WESTFIELD, NJ — Shops and restaurants in Downtown Westfield were filled with women Thursday during Girls’ Night Out, sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC). A serpentine line began on the corner of Central Avenue and Quimby Street, winding its way down to the corner of Central and South Avenue, for check-in at the former Coldwater Creek location.

Guests received a special tote bag compliments of Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, while a team of sales personal from Lord & Taylor presented fragrances, winter accessories, skin care and a Wacoal Bra fitting event. Those who pre-registered first received complimentary gifts sponsored by Downtown Westfield Corporation in partnership with City Sports. 

“More than 2,000 ladies registered from 162 towns throughout the state of New Jersey and beyond,” said Sherry Cronin, executive director of the DWC. Along with the women from Westfield and around the state of New Jersey were women visiting from New York, Nevada, California, Pennsylvania and New Mexico.

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The semi-annual event that began in 2011 grows in attendance with each passing year. 

As the shoppers strolled downtown, they were treated to many delicious offerings, such as at i to eye on East Broad Street, where guests were offered complimentary sandwiches, rugalach and fresh coffee.

The Gold Magnolias and Michael Doyle provided musical entertainment on Central and Elm Street.

"What a lovely way to spend an evening," said Frank Isoldi, owner of Bittersweet Designs of Elegance on Lenox Avenue. "We're thrilled to be an integral part of Westfield's shopping, dining community."

Dining outdoors on Quimby Street, Linda Rothenberg and Francine Targovnik commented, “We’re having a fine time at Girl’s Night Out. We love the great food at Brick Oven.”

As part of Girls’ Night Out, the DWC is also sponsoring a photo contest on Instagram. Ladies are encouraged to take pictures or videos of themselves and their friends enjoying the evening of shopping and post them to Instagram, #girlsnightoutwestfieldfall2014. The top four photos or videos with the most likes will win a $50 gift certificate to the participating retailer of their choice.

Individuals can submit as many photos or videos as they like, but there will be only one win per entrant. Entrants should turn off their “posts are private” settings in their profiles so that everyone can see the images. Photos must be submitted by Oct. 17.