UPDATE 2014: The 2nd Annual Girls on Gartner returns to Naperville Plaza from 3-7PM Wed., May 7.
Previous post from April 2013: May Day brings traditional thoughts of springtime, images of dancing around Maypoles and flower-filled May baskets as well as the sound of “play ball” in local sports parks. This year, the first day of May also has been set to introduce a new seasonal tradition at Naperville Plaza designed especially for women with live musical entertainment and more.
Merchants at Naperville Plaza announced in March that they will host the first “Girls on Gartner” from 9AM to 8PM on Wed., May 1, a day packed with activities, entertainment and refreshments. Featured guest will be Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel. Inspired by downtown Naperville’s very successful Girls Night Out to showcase the Plaza as an another fine shopping center in the Western Suburbs, details have been blossoming ever since.
“Gartner Plaza may be one of the best kept secrets in the Western Suburbs,” said Nicki Anderson, marketing director at Oswald’s Pharmacy who is spearheading the event along with other merchants. “Dan Casey of Casey’s Foods says, ‘If Naperville Plaza doesn’t have it, you don’t need it!’ We felt it is important to have an event to showcase all the great stores and amenities the plaza has to offer,” she said.
Naperville Plaza is located just south of downtown Naperville at Gartner Road and Washington Street. The plaza has enjoyed great growth in recent months with the addition of some unique new merchants including Orange Theory, Weight Watchers and Eye World. Earlier this year, First Community Bank Naperville relocated to Naperville Plaza, too. These enterprises along with anchor stores historic Oswald’s, Casey’s Foods, Trader Joe’s and AnaBanana Kids make the Plaza a great alternative and addition to shopping elsewhere in Naperville.
“For every person who stops by our bank for a punch on their card, First Community Bank will donate one dollar to Family Shelter Service,” said Mary Jane Leisten, a personal banker at First Community Bank Naperville. “The punch cards will be inside the swag bags for pick-up at Oswald’s Pharmacy.”
Some restrictions will apply. For instance, to receive all food discounts, individuals must have a collectible swag bag!
About Girls on Gartner at Naperville Plaza Planning Committee: The Girls on Gartner at Naperville Plaza Planning Committee is made up of lead merchants at the Plaza – AnaBanana Kids, Oswald’s Pharmacy, Casey’s Foods, Orange Theory and First Community Bank Naperville. The planning committee is dedicated to enhancing the view of Naperville Plaza and its merchants at this new one-of-a kind event.
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