Ladies’ Day Out 2022 brings shoppers out to support local businesses and win prizes

The 18th annual Ladies’ Day Out event took place downtown Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, Nov. 12. Formally recognized as Ladies’ Night Out, this year it transitioned into an all-day event taking place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – continuing to celebrate local makers and downtown businesses while drawing shoppers from around the Mt. Pleasant area. 

“It's primarily a kickoff to the holiday season and to remind people to shop local and shop small going into the holiday season,” said downtown development director, Michelle Sponseller. “That's why we started it a number of years ago and why we continue to do that.”

Naomi Cook and Toni Nielson explore Pure Vitality Juice Bar and Spa during the Ladies’ Day Out event in downtown Mt. Pleasant, Saturday, Nov. 12. (Photo: Addy Wachter/Epicenter)Megan Bair, For Arts Sake co-founder, hosts classes and photography sessions during the Ladies’ Day Out event in downtown Mt. Pleasant, Saturday, Nov. 12. (Photo: Addy Wachter/Epicenter)Photographer Lily Angiolini of Miss Lily Photography takes photos in the For Arts Sake second-floor studio during the Ladies' Day Out event in downtown Mt. Pleasant, Saturday, Nov. 12. (Photo: Addy Wachter/Epicenter)Throughout the day, downtown businesses held sales and discounts, such as Gray’s Furniture and Boutique, and Pure Vitality Juice Bar and Spa.

For Arts Sake held a special class instructing shoppers how to make a charcuterie board, as well as had a photographer, Lily Angiolini from Miss Lily Photography, take photos at the studio on the second floor. Co-founder of For Arts Sake, Megan Bair, compared the Ladies’ Day Out event to Black Friday for local businesses.

Pleasant City Coffee hosts pop-ups from local vendors during the Ladies’ Day Out event in downtown Mt. Pleasant, Saturday, Nov. 12. (Photo: Addy Wachter/Epicenter)Jenelle Lynch, the owner of Olive + Indio, sells hand-crafted, artisan jewelry at Pleasant City Coffee during the Ladies’ Day Out event in downtown Mt. Pleasant, Saturday, Nov. 12. (Photo Courtesy of Addy Wachter)Jesi Ekonen, owner of Just Follow Your Art, hosts pop-up at Pleasant City Coffee during the Ladies’ Day Out event in downtown Mt. Pleasant, Saturday, Nov. 12. (Photo Courtesy of Addy Wachter)Pleasant City Coffee also supported local businesses and makers within their doors. Olive + Indio sold handcrafted jewelry, Cone Furnishings sold handcrafted wooden items such as kitchen utensils, and Just Follow Your Art sold greeting cards and other small gifts at Pleasant City Coffee.

Along with the sales, specials, and giveaways within downtown storefronts, community members who attended the event had the chance to win downtown gift certificate packages worth $250, $500, or $1,000. Those who wanted to enter stopped by the Broadway Theatre to fill out an entry form and the winners were announced on Downtown Mt. Pleasant’s Facebook page.

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Addy Wachter is a Grand Haven resident who is currently a student at Central Michigan University. She plans to graduate during the summer of 2023 with a major in photojournalism and a minor in cultural and global studies. Along with working with Epicenter, she is a photographer and writer at Central Michigan Life newspaper who enjoys traveling and exploring new places in her spare time, always taking her camera with her wherever she goes.