A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to check out the La Femme Expo in Buffalo with my mom and sister. This year was the 4th anniversary of the event, and I was excited to attend. If you’ve never heard of the event (I hadn’t!), it’s “an exclusive opportunity to shop and explore over 100 exhibits that are catered towards pampering, educating and celebrating women of all ages.” You can read more about the event on their website here.
The event this year was held at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott on Sheridan Drive, and I was excited to see what it was all about. When we arrived, we made our way through the hotel to the back reception room where we were given a “VIP Swag Bag” provided by the Galleria Mall, which included a sh!t ton of coupons and a mall-branded chap stick.
Once we made our way inside the vendor room, we were overwhelmed (in a good way) by all of the tables and booths set up! Right off the bat, there were clothing boutiques, jewelry vendors, local spas and businesses, and a lot of representatives for Mary Kay, It Works, LuLa Roe, etc. businesses. While the local shops set up were amazing (we got a free paraffin wax hand dip and massage from one of the vendors and my mom got her eyebrows shaped (for only $10!) from another), I do wish that the focus would have been more on Buffalo-based brick and mortar businesses, handmade products, and local shops than on “multi-level marketing companies.” (While I applaud any woman who is taking steps for financial independence, walking through the rows and getting bombarded with sales pitches wasn’t exactly my cup of tea.) That being said, if you’re involved in these businesses and looking for a place to set up shop for a day, I would highly recommend this Expo, as all of the tables we walked by were busy, busy, BUSY!
Mid-way through walking through the event, we stopped to watch the fashion show. I loved that all of the models were breast cancer survivors. It was great seeing beautiful, REAL women flaunting their stuff on stage! We grabbed a couple bottles of wine from a local winery who had a table set up in the lobby of the event before we made our way home with a few new goodies and a whole lot of business cards and shops to check out around town!
Overall, the La Femme Expo was a nice way to spend a few hours of quality time with my mom and sister and a great excuse for a “Girls’ morning out!” It’s a great event to attend if you are looking for networking opportunities with local businesses or have your eye on a particular product from a multi-level marketing company, or just want to spend a few hours shopping with a group of girlfriends. I will probably go back next year, even if it’s only for the mean mimosa the on-staff bartender whipped up for us to enjoy while we browsed!
Have you ever been to the La Femme Expo? If you were at the event as a seller, I’m interested in hearing how your experience was! Drop a message in the comments below!
WRITTEN BY SAMANTHA JO
Samantha is the founder and owner of BuffaloMoms.com. Her friends call her Sam, Sammi, or Sammi Jo. Her two favorite people call her “Mommy.” Follow along with her ramblings @SJ_Gill.
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