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By ANGIE CARNATHAN
After a successful inaugural event in the fall, unWINE Downtown returns tomorrow evening. The event is scheduled for 5:30-9:30 p.m., beginning at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership. unWINE Downtown is an evening of ladies-only shopping and wine tasting.
â€śWe extended the hours this time because we realized that people were really taking advantage of the sales and doing a lot of shopping,â€ť Jennifer Gregory, GSDP vice-president of tourism development, said. â€śThis has become a true shopping event, and we couldnâ€™t be more thrilled.â€ť
Gregory said each participant should bring her ticket to the GSDP office at 200 East Main St. between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to pick up her complimentary stemless wine glass and a list of participating stores
â€śThen go shop and taste to your heartâ€™s content,â€ť Gregory said.
Gregory said the feedback received in the fall encouraged the GSDP to make the event bigger and better this time. This springâ€™s event features more businesses, more wines and longer hours to accommodate what Gregory said she hopes is a much larger crowd.
â€śWe had a great turnout in November with around 75 ladies participating,â€ť Gregory said. â€śWeâ€™re expecting anywhere from 100 to 150 this time, which is why we extended the hours. We want to make sure everyone has plenty of time to shop at each store.â€ť
Nearly 20 Main Street member stores are confirmed to be participating â€” all offering 25 percent off everything for this one-night event. Each store will also host a featured wine for tasting, selected by Main Street member Oak and Steel Wine & Spirits.
â€śWe try to keep each bottle of wine under $15, so if someone enjoys a wine they taste, itâ€™s an affordable bottle for just about anyone to purchase again,â€ť Gregory said. â€śWe have to thank Phoenix Adams of Oak and Steel for helping come up with some great wine selections. She really goes above and beyond to select wines that are a little different so that people get the chance to try something new.â€ť
Gregory said people have the option of using their own transportation, but a transportation service will be provided for safety reasons. As of press time, participating retailers include The Sundial, Mary Virginiaâ€™s, Book Mart & CafĂ©, Frock Fashions, Occasions, Christineâ€™s, Libby Story, Polka Tots, R. Tab & Co., Thyme, Oooh La La, Harmonie Boutique, Bath Bayou, Reedâ€™s, Aspen Bay, L.A. Green Boutique, Something Southern, Sprout B. Davis Shoes and Vitality Skin & Spa.
For more information, call the GSDP at 662-323-3322.