Wel­com­ing the com­mu­nity

Home Hard­ware stores will host ladies’ nights to ben­e­fit United Way

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - NEWS - LOIS ANN BAKER

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. lbaker@post­media.com twit­ter.com/LoisAn­nBaker

LOIS ANN BAKER/CORN­WALL STAN­DARD-FREEHOLDER

Fines Home Hard­ware, at both lo­ca­tions, is once again hold­ing a ladies’ night. The In­gle­side lo­ca­tion will be host­ing it on Nov. 29.

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