Herald-Whig

Ladies enjoy 'night out' in the District

The Yum Factory, Inc's Melanie Aitken adjusts a tray of cinnamon rolls and cannolis as treats visitors for Ladies Night Out in The District on Friday, Sep. 7, 2018. The District Businesses showcased their fall styles and flavor for the event. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 8, 2018 12:01 am

QUINCY -- Standing outside a fitting room at Yellow Kiss Boutique, Catherine Morrison Wright had an important question for her daughter.

"What do you think of this top?" the Camp Point woman asked.

"The jeans are not my favorite," Wright's daughter Kari Ann Steinbrecher said. "But I really like the top."

Trying on clothes, and deciding which to take home, was part of the fun during Ladies Night Out, a fall preview event held Friday night in the District.

The event offered some mother-daughter bonding time for Wright and Steinbrecher along with a way to support the community, especially the downtown.

"The shops we've been in have been packed. It's wonderful to see everyone. I saw an old classmate, a childhood friend," Wright said. "It's a great time to get out, be in the community, have fun with just the ladies and find a few new fun things."

Steinbrecher took home a dress and a tank top. Wright found a couple of sweaters and dresses, and "the top is sold," she said.

Yellow Kiss owner Kristin Peters said the event brought more people downtown to shop local, and despite the rainy weather, business was steady.

"It's worth it for us to stay open," she said. "It's nice for ladies to get off work, come out, shop together, make it a night out."

Seventeen businesses participated in the event developed through the District's retail committee.

"It's a great way to promote the downtown and the downtown retailers -- the great boutiques, shops, food and drink we have down here," said Bruce Guthrie, executive director of the District. "It's great to walk around from business to business and enjoy a night out."

People stopping in the Yum Factory could get a taste of fall thanks to treats including carrot cake "shots," apple crisp and pumpkin cupcakes.

Owner Melanie Aitken said she likes to be part of things happening in the downtown. "Events like this bring out people who have not been to our store. We want to introduce them to us and us to them," she said.

"The district is always looking for different ways to get people to shop downtown, and we thought it would be a nice idea to extend our hours and open it up to ladies, not that men aren't invited," said Denette Kuhlman, co-owner of Salty Sun.

Shoppers Carol Willis and Terri Maple from Hannibal, Mo., checked out Kuhlman's shop and the other 16 featured stores.

"We thought it would be something fun to do," Willis said. "We found a lot of things we didn't realize were in this area. Even though we might not get it now, we can come back later when we think of something."