Sep/Oct
2017

Ladies' Night Out: Rochester Trolley Tours

Written by Kim Zabel
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WHAT COULD BE BETTER THAN A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN FILLED WITH CHARMING RETAIL SHOPS, GREAT FOOD, COCKTAILS, DESSERT AND WORRY-FREE TRANSPORTATION? ACCORDING TO THE WOMEN WHO PARTICIPATED IN A RECENT LADIES’ NIGHT OUT HOSTED BY ROCHESTER TROLLEY & TOUR COMPANY, NOT MUCH CAN BEAT A RELAXING EVENING LIKE THIS ONE.

TAKE THE TOUR

Rochester Trolley & Tour Company hosts Ladies’ Night Out (LNO) tours that offer a variety of ways to celebrate an evening with friends. Participants arrive early at 5 p.m. for a get-together at Five West Kitchen & Bar, and then the three and a half-hour tour begins, allowing for 50 minutes at each destination shopping district. Each shop provides beverages and appetizers for its guests throughout the tour, and Five West offers dessert to top off the night. 

The uptown shopping district tour begins with Shades of Green Gifts & Home Accents, where guests can shop for Pandora jewelry, accessories, gourmet foods and other specialty items. From there, the trolley takes the participants to Posh Boutique, a clothing, jewelry and accessory shop that focuses on an authentic and trendy fashion line for everyday wear. 

The downtown district includes Primp, a shop that sells chic clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories. Guests can then meander over to Refashion, a consignment shop selling women’s apparel and a large selection of furniture and home accessories. Right next door, they can stroll to Soul Purpose Boutique, where locally crafted, upcycled, vintage and repurposed items can be found.

The Design District at Cooke Park includes Dwell Local, carrying one-of-a-kind products by local artists and makers. A Beautiful Soul New Age Boutique and Healing Center offers massage, reflexology and Reiki—as well as informative and instructional classes on the healing arts. 

SEE THE SHOPS

Owners of the shops on the trolley tour have a unique perspective on the LNO event. Kristie Moore, owner of Soul Purpose Boutique says, “It’s fun to hear women talking, laughing and making new discoveries in shopping. Many women have told me that although they live right here in Rochester, they often don’t take time to shop and visit some of the smaller, locally owned retail stores.”

Shana Horner, owner of Posh Boutique, agrees that the LNO event is inspiring for both guests and shop owners alike. “The Ladies’ Night Out tour is such a great idea for a night out on the town with friends doing what most women love,” Shana says. “Even my staff has fun!” 

TELL YOUR FRIENDS

Dan Butterfass, CEO of Rochester Trolley & Tour Company, received glowing five-star reviews for the tour. In fact, the tour was so successful that what began as a one-trolley tour became a two-trolley tour, as the first trolley sold out. In all, 64 women participated in the event, and both trolleys were completely full.

So what’s the best part of all? Many of the guests commented that the combination of visiting funky and eclectic shops coupled with appetizers and drinks made for a perfect time with friends.

One participant says, “The shops were adorable, and I had actually not been to any of them and plan on going back.” 

Another guest comments, “The best part is just being able to enjoy an open-air ride with friends on a beautiful summer evening.” 

One of the trolley drivers, Lincoln, received high praise as well. One guest even commented that he was “the icing on the cake.” 

Register online for upcoming Ladies’ Night Out in Rochester on Thursdays, September 21, October 19 and November 16, 2017 online at rochestermntours.com or call 507-421-0573.

A Beautiful Soul: New Age Boutique & Healing Center
619 6th Avenue NW
(507) 550-2575
beautifulsoulgifts.com

Dwell Local
602 7th Street NW
507-202-3815
dwelllocal.com

Posh Boutique
123 16th Avenue SW
(507)206-6144
shop-posh.com

Primp
100 1st Avenue SW
(507) 258-7588
primpyourself.com

Refashion
321 South Broadway
(507) 281-0808
refashion.org 

Shades of Green: Gifts & Home Accents
2003 2nd Street SW
(507) 536-9128
shadesofgreenps.com

Soul Purpose Boutique
321 South Broadway
(507) 285-4459
soulpurposeboutique.com

 

Kim Zabel is a writer and published author.

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