A show being called the ultimate girls' weekend is set to take place at the Charleston Area Convention Center Sept. 27-29.
IF YOU GO
What: SHE three-day show
When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 27; Opening Night Party is 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27, with a performance by Elise Testone at 6:30 p.m.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 28; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 29.
Where: Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston
Admission: Free 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 27 only. Otherwise, admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12, $5 for seniors, military and college students (proper IDs required). Two-day pass, $12; 10 or more, $5 each.
SHE will be three days of fun with opportunities for women to learn things they will find useful, says Jacqueline Bomar, president of Greenville-based JBM & Associates, creator and producer.
More than 45 types of activities dealing with beauty, cooking, crafts, entertaining, fashion, healthy living and shopping are planned.
Among celebrities providing expert advice will be Vern Yip, a judge on HGTV's “Design Star”; Terry Haas of the former HGTV series, “Designed to Sell” and an author; and Cynthia Graubart, a James Beard Award winner and author.
“American Idol” contestant and music star Elise Testone of Mount Pleasant will give a concert.
“Women are powerful consumers,” Bomar says. “I wasn't going to do a basic women's show where there was just shopping. SHE is more of an experience.”
Cooking for two
Graubart of Atlanta, who co-authored “Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking” and the recently published “Slow Cooking for Two,” says she will demonstrate cooking in the right quantities for two whether using a slow cooker or stove top. A main goal is to avoid eating leftovers for days.
Everyone from students in a dorm to young adults in a small apartment to empty nesters will find learning to cook for two useful, says Graubart, herself an empty nester.
“Very little is written on cooking for two,” she says. “It can be a challenge. A little advance thought goes a long way toward making it less challenging.”
During SHE, attendees will have an opportunity to cook with Graubart. “I know that we are going to do rosemary-rubbed pork tenderloin with sweet potatoes and cauliflower for stove top and kale and kielbasa soup for slow cookers,” she says.
“What is incredibly important to me is taste. A slow cooker infuses so many flavors into the dish and I don't want to give it up. Yet, if you use herbs and spices to raise the profile of your (stove top) dish, you really are going to get something tasty.”
Home staging advice
Terry Haas, HGTV star and author of “How to Make Every Buyer Want Your House” will give advice on staging a home to sell.
“Ultimately, women are the decision makers when it comes to buying a house,” Haas says, adding that SHE is the perfect venue for such a presentation.
Buyers don't want a house that looks messy, Haas says. A messy house gives buyers the impression that the structure has not been cared for very well either.
“The market is rebounding. You can't just put a house on market. There are too many choices and people will go somewhere else.”
Haas says those who want tips for staging their homes can show her pictures of their rooms at SHE. Many of her suggested projects will be ones most homeowners can do themselves.
“Improvements can be as simple as changing fixtures from brass to brushed nickel, chrome or oil-rubbed black to update the look of a kitchen or bath.”
There also are many things those on limited budgets can do, she says. The top three are: Clean your house. Makes sure it has good curb appeal. Declutter every space you can.
Haas also will talk about working miracles with a fresh coat of paint and staying neutral and classic without being boring.