Summit County Moms host Mother’s Day Gift Bazaar in Frisco
If you go
What: Summit County Moms’ Mother’s Day Gift Bazaar
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25
Where: Elevate CoSpace, 711 Granite St., Frisco
Cost: Admission is free
More information: Find the Facebook event page by searching “Summit County Moms Mother’s Day Gift Bazaar”
This Mother’s Day, avoid the hassle of shopping malls and the gut-churning anxiety of purchasing gifts online, and make a trip to Elevate CoSpace in Frisco this weekend for the Summit County Moms’ Mother’s Day Gift Bazaar.
“I wanted to give us moms a chance to sell our products and share our small businesses and get our names out there,” said Sara Ridgway, a Fairplay mom and a representative for Origami Owl who helped organize the event. “I’ve been advertising it as a one-stop place to shop for all of their gifts they might need to get.”
Ridgway’s first idea was to put together something similar in Park County, but she said she didn’t get much of a response from that small community. She decided to reach out to Summit County mom-preneurs through the Summit County Moms Facebook page and was overwhelmed by the positive response.
“It’s a great way for all of us to come together in this county,” said Melissa Chastain, of Dillon, owner of Cupcakes by Melissa. “A lot of us are raising our children on our own; we don’t have family here. It’s another opportunity to meet other moms in the county who are doing something similar to what I am, doing their own businesses and juggling that with being a mom and wife.”
Variety of goods
The first bazaar was held prior to Valentine’s Day and was so successful that members of the Summit County Moms group decided to bring it back, appropriately for the annual holiday celebrating mothers. The event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, will feature many of the same vendors from the Valentine’s Day bazaar, plus a few new faces.
“It’s great exposure, and it’ll be fun,” said Melanie Hitt, of Silverthorne, a Mary Kay skincare and cosmetics consultant and first-time vendor. “I know a number of ladies there — I’ve been a member of Summit County Moms on Facebook — and I thought it would be fun to meet people and get more interconnection with our community.”
Hitt is a mother of four and began selling Mary Kay earlier this year. The iconic pink-packaged products have been around “forever,” she said, and she’ll be selling grab-and-go items, in addition to taking orders from the various lines of Mary Kay cosmetics that can be shipped direct to customers.
“A lot of the ladies who are in the sales group have online websites, or we can ship directly to wherever the person’s at,” Hitt said. “If they’re visiting and they live in Texas, they can go to our website and we can ship to them.”
Other gifts to pamper mom include DoTerra and Young Living essential oils, Nerium and Rodan & Fields skin-care products, handmade soaps from Breckenridge Soap Co. and Jamberry Nails lacquers and nail wraps. If you’d rather indulge mom’s sweet tooth, choose from gluten-free Bun in the Oven Baked Goods or Chastain’s cupcakes, which she said make a great gift.
“I do a cupcake business out of my home as extra income,” said Chastain, who is one of many Summit County Moms who work out of their homes to balance careers with raising their kids. “I can have my own flexibility, and I love to bake — it’s a hobby of mine — so for me to have opportunities where I can get my product out and have people taste it and see what my cupcakes are like, that’s what I want.”
If your mother is more into baubles and keepsakes, vendors will be offering knit goods, handmade jewelry and shadow boxes, purses and wallets and photography packages, as well as items from Thirty-One Gifts and Creative Memories, Norwex chemical-free cleaning supplies and Origami Owl.
“I fell in love with them because you can personalize them and make it your own,” Ridgway said of the Origami Owl jewelry. “And I wanted to give people a chance to do that themselves, too.”
Support local moms
Ridgway said it’s up to each individual vendor how creative she wants to get with her goods and the Mother’s Day theme, but each booth will have at least a few things that would make good gifts.
“It’s a great chance to support small businesses, to give a gift to your mother for Mother’s Day, which is a highlight, since moms are giving a lot,” Chastain said. “It’s nice to be on the other side of receiving.”
Hitt said the bazaar also is a great place to meet new people and make new friends and an opportunity to show off Summit County’s vibrant small-business community to visitors, who often think of the area as nothing more than a cluster of towns at the base of the ski resorts.
“There’s going to be food vendors and quick-grab gifts,” Hitt said. “I’m doing some $5 grab bags for kids to give to their moms. I’ll have a couple of little middle school helpers, my daughter and her friend, and we’ll do some gift wrapping.”
“We’re trying to keep it simple and laid back, and hopefully we’ll all have some fun with it,” Ridgway said.
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