Whether you were looking for beauty products, clothing, a photographer or even a taser 2016 Women’s Expo was the place to be. The Women’s Expo has been running in Minnesota for six years with the running mission to enrich, enlighten, and empower women. It’s an event where exhibitors and women formally meet and talk shop. This year the Expo took place at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Downtown Minneapolis for about a day and a half.
2016 Women's Expo Signage
As with most expos, there was a flourish of main stage happenings every 30 minutes. The stage held many representatives such as Mrs. Minnesota America, Zumba Fitness, a “fashion show” and more. The crowd was small making the performances and presentations very intimate. While there wasn’t a large crowd, there was plenty of seating for anyone that needed to get off their feet. It was refreshing to see that all of the exhibitors were representing Minnesota-based businesses. It’s the worst when you go to an event and make connections with a company/organization only to find out you have less access because they are located thousands of miles away. I did not get a chance to catch up with the organizers of this event, but I did take the time to speak with some of the local exhibitors about what they had to offer. With more than 50 booths brimming with information, merchandise and, of course, freebies there were a few exhibitors that stood out for me.
Beauty & Fashion vlogger and beauty studio owner, Lauren Stanely, represented her brand at the Women’s Expo displaying her creative corner for all to view. Y’ Knot Beauty offers both eyelash and hair extensions on location in Edina. If Y' Knot Beauty sounds extremely familiar, it may be the case that you are familiar with Lauren's Youtube Channel under the same name.
Lauren is an entrepreneur that's for sure! Take a look at her website to see what other products and goodies she has her hands in.
Annette, herself, came out to share her passion for the products and services her spa offers. For those that are looking for natural and organic experience Essence Beauty Lounge (EBL) is the place you’ve been looking for. EBL provides a nail dipping treatment as one alternative to the traditional gel or acrylic manicure. Essence Beauty Lounge also offers many facial treatments and hair removal services via waxing. If the atmosphere is anything like Miss Annette, then you are in for a good time and enjoyable experience.
But that’s not the only thing that’s going one at EBL, Miss Annette also offers natural skincare products as well as homemade body butters that are organic, natural, and smell amazing. Don’t miss a chance to visit Essence Beauty Lounge located in Burnsville, MN.
Gigi Bisong, the author of 20 Beautiful Women, brings a sense of positivity and a feeling of accomplishment in simply being. A professional speaker, entrepreneur, and author make this life coach someone to follow on social media if you aren’t already. Gigi is based in Minnesota and is an inspiring professional speaker, as evidenced by her presentation at the 2016 Women's Expo.
There’s a story behind One Posh Closet (formally known as The Posh Mommy Closet) that needs to be told. The clothes that are sold are gently worn or brand new items donated by the significant others, partners, and girlfriends of some of America’s best professional athletes. Shopping at this Bloomington location gives you a chance to purchase high-end designer fashion and merchandise at reasonable prices. Not only is your shopping experience personalized every purchase made supports the philanthropic efforts of One Posh Closet by making a difference in serving charities around the country.
The list could go on and on. This year’s Expo wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but there were a variety of local companies that were worth facing the cold, not to mention samples of adult beverages. I feel that this event was highly underrated and look forward to next years expo. This expo is about bringing women together and sharing inspiration to be and do better.