Residents are encouraged to grab a girlfriend for an evening out during the second Diva Night in downtown Noblesville. From 4 to 8 p.m., bargains, refreshments and special menu items at restaurants will be available at 16 businesses. Following the shopping, customers are invited to relax with a beverage in the diva lounge at Barley Island Brewing Co. from 8 to 9 p.m.
Shannon Loomis of Kiln Creations is chairing the event, but described Diva Night as a group effort.
“It’s 16 businesses in downtown Noblesville coming together to put on this event,” she said. “Everything is in walking distance.”
Loomis said the event came during a meeting of downtown merchants. Last year’s event included 10 businesses, and Loomis said the inaugural event had a great turnout despite blustery weather.
“Barley Island was packed. It was very fun,” she said. “The whole point is to get people in downtown Noblesville and visiting all the shops. Hopefully this will be an annual event.”
As incentive to visit all 16 businesses, Loomis said Diva Night participants will be given a card, which is available at each location. While visiting the businesses, stores will stamp the card. Loomis said no purchase is necessary to receive a stamp. During the after-party at Barley Island, each stamp will equal a raffle ticket, which can be used to win one of 10 prizes.
“Each prize is valued at $160 or more. All businesses are chipping in and donating,” Loomis said.
There is no cost to participate in Diva Night, but prize winners must be at least 18 years old.
“Guys are welcome, but it’s very girlie,” Loomis explained, adding some customers wore feather boas and tiaras last year.
The following downtown Noblesville businesses will be participating in the second Diva Night on March 8: A Corner Cottage, Barley Island Brewing Co., Carriage House Antiques, Pam’s Tea Shoppe, The Hamilton Restaurant, Indiana Kitchens, J’Ann & Co., Kiln Creations, Linden Tree Gifts, Logan Village Mall, Martha Jane’s, Old Picket Fence, Platinum Living, The Ruby Pear Tea Parlor, Studio One Eleven Hair Boutique and Uptown Café.
By Robert Herrington