On February 22 & 23 the Halifax Exhibition Center was the home of the very first East Coast Women’s Show! From the moment the doors opened ladies of all ages poured through the doors excitedly, to see what awaits them. There were door prizes and 5050 sales in the lobby along with beautiful smiling faces to welcome you and let you know what presenters were scheduled for the weekend. The first pleasant surprise that set this show apart from others I have been to was that your entrance fee got you in for the whole weekend! So no worries if your ‘must see’ presenters were scheduled for different days! There was enough to see and keep you busy for the weekend.
As Little Lady and I made our way through the beautifully decorated archway the sweet smells of home-made sweets and candy filled my senses. To one side was the sweet treats of handmade cakes, squares and pretzels from the Cake Lady, with candy on the other.
Making our way along the first row of vendors we were offered a free custom bra fitting by Embrace your Curves, the bra educators! They had lots of fantastic tips and information on how to know you are wearing the right garment for both comfort and body health. They had a gorgeous selection of quality clothes to look through, and more then just bras!
After getting your wardrobe in shape you could stop by the fitness tent and have a hand at testing your posture, figuring out a workout plan that works for you and talking to some great fitness guides.
I was so pleased to talk to the ladies at The Compassionate Closet. They are a “New to You” that gives all profit to Hospice Halifax. Hospice Halifax is a compassionate and supportive community dedicated to making the end of life process as meaningful and comfortable as possible for all.
Frocked Up had some amazing Maritime themed clothing for those wanting to represent, and for those who want to show off they were here and loved it like we do!
By now, we have toured through the rows of amazing vendors, we had handmade furnishings by Randy Mugford, handmade bath products by Sweet Sisters Bath Bakery, and the booth that held Little Lady captive was Jewelry Designs By Heather.
I was so taken with the amazing moss art booth, made from Norweign moss by fellow motorcyclist Stace Bleich. Stace was there with Nature Scenes who do more than just make art. They can help make your space a greener space! This is a no effort way to help sound buffer your space as well. The moss is preserved so it requires no water! It adds a touch of class to your space and will be sure to start conversations. For an amazing and unique way to soundproof or just some amazing art go to Nature Scenes and talk to Stace! Check out this site for sure!
Of course we had some vendors there representing bike life! Privateers Harley Davidson was there with a beautiful ride! The gang was super helpful and friendly. They had a good selection of this season's new line of clothes, shoes and even a little bling. Little Lady and I had to get our poker chip of course!
GDM Custom leather was there as well, they focus mainly on making belts, bags and other items but are also able to sew on patches and mend clothing. Gary was super friendly and had some gorgeous items on display.
We all like to stand out from the crowd a little, from custom tanks and tattoos to unique bling. When it comes to unique bling, James Dafoe has you covered. He was there from Shediac NB, with his mind blowin wood jewelry and art. He can take any item you have laying around, and incorporate it into his beautiful wood art. From Rings to pens and more he takes what means the most to you and makes it into something you can have with you. He told me of a watch given to him by a loved one that no longer worked, so why not make it into a ring! You can see more of his gorgeous designs and cool ideas on instagram @dafoe_design_ or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Speaking of tattoos, we even had Tear Creations mobile Tattoo shop there to talk ink.
One really unique booth that stood out from the crowd was Still Fired Distilleries, they had a great set up looking like a rustic cabin with a call too all to “Drink More Moonshine”. They have many flavors of craft spirits, like Rootbeer and Vanilla Bean. You can find a full list at www.drinkmoremoonshine.ca
With so many vendors there it is hard to just pick a few to mention but I have to wrap up with Spray Paint Art By Nathan Salmon! In just a few minutes he took our logo and turned it into a work of art. Using only spray paint, a plastic bag and piece of paper.
They had a mini and main stage for presenters and an onsite canteen. This show really had it all! Great job ladies, I see even more great things for this show in the years to come!