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Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Emma Jirele shows off one of the "Sassy Saturday" promotional bags at Johnson Jewelry in Worthington.

Set to shop? Sassy Saturday should suit

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WORTHINGTON -- Women of Worthington will be wowed by the shopping possibilities that await them this coming weekend.

That's the hope of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce's Retail Committee, which has coordinated its first-ever Sassy Saturday event. Scheduled for this Saturday at multiple locations around Worthington, the event will include a variety of activities and -- of course -- no shortage of good deals for shoppers.

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"Hopefully this will be a good early kick start to the holiday shopping season," said Johnson Jewelry employee Cheryl Fornoff, a committee member. "We're also hoping this year will be really successful and something we can make an annual event. A lot of people have already been commenting about it, and it looks like it's going to be a pretty good turnout."

Johnson Jewelry is providing free goodie gift bags to the first 200 shoppers arriving at the 10 a.m. Saturday kickoff event at Northland Mall. The bag includes a pink and black boa as well as items and coupons from numerous local businesses.

"We're doing pink because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month," Fornoff said. "And, 25 percent of the costs of the bag and the tissue (inside) went to breast cancer research."

Also available at 10 a.m. Saturday at the mall will be scavenger hunt sheets that will guide shoppers into 15 Worthington businesses, as they attempt to determine which item on the clue sheet correspondents to the correct business. Participants will have the opportunity to win an iPad or Worthington Chamber Checks.

Another event slated to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the mall is a style show featuring apparel from participating businesses including jcpenney, Tara's Sewing Shop, The Stag and Runnings. The show will take place in the hall in front of Penney's.

"We're expecting a couple of hundred women at least to attend, so it should take up the entire hall," jcpenney Store Leader Deb Steinle said. "It will feature different women's fashion, some men's fashion ... some fashions for the family. I'm thinking we'll have about 20 models."

While some Worthington businesses will open before 10 a.m., the Northland Mall events at the same time represent a more formal start to the day's activities. Also on the docket are an 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. lunch sponsored by Avera Medical Group Worthington ($5 lunch coupons will be in the goodie bags), a 3 p.m. free zumba class with Amy Roesner at Northland Mall and a 4 p.m. scavenger hunt grand prize drawing at the mall (winner must be present to win).

Students from the Avalon School of Cosmetology will also be doing hair at the style show and free nail polishings at participating businesses during the day.

Steinle is confident that Sassy Saturday will prove to be a popular event across Worthington.

"As a member of the retail committee, we had been talking about events we could do for women --while the men were out hunting or whatever," Steinle said. "But this is really for whoever enjoys shopping, as well as the activities that are also part of the event.

"I'm really excited about it, and a lot of businesses ... have gotten together for it. It seems to have drawn a lot of excitement."

At Johnson Jewelry, customers who spend certain amounts of money on Sassy Saturday will receive free items, Fornoff said. Other participating businesses are coordinating similar specials of their own, she added.

"It's going to a fun day to spend with the girls and go shopping," Fornoff said.

Sanford Worthington and Avera Medical Group Worthington are both major sponsors of Sassy Saturday. Businesses participating in the scavenger hunt component of the event are Center Sports, Shear Expressions, Lit'l Wizards, Pizza Ranch, The Stag, JC Penney, Runnings, Da Lon Diamonds, Sterling, Schafer's Health & Gifts, Tara's Sewing Shop, maurices, Johnson Jewelry, Jaycox Implement and Hy-Vee.

Daily Globe Managing Editor Ryan McGaughey may be reached at

376-7320.

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Ryan McGaughey
I first joined the Daily Globe in April 2001 as sports editor. I later became the news editor in November 2002, and the managing editor in August 2006. I'm originally from New York State, and am married with two children.
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