MUSCATINE, Iowa–After a winter spent largely at home, people across the county eagerly look forward to events scheduled for this spring and summer, even if they continue to require social distancing and other public health measures because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On April 10, downtown Muscatine businesses, the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and sponsors Bayer, Beckey Insurance, Bush Construction, CBI Bank & Trust, GSTC Logistics, HNI Corporation, Kent Corporation, Krieger’s of Muscatine, Muscatine Downtown Investors, Retirement Resource Group, Stanley Consultants, UnityPoint Trinity Muscatine Hospital, Feather Your Nest, the Hall Tree Boutique, Massage FIT, and Red & Lee Vintage, look forward to providing one of the first major events of the spring, the 11th Annual Girls Getaway.
To welcome participants to downtown Muscatine, the Girls Getaway will start with a mimosa brunch in the Merrill Hotel grand ballroom prepared by their executive chief, Tessa Crookshanks. Guests who register by April 3 will also receive a free swag bag full of discounts for the day, information on special happenings going on throughout downtown, and more. Participants will also have opportunities to win door prizes donated by a number of local businesses. Following brunch, the Hall Tree Boutique will treat everyone to a style show, previewing the clothing they will have for sale over the weekend. For the rest of the day, attendees can take their time strolling through downtown, shopping and dining at local establishments, and checking out some of the fun activities local businesses have planned.
In order to keep attendees as safe as possible, Girls Getaway organizers will provide free masks and hand sanitizer to anyone who needs them, and will spread the opening brunch and style show out across the whole grand ballroom. Throughout the day, business owners will keep track of the number of people in their shops and make sure they do not grow too crowded. They will also let guests know their individual mask policies.
After having to cancel last year’s Girls Getaway, Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Marketing and Events Coordinator Dena Ferreira hopes the event will attract many people. “This is a wonderful event to encourage people to shop local and see the variety of retail stores and restaurants in Downtown Muscatine,” she emphasized. “When an event such as Girls Getaway is successful, it allows us to plan more fun events to help support the community–many will be surprised by the new and updated shops if they haven’t been downtown in awhile,” she added.
If you would like to enjoy a weekend out at the Girls Getaway, you may take advantage of early bird registration online through April 3, regular registration online through April 9, or at the door April 10. Ferreira encourages you to also check out the Downtown Muscatine Facebook page for an updated list of participating businesses.