Five years ago, Casey Thomson, owner of the Cheese Gallery and Leslie Lewis, owner of Evolution Him & Her, were enjoying a complimentary dinner at Bridges Tavern, as part of a “Ladies Eat Free” promotion, the brainchild of previous Bridges owner Meredith Brown. “Each Wednesday in the month of November, Bridges would have a restaurant packed full of ladies,” explains Casey. “We thought, maybe Thornbury business owners could capitalize on this.” So, in its first year, 12 local businesses came on board and Glamapalooza was born. In 2015 there were 25 businesses participating, and over 1000 ladies enjoying a wide variety of events spread out over two days.
November can be a trying month for retailers and Glamapalooza helps to make it a little easier—in fact, some participating businesses report having their best day of the year on Glamapalooza. Thornbury business owners (who are 90% female) have enjoyed an economic boost, posting record sales and offering the ladies who travel from all over Ontario an entire day filled with pre-Christmas pampering and shopping, open houses, special events, live music, workshops and an all-around good time aimed at giving them a day off and a night on the town.
The small but mighty organizing committee consists of Casey and Leslie, as well as Samantha Pollock of Sparrow Blue and Nicole Paara, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations North. This group does everything from event logistics, sponsorships, advertising and more. Glamapalooza has teamed up with the Collingwood G&M Hospital for another year to raise money for their digital mammography unit: a tangible return on investment for women of The Blue Mountains & area.
This year, look forward to Clarksburg joining in the fun, with events at Ironworks, Loft Gallery & Code Red. Lingerie & Lunch, fashion shows and yoga are just a few of the activities you can expect; and Bubbles & Brunch on Friday will keep the party going into the weekend. Of course, no Glamapalooza would be complete without male underwear models dancing in the windows of Evolution Him & Her. The full list of events, activities and updated schedule of events is available at glamapalooza.ca. Dinner reservations are highly recommended.
Participating Restaurants: Bruce Wine Bar, SiSi Woodfire Eatery, The Mill Café, Bridges Tavern, The Corner Bar & Grill, The Dam Pub.
Health & Wellness/Spa Services: Scandinave Spa, Two The Core, Mantra Yoga.
Shopping & other participating businesses: Evolution Him & Her, The Cheese Gallery, Furbelows, Culinary Designs, Adorn II, Cherchez La Femme, C&G Solid Wood Furniture Co., The Loft Gallery, Ironworks, Birch & Benjamin, The Diamond Studio, Nantucket & Co, Thornbury Bakery Cafe, Gaia Boutique, Jessica’s Book Nook, Studio 16.
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Uniquely positioned as Southern Georgian Bay’s Premier Arts & Culture destination, Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre, nestled in downtown Meaford is a stone’s throw from Georgian Bay and adjacent to all amenities in an area well-known for its year-round attractions. A four-season venue, Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre hosts an average of 150 live shows a year in the intimate, fully- restored and historically significant Edwardian-style Opera House.
With the return of cooler temperatures for fall and winter, the Opera House heats up with a full roster of shows to suit many discretions. Live shows for October include the best tribute to the Beatles you’ll see: ONES Beatles #1 Hits, followed by the ever-popular CBC-endorsed Dragons’ Den Meaford, Canadian Celtic pop band Searson, and the charming and hilarious singer/songwriter Steve Poltz. November presents theatre three ways: Dan Needles’ Wingfield’s Progress, Theatre Georgian Bay’s No Chance In Hell and Remembrance Day feature Love & War, presented by Meaford Community Theatre. Juno and Cana- dian Folk Music Award-winner David Francey plays the intimate Opera House for the first time plus don’t miss the shining talent of Chantal Kreviazuk. December plays host to Kids In the Meaford Hall’s annual Christmas play, Alvin & Friends Holiday Show and Sandcastle Theatre’s Peter Pan Panto.
To complete the year, Meaford Hall is pleased to present three very special evenings in celebration of their 10th Anniversary. Straight from Ireland, The Celtic Tenors kick the party off on Dec 1, followed by a sassy Burlesque evening on Dec 2 featuring Lucky Minx and her bevy of tassle-swinging talent. Finishing the party with a bang Dec 3 is Rockin’ The Hall with Chris Scerri, Tyler Yarema, Drew Wright and more! This is a party not-to-be-missed!
With so many reasons to visit, make Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre a must on your “experience” list for South Georgian Bay, and don’t forget to bring your friends and family and create memories at Southern Georgian Bay’s Premier Arts & Culture destination.