Welcoming the community
Home Hardware stores will host ladies’ nights to benefit United Way
INGLESIDE – Before you know it Christmas is going to be here.
With it comes a number of traditions, including one that is sure to become a favourite, Home Hardware’s Ladies Night.
“It’s actually a pretty common thing for Home Hardwares to do,” said owner Scott Fines.
Fines bought the business two years ago, so this will be only the second time he is holding the event, but based on the success of last year, he is expecting another great turnout.
“It creates a good atmosphere around the store,” said Fines.
Fines said there would be a number of discounted items on sale, but it also is about community. “It’s a lot of fun,” he said.
The night is for ladies only and the night will be filled with a number of giveaways, including a special grab bag for the first 100 ladies through the door at both locations.
“We will have wine for them to enjoy, we have some food for them to enjoy and we have a paint night to raise money for the United Way,” said Fines. “It’s essentially just an excuse for everyone to get together especially in the smaller communities like Cornwall and Ingleside.”
Fines said a lot of the purchases made that night are Christmas gifts and staff will be on hand to give advice on tools and other items in the store.
“Then they can take advantage of those sales as well,” he said.
Fines said the event was so popular last year, both stores had to stop people at the door from coming in due to fire codes.
“When we do that we just wait for some people to leave so we can let other people in,” he said. “When it’s cold it becomes a little bit harder.”
Fines said the Cornwall store had about 120 people in line while Ingleside had about 50 waiting for the doors to open before the night even started. Fines said the event lasts about two to two and a half hours, with the last half hour typically being used to cash people out.
“We do have line-ups because of so many people in the store,” he said. “But we serve wine while they are in line so I think they are OK with it.”
Fines said Butler’s Restaurant was serving the wine for the evening at both locations.
Fines said most people stay in the sort for about an hour, and it’s not just shopping.
“Half the time we spent playing games,” he said. “Last year it was who can drive an eight inch nail the fastest, or who can saw a two-by-six the fastest. It’s all for giveaways. We try to keep people interested.”
Fines said they try to keep it a party atmosphere and the event is both promotional and a fundraiser. There is a food drive for the local food bank and of course the paint night with proceeds going to the United Way.
“A lot of it is essentially to give back to our customers, too,” he said. “It’s more fun than it is anything else.”
In Cornwall the event will be on Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m. and in Ingleside on Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org twitter.com/LoisAnnBaker
Fines Home Hardware, at both locations, is once again holding a ladies’ night. The Ingleside location will be hosting it on Nov. 29.