About 2013 Charleston’s Women’s Show

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

It’s never too soon to plan a party, and preparation for the 2013 Charleston’s Women’s Show is underway as we speak. This year’s Show will happen the weekend of February 9th and 10th at the Omar Shrine Center of Mount Pleasant, which was a hit in 2012 for good reasons.

“You can make anything happen here,” said Jamie Lewis, the event planner for Omar Shrine. “We’re a blank canvas. We also have the advantages of a location beside the Ravenel Bridge, plenty of parking, and easy load-in for the vendors.”

The Charleston’s Women’s Show addresses not only leisure but also business that is driven by women.

“I personally have never lived in an area that is so driven by women in business,” said Lewis. “I think that the success of the women’s show is largely due to how the Lowcountry area, Mount Pleasant in particular, caters to women’s sensibilities and tastes.”

Vendors and attendees who attended 2012’s show are enthusiastic about how the inaugural year went, and look forward to the next one.

“I heard nothing but positive reviews from the attendees and vendors regarding last year,” remarked Lewis. “A couple of people from out of town said it was worth the drive.”

Gail Mattix, a Charleston resident, spent the day in Mount Pleasant with a few girlfriends enjoying the event.

“We loved it,” she raved. “Everything was relevant to what women are interested in. There was fashion, food, medicine… my friends and I even ended up joining a women’s kayaking club, thanks to networking with some members. We go kayaking all the time now.”

One of the 2012 highlights was the Extreme Makeover Challenge; beauty seemed to be one of the main themes of the weekend.

“We participated in the Extreme Makeover Challenge,” said Kira Caudill of Vanity Salon in Mount Pleasant. “And it was really cool to see everyone’s hard work come together. Vanity Salon did the hair and makeup for the fashion show as well. At our booth we offered complementary makeup airbrushing, which is perfect for brides and portraits. It makes you look flawless.”

As far as the shopping, the Charleston Women’s show featured a great deal of local and regional artists and designers, showcasing their wares. Cheryl Lane, a Mount Pleasant resident who crafts her own jewelry, enjoyed the opportunity to meet other artists.

“I liked that there were a lot of local people who design their own goods and accessories,” she said. “Charleston is a place that thrives on that local flair.”

Like 2012, the 2013 Women’s Show will be a combination of boutique shopping, health, networking opportunities, and other fun-filled, interactive activities for ladies such as chocolate tastings, cooking demonstrations and group performances. The excitement is building for those who look forward to coming–both vendors and guests. This year’s show will be promoted by ABC Channel 4.

“I am so excited to be part of the Charleston’s Women’s Show this year,” said Jodi Harter, show director. “What’s more fun than shopping and eating chocolate with your girlfriends? I suspect I’m going to have a tough time remembering that it’s a ‘work weekend.’”

“I told a lot of friends what a good time I had last time,” said Gail Mattix with a chuckle. “And they all said they wished they had gone!”

“I thought overall it was a great first show,” said Cheryl Lane. “I’m thrilled that it will be an annual event. Charleston has always needed one of these shows, and I hope everyone will support and enjoy it.”

“I would definitely come back for the next one,” said Emily McCoy, a Mount Pleasant resident.

For information on the next Charleston’s Women’s Show, visit charlestonswomensshow.com. To express interest in a booth space, please email booths@charlestonswomensshow.com.