First Womenís Expo held with a focus on hostesses



Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals on 5th Street in Arbuckle offered a rustic chic atmosphere for the Women’s Expo on Saturday morning. 

The event included home-based businesses with a focus on reaching women who are planning events, like what to wear to an event, decor, and items for maintaining health when stressed out.

Local vendors worked together as a troupe, selling their wares. Although this was the first Women’s Expo, Tracy Delcour said she plans to make this an annual event. However, shoppers won’t need to wait until next spring as the vendors are gearing up already for a gift fair in the fall.

Taking shelter from the occasional drizzle were the people waiting for the Cowboy’s Ride to start. Cold spectators were given baked goodies and generous samples from the local food truck, Sauced. 

Local coffee shop owner, Rise and Grind, Serena Carlsen was at the Expo, plying shoppers with caffeine alongside her partner for Origami Owl jewelry, Christina Scott. Displaying the various lockets, Scott said she enjoyed the connections with people, “helping them tell their story and celebrate what’s most important to th em.”

Delcour displayed clothing with bright patterns on buttery soft material for LuLaRoe, and offered bingo cards to shoppers for her Facebook store. 

Adrian Murphy sold her handmade signs for Chalk Couture. Scentsy consultant Jennifer Velazquez and her daughters, Juliann and Jocelyne had a mermaid theme where they also sold Lipsence and Color Street nail art. Velazquez said she favored the home-based businesses because “it gives me more time with my daughters.”

Joe Fontes “The Purse Guy,” of Gridley, has been selling purses for 17 years from Red Bluff to Sacramento. He said that when he passes he wants a custom tombstone of a purse that states, “He sold his last purse.” 

His business, ‘Looks Good on You’, had a wide selection of purses, wallets, and fashion sunglasses. Many of the purses featured a pocket for concealed weapons but were also ideal for large cell phones and keeping wallets close to the body.

Aimee Harder and Tara Card’s booth Paparazzi had a wide selection of jewelry and hair accessories for $5 and children’s jewelry for $1. Krista Jimenez offered health in the form of empowerment with her Damsel in Defense items. Annnie Doyle and Katrina Struckmeyer had a booth for certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils from dōTERRA, along with handmade organic dryer balls that could be infused with oils.

Kiana Lytal offered Arbonne, a line of self-care items in the form of supplements, probiotics, protein powders, cosmetics, and skincare, complete with a children’s line. Lytal’s daughter, Bella, offered her service in the form of paint parties. Art by Bella travels to events Colusa, Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties.

Kelly Pert, owner of Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals, where the Expo was held, explained her store is filled with the “finishing touches” they use to decorate various events, including weddings, birthday parties, business events, etc. 

Doors opened at 10 AM to shoppers. Baskets filled to the brim with goodies from each vendor were donated as door prizes. ■