By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Retail | Issue: March 2010
The Claremore Women’s Expo committee spent nearly a year planning for the 5th annual event. (L to R): (Back Row) Cheryl West, Nikie Delperdang, Cindy Bissett, Pam Steffens, (Front Row) Kris Byer, Dell Davis, Denise Lawrence, Jeri Koehler, Peggy Trease and Myrtle Prather.
The ultimate ladies’ day out, the 5th annual Claremore Women’s Expo, returns on Saturday, March 27. This shopping and learning experience that’s all about women will be held at the Claremore Expo Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Claremore Chamber of Commerce and Claremore Main Street have teamed to coordinate this day-long venue designed to provide the products, services and information that women need and want to make their lives more efficient, more productive and happier. There is something valuable for every woman, regardless of her life stage or circumstances: college students and recent graduates, new mothers, career women, single women, newlyweds, brides-to-be, empty nesters and retirees.
According to Dell Davis, president of the Claremore Chamber of Commerce, this year’s expo will strongly emphasize education and information. Scheduled seminars include car care, staging your home for sale, caring for aging parents and landing the job you want.
Other topics cover wealth management, health and wellness, and home organization. Some teach new skills, such as the CPR class offered by Emergency Management Services, while others make the most of existing skills. Celebrity chefs from local restaurants and culinary arts programs will offer cooking demonstrations and healthful recipes that are quick and easy to make.
Sarah Roe, the 918 Coupon Queen, will be at the Claremore Women’s Expo presenting a seminar based on her recently published book, “The Power of Coupons: 13 Ways to Save.”
Cindy Bissett, director of Claremore Main Street, says the number of seminars have been expanded by popular request. “Ladies who attended past shows have made comments like, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a seminar on this subject?’ Now we’ll have more presentations to address those needs. We are very excited to have Sarah Roe, the 918 Coupon Queen, presenting a seminar based on her book, ‘The Power of Coupons: 13 Ways to Save.’”
“We want every woman to feel a sense of empowerment,” adds Dell. So many women work full time these days, in addition to managing their families and households. They have precious little time. “A lady can take away a new idea and put it to work immediately,” says Dell, “such as tips and tricks to give your home a fresh new look without spending a lot of money.” In this tight economy, many of the presentations will focus on maximizing all resources to get effective results.
And of course a ladies’ event wouldn’t be complete without lots of shopping to enjoy. Vendors from many women-owned businesses will feature arts and crafts, body products, home items and gifts. Some items will be one of a kind, made just for this show.
Admission for the day of shopping, learning, sampling and fun is $3 per person. With a donation of a nonperishable food item to go to a local food pantry, admission is only $1. Parking is plentiful and free at the Expo Center, located at 400 Veterans Parkway in Claremore.
The first 1,000 ladies will receive an eco-reusable shopping bag. Vendors will be giving away a variety of free samples, including Walgreen's, Avon, Merle Norman Cosmetics and Steve's Saturday Store, to name a few. Other samples will be distributed at the exhibitor booths. Drawings will be held throughout the day for door prizes.
Major sponsors of the Claremore Women’s Expo are Claremore Regional Hospital and the Healthy Woman program, RCB Bank and Walmart. A schedule of seminars will be available on the Claremore Chamber and Claremore Main Street websites, www.claremore.org and www.downtownclaremore.org. For more information or booth availability, call the Claremore Chamber at (918) 341-2818 or Claremore Main Street at (918) 341-5881.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.