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Pamper yourself at the Michigan International Women’s Show

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published April 6, 2016

 The upcoming Michigan International Women’s Show will feature fashion shows, hundreds of exhibits and more.

The upcoming Michigan International Women’s Show will feature fashion shows, hundreds of exhibits and more.

Photo provided by Nancy Rosen

NOVI — Beth Anderson wants you to go for the gusto.

Anderson, the executive show manager of Southern Shows, said the 21st annual Michigan International Women’s Show is a “fabulous” one-stop shop that brings in thousands of people from the metro Detroit area. The show will run April 28-May 1.

“I think it’s a little bit of sensory overload when you first go to the show,” she said of the 13 aisles of 400 or so exhibitors. “There is a lot of ground to cover. I think it is just a fun way to incorporate spending time with your sister, mom or friend while shopping. You are just going to see a lot around every corner.”

She added that women looking to enjoy a girls’ day out shopping can pick up some lifestyle tips and more.

The event will be held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

From fashion shows and cooking demonstrations to health exhibits and more, the event is chock full of activities and people to see, including Stephen “tWitch” Boss from Fox’s reality series “So You Think You Can Dance,” the movie “Magic Mike” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Other celebrities include stylist and Rock Your Hair professional styling products creator Michael O’Rourke, who will demonstrate and discuss his cutting techniques.

Anderson said “everything is under one roof.” 

“We are super excited to welcome back many of the favorites,” she said.

Another feature includes Warren Caterson, author of “Table for Two — The Cookbook for Couples,” who will feature kitchen and cooking tips featuring fresh ingredients for dinner in under an hour with a minimum of leftovers.

Comedy-hypnotist Gary Conrad, seen on “The View,” will hypnotize attendees onstage. 

Exhibitor Jenna Kator, designer and owner of the Jenna Kator Collection, has exhibited in the show since 2010.

“It makes me smile to see all of the repeat customers,” Kator said in an email. “This is an event that means a lot to the community, and it is fun seeing the ladies purchase one of my showpieces as a memory they can take home with them.”

Kator is a Michigan-based handbag designer who pays tribute to Michigan through design.

“It is an event like no other,” she added. “I look forward to this show all year.”

The Western Wayne Fire Department’s charity fashion show is also scheduled, with firefighters modeling their uniforms and bunker gear, according to a press release. 

Other event features include gifts to the first 100 show attendees each day; Friday’s Girls Night Out, with $5 admission after 5 p.m.; free movie passes from Emagine Theatre for the first 95 guests; and drink specials. Other activities include Sunday’s Mother & Daughters Day, with visits from “Frozen” characters Elsa and Anna, hourly prizes, cupcakes, and mother-daughter look-alike and cake decorating contests, according to the press release.

Exhibitor Selena Woller’s Florida-based company, Selena’s Accessories, has exhibited for the past 17 years.

“We have built up, and the customers in Novi are the most loyal customers you can find,” Woller said. “The Novi show is almost like a party. You’re seeing old friends and you’re telling them the trends. The show itself is entertainment.”

The Suburban Collection Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River Ave., between Novi and Beck roads. 

The event will be held 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 28, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. April 29, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 30 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 1. 

On-site parking costs $5. Admission costs $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and is free for children 5 and younger with a paying adult. Online advance tickets, group tickets and discount tickets are also available. 

For more information and exhibitor coupons, visit or call (800) 849-0248.