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Women’s Expo: Vendors offer variety in event’s sixth year

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BEMIDJI – Whether you have an interest in physical fitness, enjoy having beautiful nails or are more concerned about personal safety, the Sixth Annual Women’s Expo has a vendor booth for you.

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The expo will have more than 100 vendors, including a few new businesses and products.

Damsel in Defense, a company that focuses on equipping and empowering women to better protect themselves, will be at the expo, offering women personal protection products ranging from pepper sprays, stun guns and personal alarms.

“I just want people to walk away from my booth looking at things differently,” said Jennifer Schaefer, consultant at Damsel in Defense. “Whether it is walking your dog, walking to your college dorm room or walking in a dark parking lot, I just want people to look at things a little bit differently; taking the blinders off and making sure they know that there are other options out there.”

According to the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted every two minutes and Schaefer acknowledged that women are often the victims.

Damsel in Defense was formed in 2011 in Idaho to address the issue of women’s safety, offering an alternative to conceal and carry permits. The company’s booth is located in the second row of vendors from the main entrance.

 Protecting oneself is an important thing to do, but for those that want to look good while doing it, they can visit the Jamberry Nails booth in the first row of vendors, just inside the arena’s entrance.

Jamberry Nails started in 2011 in Salt Lake City, Nev., when three sisters got together looking for a way to create beautiful long lasting nails.

They came up with the idea of vinyl nail shields that are applied on natural, acrylic and gel nails. They are easily applied at home and can be used by women of all ages.

“They are like a sticker for your nails,” Jamberry Nails Independent Consultant Brandy Schmitz said. “I don’t like to use that word but that is basically what they are.”

The nails are sold in sheets of 18 and last up to two weeks on finger nails and up to 6 weeks on toe nails.

Also at this year’s expo is a Goga studios booth, teaching women about the Goga experience.

Bemidji’s Goga studio is located in suite 2 of 1008 Paul Bunyan Drive NW.

The studio offers a workout that invigorates the whole body, leaving it energized and relaxed.

The four steps that the studio uses include vibrate, hydrate, radiate and rejuvenate.

The Goga platform oscillates the body simulating a walking motion. The vibration triggers muscle contractions throughout the body. The exercise causes less stress to the joints and ligaments when compared to other machines and regular resistance training.

An additional seminar was left out of Thursday’s Women’s Expo story. The “Timeless Beauty at Every Age” seminar will begin at 2:15 p.m. on the Paul Bunyan Broadcasting stage.

Metamorphos Skin Care Nurse Practitioners Barb Eriksson-Capes and Jan Maas will conduct the seminar, explaining how to maintain beauty as one grows older. Topics discussed include skin basics, aging skin and skin problems such as acne.

If You Go

What: Sixth Annual Women’s Expo

When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sanford Center

Tickets: Advanced tickets are available until 3:30 p.m. today at Lueken’s, Marketplace, Ken K. Thompson Jewelry and the Bemidji Pioneer office. Advanced tickets are $6 each, or $5 each for groups of 10 or more. Tickets will also be available at the door for $10.

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