For the eighth year, Girls’ Day Out celebrates the smaller businesses and boutiques in town Friday and Saturday. The shopping event is focused on seven neighborhood shopping districts, and participating shops will have treats and specials waiting for shoppers.
“It’s the largest number of participating neighborhoods we’ve ever had,” said Trish Comrie, Girls’ Day Out coordinator and owner of the Corner Cottage in Hillyard. “We have a total of 65 businesses participating this year.”
A new addition is the neighborhood around the Davenport Hotel, with six participating businesses.
Each neighborhood has a designated headquarters where swag bags are available.
“We have changed the swag bag thing a little bit,” Comrie said. “Bags are available for the 50 first shoppers on Friday and on Saturday, but you have to actually go and visit the store to get the swag.”
Garland’s Glamarita Clothing and Accessories is participating for the second year.
“I love the whole philosophy about encouraging people to come and shop locally,” said owner Ronnie Ryno. “It really brings the businesses together. For me as a business owner, it’s almost had a social aspect. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the other businesses.”
Glamarita opened a year and a half ago and features clothing, accessories, art and ceramics. During Girls’ Day Out, Glamarita will have lots of freebies from its 48 featured designers.
“We don’t do anything that is mass produced or outsourced. Everything we have is unique and everything is from Spokane,” said Ryno, who started the store after she began designing clothes. “I was a special ed teacher and designing clothes was a hobby, a stress reliever, until it kind of took over my life.” Ryno’s shop will move into a bigger space on Garland in November.
Each participating store has a map available of the shops that are part of Girls’ Day Out.
Comrie said they expanded the shopping spree to two days after getting feedback from stores and shoppers last year.
“People were asking for more time so they could make it to more stores,” Comrie said. “And we had an overwhelming response from businesses who wanted to be part of this.”
Girls’ Day Out was started by the city of Spokane eight years ago, but today it’s run by a dedicated group of volunteers. Comrie said they charged businesses a little more to participate this year, so the group could purchase billboards and advertise the event better.
“One of our smallest neighborhoods, the one on East Sprague, has grown a lot,” said Comrie. “There are now 11 businesses participating there, so now is a good time to go if you haven’t been there.”
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