About the Show
When: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Clermont City Center, 620 W. Montrose Street, Clermont, FL 34711
RSVP: Buy your tickets now!
Bring your best girl friends to sample and shop from local South Lake businesses in a variety of categories, including: Health & Wellness, Fashion & Retail, Beauty, Spiritual Well-being, and Home decor/DIY, and more. Plan to stay for fashion shows, Q/A panel from your favorite women entrepreneurs, and celebrity guests.
- Shop from a variety of vendors, all products and services you love
- Enter for a chance to win some great prizes
- Q&A panel sessions from local entrepreneurs that have risked everything to chase their dreams. Success stories that will move all of our attendees to live life to the fullest, as every women should!
- 2 Fashion Show Segments – 4 shows in total
- Entertainment from one of Orlando’s resident DJs
- VIP Lounge & Meet/Greet area with Celebrity Guest
- Full Bar (liquor, beer, wine) Available to those 21+
- DJ Welcome Party
- Photo Booth, accessible to all attendees
- and much more!
Meet our Headliners
Gray Collective Bridal
Showcasing the latest trends in boutique fashion, bridal and formal wear.
Show times: 1:00 p.m. Boutique and Bubbles Show
3:00 p.m. The Formal Showcase Fashion Show
About Gray Collective Bridal
Gray Collective Bridal is a little piece of heaven located in Clermont, Florida between Tampa and Orlando. Escaping the hustle and bustle of these cities to experience what Gray Collective has to offer is a must! They are located in the quaint historic downtown area of Clermont on Montrose. Gray Collective is an industrial chic boutique carrying designers that include Maggie Sottero, L’ Amour, Rebecca Ingram, their very own exclusive Gray Collective line of gowns and much more including resort wear and various gifts for brides, bridesmaids, and any special members included within the entire wedding experience. Gray Collective Bridal takes great pride in focusing on and creating an unforgettable experience when it comes to finding the dream dress.
McKenley Rae Boutique
Showcasing the latest trends in boutique fashion and formal wear.
Show times: 1:00 p.m. Boutique and Bubbles Show
3:00 p.m. The Formal Showcase Fashion Show
About McKenley Rae Owner, Abigail
I was born in Manhattan, New York and raised on the beautiful island of Jamaica where my parents grow the world-renowned Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee. After graduating from the Convent of Mercy Academy High School, I returned to the United States to attend the University of Maryland. In my lifetime I’ve worn a variety of hats, from a young engineer to a successful romance author and of course the two I am most proud of…wife and mother. Through it all, I’ve always strived to look my best and express myself through fashion. In fact, I’d always dreamed of one day owning my own boutique.
With great pride, some stumbles along the way, hard work and unwavering support from family and close friends, that dream was realized in November 2017. I’d like to thank every person that has and will continue to patronize McKenley Rae Boutique. Thank you for helping me live my dream, and I hope you enjoy our little slice of heaven in beautiful Historic Downtown Clermont.
Women In Business Panelists
Show time: 2 p.m. Women in Business Q/A Panel
Micki Blackburn Nagel
Micki was born in Lakeland, FL. She moved to South Lake County in 1955, where she graduated from Groveland High School. She went on to obtain a Bachelors in Science from Florida Southern College, and a Masters degree from Rollins College. Micki taught school for 17 years in Clermont and Polk County. In 1972, she entered Real Estate, and went on to open her own business in 1993. She is married to George Nagel, and has one daughter, Merideth Nagel Bloder, and 3 grandsons.
Kristin Lee Jamieson
Kristin grew up in Overland Park, KS before making the move to Central Florida. Prior to entering the mortgage industry thirteen years ago, she attended Lake Sumter Community College of Nursing with the intention of dedicating my life to helping others. Although she ultimately moved away from her nursing career, her studies helped lay the foundation for her business ethic and taught her priceless lessons in working long hours and prioritizing. She has worked in nearly every part of the loan process over the course of her mortgage career, which makes her highly knowledgeable in her field and enables her to assist her clients in ways they didn’t even know they needed it.
Kristin’s biggest accomplishment is growing to a team of twelve within her first three years as a Loan Originator while still being a great mommy to two young girls and handsome little boy. Even though the mortgage industry and nursing seem worlds apart, Kristin’s primary focus is still helping others by any means possible and hopes to one day have helped every member of her community achieve their dreams of home ownership.
