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Area businesses work together to bring local options at Fillmore County Wedding Show

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Features

Small business owner, Trisha Christoperson, is full of vision. She started her business, Sweetie Cakes, out of her home with the idea of bringing a local option of baked delights to southeast Minnesota communities. Featuring only made from scratch treats, with original recipes and a whole lot of talent, Sweetie Cakes is well on its way to success. Within a year of starting out, Trisha was renting kitchen space from another small business owner in the area and devising a plan to help other local businesses achieve success. Christopherson organized the Fillmore County Wedding Showcase, which is believed to be the first of its kind for the county.

The show, held on Saturday, April 26 at the Kingsland High School gym in Spring Valley, Minn. featured only local businesses that offered services in wedding event planning. For engaged couple, Sawyer Hanson and Marisa Bite, it was a treat to entertain the idea of supporting the local economy as they make their plans for their dream to come true. Sawyer’s mother, Lisa Hanson, explained she had brought the couple there so they could understand the importance of what was offered in the area and support the businesses that support the local communities.

Christopherson reached out to several businesses throughout the county and neighboring small counties in hopes of creating a business helping business atmosphere and relationships, while being able to create awareness to consumers. Much of what a couple would need or want for their special day, if not everything, can be found right in their own backyards.

From photographers to caterers, Christopherson thought of everything and local businesses that stepped up will reap the benefit of participating. Dawn Sloan, owner of Radiance Photography in LeRoy, Minn., was excited to be a part of the showcase. She explained how keeping low package pricing has been an advantage to her business. Understanding the competitive market and the tendency for consumers to naturally look in larger cities for services, she prides herself on her relationships with her clients. Getting to know them, making them comfortable; these are the things that make great photos. When a couple feels natural and has a good rapport with their photographer, it makes for beautiful and real memories to be captured by Sloan.

Char Carlson, of Spring Valley, was one of the vendors on hand for the showcase. Carlson has been an ordained minister for seven years. With the ability to customize a wedding ceremony however a bride and groom envision it, Carlson is able to perform a ceremony just about anywhere, including her own home. Her motto is, ‘Your wedding, your way’, and she prides herself on living up to that when it comes to joining people in matrimony.

A great first run by Christopherson, the Fillmore County Showcase featured a fashion show that included the newest and trendiest wedding day fashions. There were multiple prize packages given away to attendees as well as samples and/or special package pricing available to only those who attended. For a couple like Hanson and Bite, the intimate setting and the ability to speak to the actual owners of these businesses was a priceless experience that will help them as they move forward towards their big day.

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