Karen Schuette, right, of Clarklake is very happy with her purchase of this designer, anti-bacteria towel from Amber Pieh, left, of Jackson who was selling Norwex products at the Women’s Expo. In the center is Schuette’s friend, Sharon McLear of Brooklyn.
By John Hummer – Exponent staff writer
A free drink.
Lots of other women to socialize with.
Oodles of stuff to buy.
Not many men around.
Does it get any better for women? Most would probably agree it doesn’t.
That was the stage for the first Women’s Expo held Saturday at Clark Lake Golf Course and Domenick’s Restaurant. Thirty vendors ranging from health products to candles to jewelry to Pure Romance products and much more lined the walls and interior of the business’s meeting rooms.
Heather Ely is the event coordinator at the business.
“Everyone is getting cabin fever, we’re starting to get nice days, and everyone wants to get out,” she said. “Let the women get out and do something fun for themselves and pamper themselves a little. It was a great day for it. People seemed to have a really good time.
“I also wanted the vendors to network with other people in the area and get their names out to other vendors as well.”
Avis Malynick came from Tecumseh to take in the event.
“We love the area, women’s health services, all the promotions and features, and all the fun things to do,” she said. “It gives you an opportunity with all the different vendors to see what’s going on in the community and what products are locally made. You always want to support your local businesses.”
Bonnie Kennedy of Lake Columbia came out for something fun and different to do. She was particularly interested in checking out the Pampered Chef booth.
“I’m a gadget queen,” she said laughingly.
Spencer and Rachel Touchette of Michigan Center were there with their business Lula Roe in the Wild. The business specializes in women’s and children’s clothing.
“Most of our sales are online but we’re trying to get out and get more personal,” said Spencer. The couple does showings in their home or yours.
“We’re known for our super buttery soft leggings,” added Rachel.
The couple also incorporates fundraising for good causes with their sales by donating a percentage of every sale. They recently held a fundraising sale for Youth Haven Ranch that serves underprivileged youth.
“We donated $100 to them,” Rachel said. “We kind of enjoy giving back,” Spencer added.
Carlie Connolly, who helped organize the Spencer’s fundraiser, was home from college for the weekend and came to check out the Expo.
“I just wanted to see all the great things that are offered around the community,” she said.
Stacy Lichtenwald, originally from Brooklyn who now resides in Ohio, and colleague Matt Peters were selling LeVel health and wellness premium nutrition supplements.
“They’re designed to provide the vitamins and nutrients your body is missing on a daily basis – things you can’t make up with even a moderately balanced diet,” Peters said.
Amber Pieh of Jackson was at the Expo selling Norwex products which help people clean their homes chemically free. Among her wares, she had designer towels and wash cloths available for purchase.
“They’re all lined with silver to keep bacteria from growing,” she said.
Robin VerCande, a psychic from Jackson, was providing Crystal Ball Readings by Robin. She is also a minister at the Corinthian Spiritual Center in Jackson.
Janine Chapman of Addison was found visiting December Ross’s Pure Romance booth. She was checking out an Afterglow illuminating syrum – a lotion with glitter.
“It moisturizes and shimmers,” she said. “You have to feel confident and sexy to be confident and sexy.”
Ross has been selling Pure Romance products for six years.
“We do in-home parties for women, bachelorette parties, and birthday parties” she said. “It keeps the love life alive.”
Lorraine Forgione, co-owner of Clark Lake Golf Course and Domenick’s Restaurant, and her daughter Rosanne Forgione helped pull the event together as well.
“It gave us a little bit more exposure,” Lorraine said. She also mentioned that the restaurant introduced sushi to Expo patrons made by a Japanese chef they brought in for the day.
“We’ll have it on our menu certain days of the week,” she said.
Rosanne, who made the trip up from her home in Tennessee to help with the event, was very pleased with the Expo.
“For the first time I think it went pretty well,” she said. “We hoped to attract people from the area realizing we’re open year-round and not just for golf season.”
Ely agreed it was a great event.
“We definitely plan to make it an annual event,” she said.