Moderated by: Lynn Riffle
Keynote Presentation: Woman Of Inspiration
Karen Ann Trawick, Get Back 2 Basics
I have lived in Clermont since 2000. My husband and I moved here to provide a better life for our 3 children and we loved the feel of South Lake County. This became our home. We set up roots by starting 2 businesses, a commercial pool business (that we still own) and I started a catering business based in the Citrus Tower called Simply Catered. In December of 2015, I decided to retire, and devote my time and resources to our growing pool business. In January, I had my routine mammogram. In February, I was diagnosed with Invasive Inductile Carcinoma of my left breast. I was devastated. WHY ME? HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN TO ME? AM I GOING TO DIE? I was so scared and confused. All I could think about is what about my family; how are they going to live without me. I don’t want to die. I am not ready to die! I know there is so much more for me to do! I knew I had to fight. So I did. I wasn’t going to go down this easy! Doctors were pushing so much information on me and telling me I had to have surgery immediately. Chemo pros and cons, radiation. I have to take a pill for the next 5 years. I was so afraid, confused and overwhelmed. At my first doctors appointment 2 days later, the doctor told me that the biopsy showed it was Stage 1, about .7 centimeters . I had so many questions. They kept telling me this is what you HAVE to do. I asked, what about my diet? Don’t I need to change what I eat? They told me no. This is when my gut instinct took over. What? Wait, what? I can eat anything I want? They told me of course! In the 2-3 days prior to the surgery, I spent 18-20 hours a day doing research. The first thing I read was that sugar feeds cancer. Stress feeds cancer. How am I supposed to NOT be stressed when you tell me I am going to die?
I went ahead with the surgery; I was thinking I want this “thing” out of my body! I want to give myself the best chance I can to beat this, and I that this was the right path. Before my surgery, I told God, if you get me through this surgery, I will follow the path you have set for me. I will listen and allow you to guide me. When I awoke from surgery, I knew deep down in my heart things weren’t setting right for me. You know the feeling, you just can’t put your finger on it, but things don’t feel right? They told me it was actually bigger than originally thought. Stage 2. I wanted to be home in my own bed, with my family around me, I wanted to be in my comfort zone, where I felt peace, love and acceptance. But once I got there, it made me see that I had much work to do. I needed answers. After doing some basic research, I knew as a Chef, I needed to change my eating habits. I started eating organic, non gmo. I started eating off a 7 inch plate. I started exercising more. I started cooking at home more and eating out less. I started cutting down on my sugar. I weighed 159 pounds at the time of my surgery. I definitely felt better, and felt empowered at that time, because I felt I had a handle on things. My oldest daughter had decided to help me and do this new whole food, plant based diet with me, so we started helping each other eat better.
In the weeks after surgery during my recovery, you kind of go through a grieving period; first fear, anger, feeling sorry for myself, more anger, more fear, more uncertainty. Through it all, I couldn’t stop researching. It was an obsession. I didn’t want to talk about it, I didn’t want to do anything but find out as much as I could about this horrible disease. I cried continuously. Among a lot of information, I also found the documentary series The Truth About Cancer. All I can say is WOW. This opened my eyes. I knew this is where I was suppose to be. This FINALLY made sense to me. I met with my oncologist again. I was ready. I had all my notes, all my documentation. I was so proud of myself. I did my homework and I had found many alternative options to beat this! I can tell you, it did not go well at all. My doctor was angry and upset; his words were, what are you doing? There is not data to support this information. There are no alternatives to tamaxifin. You are wrong and making a big mistake. Do what we tell you to do if you want to live. I was devastated AGAIN. I was hurt. I was angry. What just happened? Why? It took me days to regroup and my heart was hurting and I kept questioning myself. Should I do radiation? I met with the radiologist. Then I met with him again. And again. And again. I think the poor guy thought I was losing it after almost 7 hours of meetings. Even after finding out all the information I could; I still couldn’t decide. If I do it, will I get a secondary cancer in 5 years? I kept thinking, I don’t want to deal with this again in 5 years! He told me, due to the location, you will probably develop lung cancer or have hardening of the arteries from the radiation, or leukemia or more breast cancer, but that wouldn’t happen for at least 5 years; let’s worry about this cancer and not concentrate on that. I asked him straight, would you do this or allow you wife or children to do this? He said no. That was my answer. I knew then that my path was prewritten and determined by God. All I had to do was listen. So I did.
I was probably the most determined person on the face of the planet. No one was going to direct me down that path anymore. Although I knew there was a place for western medicine in all our lives, I knew I had to go holistic to heal myself from the inside out. My body has the ability to fix itself; I just have to give it the medicine it needs to do so. So I changed my lifestyle. I went vegan; but not just vegan, I went vegan to the second power! Whole plant based raw diet. No animal protein, no soy, no dairy, no sugar. I started to exercise every day and started to do yoga at home and meditation. I found a holistic doctor that specialized in areas I felt were important to me healing. I started IV therapy with vitamin c and glutathione, tons of supplements. I detoxed. My home, my body, my relationships, my spirit and especially my self.
