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Girls’ Night Out in Westfield Draws More than 1,700 Women to Downtown

“I Just Want to Pee Alone” authors Kim Bongiorno, Bethany Thies, Anna Sandler, Kim Forde and Amy Bozza at The Farmhouse Store. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Husband-wife team of newly opened R Studio Lash Spa Allen Smith (business manager) and Regina Smith (creative stylist). Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Elsa Palumbo with daughter Daniela Palumbo at Daniela’s shop, Ella Allure Interior Design Center. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Friends of the WSO Co-President Lee Corcoran and Director of Marketing for the Westfield Symphony Orchestra Elizabeth Ryan offer shoppers the chance to win two free tickets to their upcoming Tour of Notable Homes May 11 or four free tickets to the WSO’s finale concert in June. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Seraya Ghoneim, hearing aid dispenser, and Diane Myshka, patient care coordinator, at Total Hearing Care, where complimentary hearing tests were offered. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
At Savory Spice Shop, John Scolovino, Keith Snure and Brian Johnson of John’s Meat Market gave out samples of turkey chili and pulled pork made with products from both stores. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Mayor Andy Skibitsky and Town Administrator Jim Gildea were among the "chivalrous men" at Girls' Night Out. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Keller Williams Realty Premier Properties of Westfield handed out complimentary gift bags to registrants. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Jen Russo, RN; Bonnie Spagnuolo, receptionist; Lori Sheltzer, RN; and Win Easterling, coordinator-community affairs, of Barnabas Health-Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Sasha Hlavinka, marketing coordinator for Westfield’s new office for Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey; Angela Savsa, patient coordinator for SL&SS; Charlene Edmunson, assistant store leader for Eileen Fisher; Robbie Feeney, store leader for Eileen Fisher. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Potissi jewelry gave away free anklets and offered discounts for Girls' Night Out. Credits: Jackie Lieberman

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.”

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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.

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