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Downtown hosts Women's Expo

March 9, 2016
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West Michigan Women's Expo showcases women-owned businesses at DeVos Place
The West Michigan Women’s Expo at DeVos Place features hundreds of women owned and women-focused businesses and stage presentations. Photo via

DeVos Place will opens its doors Friday to a three-day event for women to shop, live and learn.

The 18th-annual West Michigan Women’s Expo is back in downtown Grand Rapids this weekend and bringing more than 375 women owned and women-focused businesses.

The expo

This year’s Caribbean-themed event will combine education and entertainment and feature products and services, as well as presentations and demonstrations tailored to women.

The event will cover a number of topics: health and wellness, cooking, beauty, fashion, education, travel, food, fitness, home and decoration, business opportunities and more.

Denise Kolesar, president of the event’s producer, Kohler Expos, said the Women’s Expo is the equivalent to spring break for women.

“It’s an opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled weekend with friends and to focus on feeling good and living well,” Kolesar said. “For many women in West Michigan, this is a destination weekend that allows them to connect with friends and family while pampering themselves.”


A range of presentations and demonstrations will be offered at the event: a hairstyling presentation by Rock Your Hair; a “Giving New Life to Old Treasures” demonstration by Full Circle Design Studio; a Great Lakes Writer Expo; canvas painting; and many more.

The expo will feature a complimentary book of “Oola, Find Balance in an Unbalanced World” for the first 400 women, Meijer’s Healthy Living Area and Cooking Stage, Title Boxing Club and a blood drive hosted by the American Red Cross.

Exhibits at the Women’s Expo will also feature various products and services: traditional and natural health and wellness; therapeutic and relaxation massage; educational resources; legal and financial; home improvement and maintenance; home-based businesses, such as Norwex and Tastefully Simple; and many more.

As part of the expo’s Caribbean theme, Lake Michigan Credit Union is also offering a $2,000 vacation giveaway.

Hours and tickets

The West Michigan Women’s Expo will be open this Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $8 in advance and available at Meijer stores, while admission at the door is $10 for adults and $8 for children between the ages of six and 14. 

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