PILOT MOUNTAIN — Downtown merchants are pulling together to offer what they hope is a unique shopping experience in Pilot Mountain. The first Ladies Night Out is planned for Nov. 5.
The concept originated with town Commissioner Kim Quinn. “Every lady needs a night to herself,” Quinn said, explaining the challenge many women face with the demands of work and family filling their time. Having a local event helps the local economy and reduces the travel time and expense for participants.
A wide array of special activities, discounted services, and extended hours are being offered by 15 locally owned and operated businesses along Main Street for the evening. “The businesses I have spoken to have been very receptive,” Quinn said.
Special activities include the interactive virtual shooting range at Pilot Mountain Gun and Ammo, chair massage at Soul Fire Therapeutic Touch, and refreshments and live music at Red’s Hair Salon. Advance registration will be required for a painting class at Art and Vine and a viewing of Magic Mike XXL with refreshments at Nana’s House.
The Living Room Coffee House and Winebar will offer live music and wine tastings. Also at their location chair massage and aromatherapy sampling will be provided by The Art of Massage, a fun-filled selfie booth will be hosted by Adele Lee Photography, and truffle product sampling will be offered by Truffles NC.
Discounts are being offered by Connie’s Crafts, Ju-Ju’s Playhouse, Mount Pilot Country Store, Steal in Style Consignment Boutique, Soppers Restaurant, and more. Participating businesses will be clearly marked with signs and balloons.
“I really want to support our local businesses,” said Quinn, noting that the winter months are slower for many Main Street businesses without events like Mayfest and the cruise-ins to bring customers. With that in mind, Quinn created the passport promotion.
Passports will be available at the visitor’s center in town hall. Shoppers are invited to collect signatures at participating merchants throughout the evening. Returning the completed passport by 9 p.m., shoppers become eligible for gift certificates to nine area businesses.
Child care will be provided for ages six months to 12 years at the Armfield Civic Center. “We were thrilled to be asked,” said Jennifer Slate, organizer of the evening child care program called Parents Night Out at the Armfield Civic Center. Advance registration closes at 3 p.m. on Nov. 4. According to Quinn, the event is not intended for mothers only, but having child care provided is a big bonus for those ladies with small children.
Although Ladies Night is planned as a one-time event, future events are possible. “If this is successful, it could become monthly, seasonal, or annual,” said Quinn, adding that it depends on the merchants’ response.
For more information, visit the Ladies Night on Main Street event page on Facebook.
Diane Blakemore may be reached at 336-368-2222 or on twitter @PilotReporter.