Fashion Friday Press Release

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 12 – Fashion Friday, a collaborative effort to celebrate fashion, support shopping and highlight local businesses, will be held in downtown Cape Girardeau on Friday, May 3.

Participating retail stores downtown will provide discounts and giveaways and will feature mini-events including live mannequins, photographers, jewelry design presentations, local fashion designer showcases, and much more. The current lineup of Fashion Friday retailers includes Pastimes Antiques, Stash, Somewhere in Time Antiques, Reruns, Annie Laurie’s Antiques, C.P. McGinty Jewelers, Philanthropy, and Sloan + Themis. Fashion Friday events begin at open of business and last until 5 pm with some stores extending their mini-events into the evening.


Fashion Friday Event Director, Jory Rapps, is a Southeast Missouri State University senior majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Fashion Merchandising, Business, and Interior Design. Fashion Friday is the culmination of Rapps’ independent study with Dr. Erin Fluegge Woolf, professor of management in the Harrison College of Business and faculty fellow of the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Southeast Missouri State University. Sponsored by Velosity Electronics and supported by and the CIE, Fashion Friday is the first event of its kind in Cape Girardeau.


Rapps’ inspiration for the event came from VOGUE Fashion’s Night Out, launched as a celebration of shopping designed to stimulate the economy. Rapps participated in Fashion’s Night Out 2011 in New York City while interning for the fashion label Donna Karan. During his time in New York, Rapps worked with fashion designers, retailers, buyers, photographers, models, and countless others and has since wanted to bring excitement from the streets of New York City to Cape Girardeau.


Additional details about Fashion Friday including times, locations, and mini-event features can be found by visiting Participants are encouraged but not required to RSVP at, and all are welcome to follow the event at #fashionfridaycape on Twitter.


All events are free and open to the public. For more information, including how to participate as a store, visit; contact the Event Director, Jory Rapps at (347) 871-5679 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or contact Dr. Erin Fluegge Woolf at (573) 651-2090 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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