Valentine’s Day has long been known as an occasion when couples can appreciate each other. In recent years, it's evolved into something else — a day for everyone to experience love and friendship regardless of their relationship status. With this in mind, some Prospect businesses have created a women’s-only “Galentines Day” celebration for the community.
Scheduled for Friday, Feb. 12, from 2 to 8 p.m., the event’s coordinators playfully ask attendees to “leave the men at home.” They promise time for women to enjoy the company of their female friends, relax, and experience pampering at some of the community’s women-focused businesses.
There is no charge to attend, though preregistration is requested at the event’s online invitation page. Participants of the afternoon include Jmarie Studios, Honeycomb Salon, 27th and Grace, Made you Look Lash and Beauty Bar, Flowerwild and Graphic Revival.
Aside from providing women a time and place to unplug, the event supports women-owned businesses and connects Prospect’s female entrepreneurs to a broader customer base . With this in mind, organizers are encouraging guests to bring friends.
Attendees will receive complimentary champagne, cocktails and treats such as free B-12 shots, hair and beauty products and discounted blowouts. They’re also eligible to be part of a giveaway raffle for products from participating businesses, valued at $5,000.
“I’m excited for the event because it’s the first time these Prospect businesses have come together,” said Amy Lane, owner of event sponsor Graphic Revival. “We are all within a block or two of each other so I’m looking forward to showcasing this corner of fashion and beauty to the broader community. All six businesses are owned and operated by dynamic and passionate business savvy women. I’m so lucky to be a part of the group.”
Organizers have kept COVID-19 health and safety requirements in mind as they planned the afternoon. Guests are asked to preregister for the event to best plan for numbers and attendees are asked to wear masks when possible. In addition, activities at each location will be limited to a specific number of women so that guests can maintain social distance.
Carmen Ramirez, owner of Made You Look Lash and Beauty Bar is excited for the event, “J. Marie studios started this as a way to mark her four-year anniversary in businesses, but it has evolved into something that helps all of us. It’s a great way to bring people into the Prospect community.”
Ramirez continued, “our small businesses can be hidden sometimes, and this event helps open women’s eyes to see what’s available.”