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By Sarah CroneSponsored: Gambar Koala

Kalamazoo Gazette

KALAMAZOO -- Fine cuisine, shopping, cocktails, pampering and education are all on the menu for the Kalamazoo Women's Expo & Sale -- a two-day event planned for this weekend at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites.


WHAT: Kalamazoo Women's Expo & Sale.

WHERE: Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, 100 W. Michigan Ave.

WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

HOW MUCH: $8 at the door or $5 if tickets are purchased in advance at or with a coupon from an ad in the Kalamazoo Gazette. Tickets can be purchased online until 10 a.m. Friday. Tickets purchased on Friday also may be used for admission on Saturday.

SPONSORS: The Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, Greater Kalamazoo Women's Lifestyle Magazine and WWMT News (Channel 3).

MORE INFORMATION: Visit or call Brian Robinson at (616) 848-6156.


• "Confidence Cookbook: Recipes for Self-Confidence," by local pyschotherapist Michi Rose, 7 p.m. Friday.

• "Spring Collection Home Fabric Fashion Show," by Paw Paw Upholstery, 11:45 a.m. Saturday.

• "Venous Disease (Varicose & Spider Veins): Learn How-to Stay Active and Healthy," by Advanced Vascular Surgery & Advanced Venous Center of Kalamazoo, 12:45 p.m. Saturday.

• "Strong Women, Powerful Financial Solutions," by personal financial adviser Laurence Hawthorne, of Ameriprise Financial Service Inc. in Portage, 2 p.m. Saturday.

Each presentation will last from 30 to 35 minutes. Space for each is limited to the first 75 people.


Judy Markee, news anchor from WWMT (Channel 3) and a breast-cancer survivor, will greet attendees from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in support of the Southwest Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

It kicks off with a girls' night out on Friday, with a cash martini bar run by Zazios restaurant inside the main ballroom of the expo. The weekend also will feature educational presentations, vendors, demonstrations and health information.

It will be the first time this event has been held in Kalamazoo, said publicist Brian Robinson, of GB Ventures LLC, in Byron Center.

"Our background is in bridal events, and those always turn out to be so much fun for women (that) we wanted to throw a party for women who are not planning weddings," Robinson said.

More than 60 vendors, from the areas of fashion, beauty, home decor, personal fitness, nutrition and finance, will offer information and free samples and sell merchandise.

Sattwa Massage, of Kalamazoo, and Messamore Chiropractic, of Oshtemo Township, will give free chair massages, Robinson said.

"Some of the salons are doing free makeup application and hairstyling," Robinson said. "There will be lots of great food samples given away, and all of the seminars are included with the admission price."

The four featured seminars deal with self-confidence, home fabrics, venous disease and personal finances.

Michi Rose, an educator and psychotherapist from Kalamazoo who blends Eastern mysticism and Western science, will talk at 7 p.m. Friday about her "Confidence Cookbook," which is aimed at helping people build their self-confidence.

Laurence Hawthorne, of Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. in Portage, will deliver a talk at 2 p.m. Saturday titled "Strong Women, Powerful Financial Solutions."

"This seminar will address the specific concerns of women and specific issues that affect them in financial planning," Hawthorne said. "It will review myths some women have about money. It's strictly educational, and it's important because often women are not taught as much about finances as men."

Judy Markee, a news anchor from WWMT (Channel 3) will meet and greet guests from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday on behalf of the Southwest Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which fights breast cancer. Markee is a breast-cancer survivor.

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