Imagine one of those captivating pink sunsets behind historic Hillsborough on a warm spring evening. Now imagine that you’re in a fancy hat along with your fellow ladies, dining downtown, perusing shops for special offers and deals, and having a glass of wine before winning the “best hat” award.
This dream will come to life on Tuesday, April 17, during the Hillsborough Merchant’s annual event, Ladies Night Out: Hats and Wraps.
“We’re always so busy and don’t always take the time that we should to really enjoy our community and our hometown,” said Amy Wilmoth, Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce Communications and Member Services Specialist. “That’s why I like it. I get the opportunity to slow down, get into my shops and restaurants, and experience them because I don’t get to do that very often.”
With about 15 local businesses participating with special sales, deals, and various gifts, this is an event that highlights the many small businesses that make up the enjoyable and versatile downtown and West Hillsborough scene.
“This is really a night for women to be able to come out and see what Hillsborough has to offer in terms of shopping, dining and our galleries, and to really just have a fun evening,” Wilmoth said. “This is an evening to kind of just get away from the everyday stresses, to relax a little bit, and have some fun.”
In the past, these events gathered women spanning from the Triangle area to Alamance County, with women from Durham to Burlington coming to see Hillsborough and enjoy a night out, catching up with the women in their lives.
Often these groups of women vary: mothers and daughters, neighborhood groups, old friends, and friends that are looking for a time to go out and enjoy each others’ company. This event is open to all women and is a free event, not requiring pre-registration.
Women are invited to wear their favorite hat or a fancy hat or wrap – something to add to the festivities of the evening.
“The women are coming out for a night out and they are ready to have fun in addition to shopping and eating at our businesses,” Wilmoth said. “The ladies seem to enjoy being able to wear their favorite hat, just something a little different than what they would normally would do. It just adds to the evening and to the activities.”
Women are encouraged to check in at K’s Closet at 200 N. Churton St. at the beginning of the event, as the table will have a flyer listing the participating businesses and the first 250 ladies to show up at the welcome desk will receive a free “sparkling” gift to wear. The table alsowith have the raffle tickets that, if signed by five of the participating merchants, will be entered into a drawing to win a gift basket of Hillsborough Merchant gifts,
The event will begin at 6 p.m. on April 17th. As the evening winds down around 9 p.m., ladies should head over to Hot Tin Roof at 115 W. Margaret Lane to turn in their raffle tickets, and prepare for the Hat Judging Contest and the raffle drawing at 9:15 p.m.
The Hot Tin Roof will also host trivia from 7 to 8 p.m. devoted to questions about women and their interests before hosting the Ladies Night Out final events.
Participating merchants and restaurants and their respective specials currently include:
- K's Closet - showcasing new meeting and event space available to rent, Whit's Frozen Custard and Mystery Brewing outside the shop
- Carlisle & Linny Vintage Jewelry - 10% off storewide and raffles for three pieces of jewelry
- A Little Something - 10 - 15% off from button bag
- Hillsborough Wine Company - $20 wine tasting card for $15
- Antonia's Restaurant - live music from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
- 108 Churton - raffle for an outfit: a top, a bottom, a purse and a piece of jewelry
- Purple Crow Books - serving miniature cupcakes
- Thomas Stevens Gallery - special preview of “The Walls We Build,” a literary and visual collaboration by poet Katie Bowler Young and photographer Donn Young. Also local landscapes and figure works by Thomas Stevens.
- Melissa Designer Jewelry - Lucia Shaw from Qi Garden with her handmade soaps
- Hillsborough Arts Council - raffles for three items
- Coldwell Banker/Howard Perry and Walston - chocolate fountain and vendor fair
- Uniquitiques - signature drinks and hors d’oeuvres, gift with purchase, and a special secret sale
- Eno Gallery - featured artist Nancy Tuttle May
- Matthew's Chocolates - free truffle for the first 100 ladies
- Hot Tin Roof - trivia about women and their interest 7 to 8 p.m., Hats & Wraps Contest 9:15 p.m.
- Hillsborough Gallery of Arts - wine and cheese, and show "Rock-Paper-Scissors" featuring jewelry by Arianna Bara, sculpture by Lynn Wartski, and fiber art by Ali Givens
- Spiral Studios
- Margaret Lane Gallery - beaded earring craft and wreath craft ($10 per activity), photography print raffle
- Mystery Brewing Public House - $1 off pints
- Whit's Frozen Custard - 25% off
For more information, visit hillsboroughchamber.com or call the Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce at 919-732-8156.