A downtown event in Escalon celebrated local women in business on Thursday, May 23. The Main Street gathering was hosted at Le Boucherie from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Lesley Killingsworth organized the event to promote business in Escalon with the help of Le Boucherie business owner, Lauren Holmes, and a few others.
Several local businesswomen had booths set up offering items ranging from Tastefully Simple to Tupperware, Inheritance Winery, Passion Party and many others.
Le Boucherie is a salon and boutique that offers hair services, a brow bar, and facials. They also have a natural nail care therapist, Ticia Costa. The boutique has women’s clothing, cowgirl boots, home décor, jewelry, handbags, and more.
During the Thursday evening event, there was a colorful truck parked in the front of the store featuring “The Butler’s Pantry” mobile shop. Jamie Butler operates the truck as a mobile kitchen and home store. She has several kitchen gadgets in stock, aprons, and more.
Besides customers, Escalon Police Department made an appearance, with officers coming in prior to the actual event to make sure vendors had everything in order for the sale of items. Holmes explained that police had received an anonymous call regarding the event, prompting the officer contact.
“Luckily, there were no customers here at that time,” said Holmes, who admitted the police presence made for an awkward start to the festivities.
Despite the disruption, vendors quickly got back in business mode and the celebration continued and they were happy that several people stopped by to support the event. They stated that they had approximately 250 people stop in throughout the evening.
“We have heard so many positive responses on the evening and many vendors want us to host this again,” said Holmes. “In my opinion that was a huge success.”
The event had a variety of goods to choose from with some specialty vendors as well, including Performance Signs and Etching, which does custom glass etchings.
Due to the success of the event, organizers said they may have a holiday faire sometime in November to kick off the Christmas shopping season.
“We really try to stay and support all local businesses, and appreciate all the local business,” expressed Holmes.