By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK
The Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek Metroparks was turned over to ladies for two nights for the eighth annual Girls Night Out at the Gardens.
Close to 225 women shopped the offerings of 12 vendors and the Shop in the Gardens. They also had dinner, a planting demonstration by Lutz Greenhouse and dance presentations by Fred Astaire dancers.
“We sell out every year,” said Sharon Carbon, co-chair of the event. “We’ve expanded it to two nights.”
Amy Camardese, of Liberty, said she loves the event, but missed out last year because it was sold out. This year, she managed to purchase tickets for her two daughters as well as herself.
“I think this is a wonderful event,” Camardese said. “I love Fellows Riverside Gardens. It’s just a special place for our family, so any time that we can come and support it I love to take that opportunity.” Camardese said she was enjoying the time with her daughters.
“My mom bought tickets for all of us to come and girl bond,” said Camardese’s daughter, Meg Aziminia.
“It’s fun,” Aziminia added. “I love all the hats and the wine. You can’t go wrong with that.”
Aziminia and her sister Stephanie Camardese of Poland helped their mother shop for a necklace to wear to Stephanie’s upcoming wedding.
“It’s nice to see opportunities for all the crafters and entrepreneurs to come together and celebrate Youngstown and their talents,” Stephanie said.
Health Food Center of Youngstown was a vendor for the second time. They offered perfumes, lip glosses, lotions and more at the event.
“We’ve had a very good response,” said Vickie Dreiling, a store staff member. People who had never shopped at the store stopped by the table at Girls Night Out, said Gabrielle Colucci, also a staff member.
“We have a lot of loyal customers,” Colucci said. “But there are people who still don’t know that we exist, so this is a good way to get our name out there.”
Funds from the event help underwrite many of the activities offered at Fellows Riverside Gardens and the Davis Center.