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Thursday, 20 February 2020 21:19

East Coast Womens Show Feb 22-23 - Halifax Exhibition Centre Featured

East coast womens showEvent organizer Heather Gunning says attendees can indulge themselves with “the very best in shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics and travel” while spending a relaxing day being pampered with spa treatments, massages and retail therapy.

“It’s going to be like one big girl’s day out,” says Gunning. “The Women’s Show is a place where women can find time for themselves, spend a fun day with their girlfriends, shop vendors booths, relax, explore new ideas or products, find exciting activities, enjoy entertainment, register to win great prizes and more.”

Gunning and her family have designed trade shows across Canada for decades. She thought she was ready to retire, but she felt too young and energetic to sit around all day and thought she needed a new project.

“I was thinking about how there were boat shows and home shows and RV shows and bridal shows, but there was nothing that just celebrated women of all ages,” says Gunning. “There wasn’t one big, special event just for women to enjoy. Moms, daughters, aunts, grandmothers, girlfriends — everyone! It’s going to be such an empowering and uplifting show to attend. 

Gunning wound up partnering with her granddaughter, Heather Ireland — a stay-at-home mom of two young children — and they’ve been working on the show together since September.

They’ve already lined up nearly 100 different vendors to set up “mini boutiques” at the East Coast Women’s Show — everything from health and wellness providers to businesses specializing in fashion, jewellery, cosmetics, skincare, aesthetics, gifts, massage therapy, clothing, travel, fitness, home improvement, finance, decorating, food, wine and spirits.

“Attendees can get a massage, get hair extensions, get their makeup done, get teeth whitening, have their eyebrows done, get a bra fitting, have their wardrobe redesigned — there’s so much to try,” says Gunning 

The East Coast Women’s Show will feature a mini stage for makeovers, a cooking stage with live demonstrations and a main stage with entertainment happening every hour — like singing, dancing, Zumba, motivational speaking and more.

Tickets will be available at the door ($11 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for students) and valid for both days. Attendees are encouraged to come by Saturday and Sunday so they don’t miss anything.

International World Champion Elvis tribute artist Thane Dunn will take the stage on Sunday as a keynote speaker. With more than a decade as a professional entertainer, Gunning says Thane has a very interesting story to tell — how hard work and dedication and believing in yourself you can help you reach your goals. 

Angie Stoker from Porter’s Lake was once named Canada’s first “Mary Kay Millionaire,” and now she’s a world-renowned motivational speaker who will take the stage Saturday and Sunday to talk honestly about her experience in direct sales.

Stoker joined Mary Kay in 1980 with the hope of making $100 a week, and by the time she retired in 2017, she had earned 20 cars, trips around the world and more than $7M in commissions.

Attendees will also have the chance to win great prizes, including beauty products from Bend Beauty, laser acupuncture treatment, free teeth whitening from Inari Wellness and a complete makeover from Renée Martin (The Style Coach).

White Point Beach Resort is offering up a girl’s getaway package so one lucky attendee can bring three of her besties for a weekend away, including meals.

Dany Duguay, a certified in-home caterer and personal chef with 15+ years’ experience, is offering a home-cooked dinner for four. She’ll come to the winner’s home with everything she needs to prepare a fabulous feast in their very own kitchen.

Access Acupuncture is organizing a “One Pin Challenge” where they’ll attempt to relieve at least 60 per cent of your pain with a single acupuncture pin. If you’re willing to let them try, they’ll donate $1 to Bryony house for every extra pin they use.

Fox Harb’r Resort will be setting up a putting green where attendees can pay $2 for the chance to sink a hole-in-one and be entered to win a girlfriend’s getaway package at Fox Harb’r Resort. (All of the putt funds will be donated to Autumn House Amherst.)

Gunning says she is so excited for the weekend to arrive and promises this isn’t a “one-and-done” kind of show. Her goal is to make the East Coast Women’s Show a fun annual experience that can brighten up the “February blahs” for years to come.

“People are thrilled that there’s finally a show for women, and it’s going to be a really fun, uplifting atmosphere,” says Gunning. “We encourage everyone to take your time walking around because there will be so much to see and enjoy. Just relax and take it all in!”

The East Coast Women’s Show runs Saturday, Feb. 22 (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and Sunday, Feb. 23 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the Halifax Exhibition Centre. Tickets are available at the door ($11 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for students) and valid for both days. Visit ecwshow.com to learn more.

- Submitted by Coastal Gypsies

Last modified on Thursday, 20 February 2020 21:26

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