Boulder Mayor Susan Osborne & Miss Colorado USA Blair Griffith Help Downtown Boulder Celebrate Fashion’s Night Out

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Boulder Mayor Susan Osborne & Miss Colorado USA Blair Griffith Help Downtown Boulder Celebrate Fashion’s Night Out
Mayor Osborne issues proclamation declaring September 8th officially Fashion’s Night Out in Downtown Boulder while Blair Griffith joins the kick off celebration

[Boulder, CO] August 29, 2011 – On the evening of September 8, Downtown Boulder proudly joins over 250 U.S. cities and 16 international cities around the globe for Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) - the third year of this unprecedented global initiative. Today, Boulder Mayor Susan Osborne issued an official proclamation on behalf of Downtown Boulder’s event. “We are very excited to receive the proclamation from Mayor Osborne,” said Anna Salim, event manager for Downtown Boulder. “All of the participating businesses have been working hard to ensure the success of FNO. It means a great deal to all of us to have the encouragement and support of the city.”

Fashion’s Night Out festivities in the downtown district kick off at 6 p.m. in front of the County Courthouse on the Pearl Street Mall (1300 block) with a “flash” of excitement led by Alchemy of Movement followed by a not-to-be-missed event paying tribute to the fashion industry while highlighting several of the trendy, upscale businesses that make up the downtown landscape. Blair Griffith, Miss Colorado USA will make a special appearance during the kickoff and also be available for a meet and greet / autograph session immediately following. (During her reign as Miss Colorado USA, Griffith has had the opportunity to travel across the country and appear on national media outlets, including The Today Show and 20/20, speaking out about homelessness in our country.)
Following the kickoff celebration, 16 businesses will host official FNO events. Attendees will enjoy everything from fashion shows, live music and DJs to food & wine, trunk shows and amazing giveaways & gifts with purchase. Restaurants and other downtown businesses are also rolling out their red carpets to help transform Downtown Boulder into a fashion wonderland. This year’s FNO official participants include: Art+Soul, Barbara & Company, Buffalo Exchange, Chelesa, Common Era, Lilli, Pedestrian Shops, Savvy on Pearl, Starr’s Clothing, Steve Madden, The Ritz, Topo Ranch, Twig Hair Salon, Two Sole Sisters, Violette & Weekends. For updates and details about these happenings and more, visit and on Facebook at The BE Life, acclaimed dance troop will also entertain attendees on the Pearl Street Mall and other locations around downtown throughout the evening.

“The excitement around FNO seems to be gaining momentum daily,” said Sean Maher, Downtown Boulder’s executive director. “Participating businesses jumped at the chance to be a part of this global initiative that celebrates fashion and is meant to boost the local economy. This is the first time several businesses in our district have come together for an after-hour event in such a large magnitude. We are expecting a great night of shopping and fun to be had by all and invite people from all over Colorado to come celebrate here with us.”

About Downtown Boulder, Inc. (DBI) Downtown Boulder, Incorporated (DBI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to continued preservation and enhancement of Downtown Boulder as the heart of the greater Boulder community. We work to maintain downtown as the center of commerce, government, culture, and leisure. DBI members support the overall vitality of downtown through public advocacy, political involvement, and community events that enhance the Boulder experience for residents and visitors. Membership in Downtown Boulder, Incorporated (DBI) is voluntary and open to any interested person or organization. (

About Fashion’s Night Out Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) is an unprecedented global initiative originally created in 2009 to celebrate fashion, restore consumer confidence, and boost the industry’s economy during the recession. On September 8, 2011, in response to overwhelming demand, Fashion’s Night Out will return to New York City and over 100 cities nationwide to highlight fashion and support retail with exciting events that include designer appearances, celebrity guests, fashion shows and musical performances. In the United States, the program is a collaboration between American Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, NYC & Company, and the City of New York. For more information visit, or join us on Facebook and Twitter (@fnonyc, #FNO)

About Blair Griffith
Blair Adair Griffith was crowned Miss Colorado USA 2011 on her fourth attempt for the title. It has been her dream and goal to win the title since she grew up watching the Miss USA pageant on television with her dad. She represented the state of Colorado at the nationally televised Miss USA pageant this past June. Blair is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from The Art Institute of Colorado where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Retail Management during which time she became a member of the Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society. Blair hopes to inspire others to focus on the good in everyday life and to stay focused on their dreams and goals. Blair knows that despite all of the bad things that can happen, having an optimistic attitude can truly motivate you to continue on.


Contacts: Downtown Boulder, Incorporated - Terri Takata-Smith, Director of Marketing & Communications | 303.449.3774 (office) | 303.725.1421 (cell) Anna Salim, Event Manager Downtown Boulder, Incorporated | 303.449.3774 (office)