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Stepping up and stepping out: Ladies day planned in Lanesboro


Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Interested in what the hottest fashions are for spring and summer? Join Cheryl Lamon, proprietor of Cheryl's Apparel in downtown Lanesboro, on Saturday, April 10th, at 10 a.m. at the town's Commonweal Theater. Lamon and her staff will be hosting their annual style show in conjunction with a full day of shopping and pampering offered by several Lanesboro merchants.

"Our fashion show is geared around ladies day in Lanesboro where local merchants will be offering things to make this day special for women visiting our town," Lamon said. Those attending the event will have a chance to win a fabulous gala gift basket from one of the following participating merchants: Olivia's Attic, Scenic Valley Winery, Lanesboro Local, Cheryl's Apparel, Amish Experience, Potiche Pottery and Gifts and Essence of Lanesboro.

"Our theme this year is Stepping Up and Stepping Out," Lamon said. "We have changed the format somewhat to include mini sessions before the style show," she added. According to Lamon, Town Clipper will be providing nails and makeup, Prana Healing Center will be offering hand massages, wellness and nutrition topics will be presented by River Hills Chiropractic and jewelry will be on display and for sale by Cheryl's Apparel. Once the style show is complete, attendees will be able to sit back, relax and enjoy a special luncheon. "We also have other surprises, but I'm not giving away those details," Lamon said. Lamon finished selecting her establishment's new line nearly six months ago.

"In the clothing industry, you pick clothing out about six months before it will be shipped to your store," she said. "We are about done with buying fashions for fall." In this season's line-up? Expect to see bold prints and bright colors.

"Some years the spring selection has featured more earth tones, but this year there is a lot of color," Lamon said. "Turquoise and orange are popular colors and there is always a palette of white and black-- but this year we are seeing more red, too," she added. Light-weight sweaters and boleros to pair with sleeveless dresses and tops are popular items this season and skirts are full and frilly. "Jackets have always been a strong seller at Cheryl's Apparel and this year we are seeing many with bold prints and accent details to make the jacket really snap," she said.

Seven area women will strut their stuff down the catwalk during the style show. One who was hand picked to become a model for the day was Lanesboro resident Ceil Allen. Allen has called Lanesboro home since "the turn of the new century," as she puts it. Allen worked in the Chicago area as a manager for United Airlines before her retirement. She discovered the quaint village of Lanesboro and decided to settle in. "When I told people I was moving to Minnesota to retire, they thought I was crazy," Allen said. "I found a little piece of paradise here in Lanesboro," she said.

Allen has become well known throughout the town because of her boundless energy and volunteer spirit. She has been a member on the Chamber Board, the Arts Council Board and Friends of Library Board. She currently serves on Lanesboro's City Council, sings in the church choir and tries out for every community theatre performance that comes along. She can now add fashion model to her Lanesboro community resume. "I have a hard time saying no to things," Allen confessed. "When someone asks if I can help with something, I'm more likely to say 'sure'...I've never been sorry about any of the things I've been involved with."

Allen and the other models will be able to choose what they wear on the runway. "They pick out their own outfits with our help or we may suggest something that would be a great outfit for the style show," Lamon said. "We like to use local models because they are like you and me - you see them on the street and they don't have 'perfect' figures like professional models," she said. "Our fashion show lets people see ordinary people looking fantastic just by wearing great fashions."

Cost for the style show is $20 and reservations are being taken at 507-467-4466. Cheryl's Apparel, located in the Stone Mill Suites building complex, offers a line of accessories to complement their fashions, such as fun and unusual jewelry pieces, handbags, scarves and hats. "We cater to the more missy customer but still have clothing that is fun and stylish," Lamon said. "We avoid buying anything that looks like the big box stores." Her store also features books for both adults and children, quilting fabrics and supplies, along with soaps and lotions. The store is open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During the summer months, the store stays open until 7:30 p.m.

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