Ladies Night Out

Enjoy an evening of relaxation at Laurel Ridge
By Megan Northcote | Jun 28, 2013

On July 11, Haywood County women can leave their children and husbands at home and enjoy an evening sipping on wine, noshing on exquisite chocolates, relaxing with a neck message and pampering themselves with fine jewelry all under one venue.

For the first time, The Mountaineer newspaper is partnering with Laurel Ridge Country Club to host Ladies Night Out from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at the country club.

“Ladies Night Out is a great way for people who cater to women to show off their wares, products and services,” Jeff Schumacher, general manager of The Mountaineer, said.

After sponsoring a similar, highly successful Ladies Night Out at the last paper he worked for in Fayetteville, Schumacher was encouraged to bring the event to Haywood County.

“I think the perception here is that we don’t have a lot of things to offer women in Haywood County, so they have to go shopping somewhere else, but that’s not true,” Schumacher said. “Haywood County is, in fact, rich with services and products for women.”

The event will be held inside the country club’s 6,000 square foot clubhouse pavilion overlooking the golf course at 49 Cupp Lane in Waynesville.

“Laurel Ridge has been a part of Haywood County for over 25 years, yet many in the area are not familiar with all that we have to offer,” Susie Harmon, owner of Laurel Ridge said. “Ladies Night Out is one of the many opportunities for us to share our hospitality with the community.”

A variety of vendors will be represented to offer women an evening of relaxation, rejuvenation and fun.

GCT Jewelers, at 674 Dellwood Road in Waynesville, will showcase the Southern Gates jewelry collection by The Cargo Hold Inc.. This silver jewelry line features rings, earrings and pendants with intricate filigree designs that mimic ornamental ironwork found in the architecture of old houses throughout the country, particularly in Charleston, South Carolina, shop owner Gregory Turbyfill said.

GCT Jewelers will also be selling bridal sets, including wedding bands and engagement rings, which can be custom sized in the shop.

Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy sampling melt-in-your- mouth truffles, the number one best seller at The Chocolate Bear on 170 N. Main St. in Waynesville. Owner Judi Ferris will also be selling their top three sellers: dark chocolate almonds, chocolate covered cherries and sea salt caramels. The shop employees small chocolatiers throughout the country and will celebrate their 7th anniversary on Independence Day.

Forte Photography owner Woody White will bring his portable photo booth for women to have fun capturing the memories from the evening while snapping a few shots with their friends.

White opened his wedding and portraiture photography studio in Clyde one year ago and hopes Ladies Night Out will generate more business. Throughout the evening, Forte Photography will give away vouchers for discounted prints and portrait sessions.

For the female horse lovers, STAR Ranch horse rescue in Waynesville will be selling horseshoe items made by volunteers including horseshoe wine racks and wreaths and horseshoe nail heart pendants.

“We’re in no way a gender specific nonprofit, but we’ve noticed we have a lot of women riders and volunteers who are interested in horses,” Beth Brown, Vice President on the Board of Directors for STAR Ranch, said.

Brown will be available to raise awareness about the nonprofit’s efforts to serve abused and neglected horses in Haywood County. A drawing for a basket filled with community gifts will also be held.

Other vendors at the event include: Nerium AD, an anti-aging cream; Belle on Main spa and salon; Blue Mountain Chiropractic; Pink Regalia showcasing women’s lingerie and specialty mastectomy wear; Botox and Juvaderm demonstrations by Mountain Radiance; mini messages by Mia Salon; gifts and bags from Thirty One; and more.

Vendor spaces are still available and can be purchased by calling The Mountaineer sales representatives Jennifer Allen or Michelle Schumacher at 452-0661.