This one’s for the girls: Main Street of Menomonie’s Chicks Night Out

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By Billy Tuite —

Main Street of Menomonie will be hosting their downtown-favorite “Chicks Night Out” event on Thursday, April 23 from 3 to 8 p.m. The first of three yearly events in Main Street’s Ladies Night Out series, “Chicks Night Out” will offer Menomonie community members a chance to win over $1,000 worth of prizes and support local businesses along the way.

Main Street will once again deliver on its promise of providing “shopping, socializing and snacking” for all ladies involved. With 25 businesses participating in this year’s event, from pizza restaurants to boutiques to flower shops, there’s sure to be something for everybody.

“It’s a great way to see what downtown has to offer,” explained Main Street executive director Brenna Long. “All the businesses really gear up for this event. There are a lot of specials and a lot of freebies, which, when I was a student, I always appreciated.”

Participating stores, indicated by the “Chicks Night Out” flyer in their windows, will feature sales on their products and several downtown restaurants will have unique deals. For example, Log Jam will be hosting their ever-popular nacho bar, and Zanzibar will be offering martini specials. Ladies will also have the opportunity to get their picture taken with their friends in a special booth at Simple Sports on 400 Main.

Of course, “Chicks Night Out” has no shortage of valuable prizes this year. Participants are encouraged to register at every business for a chance to win one of several $200 prize baskets, which include gift certificates, jewelry items and antiques, among other goods. The prize baskets are currently on display in the front window of Bookends on Main.

Long stresses that the event isn’t just for local residents. Everyone in the Menomonie Community, including University of Wisconsin–Stout students, is welcome.

“You don’t go to a school just for the school,” Long said. “You are a part of the community as well.”

Despite the name of the event, “Chicks Night Out” is not exclusive to women. Men will also be able to join the fun.

“If they want to tag along and register for prize baskets or tab the nacho bar, they’re absolutely welcome to come,” Long said.

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