Well, it was a slow night in sports, so your intrepid sports reporter decided to venture down to Suite Six Bar & Lounge in downtown St. Petersburg Thurs., July 26, to check out the Fashion Forward event hosted by Doug Hensel, aka Dougie Fresh.
Yes, I know, fashion isn't exactly my forte. But it sounded like a pretty cool deal and considering Hensel puts on some entertaining events (there was some beach-themed event earlier this month that featured a whole lotta sand covering the entire dance floor and a plethora of water guns), I decided to go.
Fashion is always on the cutting edge and St. Petersburg has gradually grown into a pretty hip place with a menagerie of nightclubs and bars throughout the downtown area. Suite Six is one of those trendy places, taking elements from New York City and Miami.
The Fashion Forward event basically is a way to bring local boutiques, apparel stores and spa-type places together in a relaxed, fashionable setting where they can mingle with patrons and do their best to network and connect.
“It’s a way to support local businesses and give them an opportunity to connect with the customer in a different kind of way in a relaxed type of setting,” said Doug Hensel, co-owner of Suite Six.
Hensel did a similar thing from a business standpoint last week with the Red Carpet Mondays group to help people network in their particular industry.
Owners or general managers from four local businesses were in attendance at Thursday’s event, including All Sewn Up Boutique, Bentley’s Boutique, Eugene Woods and Planet Beach Contempo Spa.
Guests were greeted with champagne and were treated to spa-type treatment by the ladies from Planet Beach. Several of the patrons also were given an opportunity to showcase the boutique’s clothing in a model show.
Hensel anticipates putting on the event once a month on a still-to-be-determined Thursday.
A raffle drawing capped the night with several guests winning apparel from the boutique stores, services from the spa or other trendy places around the Bay.
Unfortunately, yours truly didn't win anything because the raffle was reserved for ladies. Shoot, because I heard there is a nifty Red Light Therapy treatment at Planet Beach that will dramatically improve the quality of my skin. Well, maybe I can persuade Hensel to include men next time in the drawing.