Psychoanalysts recommend retail therapy as a viable alternative to traditional methods, provided shoppers remember to bring along their own couch. Make your shrink obsolete with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two tickets (a $20 value) to the Women's Lifestyle Show on Saturday, March 19 or Sunday, March 20 at the London Convention Centre. Doors open at 9 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday.
At the ninth annual Women's Lifestyle Show, patrons can browse the wares of more than 150 exhibitors, pick up recipes and samples during cooking demonstrations by local chefs, watch a fashion show, and audit brief seminars led by informative and entertaining speakers. The event's plethora of participating exhibitors, including salons, spas, restaurants, boutiques, and more, should keep booth-cruisers busy with samples, demos, information, and crossword puzzles relating to their products and services. Fairgoers can take a break to watch speakers such as Nadeen "The Queen of Hypnosis" Manuel (11 a.m. on both days) and interior designer Candice Olson of HGTV (Sunday at noon and 2 p.m.), or get the lowdown on spring trends at the Sensational You fashion show (both days at 1 p.m.), which will include a makeover contest and hairstyling tips from experts. Throughout both days, the Savour Elgin Cooking Stage hosts local chefs, who regale their audiences with recipe demonstrations even as they conduct Pavlovian studies with savoury samples
Saturday's festivities will culminate in a happy hour held in the convention centre's courtyard at 3 p.m., when Rush Creek Wines and Railway City Brewing Company will distribute reds, whites, and brews as Smoke-n-Bones restaurant dispenses wings. The largesse further extends to the convention's first 200 attendees, who will walk away with a complimentary swag bag stuffed with gifts and turkey dressing.
Women's Lifestyle Show
Since 2002, the Women's Lifestyle Show has gathered exhibitors, chefs, and entertainers from across the country to delight audiences with two days of female-focused activities. Rows of colourful exhibitor booths lavish wanderers with products and demonstrations by local spas and fashion boutiques, and the cooking stage grants glimpses of guest chefs sizzling and searing flavourful recipes to spark ideas for upcoming dinner dates, family meals, and tricks to teach robot maids.
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