Vendor fair kicks off summer

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published June 26, 2014

 Anita Powell gives a massage to Carol Patterson, of Detroit. Powell sells handmade natural body products through her company, AnitaCaprice Co. 

Anita Powell gives a massage to Carol Patterson, of Detroit. Powell sells handmade natural body products through her company, AnitaCaprice Co. 

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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SOUTHFIELD — Saturday, June 21, was the first official day of summer, and to kick things off, the Southfield Business Center held a Spring Delight Extravaganza Vendor Fair.

The fair, held at the Southfield Business Center’s location on Northwestern Highway, featured local vendors who offered event planning services, handmade clothes, cosmetics, jewelry and handbags.

Sheila Byrd, regional manager at the Southfield Business Center, said the event was created for local vendors to gain exposure.

“This is a way to help entrepreneurs get exposure for the products they’re involved with and give people a chance to network,” Byrd said. “You get a personal shopping experience.”

Yvonne Morrison, owner and designer of Handbags Exclusive, said she uses the event to gain exposure for her line. Morrison’s designs are sold at Turquoise Boutique on Woodward in Detroit.

“My handbags are one of a kind,” Morrison said. “They’re high quality, unique, stylish, affordable, and they’re not what you see in stores. I’m hopeful they’ll sell well.”

Morrison also said she participates in vendor fairs not only to make money, but  to help other vendors who may just be starting out.

“I hope to be able to give back to the community, make money, help train other entrepreneurs,” Morrison said. “If they dream big dreams, they can definitely come into fruition.”

Southfield Business Center Administrative Assistant Barbara Westley said the purpose of the event was to bring people together.

“Our vendors are very friendly. It’s one of those events that make you feel good, even if you don’t buy anything,” Westley said. “It’s a relaxed atmosphere.”

Byrd said depending on the numbers of this event, another vendor fair is possible in the near future.

“We want more exposure. Maybe in a few months, we will do another one,” Byrd said.

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