‘Girls Night Out’ on tap tonight

BLUE EARTH – Headlines Plus has settled into its new location on Main Street in Blue Earth, just in time for the third Girls Night Out from 3-9 p.m. today.

Headlines Plus is one of nine businesses open for extended hours so shoppers can browse, check out samples and demonstrations, and register for door prizes.

“It’s just an idea to get people downtown and get people out and about in the community,” said Michele Hard of Michele’s Sewing. “It turned into a such a fun night for friends to gather and do fun stuff.”

Michele’s is one of the shops offering a make-and-take. It’s a quick project so people have time to visit every shop, if they want.

“We heard comments [after the last one] that [visitors] didn’t have time to get everywhere they wanted to be, so that’s why we went to 3 o’clock so they can slow down and enjoy a little more,” Hard said.

Other participating businesses are Gartzke’s Floral and Gifts; Juba’s Super Valu; Lisa’s Sewing; Rainbow Food Coop; R Impressions; The Treasure Chest; and Weathered and Worn, which is hosting author Jen Naumann’s book-signing from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Marie Northwic hopes folks take the time to check out her new digs. Headlines Plus was located on Highway 169 for nearly 26 years and Northwic felt it was time for a change.

“It had a lot to do with the [highway] construction,” she said. “I’ve done this (hairstyling) 34 years in September. You get in a rut. Like all businesses, you need a shot in the arm. I’m not ready to retire. I needed to be freshened up, rejuvenated.”

She found that shot in the arm at 208 N. Main, the old Thompson Haugen Jewelry building, across from Juba’s Super Valu, and she re-opened her shop Aug. 6.

She and her three stylists have been working with the building’s owners to set up everything just right, including ripping out carpeting to find hardwood floors underneath. Her husband, Ryan, got help from Melvin Sicheneder of Delavan to bring the floors back to life.

She thinks Girls Night Out is perfect for Headlines Plus’ grand opening.

“I felt really strongly that people who weren’t regular customers would feel more comfortable coming,” Northwic said. “It’s casual; it’s got a fun atmosphere. Good timing for us. We’re going on our third week and people are curious enough I think they’ll come in.”

Northwic is hoping she sees lots of people, and so is Hard.

“It’s been a fun night so far; everyone’s enjoyed it,” Hard said. “We love to see people wandering the streets and enjoying our community.”