According to American Express, for every $100 spent locally, $68 goes back directly into the community. Makes the idea of fighting traffic at the mall sound even more barfy, right? Good thing you can catch a peep of all the must-have items from local downtown boutiques on Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Wish Fashion Show. Hosted by Ella's Room and Haute Catwalk, the fashion show will take place at Reef and feature assorted items from American Clothing Gallery, Barbara and Barbara Co., Piece Unique, Shoez, Idaho Indie Works, Belle Boutique, Helly Hansen, Ella's Room and Shoe Fetish.
"I think with Macy's being gone, it's really important to have some awareness for the downtown stores to keep people out of the mall, supporting the locals," said Ella's Room owner Denise Joy.
Before the fashion show, the event will feature a performance by the Red Light Variety Show at 6:45 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
"We will have an emcee explaining what's going on, and then somebody from Make-A-Wish will get up and speak about their foundation and the little girl named Hope that they're featuring," said Joy.
A suggested donation of $5 or an unwrapped toy for a child between the ages of two and 18 will get you in the door beginning at 5:30 p.m.