By Linda Scherer
WINSTED, MN It’s spring and time once again for the annual Winsted Women’s Expo scheduled to take place at the Blue Note in Winsted Saturday, April 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This year’s expo is sponsored by the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce, The Roadhouse Coffee Shop, and Timber Garage Door Systems, LLC.
Admission for the event is free, but those attending are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items for the McLeod County food shelf.
Last year’s expo attracted more than 400 people of all ages. This year’s promises to be just as successful, with more than 70 vendors offering a variety of products and services.
One of the two new sponsors this year is The Roadhouse Coffee Shop, owned by Debra Olson and her daughter, Lisa Bayerl.
The Roadhouse doesn’t just sell coffee, baked goods, and lunch items; the business recently started a new feature every Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. patrons are able to bring in a bottle of their favorite wine and enjoy it on the premises in a bistro-like setting.
The second new sponsor is Timber Garage Door Systems, LLC, owned by John Koch (Josh Koch was the name printed in error in the April 5 Herald Journal article). Timber Garage offers 24-hour service, seven days per week and focuses on preventative maintenance and repair.
Julie Guggemos, Winsted Women’s Expo committee member, listed some of the new vendors that will be at the expo this year including Norwex, offering a wide variety of natural home cleaning products; Healthy Grains Baking, with bread popular at the Winsted Farmers Market, made in Cokato; and name brand perfumes sold at rock bottom prices by Kam Alipock of Montrose.
Guggemos also highlighted some returning vendors including party decorators Bob Kegler and Tom Specken.
“They decorate the Blue Note for the expo, but they do wedding decorations and more than just the Blue Note,” Guggemos said. “They do a variety of venues at a variety of locations.”
Also returning is Real Deals from Waconia a home decor and furniture store.
Other favorites returning include Pampered Chef, Winsted Floral, and Mary Kay cosmetics.
The Blue Note will be offering food samples.
“Jewelry, handbags, and salon offerings will allow for plenty of shopping opportunities for everyone,” Guggemos said. “This is not just an expo, but a market.”
Vendors selling business services include chiropractic, massage therapy, and a dental clinic.
Some nonprofit organizations represented at the expo will be Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, and Alateen.
Winsted Women’s Expo committee members are Sarah Fasching, Julie Guggemos, Erin Kutz, and Jennifer Stratton.