Inaugural event draws hundreds, continues today

DULUTH - With more than 200 exhibitors selling their products and giving away samples, there were many women walking around the Gwinnett Daily Post Women's Expo on Saturday with big bags in their hands.

There was a lot to take in, and possibly take home, but the key was being selective, said Daneen Campbell of Loganville.

"We cased the joint and then went back to the places we really liked," Campbell said.

Campbell wasn't the only one casing the joint, with hundreds of women attending the inaugural Gwinnett Daily Post Women's Expo on Saturday. The event continues through today, giving attendees and exhibitors even more opportunities to interact.

The expo appeared to have something for everyone, with exhibitors selling everything from jewelry to makeup to massages.

Lavinia Morris of Lawrenceville had been looking to make some home improvements and found some businesses at the expo that could help her out.

"I'm going to have a few people come out to the house and explain a couple of things to me - do window treatments, see about getting a sunroom, things like that," Morris said.

But the day wasn't just about businesses selling their services.

A number of speakers gave presentations aimed at helping women lead healthier lives and staying safe.

Lawrenceville resident Karen Trev said she really enjoyed the self-defense seminar "Fight Like a Girl."

The seminars will continue today with Dr. Lorraine Gravante speaking about weight loss, actress Meredith Baxter discussing her skin-care line, doctors from Gwinnett Medical Center giving a presentation on chemotherapy and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation talking about the basics of breast cancer.

Exhibitors are hoping the event will have even more attendees today and are excited about the future of the expo.

"I think once the word gets out it could be bigger and bigger and it could be a really good tradition," said Kristen Anderson, owner of The Silver Box in Suwanee.