Michigan International Women’s Show celebrates 20 years

By: Sherri Kolade | C&G Newspapers | Published April 22, 2015

NOVI — Men, you might as well look away now.

There will be a lot to see and do during the 20th annual Michigan International Women’s Show from April 30-May 3 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

“It has definitely grown,” Beth Anderson, executive show manager of Southern Shows, said. “It has changed, and we hope that everyone enjoys it as much today as they did 20 years ago when it first started at the Novi Expo Center.”

From gastro delights to mother-daughter fun, women of all ages — and stages — should find something for them, organizers said.

“Our show is entertaining, inspiring and festive for women to enjoy and discover a wonderful and exciting experience,” Anderson said in a press release.

Fashion tips beyond bridal basics will be supplied by Randy Fenoli, of TLC’s reality series “Say Yes to the Dress,” on May 1.

“He likes to take and empower women to dress for their body type and feel fabulous every day of the week,” Anderson said.

Celebrity stylist and Rock Your Hair professional styling products creator Michael O’Rourke will be on hand to teach his cutting system, “Angles in Motion,” with complimentary haircuts by Rock Your Hair stylists, from May 1-2.

The Taste of Home Cooking School will show people how to make seasonal recipes using  simple ingredients from April 30-May 1. An additional class fee includes a goodie bag.

Ashley Gold, of truTV’s “Hardcore Pawn” and American Jewelry and Loan, will share trends in jewelry and fashion, along with backstage stories, on May 1.

Professional matchmaker and relationship coach Julie Wadley will discuss love, relationships and commitment on May 2.

From registered dietitians explaining the pairing of cheese with wine and beer to Dr. Partha Nandi and his wife, Kali, presenting simple, healthy meals that could cure what ails you, attendees can expect to learn and taste a lot, with cooking demonstrations and blood pressure screenings galore.

Spring makeup trends and cosmetic tips will be featured with makeovers offered by Macy’s beauty experts. To go with your new look, find out what fits your frame during the Western Wayne Fire Department’s charity fashion show on May 1.

Among the 480 vendors is Inspiration Uncorked Art Party Studio of Ferndale, which hosts open classes, parties and private studio events. Last year at the show, Inspiration Uncorked owner Mary Higgins said, she featured scarf decorating, wine glass painting, mosaics and jewelry making classes, which she plans to do this year, too.

“It was a lot of fun. We had several people come into my studio who said they learned of my studio from the Women’s Show,” Higgins said. “It was a lot of great exposure.”

Anderson, who has organized the show for a decade, said every day is her favorite during the show.

“I love every morning when we greet the first 500 people who are in line and are excited to be there, fans that come every year,” she said.

Anderson added that it is evident that the show has grown. Since moving to the Suburban Collection Showplace in 2006, they’ve added more space and exhibitors, and attendance is around 40,000 over the four-day show.

The Suburban Collection Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River Ave.

For more information on tickets and coupons, visit www.InternationalWomenShow.com or call (800) 849-0248.