Ladies Night Out has ‘wild’ fun and sales

Ladies Night Out had good crowds, good sales, and people had fun is the overwhelming opinion of New Prague shop owners. The "Wild, Wild West" was the theme for the 10th annual evening of sales and specials. Held on Thursday, Oct. 3, there were 17 businesses that participated.

"It’s so fun," said Cathy Haugen, one of the shoppers. "It’s nice to go out and be relaxed everywhere."

Many of those out for the evening dressed up as cowgirls. Store owners also took part dressing in cowboy hats and boots, and a few as dance hall girls and teachers. The staff at Kubes Furniture was creative as they wore name tags with the names of famous country singers.

"It was great. The whole western theme, people had a blast with it," said Amy Block of Mainstream Boutique of Ladies Night Out. "I was glad the weather held off."

The forecast called for rain, but there were only brief spurts of rain later in the evening.

Another new aspect was that there were a few volunteers who agreed to be "jailed." Among the volunteers were New Prague Rotary Club president Brent Quast, Dr. Nic Moga, an OB/GYN with Women’s Health Services, and Chris Hoheisel with the Fitness Center. The jail was set up in Hertaus Floors with Ron Hertaus as the sheriff. The prisoners had to raise $100 each in bail. Dr. Moga and Hoheisel found out that some co-workers had pooled funds, paying to keep them in. For Dr. Moga it was $180 and for Hoheisel it was $50.

Showing up to watch Hoheisel and Dr. Moga be arrested were Mary Hanson Busch, Vera Schoenecker, Janet Harty and Lisa Haugen. "We work in the lab and that’s why we had to come down and visit our friends," said Harty. The group then provided bail for the two men. Money raised during the evening went to the Women’s Health Initiative Fund at Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague.

"It seems like everyone was having a great time," said Deb Howard of Vintique Vintage Jewelry, adding she had very good sales. "We had good crowds to nearly 9 p.m."

"It was more than I expected," said Bonnie Fullerton of Prairie Pond Vineyard and Winery about the crowds. "For as busy as we were the ladies were very patient."

"It was wonderful," said Ericka Venske of cranky Alice. "I think my sales were consistent with what they have been in the past, and for being in a new location that’s fantastic."