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Bainbridge Island Girls’ Night Out

Bainbridge Island Girls’ Night Out

The 2014 Girls’ Night Out is scheduled for Thursday, May 8, with an extended shopping period from noon – 9pm and the festive after-party starting at 9pm at San Carlos!  This year, join us in making this a stand-out event, with truly terrific in-store promotions for GNO shoppers.  
What is GNO? GNO is truly a downtowner’s event! This much-loved Springtime event brings girlfriends, moms, grandmoms, and daughters to the downtown business district for an afternoon and evening of shopping and in-store promotions with participating merchants. Shoppers are invited to cap off the evening with a fun after-party including raffle drawings and other festivities.
Pink Swag Bags:  Shoppers are invited to visit one of our sponsoring businesses – Blinx, Eloisa, Heart or Sweet Deal –  and purchase a $10 Swag Bag, which serves as their “ticket” to Girls’ Night Out events and promotions; shoppers must have a Swag Bag to receive GNO promotions/ discounts.  The bag contains an event program listing participating businesses and specific in-store promotions, some “swag,” as well as one complimentary strand of pink beads redeemable for a raffle ticket.
Shopping, Beads & The Famous Raffle:  Shoppers spend the afternoon and evening of May 8 in downtown Winslow enjoying promotions and specials in participating stores, earning a pink strand of beads for every $10 spent or a gold strand for every $100 spent. Beads may then be turned in for raffle tickets at a GNO booth downtown throughout the day or in the evening at the San Carlos After-Party.  This use of beads is meant to 1) take the traditionally time consuming task of completing of raffle tickets out of your stores, and 2) offer visual indication of GNO participation.
The raffle drawing will be conducted at the after-party at San Carlos, starting at 9pm.  Winners need not be present to win.  Prize selection is on a first-come, first-pick basis, so there is incentive to attend!  All participating businesses are asked to provide a raffle item, which is due to the BIDA office by May 1.
In-store Promotions:  We encourage businesses to create fun promotions that excite shoppers and keep them in your store!  For example, offer a fantastic sale or trunk show, a special service like a tarot card reading or spa service, work with a local restaurant to provide fun appetizers, and of course, “refreshments” always seem to be popular!  Be creative, think out of the box and mix it up this year!   Consider what might be exciting enough to tempt you to coming downtown on a weeknight?
After-Party:   Girls’ Night Out will wrap up with a no-host party and raffle drawing at San Carlos starting at 9pm.  Guests under 21 are welcome, but the main party will take place in the bar! 

THANK YOU to our Fabulous 2014 Girls’ Night Out Sponsors:  Ty Evans & Alexandra Jackson of Windermere Real Estate, San Carlos Restaurant, Blinx Boutique, Eloisa Clothing Boutique, Heart and Sweet Deal!
TO SIGN UP AS A PARTICIPATING RETAILER:   In an effort to make this event easier for all to participate in, we are proud to keep the administrative fee at $25 as we initiated last year for BIDA Members.  Non-BIDA Members can participate for a $50 fee.  To particpate, you will need to:

  1. stay open until 9:00 pm
  2. offer a GNO promotion, which will be highlighted in the event program given to all GNO shoppers.
  3. submit a registration form and administrative fee to BIDA by Friday, April 25
  4. donate an item to the raffle (due to BIDA by Thursday, May 1)
  5. consider offering an item for 300 Swag Bags (these items need to be appropriate for all ages and small in size – think samples, candy, or something fun to make the Bags seem full of “swag.”  (due to BIDA by May 1)  Please note that our fabulously stuffed Swag Bags last year made an impression.  This is important and we truly appreciate your efforts in helping us collect unique and meaningful “swag” that will help elevate the value of this year’s bags!

If you have any questions, please email Sina or call the BIDA office at 842-2982.  Thanks!


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