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The Feeling Is Right: Scenes from Ladies Night in Fanwood

A record crowd at Ladies Night Out Credits: John Mooney
Mindy Scarlett (center) with Ladies Night Out committee members Credits: John Mooney
Mayor Colleen Mahr with Councilwoman Erin McElroy-Barker and Council candidate Trish Walsh. Credits: John Mooney
Sean Flannery of Sheelen's Crossing sampled several types of wine. Credits: John Mooney
Vine Ripe Markets, among the vendors at Fanwood's Ladies Night Out, will host a networking/happy hour on June 20 with the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Credits: John Mooney
Ladies were encouraged to visit local stores in downtown Fanwood, including the Fanwood Grille Credits: John Mooney
Sean Flannery and Fanwood's redevelopment consultant Liz Jeffery. Credits: John Mooney
Mayor Colleen Mahr stopped in Monk's Home Improvement, which hosted a wine reception. Credits: John Mooney
Tricky tray winner Credits: John Mooney
Ty and Trevor Monk Credits: John Mooney
Savory Selections sampled at Ladies Night Out. Credits: John Mooney
Edward Jones table at Ladies Night Out Credits: John Mooney
Colleen Mahr and Erin McElroy Barker Credits: John Mooney

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Borough of Fanwood hosted its seventh annual Ladies Night Out, attracting a record crowd of women from as far away as Princeton for the event, held outside on Fanwood Plaza for the first time in 2018.

"Seven years ago when we started this, we did not have this beautiful public space," said Fanwood Mayor Colleen  Mahr in an interview with TAPintoSPF. "Tonight we had over 250 women learning more about our local businesses. Events like this were part of my vision when we undertook downtown redevelopment efforts."

The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event featured music, mingling, shopping, wine receptions hosted by Sheelen's Crossing and Monk's Home Improvements, More than 250 ladies came to town to enjoy shopping at the 13 merchants who stayed open and the 20 vendors in the plaza. A monster Tricky Tray reception capped off the evening. 

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"We began meeting in February, to plan how we could reach out to the local merchants and vendors to show how this night could benefit their business," said GWACC Ladies Night Out committee chair Mindy Scarlett.  "We wanted to showcase as many businesses as possible, as successful businesses ensure our downtown continues to grow and become even more vibrant."

A special thank you goes to Savory Selections Catering, Sheelan's Crossing, Fabio's Bistro, Railside Cafe and Nick's Pizza for donating food and drinks for the ladies to enjoy in the Plaza. Thanks also goes to the businesses that contributed to the Tricky Tray. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.

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