Girls Night Out returns to downtown Hood River Feb. 17

15 Feb

To counter the gray skies and chill of winter, 21 downtown Hood River businesses will keep doors open and dish up a delicious array of specials and prize promotions to celebrate the second Girls Night Out of 2010.

The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. Unlike its more familiar and famous counterpart – First Friday – Girls Night Out is a bit quieter, more interior opportunity for women of all ages to tap into a variety of attractions aimed exclusively at their gender.

Participating businesses typically offer special activities or promotions. Restaurants, for example, are dishing up an array of discounts – 2-for-1 entrees at Celilo, 2-for-1 fish tacos and a free appetizer to tables of four (or more) women at Nora’s Table, and discounted margaritas at The Crazy Pepper.

Small Planet Trading features live music with Jan Hanlon-Wilde, Mary Lively at Flow Day Spa  will offer free Jane Iredale mineral makeovers after 6:30 p.m., and the mechanics at Discover Bicycles will provide a “quickie bike service clinic.”

Several stores are offering pricing discounts, some of which include 30 percent off counter jewelry at Silverado, 40 percent off fall and winter apparel at Melika, 50 percent off bar soap at Pacifica, and 25 percent off candy (what else?) at Candyland.

Stores are also offering a chance for visitors to enter a prize drawing. Just ask for a “passport” at any participating store, get it signed or stamped by at least four participating merchants, and your name will go into a drawing for prizes such as a Pacifica Gift Set, a free bicycle tuneup, a gift certificate for two dinners at the Crazy Pepper, a $15 gift card at 6th Street Bistro, a teddy bear from The Enchanted Alpaca, and a chocolate lover’s basket at Small Planet Trading.

“It’s a great opportunity for the ladies to come out, see their friends, socialize, check out some deals and go home happy that spring is just a month away,” says Greg Colt, president of the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce’s Downtown Business Council.

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