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      Ladies' Night kicks off in Traverse City

      Thursday night women will be out in full force for the annual Ladies' Night in Traverse City.

      A night dedicated to all the girls, it's an evening full of free hors d'oeuvres and wine, give-aways, and live music.

      The majority of stores all along Front Street and throughout downtown offer spectacular deals - and many restaurants have extended happy hours and food deals.

      Organizers say it makes shopping a lot more fun and helps local businesses.

      "Ladies' Night and Men's Night are a big economic boost for local businesses downtown," said Colleen Paveglio, the Marketing Director at the TC Downtown Development Authority. "They're all open late and bring a lot of people downtown - we would say a couple thousand people downtown - for shopping tonight, so they do well."

      Ladies' Night is from 5pm-9pm Thursday night.

      Men's Night will take place Thursday, December 19.