CHATHAM BOROUGH, NJ - Just like in the hit song "Ladies Night," the 'feeling was right' when girlfriends stepped out to downtown Chatham on Thursday, May 20th from 6-9:30 p.m. for the second, "Ladies Night Out in Chatham."

Women shopped, noshed and schmoozed at eighteen downtown businesses, including clothing stores, furniture stores and restaurants. The retailers offered evening hour shopping, dining discounts, complimentary refreshments, merchandise giveaways and free gifts with purchase at participating stores.

"The Ladies Night Out was a great way to spend time with friends and support local businesses," said Kelly Bissett of Chatham. "It got me out, and this top caught my eye," she said of her purchase, while holding up a stylish blouse from Bliss.

The event is the brainchild of Bliss Clothing and Accessories store owner, LoriAnn Medico, who organized the first Ladies Night Out in November 2009 as a way to promote local business and support the community. Based on the success of the first event, she decided to plan another, this time during warmer weather. "This is my 4th year in business, and everyone has been very supportive so I wanted to spread the word about what a great town this is and give back," said Medico.

Dezi Folenta, Master Craftsman and owner of Spring Street Dezigns specializing in home furnishings and custom woodworking design, also participated in Ladies Night Out. "Being in the community, it's a great opportunity to gain exposure. What's fun is people tend to want to come together in groups," said Folenta. For the occasion, he offered a special 10% discount throughout the store, including custom furniture. He also raffled off a blown glass apothecary jar.

The event wound down at Charley's Aunt, where some attendees and business owners were spotted capping off the evening with half-priced cosmopolitans.

For more information, contact: LoriAnn Medico of Bliss Clothing and Accessories, 973-701-0035