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Ishpeming 'Ladies Night Out' helps showcase local businesses

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ISHPEMING -- Put on by the Ishpeming Business Association, this year's Ladies Night in Ishpeming is the largest it's ever been.

David Aeh, Ladies Night organizer, a member of IBA, and owner of Main Street Antique Mall, explained, "So this year we have over 40 businesses, as well as 3 bazaars. We have the VFW, over at Iron Range Insurance, as well as the Main Street School of Cosmetology. Just, all sorts of different places where people can see crafters, vendors, bakers..."

While hopping from shop to shop, not only are participants getting great deals, but also keeping their local community thriving.

"Ladies Night is a good way to gear up everybody to shop local, shop small, check out these small businesses with all their specials going on for ladies specifically," said Executive Director at GINCC, Kelsey Reyes. "Because it is opening day for hunting season, most of the men and some ladies are out doing that. But those who are left behind have the opportunity to check out all of these small businesses."

Aeh added, "Our town has a lot to offer. One of the biggest problems we have is just awareness. It's not that we have nothing to offer, it's that people don't know that we're here. So if we can get people who already live in the area to come into our businesses in the town instead of automatically going to the big box stores... It's really an opportunity for us to showcase our community."

If you're participating, be sure to have your punch card for a chance to win a drawing, or even the grand prize.

To qualify for prize drawings, participants must visit at least 26 of the 42 businesses. For the grand prize, they must visit at least 34 of the 42.

Participants can pick up a punch card at any business who is involved with Ladies Night. Click here to find out which businesses are participating.

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