Despite the drizzle of rain and cutting cold air, shoppers made it out to local businesses for Ladies Night Out.
Holly Chambers, left, and Marilyn Middleton, peruse the clothing items at Osweiler’s Fashions on Second Street in Webster City. Osweiler’s was one of 16 local businesses that participated in Ladies Night Out on Thursday, an event sponsored by the Webster City Chamber of Commerce.
?Shirlee Caggiano, left, and Marj Majors shop at Carolyn’s Hallmark store for Ladies Night Out.
A patron browses a selection of necklaces at Gilbert Jewelers. Many shoppers filled the store and others across town during the promotion, which offered prizes.
Jeri Hayes and Rosalie Stark, of “Leaf it to Us,”?set up shop in Whoop-Ti-Doos in Webster City during Ladies Night Out, offering gifts for home decor. They normally sell their items at The Carriage House at 1000 Boone St. in Webster City, but they moved downtown for the night to show off their wares for Ladies Night Out.
Sixteen local businesses held specials as part of the event, sponsored by the Webster City Chamber of Commerce, which was held Thursday from noon to 9 p.m.
Webster City resident Marilyn Middleton said the weather didn't keep her from checking out the clothes at Osweiler's Fashions.
"Really, I think we were lucky with the weather," Middleton said. "For all we know, this could have been snow. It's great to get out and see so many people at these businesses."
Osweiler's hosted about nine models in the evening, showing off clothes, purses and other accessories available at the store.
Ladies Night Out also offered passports to shoppers, which if stamped by each participating business, gives them the chance to win $50 in Webster City bucks.
Marj Majors and Shirlee Caggiano have participated in Ladies Night Out for more than five years now. They, like many other shoppers, stepped out of the rain and began perusing stores in the early evening. They planned to visit Heart-n-Home store after some time at Carolyn's Hallmark and Classic Carpet and Interiors, the latter they affectionately refereed to as the purple door store.
"We'll get some dinner, too, later," Majors said. "It's nice to get out and see all these different stores for a while."
Other participating businesses included Gilbert Jewelers, Stony Creek Landscapes, Gingerbread House, Ted's Car Wash, Pampered Chef-Cindi Sweedler, Mornin Glory, Whoop-ti-Doos & La-ti-Daas, Second Street Emporium, Grid Iron Family Grill and Sports Lounge, Gilbert Flooring and Paint, R Company and Shanti Wellness Day Spa.