Once a fictitious holiday from a popular sitcom, Galentine’s Day has become a widely celebrated pre-Valentine’s celebration for women everywhere.
Thursday is Galentine’s Day, a holiday founded by Amy Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, in an episode of “Parks and Recreation” as a day for “ladies celebrating ladies.” The Feb. 13 event has taken off in real life since the episode’s original airing in 2010. This year, both the Young Executives for Success and Pinot’s Palette in the Short North Arts District will join in the fun.
“Galentine’s Day, to me, is a celebration of the special women that you have in your life,” Stephanie Noel, owner of Pinot’s Palette, said. “That could be friends, family, people who have made a difference in your life.”
Pinot’s Palette is a national chain of paint and sip studios, where guests can take a painting class with friends and enjoy a glass of wine. The Short North location opened its doors Thursday.
“One of the goals that I’ve had in Pinot’s Palette as a whole is creating an environment where people can connect, where they can put their phones down for a little bit and unwind and do something together, create some memories together,” Noel said. “And so just like all of our other events, Galentine’s Day allows people to come together and celebrate each other and just spend time together in the moment.”
Young Executives for Success, like Pinot’s Palette, will give Galentine’s Day guests a place to connect with other women, but with a chance to give back.
YES, a local nonprofit organization, holds events year-round in support of Dress for Success, an international not-for-profit organization that aims to encourage women in the workplace and on job quests by providing professional attire and career advice. YES will be hosting a Galentine’s Day celebration at Dress for Success.
“At this event, we’re gonna be creating little cards to give to them with their outfits that they pick out at the boutique, and they’re just designed to be little motivational, empowerment cards that they can take with them to kind of build confidence as they get out and endeavor in their new careers,” Erin Hackett, president of YES Columbus, said.
Hackett said she hopes those attending leave the event one step closer to finding their dream career.
“One connection might be the connection that you need to build your business or to get your dream job or whatever it is, and so if we can make one meaningful connection at this event, that would be a good takeaway from us,” Hackett said.
Pinot’s Palette is located at 691 N. High St. Its Galentine’s event, “Paris in the Moonlight,” begins at 6:30 p.m. and costs $35 to attend. Guests can register at pinotspalette.com/shortnorth.
Young Executives for Success’ event begins at 6 p.m. at 1204 N. High St., and a donation of $10 is suggested. Registration is available at yes.dfscmh.org/event/galentines-day, and light refreshments will be available.