Billed as a chance for women to shop it was more of a party with balloons, goodies and a fashion show. Organization of it was started by DBIA coordinator Jenna Leslie but she quit a few weeks ago to take a job in Kingston and her replacement, Aaron Wood, doesn’t start until Monday. So Councillor Adam Bureau and Deputy Mayor Suzanne Séguin stepped in and with a number of volunteers, organized the fun event on Friday night. There was a Jazz band on King Street and the old Sarby’s store was used to house some vendors and the Fashion show. The original intent was for the fashion show to be outdoors in front of Victoria Hall but a threat of cold and possibly wet weather made a sheltered location a better idea. As it turned out, it was cool but sunny.
The event started at 5:00 and was scheduled to go to 9:00 with the idea that anyone who came would not only watch the fashion show but also visit the stores and maybe a restaurant. Adam reported that a quick survey gave the impression that there were in fact more buyers and certainly more traffic than usual. The vendors in “Sarby’s” were chosen to not compete with any of the Downtown stores and seemed happy with the crowd.
I counted 2 Auxiliary Police and 2 Special Constables on duty – they handed out cookies to anyone hungry (see photos below).
Adam and Suzanne handed out door prizes and the first 50 ladies got a goody bag. Adam and Suzanne also handed out the prizes to the winners in the Spring Passport competition which finished April 30.
Many of the store owners actually participated in the show as “models” although there were also some helpers. Some of the models seemed almost professional (like Thelma Dillon at right) and others were just “regular” – but all were cheered loudly and everyone enjoyed themselves.
The clothes and accessories were all from local stores and MC Marcie Whelan made sure we knew where we could buy the items on display. “Models” were of all ages – from toddlers to mature and there were even a couple of dogs.
More than 100 people watched the show and I took lots of photos but contrary to good journalistic practice, I did not get everyone’s name – just some of them. Below are 14 photos that tell the story – although with this format there’s room for only a few of the “models”. Be sure to click any photo to enlarge it and access the slide show controls.