Four years ago, Casey Thomson, owner of the Cheese Gallery and Leslie Lewis, owner of Evolution Him & Her, were enjoying a free dinner at Bridges Tavern, as part of a "Ladies Eat Free" promotion, the brainchild of previous Bridges owner Meredith Brown. "Each Wednesday in the month of November Bridges would have a restaurant packed full of ladies," explains Casey. "We thought, maybe Thornbury business owners could capitalize on this." In its first year, 12 local businesses came on board and Glamapalooza was born.
November can be a trying month for retailers (and as I can attest: for mothers and wives and sisters and daughters). Now, in its fourth year, over 25 businesses have joined this annual celebration of downtown Thornbury businesses. Glamapalooza offers a day and an evening of enjoyment and variety including open houses; special events and an all-around good time aimed at giving women a day off and a night on the town.
The organizing committee (which is still a barebones team of Casey and Leslie) designated the official Glamapalooza colour to be pink, and last year Glamapalooza teamed up with the Collingwood G&M Hospital, and raised over $1200 for their digital mammography unit: a tangible return on investment for women of The Blue Mountains.
Thornbury business owners (who are 90% female) have enjoyed an economic boost, posting record sales numbers and staying open past midnight, while ladies who have travelled from all over Ontario have enjoyed an entire day filled with pre-Christmas pampering and shopping.
New this year, an apres shopping dance party will be hosted at Rafe Resto-Lounge, followed by a Champagne breakfast Friday morning, at The Cheese Gallery. The Royal Harbour Resort and Westin Trillium House have signed up as accommodation partners, offering deep discounts, starting at $105/night plus tax. Of course, no Glamapalooza would be complete without male underwear models dancing in the windows of Evolution Him & Her. The full list of events, activities and updated schedule of events is available at the glamapalooza website.
Participating Restaurants: Bruce Wine Bar, SiSi Trattoria, Simplicity Bistro, The Mill Cafe, Bridges Tavern, Rafe Resto-Lounge, Thonburi Thai Food-Namaste.
Health & Wellness/Spa Services: Scandinave Spa, Two The Core, The Parlour, Mantra Yoga.
Shopping: Evolution Him & Her, The Cheese Gallery, Furbelows, Culinary Designs, Adorn II, C&G Solid Wood Furniture Co., Birch & Benjamin, The Diamond Studio, Nantucket & Co, Thornbury Bakery, Gaia Boutique, Jessica's Book Nook, Georgian Hills Vineyards, Wren's General Store, Studio 16 Thornbury.
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Written by: Cara Williams, Escarpment Magazine Fall Harvest & Holiday 2015