Reynolds Center

The Donald W. Reynolds Community Center will be the site for the Poteau Chamber of Commerce's "Women's Day Out" all day Saturday. Photo by Sara Powell/Poteau Chamber of Commerce

The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is going to turn the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center into a small version of a mall all day Saturday.

The Chamber’s “Women’s Day Out” will take place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Reynolds Center. The cost is $2 per person, which will get participants a ticket for a drawing for a special prize(s). Poteau Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Karen Wages said that there is a clip-and-save coupon on the Chamber’s Facebook page that patrons can “cut out” and bring to earn them a second ticket to have for entering any and all drawings during the day.

“It’s a networking event for women,” Wages said. “It’s a shopping event. All the vendors are those who have small businesses, giving them an opportunity to come together. You’ll get to know some women in our area. All these (vendors) are from around the area. A lot of them will be online businesses. There’s several who have store fronts. We’re just going to bring them all together to give women a chance to see the new things and what’s trendy. It’s going to be a big day.”

Just about everything women would want to get to “pamper” themselves will be available.

“We’re going to have waxing, spray tanning, nail art, boutiques, lip products, skin products, make-up and clothes,” Wages said. “It’s all women related. It will have some smell-good (products) like perfume and scented things for your cars. There’s going to be things all geared toward women. It’s a pampering day. If this is a success, and we hope it is, we’ll do this every year.”

Women’s “pampering” items aren’t the only things that will be available Saturday.

“We’ll be serving wine and food in the special bar area,” Wages said. “We’ll have concessions open.”

For those fearing COVID-19 pandemic issues, Wages said that’s all been resolved as there will be social distancing practiced and masks are optional.

Wages said something like this was in the works for March 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic shut down any hopes of putting it on.

“We planned to so something kind of like last March, but we were on hold (due to the COVID-19 pandemic),” she said. “This is a spin-off of an overflow of vendors from the Holiday Market (in December) that wasn’t home fashioned or home design or woodwork — stuff like that. We picked out what we wanted.”

Wages said the Chamber is looking forward to the big day Saturday.

“We’re looking forward to networking and shopping with each other,” she said. “We’re looking forward to bringing in the public. We did Facebook post and other things to try to reach that group of people that would like this. It’s going to be a great day for the women. They can come out and shop and then have dinner in Poteau that night.”

For additional information, call the Poteau Chamber of Commerce at (918) 647-9178.

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