Girls Night Out Blog #3
People! People! People!
Ok, does the last few months seem like a blur to you? It does to me! So many things have changed in my world over the last four months due to Covid 19. My daily routines have involved rescheduling events or cancelling appointments weekly and sometimes daily on my calendar! The pandemic has not only changed many things for me but for the entire world around me.
I was thinking about what I see as the biggest change during this interesting time, for me, and how it relates to the annual Gig Harbor Girls Night Out. And what comes to mind is... “PEOPLE!” One of the biggest reasons I enjoy participating in Girls Night Out every year for the last ten years in Gig Harbor is the PEOPLE! I don’t go it alone! I am determined to bring as many friends as I can who want to join me in a day of fun! I look forward to hanging out with my friends! I look forward to all the new faces I will come in contact with during the day! And I definitely look forward to seeing all the dedicated store owners, managers, and employees of the Gig Harbor Downtown shops who help make the day fun and memorable for us all.
It has been tough for me to limit my interaction with PEOPLE during this season of life! I like the face-to-face conversations with my community. Over the last few months those interactions for me have been through social media, Zoom, FaceTime, and or masks! We all know the saying, “If there is a will, there is a way!” And I, as well as everyone around me, have found a way that works for them in order to stay in contact with friends and family. To be honest, these options have not been my favorite, but I will do what I need to do to bridge my need to connect with PEOPLE.
As I am writing this blog, the Gig Harbor community has moved into Phase 2. This means that many stores can reopen but with some restrictions and requirements. These regulations allow the stores to move forward to better serve their customers during these unusual times. But they are open, and I am thrilled to see that these merchants can begin to get back to operating their businesses.
The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance has worked diligently to help the downtown businesses continue to work as an informed group. They understand what it takes to come together to support each other in the steps it takes to be compliant. There is an ever-changing process taking place in order to open their doors to our community of shoppers and consumers. There is so much going on behind the scenes for everyone involved to keep our ‘downtown’ operating! A strong group such as this is what helps Girls Night Out be the success that it has become.
I am encouraged to see that our Gig Harbor downtown community is ready to get back to their business and customers to provide great products, great food, and great services. They serve a vital part of what makes Gig Harbor my hometown! They are also an important element for the success of Girls Night Out. Information is available that will help us all understand what each store is doing to help us all have a safe and informed shopping experience. For a complete list of businesses now open, or for take-out or curbside pick-up visit the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance website at www.gigharborwaterfront.org.
As my calendar continues to represent current events, there is one event I have kept on my calendar. I am not yet sure what the day will reveal, but Girls Night Out is written down on the 12th day of November for this year. For right now, I am planning on attending! I hope to see you there.
Stay safe and healthy,