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A Girl's Night Out for Shopping

A Girl's Night Out for Shopping

A San Francisco company called Appel & Frank wants to turn shopping into a party. Much like designer flea markets, Appel & Frank's quarterly shopping events bring together dozens of local designers for a night of eating, drinking, primping, and, of course, buying. The company was founded in 2003 by childhood friends Karen Appel and Jody Frank, who wanted to give women a new kind of girl's night out.

For each event, Appel & Frank rents out a space, then invites local merchants to set up booths peddling clothing, handbags, jewelry, baby clothes, stationery, and other gifts. Guests pay $10 to get in, which gets them a free cocktail, cheap finger food (last time it was amazingly delish sushi), and complimentary beauty treatments from the likes of Benefit Cosmetics and Bliss Spa. It's a helluva lot more fun than shopping at a mall, and you get to support local artisans to boot. So far, Appel & Frank has only hosted events in the Bay Area, but by next year, it plans to roll out to other West Coast cities. The company also just launched a shopping event especially for moms, called Babes and Babies, the first of which will be held in San Francisco Sept. 30.

Photos by Terri Loewenthal

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sarabel sarabel 10 years
isn't this the exact same thing as Shecky's girls night out? Seems like this is more of a knock off than an original idea.
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
This looks like a blast! teddybear - I think they mean the San Francisco bay area.
teddybear teddybear 10 years
That sounds like so much fun. I got goosebumps just reading it. I just moved to Maryland and was wondering if this is the bay area? Does anyone know? Please tell me so I can shop if that place is here.
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
It sounds fun.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 10 years
Funny fun! Im a believer in the power of BAMZS!
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
It does I would love to attend one of these! :-)
blOndiE7 blOndiE7 10 years
yea that does look like fuuuun
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 10 years
This looks like a ton of fun.
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
course I cannot complain I have an oppurtunity to actually make a friend but Im really raelly scared lol
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
must be nice for people who say actually have friends....
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