2019 Women’s Expo draws hundreds of shoppers

BECKLEY, W.Va. (WOAY) – The 2nd Annual Women’s Expo opened Friday, welcoming hundreds of shoppers to the variety of vendors on display.

“It’s just got a bunch of different styles and it seems like it has a little bit for everybody,” said shopper Cheryl Meadows.

With hundreds showing up, the event was the perfect opportunity for small businesses to meet both old and new customers.

“We came to get the word out about our store in Fayetteville so people can see our products,” said Phillip Peelish from Wild Mountain Soap Company.

Guests visited each booth for freebies and giveaways. The family-friendly event also featured a kids’ zone.

The event will continue through Saturday. Free and discounted tickets are available at several local businesses.

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