WESTFIELD, NJ — Throngs of women lined up at Turning Point restaurant beginning at 5 p.m. April 18 to pick up complimentary gifts given out to those who registered for Girls’ Night Out in Westfield, NJ, sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation.
Live jazz by Watson kept the crowd amused, and a light rain didn’t stop most from lining up outside to get their freebies, handed out by the staff of Keller Williams Realty Premier Properties of Westfield. Gift bags included scarf keychains from Jude Connally.
“We had 1,773 women register for the event,” Sherry Cronin, executive director of the DWC, told TAP. “Turning Point was kind enough to let us come in and take over.”
Matt Alkon, managing partner of Turning Point, said he was more than happy to contribute.
“It was nice to be able to do this,” said Alkon, who also served complimentary coffee and snacks to the crowd.
Once they received their free gift, registrants could enter Facial Reality Spa and Salon’s free raffle for a one-hour massage and pick up a bag from Girls’ Night Out sponsor Barnabas Health-Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
All around Downtown Westfield, women enjoyed shopping, refreshments, entertainment, gifts, sales and discounts. Several restaurants got in on the act, including Limani Seafood, which took $10 off each check.
At The Farmhouse Store, authors of the anthology “I Just Want to Pee Alone” (@throat_punch Books), including Kim Forde of Westfield, read and signed their humorous book about motherhood, which came out in February.
At the newly opened R Studio Lash Spa, business manager Allen Smith told TAP, “It’s exciting to be here. There’s a lot of buzz. It’s wonderful.”
“It looks like Girls’ Night Out is quite a success,” said Robbie Feeney, store leader at Eileen Fisher.
Along with Watson, music that evening was provided by Florian Schantz Jazz Combo. A 'Mens' Night Out' component featured chivalrous local dignitaries and volunteers greeting women and opening doors to downtown shops.
Over 90 local businesses participated, including Acquaviva, Ahrre’s Coffee Roastery, Alan's Orchard, Anais Boutique, Ann Taylor, Anthology, AT&T, Banana Republic, Bath Junkie, Bittersweet Designs, bluemercury, Bovella's Pastry Shoppe, The Brick Oven, Bridget’s Irish Cottages, Brunner Opticians, Castle Bootery, Chez Catherine, Chico's, The Children's Place, The Chocolate Bar, Cold Stone Creamery, Coldwater Creek, Cool Vines, Cosimo's, Designer Fragrances & Cosmetic Co., Digiplex Rialto Theater, Eileen Fisher, Ella Allure, Facial Reality Salon & Spa, The Farmhouse Store, Francesca’s, Gabi's Sushi & Noodles, Galeria West Art & Framing, Gap, Gap Kids, Get in Shape for Women, Glamorous Girlz, Harmony Meditation, I to Eye, Isabella's American Bistro, J. Winthrop & Co., Jeffrey's of Westfield, Jos. A. Bank Clothier, Jude Connally, Just Bead Yourself, Juxtapose, Keller Williams, Kennedy’s All American Barber Club, Kidville, Koi Boutique, Learning Express Toys, Let’s Yo! Yogurt, Limani Seafood Grill, The Liquor Basket, Lord & Taylor, Lucky Brand Jeans, Madeline, Martin Richard Salon, Melinda Lane, Mojave Grille, Nathan's Famous Hotdog, Nirvana, NJ Workshop for the Arts, Open Door Therapy, Papyrus of Westfield, Patricia & Paul, Potissi Jewelry, Randal's Shoes, Riolina, Robert Treat Delicatessen , Rockn' Joe Coffeehouse + Bistro, Roman Boutique and Tailoring, Ruby & Jenna, Sadie, Salon Visage, Savory Spice Shop, Scott's Shoes, Second Time Around, R Studio Lash Spa, Seraphim Wellness, Sole, Subway, Swirl Whirl Yogurt Buffet, Tamar Jewelry, The Chocolate Bar, Theresa's, Thinka Dinka, Tinga Tacqueria, The Town Bookstore, Turning Point Restaurant, Urban Outfitters, Victoria's Secret, Westfield Running Company, Westfield Symphony Orchestra, Wild Greens, Wysteria and Xocolatz.
DWC thanked Barnabas Health-Saint Barnabas Medical Center for their contributing sponsorship of Girls’ Night Out, as well as bag sponsor Keller Williams Realty.