After drinking a little too much wine on the Contented Cow‘s outdoor patio earlier this evening, I wandered around the shops downtown a bit with my sweetie, taking photos of Girls Nite Out while, um walking it off.
When the May 2012 issue of the Northfield Entertainment Guide (PDF) hit the streets last week, I noticed a typo on the cover. "GIRLS NITE OUT Saturday, May 11" says the text. Of course, May 11th (tomorrow) is Friday. I had the pleasure yesterday of informing NEG publisher Rob Schanilec (By All Means Graphics) about it. He groaned, "That’s not a typo. I would call that an error."
Gather your girlfriends for a fun night! Shop the eclectic, one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques in Northfield’s historic downtown and enjoy fabulous sales, giveaways, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments in the stores as well as dining-out specials, followed by live entertainment at The Grand Event Center. For more information call (507) 645-2376 or email@example.com
Tickets are $10 and are available at Rooms by Tagg 2, Sisters Ugly, The Rare Pair, Monarch, Fine Threads and Anna’s Closet. Tickets are limited so please purchase in advance!
Girls Nite Out is a non-profit event for women in Northfield and surrounding areas. Over the past five years GNO has raised over $2500 for local non-profit organizations and charities. This year, the recipient of a portion of the proceeds will go to Ruth’s House of Rice County.
The event, which features discount shopping on Division Street shops and a live band at The Grand Event Center, starts at 4:30 p.m Friday. Proceeds go to Ruth’s House, an organization that provides housing and support to homeless families in Faribault.
Girls Nite Out begins on Bridge Square, where attendees can pick up their wristbands. The wristbands entitle wearers to discounts at more than 30 Northfield stores and restaurants. Shops have special products, sales, and trunk shows planned for the night, and many restaurants will run specials.
It’s a bastion of bar culture: "Ladies’ Night," staged to attract female customers by cutting their drink prices and cover charges. It’s also illegal gender discrimination, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. The department charged this week that by having ladies’ nights, five Twin Cities establishments denied men the right to "full and equal enjoyment" of their business.
This could mean that next year’s Girls Nite Out is destined to become Homo sapiens Nite Out or some such.
What he fails to mention is that the veteran members of the Shop Local/Somewhat Full Monty routine at the Grand, he and I among them, have not been invited back. We’ve retained counsel. Clearly age discrimination.
Hopefully, they’ll let <ahem> photojournalists in the Grand.