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Pretty Stick wants to party

One Bainbridge beauty store wants to party, but it needs the island's help to get it in the bag.

Pretty Stick is in the running to be the winning location for the next Harvey's Original Seatbeltbags release party.

The health and beauty store, located in the Winslow Mall, is up against 54 stores across the nation that are all vying to be the spotlight choice for the release of the next limited edition Harvey's handbag.

Harvey's bags are constructed from seatbelts, the same straps that keeps passengers safe while riding in cars. The company began when husband and wife Dana and Melanie Harvey made a purse to match a restored 1950s Buick. Since then, the popularity of the bags has grown.

The company releases limited edition bags a couple times each year, and release parties are held at one of the retailers that sell the bags.

Pretty Stick wants to be the party location this time around.

"Usually there is live music, and there is fancy food," said Josh Bortman, co-owner of Pretty Stick. "It's an all-day shopping party."

But beyond the party, the shoppers that the event pulls in are rather passionate about the bags.

"Women from all around the country fly in for them," Bortman said. "They will wait in line outside the store to be sure to get one."

To win the honor of being the next Harvey's party hot spot, Pretty Stick must receive the most votes via a poll found on the Harvey's Seatbeltbags Facebook page.

If they win, enthusiastic, and fashionable, shoppers will likely descend upon downtown Winslow for a handbag fest.

"It would bring a group of people who shop as a pastime to the island," Bortman said.

"It would be really cool for downtown to have this infusion of people who shop for sport," he added. "And it would be fun for us to throw a party."

To help pack the ballot box, Pretty Stick is also running its own contest for islanders. Those who get their friends to vote in the poll, and then mention them in a Facebook post, will be included in a drawing July 31. The winner will receive a free Harvey's Seatbeltbag.

Instructions on how to vote, and enter the handbag giveaway, are posted on the Pretty Stick Facebook page.

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