If you combine shopping, fashion shows, spa services and more shopping, you’ll get a small taste of the inaugural Columbia Women’s Show, starting Friday.
The weekend-long girl’s paradise is much more than a trip to the mall or a drop in at the salon. More than 170 vendors will fill two floors of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
Modeled after the Women’s Show in Greenville, Columbia’s version replaces the Women’s Expo, the lifestyle event formerly held at the Colonial Life Arena.
“People will not just go for an hour,” said Jacqui Bomar, the managing and marketing director for the show. “People will go for many, many hours and probably want to go back for more.”
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Everything from fashion and jewelry to real estate and health care will be represented at the show, in addition to appearances by Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce, HGTV’s Terry Hass and Bravo’s “Pregnant in Heels” star Rosie Pope.
Ever wondered how much your purse actually weighs? Palmetto Health will have a scale ready and will also be teaching women how to do self-breast exams.
If you find you’re getting bogged down with shopping bags, Columbia College and Dermatology of Lexington will be sponsoring complimentary spa services to relieve your weary limbs.
If cooking is your thing, Bi-Lo’s stage will have cooking demonstrations going the whole weekend. USC’s first lady Patricia Moore-Pastides will be showing audience members how to cook with a Mediterranean diet on Friday with the help of a high-end kitchen provided by Ferguson Enterprises.
If you prefer fashion, Saturday will have runway shows from Belk and Handpicked hosted by Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce. Boyce will also be performing and signing autographs.
Of course, for all the frazzled moms in attendance, the highlight of the Women’s Show will be Rosie Pope. (For some, the couponing workshop and the belly dancing will be the best part of the weekend.)
Pope, a guru for stylish moms and moms-to-be, will be sharing her personal and professional success story, as well as her secrets to parenting with style and poise.
“It’s really important to remember that when you look good and feel good you can be a better mom,” Pope said. “Remembering that you’re a role model — and a role model for your kids — will help you enjoy it and embrace it.”
Pope’s popularity has grown tremendously since her show debuted last April. Bomar said that Pope will appeal to a wide variety of women because she is “so approachable and vibrant,” and “teaches women the reality of having kids and still looking stylish.”
You can still apply Pope’s style tips as you peruse racks and racks of clothes. You didn’t forget about the shopping did you? Everything from custom skirts to hair products to homemade soy soap will be on display and ready to take home.
You’ll just have to navigate your way through the 5,000 people who are expected to be at the event.
Ladies, get those elbows ready.