It was Ladies Night Out in downtown Saline, Thursday. Downtown businesses reported strong turnout for the semi-annual event, which encourages women and their girlfriends to visit local stores and restaurants.
Joy Ely, owner of Pineapple House, northeast corner of Michigan and Ann Arbor Street, already had 120 visitors by 7:30 p.m. Even with 90 minutes left in the event, that total matched the typical number of visits for a Ladies Night Out event.
“We’ve had a good turn out,” Ely said. “We’ve been busy since 6 o’clock.”
Ely and her staff served “wine slushies” to guests, who perused through Ely’s Vera Bradley purses and home décor items.
For the local drinking and dining establishments, Ladies Night Out added to an already busy night. The Michigan-Oregon basketball brought many Salinians out of their homes.
Ladies Night Out was organized by Saline Main Street. Executive Director Riley Hollenbaugh said there were many reasons for the great turn out.
“It went really well and we received a positive reaction from all the businesses. The weather was great and we had more things going on, more participants and more specials than in the past,” Hollenbaugh said. “So it was a great success.”
Saline’s next big event downtown is Taste of Saline, tentatively scheduled for May 10.