Women get royal treatment at expo

WINTERSVILLE – All women dream about being treated like a queen for a day.

Those who visited St. Florian Hall Sunday received that royal treatment during the second-annual “What a Woman Wants … Head to Toe Expo.”

The afternoon outing, which was sponsored by the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times, featured a woman’s three favorite things: fashion, food and fitness, including an array of clothing styles, multiple fashion shows, beautiful jewelry collections, elaborate food dishes and decorative fall home styles.

Anna-Kay’s Unique Fashions and Macy’s lit up the stage with a number of ladies modeling the latest fashion trends, while Beth McVay of Beth McVay Interior Design delivered a home decor seminar. Macy’s also provided make-up makeovers while a number of local spas offered relaxing, tranquil massages. Piergallini Catering served delicious hors d’oeuvres and Ralph Parissi of Parissi Productions had the hall bumpin’ all afternoon.

Todd Piergallini of Piergallini Catering was impressed with the size of the crowd and number of vendors.

“This event is definitely bigger than last year and everyone is saying what a nice day it has been,” he said. “We served a number of different foods including hors d’oeuvres, pastas, antipastas, cheeses, fruits as well as cake and cookies.”

Piergallini said that the event was created as a follow-up after the great success with the Sparkling Moments Bridal Show held at the beginning of the year.

“We have presented the bridal show for a number of years and we see a lot of participants who don’t have any connection to a bride but they come for a nice day out and to visit all of the great vendors,” he explained. “We thought we needed a day that appealed to all the women in the area, and this has really turned out great.”

James Smith, an Elizabeth Arden beauty adviser at Macy’s, was on hand featuring the “Red Hot Croc” holiday color box as well as a designer fragrance door prize.

‘This is my first year at the event and it has been wonderful,” he said. “A lot of women have stopped by the table and many have purchased the holiday color box – which is a $350 value that we are selling for $48.50.”

Another vendor, Debbie Lawton, was presenting at the event for the first time. Lawton was displaying Tastefully Simple products along with her country delights crafts line, homemade dog bones and duct tape purses.

“I found out about the event and figured it would be a great venue to display my business,” she said. “Everyone involved in the planning was super nice to all of the vendors. Lots of people stopped by my table to preview the items I had on display. I have been to many craft shows and this one was top-notch. There was enough time for customers to eat, shop and catch the fashion shows. It was a great day.”

Cindy Taylor-Chesson of Steubenville decided to attend the event to support Anna-Kay’s Unique Fashions.

“This has been such a fun day,” she said. “I came to support my friends at Anna-Kay’s, but I have been visiting the other tables and seeing a lot of great items. There is beautiful jewelry lines. This is my first year but I will definitely be back again.”

Cindy Kotsch, marketing and special events coordinator for the newspapers, said the day turned out to be a great success.

“It was a beautiful day for ladies of our community to get together and enjoy themselves,” she stated. “It is a great community event and we look forward to continuing to grow in the future.”

Vendors present throughout the day included Organo Gold Gourmet Coffee and Tea with Denise Yocum; Origami Owl with Valerie Lough; Macy’s Fashions and Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics; Anna-Kay’s Unique Fashions; Steubenville Chiropractic; Uniquely Designed and Anthony Thomas Candies; Trinity Women’s Health and Images; Trinity Advanced Surgical with Dr. Denise Gilman; Vontrie’s Couture Salon and Apothecary; A Nail’s Charm; Gold Canyon Home Fragrance; Beth McVay Interior Design; Stella and Dot Jewelry; Quality Health Massotherapy; It Works!; Weirton Medical Breast Care Center; All About Women; Tupperware/Amanda McLaughlin; Miche Purses/Kathy Smogor with Andrea Zalesny; Pampered Chef with Elizabeth De Jong; Mary Kay Cosmetics with Gloria Popp; McDonnell Chiropractic; Thirty One with Tammy Scott; Silhouette Scarfs; Forever Young Aesthetics with Dr. Patrick Macedonia; and Ohio Valley Optimal Healthcare with Dr. Matt Nardone.