By MATT CRANE
A night of wine and shopping is on the horizon for the women of the Starkville community as the third unWINE Downtown event begins 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.
Jennifer Gregory, GSDP Vice President for Tourism, said interest for the event has gained momentum since its initial launch.
â€śWe held our first one in November of 2011 and had such a great response,â€ť Gregory said. â€śSo many people were asking when the next one would be, so we decided to do three a year in the spring, summer and fall.â€ť
Tickets are $20 and include a wine tasting at 20 different downtown boutiques with at least 20 percent off all merchandise in participating stores.
â€śItâ€™s primarily a ladies night and appeals to a variety of age groups,â€ť she said. â€śWe try to select wines that are different but affordable, and stay within the $15-or-less price range.â€ť
Gregory said wines are carefully chosen for each tasting to offer selections that are good for the season.
â€śThis time weâ€™re featuring sparkling wines, rosĂ© and prosecco,â€ť she said. â€śWeâ€™ll also be tasting a chocolate red wine, which will be very different.â€ť
Gregory said the variety of sponsors make the event successful, and the selection of items at participating stores will appeal to everyone throughout the evening.
â€śOne of our boutiques, Mary Virginiaâ€™s, is a childrenâ€™s consignment store thatâ€™s selling new uniforms,â€ť she said. â€śThis could be a great chance for parents to stock up on uniforms before school starts back.â€ť
Gregory said the ticketed, after-hours event provides a good time for all with its intimate atmosphere.
â€śItâ€™s just a great girls night out event with great discounts at these boutiques ... We encourage people to visit our downtown restaurants once the event is over,â€ť she said.
For more information on tickets, visit the GSDP or call 662-323-3322.