Retail Therapy is an event where people can shop in various districts of Tacoma and 20% of the proceeds from the retailers comes back to support the Broadway Center for Performing Arts. The artists that will be selling their pieces at the event will also donate 20% of their proceeds to the Humane Society. Artistic Plastic Surgery, Umpqua Bank, and London Couture are sponsors of this event.
Retail Therapy takes place Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 9 am at the Harmon Brewery Restaurant in Tacoma. The attendees will have an orientation and continental breakfast. Attendees will receive a “swag bag” which is a bag of coupons and special offers that businesses in the area have donated for the cause. Tickets for the event are $75 and transportation to and from the various districts to shop in Tacoma is included, continental breakfast, champagne on the bus, lunch buffet, fashion show by London Couture, and the swag bag. People can register for the event up until Friday, September 21, 2012.
The various districts attendees will be able to shop include: University District, Sixth Avenue District, and Proctor District. Attendees will also visit Opera Alley in Tacoma, where a full street fair consisting of over 40 artists and vendors will have their art for sale. A complimentary lunch buffet and fashion show by London Couture will then take place here as well. “Shop til you Drop in Opera Alley” was the birth of the Retail Therapy event. This is the first year of “Shop til you Drop”. Attendees will have first dibs on the items for sale from 11 am to 1 pm, before it is open to the public from 1 pm to 6 pm.
Jane Bell, development manager for the Broadway Center for Performing Arts, explained the purpose and details of the event: “It involves and gives many businesses exposure and support, which is really the heart and mission of Retail Therapy. It is a fundraiser; we don’t get a whole lot and what we do get back, helps with expenses for food and champagne for the event. We are expecting 75 to 100 shoppers this year and every year our attendance has increased. This is our third year of Retail Therapy. Some women come every single year. It’s really become a fun way to support local businesses and for people to discover new stores. We do two other fundraisers throughout the year for the YWCA during Valentine’s Day and in December. We are constantly looking for ways to partner with other organizations. It’s just something we can up with internally here at the Broadway Center.”
Jane commented about the event: “Personally it gives me a big sense of pride to be able to help all local businesses since a lot of them are struggling in this economy, some opening and some closing. Just to know that we’re out there helping them in this way and plus people out there having fun. It’s just a win-win for everyone. It’s a big sense of pride for me. We’re very proud of the Broadway Performing Arts Center and just being able to support them.”
When asked who she recommended participate in the event, Jane replied, “Anyone that likes to shop and support local businesses and those looking ahead towards Christmas. Christmas is almost around the corner and it’s not too early to get out your Christmas list.”
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com