Storybook expo for Wichita Falls businesses

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - 75 Wichita Falls businesses went to the Multi-Purpose Event Center for a simple goal to get their name out on Thursday afternoon.

The entrepreneurs promoted their businesses by showcasing what they have to offer the community.

Some business owners said this expo has given them a boost in getting their name out throughout the years.

"This is a good opportunity for [my] flower shop its name out there and gets people to know who we are and what we offer for everybody," Lori Jameson said.

She just opened a flower shop, Jameson's Flowers Etc, in Wichita Falls with her husband. Her family has owned several flower shops in Bowie.

She said she saw a number of customers the expo brought into their doors.

"People actually called the flower shop within the next weeks and say 'hey I know you, I met you at the expo,'" Jameson said. "It works coming out to these kinds of things."

Jameson's niece, Davie Allen a fashion consultant at Lulu Roe, came out to get exposure for her boutique as well.

"Just getting here and being out is kind of [difficult] getting out of your comfort zone to come and talking to people to socialize," Allen said. "It's an important part of the business just get your name out there."

She said to see shoppers check her clothes out made her giddy.

"I love it. I love it. I love to see women wear the clothes," Allen said.

Some vendors said the most important thing they learned from the expo is how to reach their customers.

"It's all about the people really," Katie Draper said. "When people are out here networking, I think the connection is the biggest part of a business in succeeding and I think this is just a great way to do it."

The event's theme was "Once Upon a Time" and the booths were decorated in storybook characters and colors.

The expo was open to the public from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. the doors were only open for the entrepreneurs.

An award ceremony was held once the public was gone.

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