Mike DeVore and his son Brady were helping Marty Chambers (l to r) man Red Barn Consignments and Antiques during the evening. No fancy spread of crackers and cheese here, but visitors could walk away with their very own bag of unicorn poop. Mmmmm.
At the Main Street Inn, owner Greg Canfield and employee Maryllin Sage were serving up a different kind of refreshment. And if that wasn’t your thing, they were also selling pillows for a quarter. Yes, there was a little bit of everything during Girls Night Out.
Ability Weavers was not only selling their handcrafted goods but also showing visitors how they are made.
Free food and drinks aren’t the only reason to participate in Girls Night Out. It’s also a great time to scope out the merchandise at local stores and score some great deals. This seasonal display was seen at North Star Antiques.
At Springrove Variety, shoppers received 25% off everything in the store.
There were even pumpkins for sale on Main Street to support the ladies varsity lacrosse team.
Girls Night Out started at 5pm, and it didn’t take long for all the parking on Main Street to fill.
Kona Ice of Lowell kept things festive with their lights and music.
While there were some queens roaming the streets of Lowell during Girls Night Out, unicorns seemed to be the favorite costume.
No one, it seemed, was immune from dressing up for the evening, and Jack Reedy wasn’t joking when he said visitors would find gaming specials at Rookies.
Ashley Dunn of Creative Party Bug was all decked out for the evening and showing off her new shop with great views of the river.
Down the street at Chimera Design, Cliff Yankovich had a full house in the jewelry store he co-owns with his wife Julie DeVoe.
But no one seemed to embrace the theme quite like the ladies at Station Salon where they were outside to wave the royalty into their store.
The food inside included all the glittery goodness you’d expect during an event called Queens and Unicorns. We certainly hope you tried a homemade cannoli.
Some Lowell businesses don’t have a storefront, and they could set up shop in the Chamber office.
Those who visited 15 merchants could turn in their postcard to Queen Cinnamin Piggott — who was also participating with her business All-Natural Promises — and be entered to win a gift basket filled with items donated by participating merchants.
Did you participate in Girls Night Out this year? If so, tell us your favorite stop in the comments below or on our Facebook page.