Community Showcase 2003
business fair to be
biggest ever, moves to Crestwood
Helen E. McKinney
LA GRANGE, Ky. (February 2003) For the past seven
years, Suzann Craigmyles Spring Fashion Show has been a featured
attraction at the annual Oldham Community Showcase.
This year will be no different. Craigmyle is planning to be at the 2003
Showcase, along with other entertainers, on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the
new location in the former Wal-Mart building in the back of Crestwood
Station Shopping Center on Hwy. 146, Crestwood.
The event is a fundraiser for the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce.
Gold sponsors include Business First, 84 WHAS, ACE La Grange Home Center
and Crestwood Station.
City Singers will return in 2003.
The family oriented Showcase features more than 100 commercial
booths of exhibitors displaying their products and services. Show hours
are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes a food court of local restaurateurs,
entertainment and a silent and live auction. Admission is free.
The Spring Fashion Show has become a mainstay of the annual event. Craigmyle
credits her daughter, Jennifer, as the reason behind her decision to
organize this event. I thought it was a good idea to get her into
it, she said.
Jennifer and her mother own Jennifers Apparel and Gift Shop, 109
E. Main St., La Grange. Their store provides the entire line of clothing,
shoes, jewelry and various accessories displayed in the fashion show.
Craigmyle said she often gets her daughter and anyone else willing to
pitch in to model the clothing. Craigmyle also owns Suzanns Salon
in La Grange and occasionally coaxes some of her salon customers into
Ten models will model two outfits each, said Craigmyle. All types of
stylish apparel will be exhibited. A variety of light, summery items,
including last years fashion craze, Capris, will be modeled, said
The store also carries garments tailored for Sunday wear, the Kentucky
Derby, UK and U of L apparel, and spring sweaters. Their most popular
line of clothing is City Girl.
The overall theme of this years Showcase is Swing Into Spring,
and many booths will revolve around the idea of springtime hobbies.
Craigmyle said, Animal prints are big again this year.
The Craigmyles receive a lot of feedback from the Showcase. Jennifer
said that of the 10 young girls who modeled dresses last year, most
of their mothers returned to the store to buy the dresses. Most
models buy what they wear, she said.
On an average, it takes Craigmyle six weeks to organize the fashion
show, and to gather information that will inform women what colors and
styles are currently popular.
She said she is really excited about this years Showcase location.
The move from Buckners Soccer Blast to the vacant 46,000 square
foot Wal-Mart building is a better area with more parking,
Soccer Blast was sold last year, so arrangements were made to move the
event to a new location, chamber officials said. Parking had always
been a major concern with the continued growth of the event.
As of the end of January, 20 booths were still available, and the chambers
Kathy Jacobs said she would accept reservations until Feb. 6.
This year, a new feature has been added. Exhibitors will be invited
to a free noon luncheon on Friday for an awards ceremony. From 1 p.m.
to 4 p.m., the show will be open to 2,500 invited area business owners
in a sneak preview of the show, offering exhibitors an opportunity for
We have found after doing this for many years that the exhibitors
wanted more time to network, so this should give them that chance,
For information about the Showcase or to reserve a booth, contact
Jacobs at (502) 222-1635.
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