On Wednesday, October 17, GorgeousGLO Beauty Bar will host its second annual “Vendor Blender” in SouthPark. #VENBLEN18 is a unique pop-up shop, networking and women’s empowerment event celebrating Charlotte-area female-established, female-run businesses.
“We are thrilled to again celebrate the female entrepreneurs who support us daily; #VenBlen18 is their chance to market their wares in the heart of SouthPark. It’s more than a pop-up shop; it’s a chance to empower our fellow women,” said Anne Pipkin, owner of GorgeousGLO on Monday.
The event promises to be unique and fun: a buffet of female business owners from the Charlotte-area selling everything from bespoke jewelry and artwork to non-profits dedicated to improving the community. Scroll down to read more about each committed vendor and check out their wares at their social media links.
GorgeousGLO SouthPark #VenBlen18
Wed. October 17, 2018
2:00PM – 8:00PM
4724 Sharon Rd. Suite 2i Charlotte, NC 28210
Half Price Single Services During Event Hours
#VenBlen18 guests will enjoy half-price single services during the hours of the event.
During the hours of the event from 2 pm to 8 pm, all of GG’s spray tans and blowouts will be 50% off. Even if you can’t take the time for your service that night, you can purchase one gift certificate at the special half off price. Usage restrictions apply.
Meet The Vendors
Your Host, GorgeousGLO Beauty Bar, specializes in custom spray tans, beautiful blowouts, updos, bridal and mobile services, and lash extensions – all with an outstanding attention to detail and exceptional customer service. GorgeousGLO has two locations in Charlotte (in Myers Park and SouthPark), and is a life’s mission for owner Anne Pipkin, tenured businesswoman and mom-preneur, who opened her first location after both her father and sister were diagnosed with melanoma. Anne has dedicated her life to melanoma awareness and prevention, entrepreneurship and raising three beautiful children.
Vicki Mason, creator of yoga mat toppers at SoulSeal.com. Tired of towel yoga mat toppers that absorbed odors and smelled even after they had been washed, Vicki decided to create a mat that would firmly adhere to a rubber mat, have some grip for your hands and feet and not absorb germs and odors over time. Soul Seal was born just this year, and became that mat. 100% North Carolina manufactured with combination of fabric technologies that gives the mat an solid, cohesive gripping component that firmly adheres to your rubber mat. Plus silver-ion antimicrobial so it will not absorb germs & smell over time and a technology on the topside of the mat to aid your hands and feet from slipping. Machine wash and hang dry.
Stephanie McCleary is a wife and a mom who lives with a chronic medical condition. Raising a family while managing her medical condition, Stephanie needed a creative outlet. What started in 2005 as photo jewelry using sterling silver and vintage metals eventually transitioned to designing and creating fashion jewelry and finally in 2015, she launched Milo & Fin to provide a her own unique & fresh take on jewelry trends. Inspired by natural elements and unique materials, Stephanie’s craft combines innovative design and versatility. Every single piece of Milo & Fin jewelry is designed and crafted by Stephanie’s hands.
Sasha Trosch named Rock Springs Paper Craft after the home in Ellicott City, Maryland where her mother grew up. After dabbling in decoupage, papermaking and collecting vintage magazines in an effort to fill her time in her half-empty nest, Sasha spotted a $15 marbling kit in the kids’ section of New York magazine’s holiday gift guide and Rock Springs Paper Craft was born. Beautiful marbled papers, lovely handmade paper as well as note cards, notebooks, coasters, trinket boxes and more – Rock Springs Paper offers unique gifts and stationery for any occasion.
Erin McDermott White, creator of Erin McDermott Jewelry has a passion to design and handcraft jewelry that makes you feel beautiful, “put together” and confident. Erin creates a fresh and modern spin on timeless classics – unique pieces that are easy to wear working effortlessly throughout the day. You’ll find jewelry that allows you to express your personality – transitioning beautifully in your busy life whether you are at work, running errands after yoga, enjoying cocktails, attending a black-tie function or spending the day with friends and family.
Audrey Hood is an artist and interior designer in the Charlotte area. She believes that the most important component of designing a space or creating a piece of art is the relationship she has with her clients. As an artist, Audrey works in a variety of mediums including watercolor, acrylic, and oil. Audrey loves collaborating with collectors to paint pieces that reflect her client’s taste and style, and she includes elements in each commissioned piece that are special to her client. For her interiors projects, Audrey approaches every design with her specific client and their family in mind, creating a warm, welcoming, comfortable environment that is both beautiful and functional.
Terrie Reeves has been a health advocate for over 25 years and provides insight and solutions in the area of health and well-being to a wide range of audiences. She has reached millions of people through television, video, workshops, events, conferences and consulting. Terrie trademarked the term “Ideal Being” to encourage people to broaden their perspective on health and well-being and she remains committed to helping individuals, groups and organizations adopt and institutionalize strategies to improve awareness, engagement, productivity, health, happiness and human performance. Her health advocacy highlights are many, and can be seen here.
Terrie is the Founder of Empower Health America, a research and evidence-based engagement and health advocacy company whose mission is “To transform lives, communities, organizations, and the world by encouraging self-study and empowering mindful action, and the creator of the Train For Life® (TFL) Assessment and the Ideal Being® Model.
ei8htgroup. In 2016, a dozen or so girls from Charlotte, NC, were asked to apply and join a program named “Stiletto Boss University.” This program met one to two times every week in Grier Heights, a low-income neighborhood in Charlotte. This program’s purpose is to teach high school girls the foundations of business and also help these girls discover their true potential. From there, the number of participants filed down from 15 to 12 to 8. By the time our program had decreased to eight girls, we were ready to create our own business from our newfound knowledge. Here, is where we decided to name our business “Ei8ht,” as we had become eight sisters determined to make a difference. Currently, we are staffed by 5 but still hold our name mighty and true because of all of the work the 8 girls originally put into this business.
How do we intend to make a difference, you may ask? Well, that’s where you come in. Our business is an inspirational product line and will use part of the proceeds, that you contribute in your purchase, to go back into the Grier Heights community. These funds will go into specific programs within the Grier Heights community center that foster the youth and adults of this neighborhood and will go to other major needs of the community.
Ginger Wagoner and her daughter Zoe Macomber of JusticeSeeders.com. Ginger Wagoner wasn’t sure what to expect a few years ago when she asked her then-10 year old daughter, Zoë, what she wanted to do over the upcoming summer. The two decided their goal was to get people talking and using social justice words more frequently and ‘seeding’ important ideas.” Ginger and Zoë’s own important idea? Allow people to proudly wear their commitment to social justice … literally … on jewelry and t-shirts. With that, JusticeSeeders was born. Zoë is now 13 and, with her mom, is even more committed to the causes of human trafficking prevention, clean water, education for girls, and access to quality medical care for all, while supporting messages of acceptance and love. Proceeds from the sales of JusticeSeeders items support non-profits whose missions mirror Ginger and Zoë’s passions.
Best Pound Cakes by Laura began 10 years ago as a hobby. As a child, Laura learned cake baking from her paternal grandmother, Rosa Lee Evans Foxx, who was a superb cook and teacher. She believed that a lady should always know a craft. Throughout college and her daytime careers in philanthropy, Laura has continued to perfect her basic pound cake recipe into a wonderfully delicious product, enjoyed by family and friends, alike.