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Stores readying for Girls’ Night Out

A night of shopping and fun returns to Brookhaven in June.

The ninth annual Girls’ Night Out will be June 20 from 3 to 9 p.m. and will feature more than 30 local businesses.

“This has become one of the biggest shopping days of the year to several of our retailers,” said Katie Nations, program director for the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce. “The chamber is excited to promote these businesses that work so hard for our community year round.”

A night of bargain hunting and fun, Girls’ Night Out gives participants an opportunity to find deals at their favorite stores by using merchants’ coupons in a coupon book that comes with each ticket.

Advance tickets are on sale now for $20. These can be purchased at the Chamber or at participating merchants.

The ticket includes a $10 meal voucher that can be used at any of the participating restaurants, along with the coupon book to be used that night. Some coupons  can used for later dates.

Participants will also receive a pink Girls’ Night Out T-shirt and free entry to an after-party.

The after-party will take place at The Venue at Five Fifty from 9 to 11 p.m. There will be a DJ featured, along with refreshments.

Nations said in the past Girls’ Night Out has seen shoppers from as far as Alabama and Louisiana, with many patrons coming from all over Southwest Mississippi. Last year, more than 1,000 tickets were sold for the event.

Castles has been a part of Girls’ Night Out since it started nine years ago. Owner Cathy Franck says it’s like having Christmas in June.

She also likes the extended hours participating retailers set for the event, because it allows people who aren’t normally available to shop a chance to find something they like.

“It’s like a big girls’ party, everybody gets excited about shopping,” Franck said. “It’s just a fun time for women to get together and shop and laugh.”

For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 601-833-1411.

Story by Gracie Byrne