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Ladies Night Out Event Celebrates Fanwood, Attracts Shoppers from Afar

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Shoppers armed with goody bags and coupons head out onto South Avenue to shop in Fanwood. Credits: Tom Kranz
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Mayor Colleen Mahr welcomes the crowd to Fanwood. Credits: Sean Conklin
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Danielle Vella sips a cappuccino at the soon-to-open Fanwood Grille. Credits: John Mooney
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Liz Jeffery, Fanwood Development Consultant; Mayor Colleen Mahr; Mindy Scarlett, Ladies’ Night Out Coordinator; and Gene Jannotti, Executive Director, Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Credits: Tom Kranz
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Goody bags for the first 250 shoppers who registered, filled with coupons, raffle tickets, event program and business directory. Credits: Tom Kranz
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Rich Acosta and Erica Feldman of Fanwood sample the cappuccinos at the soon-to-open Fanwood Grille. Credits: John Mooney
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Ladies Night Credits: Sean Conklin
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FANWOOD, NJ -- The 6th annual Ladies Night Out in Fanwood kicked off at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, with dozens of women lined up to register and pick up a goody bag filled with coupons for local businesses and tickets to win prizes at a tricky tray raffle.

Sponsored this year by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce which represents Fanwood businesses, the event featured virtually all of Fanwood’s downtown businesses plus some visiting ones. Ladies Night Out attracted 250 participants from Fanwood, Scotch Plains, Old Bridge, Maplewood, and even New York City.

"People from out of town told me they came back again this year because they had so much fun last year," Fanwood Business Development consultant Liz Jeffery, who helped organize the event.

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The goal each year is to bring walk-in business to Fanwood’s downtown, which has enjoyed significant growth over the past several years. Thursday's event was supported by Mayor Colleen Mahr and several staff and volunteers of the GWACC.

The event was organized by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC), which includes Fanwood. Participating businesses include: Crown Jewelers, d. Lindsay Salon, Enchantments, Fabio's Pizza, Family Investors, The Fanwood Grille, Fanwood Liquors, Houdini Pizza LaboratoryMara's CafeNick's Pizza, Nit a Bit, Rocko's Ice Cream, Scotchwood Florist, Seng Couture, Shalom Nails, Sheelen's Crossing, and others.

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