One of the most important things I did was to believe in myself and tell myself every day that you are strong, you are invincible and you are a warrior that will beat this! I researched and found a test called RGGC that is only performed by one lab in the whole world; it takes your blood and tests your cancer stem cells (that live in your blood). It tests them against 48 alternative and 52 conventional treatments to see WHAT reduces your cancer stem cells. See, the other thing they told me after surgery is that I had clear margins in the area and my lymph nodes and I was cancer free. You are never cancer free. Your cancer stem cells, which live in your blood and are not affected by chemo or radiation, cannot be killed by these methods.
My test came back that I had 3 alternative methods that killed my stem cells. My numbers were 4.9. On a scale of 1-10, with a 5 being a higher risk of re-occurrence. Resveratrol came back and was the main option. This is found in red wine and nuts. I started on a 12 week IV therapy treatment three times a week. Three months later, my numbers were tested again and dropped to 3.4. I met with my Oncologist again. They couldn’t argue with science, the numbers said it all. I actually got an apology and said they wish all their patients took it this seriously and told me to keep doing what I am doing and they would support me 100% and work with my Alternative doctor.
I just had my numbers rerun and I am at a 3.2. I recently met with my Oncologist and my Family doctor again, who performed their own blood work and my numbers came back “normal”. My doctor took me off all 6 of my medications. I had lost over 50 pounds and my blood work was perfect! No diabetes, no high cholesterol, no high blood pressure, no anxiety, I was sleeping finally after years of sleepless nights, I felt AMAZING and better than I ever felt in my whole life! I know I am not cancer free and will never be, but I will continue my lifestyle and try to help as many people as I can change their health and live happier. This is where Get Back 2 Basics began. I Went back to school at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and graduated in March of 2017. I have never looked back! I try to help as many cancer patients and others as I can to learn what to do and how to do it. My mission statement is to educate, motivate and inspire others to live a healthier, happier lifestyle. You have to be balanced in these 6 areas: Relationships, Career, Exercise, Nutrition, Spiritual and the most important is Self Care. If these are balanced, you will be healthy. I cannot wait to share my story and lifestyle to help others in my community and see that you CAN do this! If I can, anyone can!
A lot of people tell me, you HAD to do this, that is why you had these results. They are wrong. I didn’t HAVE to do any of it. I did it because I finally “got it”. You only have one body to live in, shouldn’t you make it a healthy one? You make choices every day. Start with small changes and you will be successful! I am living proof!
Bourbon & Bubbles
Clermont Police Department
Coffee Shop of Horrors
Denise Calderon CPA
Engel & Völkers Clermont
Get Back 2 Basics
Hammer & Stain
Party Flavors Custom Cakes
Rodan + Fields
South Lake Hospital
South Lake Ob/Gyn
Sparkles by Karina
Success Mortgage Partners
The Clermont Brewing Co.
Women’s Centre for Excellence and Med Spa
Young Living/Raising Kale
A special thanks to,
The Lakeside Ladies
Jan’s Party Rental
Lindsay Parks Photography
Slammin’ Sound Entertainment & Events, LLC
Orlando Photo Booth Company
- Adult $15
- Youth $5 (6 – 12 years old)
At the Door Prices
- Adult $20
- Youth $10 (6 – 12 years old)
VIP Tickets $35 / $45 at the door, includes:
- Reserved seating at each scheduled event
- 2 free drink vouchers
- Exclusive access to the VIP lounge area with celebrity meet & greets
- 15 raffle tickets
Want to make your day even more ultimate? Dine with one of these restaurants on Saturday and show your wristband for exclusive deals and discounts!
Offering 15% discount off their tab to Women’s Show guests who show their Pink or Purple wristband.
Offering 5% off the tab to Women’s Show guests who show their Pink or Purple wristband.
Other Restaurants within walking distance of the show….
Cheeser’s Palace Cafe & Catering
Lynn’s Ice Cream and Sandwich Shoppe
Main Event Bar & Grill
Benefits of Participating
The South Lake Women’s Show is an all-new expo celebrating women in South Lake County. The innovative expo was created as a way for a variety of vendors to showcase their business to an engaged market. Vendors of all kinds are invited to participate in the 2018 South Lake Women’s Show, including but not limited to: Health & Wellness, Fashion & Retail, Beauty, Spiritual Well-being, and Home Decor/DIY.
In addition to the expo, the event will include presentations and interactive shows from local boutiques and influential woman business owners who have built their success stories in South Lake.