StayCation offers plenty of reasons not to leave town

Women just back from spring break vacation now have plenty of reasons to stick around town, at least on Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16. If you are one of the out-of-towners who frequent the downtown shopping district, this is a great time to spend a few days here as well. The Heart of Rockford Business Association again this year is offering a Girlfriends StayCation with plenty of special offers and events.

Christine Gault of A Charmed Life andPolly VonEschen of Baskets in the Belfry shows off the prize package that one lucky winner will receive from a Girlfriends StayCation in downtown Rockford.

The StayCation kicks off April 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. and continues April 16 during regular business hours. In addition to specials designed to spoil and pamper, one lucky winner will receive a Best of Rockford prize package plush with gift certificates, gifts, movie passes and more.

According to organizer Christine Gault of A Charmed Life Nail Salon, the event is designed to highlight the many goods and services our little town has to offer. “This is a time of year when there isn’t a lot happening usually, but the weather is changing and it’s a great time for women to get out and celebrate that spring is coming,” Gault said.

This is the event’s second year and last year resulted in a great turnout. With even more downtown shops participating, this year’s StayCation is even more exciting.

Visitors to A Charmed Life Nail Salon can enjoy a free five-minute chair massage with the purchase of any service from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, a free hand paraffin with any specialty manicure, pedicure or shellac manicure. In addition the first 10 appointments booked will receive a Heart of Rockford shopping bag for future savings in downtown Rockford.

At Baskets in the Belfry, enjoy 20% off your entire purchase and food-tastings (some exclusions may apply). On Saturday at 1 p.m. there will be a free demonstration on hand-tied bouquets at Rockford Flower Shop.

At Great Northern Trading Company, join in their celebration of 34 years of serving Rockford and beyond. Everyone who enters the store will be allowed to choose a candy bar with a discount hidden under the label, ranging from 20 to 50 percent off the entire purchase.

Dars Gems and Jewelry is offering 20 percent off one item and many in-store specials.

Learn about accessorizing for spring with a purpose at the WAR Chest Boutique, where you are invited to come play dress-up. Bring in an outfit you would like to make over with a new accessory and receive 10 percent off one of the items. Feel amazing knowing that 90 percent of your purchase goes to support women rescued from slavery. Also, learn how to tie your spring scarves in over eight fun and creative ways. Free lessons will be offered on both Friday and Saturday.

Don’t miss this chance to visit Paperdoll, where shoppers can enjoy 25 percent off one regular priced item.

At J.T. Stitchery & Frame Shop, pay a small fee, and spend ½ hour to learn a technique and make a four-inch ribbon flower embellishment that is so popular with today’s fashions. Women can use the flower to embellish purses, hats, scarves, and so much more.

At Sassy Pants Boutique, shoppers can take 20 percent off one item (some exclusions may apply).

Take a break from shopping and learning at Reds on the River, offering $2 off a cosmo or appetizer throughout StayCation. There will be a free wings and hummus bar from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Jade is offering 20 percent off one item and will be showcasing the Isabelt, which is an invisible belt used to prevent back-gap and to hold up your jeans/pants without the bulk of a regular belt.

At Rudy Kazoody’s take 20 percent off any gift basket and sign up for their drawing for a free basket. The winner will be drawn at the end of the month.

Kimberly’s Boutique is offering an amazing half off all retired Brighton and 25 percent off all apparel in the store. Wow!

Enjoy an Easter egg hunt at Bow-Dacious and The Candle Shop with discounts from 10 to 15 percent off items, and register to win a free image or decorating consultation with a value of $50.

Double Take Resale is offering 20 percent off one regular-priced item during the Girlfriends StayCation.

Rogue River Rentals will be opening for business this weekend. Special package deals are available for kayak and bike rentals—inquire at Double Take.

Right at Home, Poindexter’s Specialty Marketplace and Old World Olive Press are also participating with in-store specials, tastings or demonstrations, so drop in there to make the StayCation complete.

The Best of Rockford basket for one lucky winner has gift certificates or gifts from many of these businesses and more.

“It’s a pretty valuable basket,” Gault said. “I’m really excited Rockford has grown so much in the last couple of years. We have lots of people come from out of town and hang out all day. There aren’t a lot of downtowns in this state that have so much to offer.”


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