Stepping out

Girls’ Night Out a chance to shop, sample, relax

LISA BERLINSKI, CO-OWNER of Crispigna’s Italian Market, gets the wine-tasting display ready for the annual Girls’ Night Out from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Iron Mountain. Crispigna’s will offer wine tasting, Italian appetizers, food samples starting at 5:30 p.m., wine specials, gift baskets and gift certificates for sale, plus have a drawing for an Italian dinner. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

IRON MOUNTAIN — Downtown Iron Mountain will come alive Thursday evening with “shopping, dining, drinks, deals and giveaways” for the annual Girls’ Night Out event.

More than 50 businesses are participating this year, offering sales, prize drawings, gift bags and refreshments such as wine, coffee and appetizers from 5 to 8 p.m.

And this year, there’s no excuse for missing out as Edwards Automotive will provide a free shuttle service from the Midtown Mall parking lot to area businesses. This is to provide participants with a “safe and warm experience” as they travel throughout the downtown area,” Downtown Development Authority Program Director Paula Craven said.

One shuttle will do a Stephenson Avenue route, while the other will follow Carpenter Avenue. The Stephenson Avenue shuttle will stop at the Midtown Mall parking lot every half-hour and make one final trip at 8 p.m. to the parking lot.

Girls’ Night Out not only provides women with an opportunity to socialize and get a jump start on their holiday shopping — it also shines a light on local small businesses, Craven pointed out.

“Our downtown businesses are a life source to a vibrant downtown district and this event is a small way we can all give back to our local business owners,” Craven said.

So far, participating businesses and organizations include: Arrange for Change; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Bijou Lovely; BK Enterprises Engraving, Awards & Gifts; Blackstone Pizza Company; Blomquist Architects; Book World; Consignment Mamas; Crispigna’s Italian Market; CWRK Collective; Da Vape Escape; Dickinson County Library; Erickson Jewelers; Extraordinary Interiors/Perennial; Flowerland Greenhouse; Flutterby Photography; Dulce Nulla Gourmet Desserts; Mary Kay; Quinnesec Creations; Francie’s Traditional Designs; Grayson & Co. Jewelers; Good Earth Salon; Hello Consignments & Decor; Julia Rose Creations; IM-K Zonta Club; Young Living Essential Oils; Kaad Family Dentistry; Kaizen Way to Wellness; Sweet Nats Steeped Tea; Kingsley North; LifeFit BrainFit; Linnea & Kristine; Logo Sportswear; Moose Jackson Cafe; Iron Mountain Made; Kingsford Krush Roller Derby; Paws and Claws Pet Grooming; ReNew Sport & Wellness Massage, LLC; Salon 323; Savage Mane Salon & Day Spa; Sol Blu Lounge; Tessa Avenue-Online Boutique; Thirty-one & LuLaRoe; Step Ahead Boots & Clothing; Stitch It Up; Clever Container; Clover Clothing; Tastefully Simple; Kristinscandishop; Super One Foods; Thomas Theatre Group; Thrivent Financial; Vintage Sundries; Vision Source; and the Wishing Well.

For a detailed listing of what each business will offer and a shuttle service map, go to the web site