Holiday expo offers different kind of shopping experience

By: Mike Koury | Farmington Press | Published November 18, 2015


FARMINGTON HILLS — People searching for that perfect Christmas gift will have an opportunity to do so at Farmington Hills’ Holiday Shopping Expo.

The expo takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Costick Activities Center, 28600 11 Mile Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Farmington Hills Deputy Director of Special Services Bryan Farmer said the expo allows people to get a look at different types of crafts they might not find in a normal store.

“It’s just to provide the opportunity for — especially our residents that have their home businesses — that they’re trying to get a big push to the holidays,” he said.

The expo features more than 60 different vendors selling items varying from jewelry, baskets and candles to accessories and knitted items.

“A lot of the general public may not know people that provide  … home-type services,” Farmer said. “It allows for other individuals who specialize in certain craft making, like metal signs or toasters, like there’s a lot of cool artistic-type products that people put together that you won’t see in stores. It’s a unique opportunity to shop and find something you may not normally see in the stores.”

Kelli Whitmire, of Farmington HIlls, is an independent director of Thirty-One Gifts, which sells different types of purses and tote bags. She said expos like this help expand her clientele and customer base.

“It just really expands my customer base,” she said. “I can meet new people, get new customers, potential new hostesses. Because the bulk of my business comes from doing in-home parties.

“My hope is just to meet new people and not only for new sales, but also to get new hostesses that I can do home parties with.”

Anyone looking to purchase a table to feature their items at the expo still can do so by calling the Costick Center at (248) 473-1800 or by emailing Recreation Supervisor Cathy O’Rourke-Wendrick at A table costs $60 for the two days. A second table costs $50.