Shoppers and shopkeepers rave about Pink Friday – Detroit Lakes Tribune

DETROIT LAKES – The snow brought back memories of blizzards from years past to herald Pink Friday. And the next day was followed by unseasonably cold temperatures, but the early arrival of old winter couldn’t stop local residents from coming to town.

Sherry Marquardt was out with her sister and both ladies had their daughters with them for the fun shopping affair called Pink Friday. When the Vergas resident explained what drew her to the shopping event, she did so with one question, “Did anyone say discount?”

On Pink Friday, shoppers stopped at 12 downtown stores to buy stamps. After a stamp card was full, a gift basket could be won from it. The five winners of the $400 gift baskets were drawn live on the Lakes Chic Street group’s Facebook page. The group hosts the annual event.

While discounts and shopping are fun, Marquardt’s daughter, Sheree Mickelson, said her favorite part of the day is “shopping with mom.”

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Pink Friday was created by the Lakes Chic Street group. The group of downtown Detroit Lakes business owners invited merchants to attend a shopping event aimed at promoting downtown shopping and introducing new customers to the goods available.

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Detroit Lakes’ Liz Pratt and her daughter Emma Pratt noted that they hadn’t been to some of the shops that put stamps on Pink Friday passes prior to the event. They added that the service in the stores was memorable and attentive, and the items in the stores, be they clothing or jewelry, were all treasures.

“It was a great experience,” said Liz Pratt.

Shawna Rose, owner of Northbound Girl Apparel and Gift, said the morning got off to a slow start “because of the wonderful weather,” but by the afternoon shoppers were making their way to the mall. Rose said the support at the Pink Friday event was “amazing”.

Darcy Mortenson, Glik’s assistant manager, said they were busy “all day” until shoppers took a break around lunchtime, probably to visit one of the many restaurants downtown.

The Mainstream Boutique is located opposite the mall. Owner Barb Zahasky said the day had started off slowly, but things picked up in the afternoon. As soon as the words left her lips, the doorbell rang, then rang again as customers entered the store.

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Glennis Olson (right) and Becky Esser were two of the many volunteers who made Grace Lutheran Church’s Holiday Baazar a success.

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Aside from a downtown shopping experience, the Grace Lutheran Church along Roosevelt Avenue hosted its annual Holiday Baazar. Glennis Olson said turnout was strong in the morning and people returned in the afternoon to fill up on homemade knöphla soup.

“That’s what we’re famous for,” Olson said. “We see visitors all the way from Fargo.”

Another popular soup was served at the Lucky Dog Holiday Open House and Silent Auction event. The Puppy Palace, which provides training and catering services, invited chili chefs to bring in their best soups for an annual competition.

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Pelican Rapids’ Brenda Halbakken served Eric Hatle’s Wild Chili Cookoff during the Holiday Open House Chili Cookoff.

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Eric Hatle, area manager at Strata Corp in Detroit Lakes, said his chili has a good reputation, having been the event’s winner three years in a row.

“With any luck there will be four,” he said.

The recipe is confidential when it comes to spices, but he has revealed that the meat he uses is harvested in the woods during deer hunting season.

“I developed the recipe over several years, and this year my daughter got a nice buck,” he said.

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The Becker County Sheriff’s Office K9, Durman, got into the Christmas spirit and snapped a photo with Santa at the Becker Pet and Garden. His supervisor, Ben Bruce, revealed that Durman had asked Santa for a new toy.

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Another pet-related activity took place across the city at the Becker County Pet and Garden. The company partnered with the Humane Society of the Lakes and Santa to raise funds for pets awaiting adoption. A cozy corner was set up for pets and their owners to pose for photos with Santa. The souvenir was made available for a small donation.

Joe and Gloria Schattschneider brought their puppy Calypso to sit with Santa. While the pup was being trained to be a service dog for a time, Joe Schattschneider realized that Calypso would have to forgo the pats that some strangers might want to show.

“You need to be fully focused, so we decided to focus on visiting nursing homes instead,” he said, adding that there’s a good chance Calypso made Santa’s nice list this year .

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Calypso, Joe and Gloria Schattschneider’s pup, sat with Santa for a photo at Becker Pet and Garden. She recently took her parents on a trip down the Mississippi River while riding a Goldwing.

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Signs in Washington Square Mall reinforced the playful attitude of shoppers during Pink Friday. Pink Friday encourages downtown shopping with a unique opportunity to win gift baskets.

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Grace Lutheran Church along Roosevelt Avenue held their annual Holiday Baazar and served up lots of Knoephla soup.

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