ShopLocalRaleigh & Southern Women’s Show


ShopLocalRaleigh Social and More!

ShopLocalRaleigh at Deco

ShopLocalRaleigh at Deco

Last Friday (April 26th) ShopLocalRaleigh held their monthly morning social, hosted by Pam Blondin, Owner & General Manager of Deco Raleigh.  Deco Raleigh is a lively, colorful, customer-centered gift shop and gallery in downtown Raleigh (19 W. Hargett Street).  Their store is walkable, unique, eclectic, smart and interactive.  This was my first time there and I LOVED IT!  About 40 members of ShopLocalRaleigh attended the morning social and we took turns going around introducing ourselves and telling our latest ‘obsession’.

ShopLocalRaleigh group at Deco

ShopLocalRaleigh group at Deco

What a cool way to meet everyone and learn something fun about each other at the same time!  I had a great time meeting lots of new members of ShopLocalRaleigh (I’m still a fairly new member of ShopLocalRaleigh) and I even did a little shopping at Deco too for some upcoming birthday gifts.  Some of the great people that I met were: Cindy Golden, Owner of Raleigh Pet Sitters, Mor Aframian, Executive Director of Legacy Event Planners, Ryan Broughton, Branch Manger of Fidelity Bank at Cameron Village, David Crump, President of Employee Benefits Consulting Company and Beth Smoot, Co-Founder of The Green Chair Project.  Beth recently had a nice article in the Cary News and they have a big fundraising event coming this weekend (May 4th, more info HERE).

Southern Women's Show with Kim Davis

Southern Women’s Show with Kim Davis

Thanks to Jennifer Martin for letting me do a shout-out for My Girlfriend’s Closet (located in downtown Cary & downtown Apex).  Jennifer knows that I shop and market for My Girlfriend’s Closet, so that mini-commercial was awesome! A very special guest for this ShopLocalRaleigh social was, Jeff Milchen of AMIBA (American Independent Business Alliance).  He spoke to the group about what’s happening with other ‘buy local groups’ around the country and gave praise to ShopLocalRaleigh for our work in this area! Thanks Jeff!  And thanks to Pam for hosting and ShopLocalRaleigh for a great morning social!


Koko FitClub at the SWS

Koko FitClub at the SWS

I met my friend, Kim Davis, Owner of The Payroll People, at the ShopLocalRaleigh event and we had afternoon plans to attend the Southern Women’s Show together.  The SWS was being held at the NC State Fairgrounds Jim Graham Building & Exposition Center in Raleigh (just a short drive from Deco).  The SWS is all about Food, Fashion, Celebrity Guests, Health, Beauty, Lifestyle and….NETWORKING!  This was my first time attending the event and it was wonderful!  I saw lots of friends and clients of Smith & Smith, CPA (kudos to Koko FitClub of Cary and Dena’s Jewelry Box), both of which had awesome looking booths!

Dena's Jewelry Box

Dena’s Jewelry Box

Kim and I explored the SWS together, introducing each other to friends & clients, picking up a few cool buys here and there and talking with vendors.  We even took a spin at the Chevrolet Pavilion in the Camero Convertible (hot red!).  I saw my friend, Belynda Evans, Independent Representative with Silpada Jewelry at her booth.  The Southern Women’s Show was celebrating it 28th year and had special guest, Sean Lowe (from The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars….no, we didn’t stay to see him).  We stopped by the Pretty In Pink booth to talk to our friends there and also the Cervial Cancer booth.

Kim & Becca

Kim & Becca

The SWS is a very nice mix of business, education and community/health awareness.  The show lasted for 3 days and also featured a Cooking Stage, Fashion & Entertainment Stage and TONS of cool door prizes!  Thanks to my friend, Karen Henthorn of the Carolina Premium Outlets in Smithfield (good friend of mine through the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch) for the free tickets!  Thanks also to Lois of My Girlfreind’s Closet for the fantastic ZOOM orange silk top with navy blue skirt.  I had lots of compliments all day on this really unique dress!  It can be found at the MGC store!  This made for a GREAT FRIDAY!  You just can’t go wrong with ShopLocalRaleigh and the Southern Women’s Show!


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