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Oldham Community Showcase 2003

Chamber business fair to be
biggest ever, moves to Crestwood

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LA GRANGE, Ky. (February 2003) – For the past seven years, Suzann Craigmyle’s Spring Fashion Show has been a featured attraction at the annual Oldham Community Showcase.
This year will be no different. Craigmyle is planning to be at the 2003 Showcase, along with other entertainers, on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the new location in the former Wal-Mart building in the back of Crestwood Station Shopping Center on Hwy. 146, Crestwood.
The event is a fundraiser for the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce. Gold sponsors include Business First, 84 WHAS, ACE La Grange Home Center and Crestwood Station.

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The family oriented Showcase features more than 100 commercial booths of exhibitors displaying their products and services. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes a food court of local restaurateurs, entertainment and a silent and live auction. Admission is free.
The Spring Fashion Show has become a mainstay of the annual event. Craigmyle credits her daughter, Jennifer, as the reason behind her decision to organize this event. “I thought it was a good idea to get her into it,” she said.
Jennifer and her mother own Jennifer’s Apparel and Gift Shop, 109 E. Main St., La Grange. Their store provides the entire line of clothing, shoes, jewelry and various accessories displayed in the fashion show.
Craigmyle said she often gets her daughter and anyone else willing to pitch in to model the clothing. Craigmyle also owns Suzann’s Salon in La Grange and occasionally coaxes some of her salon customers into modeling.
Ten models will model two outfits each, said Craigmyle. All types of stylish apparel will be exhibited. A variety of light, summery items, including last years fashion craze, Capri’s, will be modeled, said Jennifer.
The store also carries garments tailored for Sunday wear, the Kentucky Derby, UK and U of L apparel, and spring sweaters. Their most popular line of clothing is City Girl.
The overall theme of this year’s Showcase is “Swing Into Spring,” and many booths will revolve around the idea of springtime hobbies. Craigmyle said, “Animal prints are big again this year.”
The Craigmyle’s receive a lot of feedback from the Showcase. Jennifer said that of the 10 young girls who modeled dresses last year, most of their mother’s returned to the store to buy the dresses. “Most models buy what they wear,” she said.
On an average, it takes Craigmyle six weeks to organize the fashion show, and to gather information that will inform women what colors and styles are currently popular.
She said she is really excited about this year’s Showcase location. The move from Buckner’s Soccer Blast to the vacant 46,000 square foot Wal-Mart building is a “better area with more parking,” she said.
Soccer Blast was sold last year, so arrangements were made to move the event to a new location, chamber officials said. Parking had always been a major concern with the continued growth of the event.
As of the end of January, 20 booths were still available, and the chamber’s Kathy Jacobs said she would accept reservations until Feb. 6.
This year, a new feature has been added. Exhibitors will be invited to a free noon luncheon on Friday for an awards ceremony. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the show will be open to 2,500 invited area business owners in a sneak preview of the show, offering exhibitors an opportunity for business-to-business networking.
“We have found after doing this for many years that the exhibitors wanted more time to network, so this should give them that chance,” Jacobs said.

• For information about the Showcase or to reserve a booth, contact Jacobs at (502) 222-1635.

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