Tony Britt of the Chatham Downtown Alliance (CDA) has been in Chatham Borough since before Tropical Storm Sandy hit the area, and he knows firsthand what all residents of the Chathams do.
"It has been a tough two weeks for all of us," Britt said.
As power is restored to town and Chathamites slowly return to normal, Britt and the CDA have organized the 6th Ladies Shopping Night Thursday along Main Street and other downtown borough stores.
Lori Ann Medico, owner of started the concept of Ladies Night Out in 2009 to help bolster small businesses in Chatham.
Since then, other citizens and business owners have gotten involved with Ladies Shopping Night. Stores participating in Thursday's event will include:
- Bliss Clothing and Accesories
- TM Ward
- d.j. crater
- Home Sweet Home
- Kitchen Intuitions
- Spring Street Designs
- The Stitching Bee
Stores will keep their doors open late Thursday to accommodate shoppers. Many will also provide store discounts, free gifts, new merchandise and refreshments.
This particular event also offers Chatham residents the chance to replace items lost in the wake of Tropical Storm Sandy, or simply to get a head start on your holiday shopping.
Many stores also offer beverages and hors d'ouvres throughout the evening.
"This is a great time to gather up your friends for a night of fun in downtown Chatham do a little shopping, have some beverages and generally have a good time with your friends," Britt said.
The event begins at Bliss Clothing & Accessories at 6 p.m. Thursday.