PRESCOTT - The Thursday night before Thanksgiving is a special one at Prescott True Value Hardware.
The store, located on Miller Valley Road, opens its doors after regular hours for its annual Ladies Night Christmas Party event. It's a tradition going on five years now, and hundreds of shoppers turned out from 7 to 9 p.m. to enjoy shopping with special savings, product demonstrations, live music by area resident Kenny James, wine and hors d'oeuvres prepared by the local restaurant El Gato Azul.
"This is a pre-holiday event for the ladies," said Suzanne Springer, the second-generation owner of Prescott True Value. "Once you get into the holiday season, everyone's too busy."
"Busy" was the word to describe the store's employees, particularly cashiers, as lines stretched to the back of the store.
"This year, it looks like it's grown a little bit," Springer said. "We always have a good turnout. It's nice to see all the ladies out shopping."
Leslie Keating was shopping during True Value's Ladies Night for the first time Thursday.
"A friend told me they have this every year and it's fun and I came," the Prescott resident said.
Keating wasn't shopping for anything in particular, rather "whatever I can fit in my cart," she laughed.
While Keating was a first-time Ladies Night shopper, Prescott resident Lori Markham is a regular at the annual event. This year she was shopping for Christmas gifts, specifically presents for her daughter, who is moving into her first apartment.
"I try to come yearly," Markham said of the event. "They have great buys. It's a great store even when it's not Ladies Night Out. I'd rather spend my money locally. The owners are great here, the staff's always really nice and helpful."