Shoppers and shop owners rave about Pink Friday
Grace Lutheran Church serves up knoephla soup, Santa visits local store during busy weekend in DL
DETROIT LAKES — The snow whipped up memories of blizzards from years gone by to kick off Pink Friday. And the next day was followed by unseasonably cold temperatures, but old man winter’s early arrival couldn’t keep area residents from hitting the town.
Sherry Marquardt was out with her sister, and both ladies had their daughters along for the fun shopping affair known as Pink Friday. When the Vergas resident explained what drew her to the shopping event, she did so with a question, “Did someone say, discount?”
Pink Friday had shoppers stop for stamps at 12 downtown stores. After a stamp card was full, it could be entered to win a gift basket. The five winners of the $400 gift baskets were drawn live on Lakes Chic Street group’s Facebook . The group hosts the annual event.
While discounts and shopping are fun, Marquardt’s daughter, Sheree Mickelson said her favorite part of the day was “shopping with mom.”
Liz Pratt of Detroit Lakes and her daughter Emma Pratt noted that prior to the event, they had not been to a few of the stores that were giving stamps on the Pink Friday passports. They added the service at the stores was memorable, attentive and the items in the stores, be it clothing or trinkets, were all treasures.
“It’s been a great experience,” Liz Pratt said.
Shawna Rose, owner of Northbound Girl Apparel and Gift, said the morning started slow “due to the wonderful weather,” but by afternoon the shoppers made their way to the mall. Rose said the support seen with the Pink Friday event was “great.”
Darcy Mortenson, the assistant manager at Glik's, reported they had been busy “all day” until the shoppers took a break around lunchtime, likely to enjoy one of the many restaurants downtown.
Mainstream Boutique is across the street from the mall. Owner Barb Zahasky said the start of the day was slow, but things started to pick up by afternoon. As soon as the words left her lips, the door chimed, and then chimed again as customers entered the store.
Aside from a shopping experience downtown, Grace Lutheran Church along Roosevelt Avenue held its annual Holiday Baazar. Glennis Olson said the turnout was strong in the morning and people returned in the afternoon to get their fill of homemade knoephla soup.
“That is what we are famous for,” Olson said. “We see visitors all the way from Fargo.”
Another popular soup was being served at the Lucky Dog Holiday Open House and silent auction event. The pup palace which offers training and boarding services invited chili chefs to bring their best soups for an annual competition.
Eric Hatle, area manager at Strata Corp in Detroit Lakes, explained his chili has a reputation to uphold, as it has been the winner at the event for three consecutive years.
“With any luck, it’ll be four,” he said.
The recipe is confidential when it comes to spices, but he did divulge that the meat he uses is harvested in the woods during deer hunting season.
“I’ve created the recipe over several years, and this year my daughter got a beautiful buck,” he said.
One more pet-related activity was being held across town at Becker County Pet and Garden. The business teamed up with the Humane Society of the Lakes and Santa to raise some funds for pets waiting for adoption. A cozy nook was set up where pets and their owners could pose for pictures with Santa. The keepsake was provided for a small donation.
Joe and Gloria Schattschneider brought their pup, Calypso, to sit with Santa. While the pup trained for a while to be a service dog, Joe Schattschneider realized that would mean Calypso would need to forego cuddles that some strangers want to show.
“They have to be fully focused, so that’s when we decided to focus on visiting nursing homes instead,” he said, adding there is a good chance Calypso made Santa’s nice list this year.