Brittles, high end bags and jewelry, holiday décor, scrumptious food, clothing galore, yuletide swag and bling will have shoppers flocking to Dazzle Daze again this year. In its 16th year, the holiday extravaganza has more to offer.
Dazzle Daze will kick off on Nov. 16 with Girls’ Nite Out and will feature prizes from Kendra Scott jewelry and Conway Women’s Med Spa, plus swag bags for the first 500 shoppers.
“We are very excited to welcome Kendra Scott,” said Amy Reed, a Dazzle Daze 2017 co-chair. “We also welcome back our good friends from Conway Women’s Med Spa, who have donated over $10,000 in prizes and gift certificates.”
Updates at the Conway Expo Center will allow the culinary fare for general shopping on Friday and Saturday to be expanded this year with food items from Taziki’s Mediterranean Grill, TGI Friday’s and Chick- Fil-A on the menu.
Friday and Saturday at Dazzle Daze will also include expanded Teddy Bear Clinics for the children. This is the second year for the Teddy Bear Clinic to be included in Dazzle Daze as an outreach effort for young children. Hours this year are Friday, Nov. 17, from 10 am to noon and 4 to 7 pm; Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 am to noon. Parents are encouraged to bring a teddy bear or another favorite stuffed animal along with their child to the event. Additional bears are available for a $5 donation.
However, shopping remains the calling for the majority of Dazzle Daze goers with thousands of shoppers coming in each year to check out holiday merchants from around the country. A few of those are profiled below:
Reunion of friends: Lisa Greenhaw, one of the vendors to participate in the first show in 2001, will return to Dazzle Daze this year with FABU, a merchant that sells mixed metal and hand stamped jewelry. “I design all of it and make a whole lot of it,” said Greenhaw of the jewelry selection. Dazzle Daze founder Janice Robbins consulted with Greenhaw prior to establishing the first show. Greenhaw, who currently lives in Little Rock, returns because “I like to support Conway and Dazzle Daze.” It is also a reunion of friends. “I always ask for a booth next to Patti Stobaugh (founder of Patti Cakes bakery). I like to see a lot of familiar faces.” Greenhaw operated her first booth with Ellen Ishee Olonney and sold inspirational wall words under the name of Ispirato.
Smoked meat: Bearcreek Smokehouse has been one of Dazzle Daze’s staple vendors, supporting the event since the early years. “It’s a good atmosphere; we really enjoy working with the hospital, and it’s for a good cause,” Vickie Chapman explained. And in all honesty, “we stay covered up.” The five-generation Marshall, Texas, company sells festive foods, including smoked meats such as pork tenderloin, cranberry turkey breast, summer sausage, beef sticks and, yes, bacon. Other favorites are soup and gumbo mixes and chili seasonings. “One of our biggest sellers is the bacon; it comes in a pound and a quarter package and is hickory smoked.”
Did she say jalapeno brittle? Amy Casalman with Fort Smith –based Fulmer Candy Company, a second-year vendor at the show, said they will return because “it was very organized, well run; and we had a really good time.” The candy company features brittles, in particular jalapeno peanut brittle, along with cashew and pecan peanut brittles. “Northwest loves the jalapeno but Conway loves the pecan,” she said. “We will have plenty of everything.” Casalman and her sister, Ashley Mickle, operate the candy company using a recipe passed down from their grandmother. Casalman plans to entice shoppers with free samples.
“When they saw us and visited; it was like holy cow!” said Brent West, Director of Operations for Braswell & Son, a vintage luxury pawn broker with a Conway store that made its first visit to Dazzle Daze in 2016. Don’t confuse pawn shop with pawn broker as there aren’t many pawn shops that offer designer brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermès, Goyard, Prada and Gucci. “Everything we sell comes with a story,” said West. “We offer fine watches and exquisite bags. A lot of women come to us because they saw us or visited online, and that’s why we are coming back to Dazzle Daze.” Braswell & Son also provides free layaway and buy backs if the purchase doesn’t work out.
While shopping is fun, the underlying purpose of Dazzle Daze is compelling.
“Dazzle Daze is so much more than a fun event and shopping,” said Pam Sims, a Dazzle Daze co-chair. “Proceeds help make possible important equipment purchases, scholarships and other programs that improve the quality of care provided by Conway Regional Health System.” Throughout its 16-year history, Dazzle Daze has raised more than $650,000 in support of local health care at Conway Regional Health System.
Raffle tickets on sale
A considerable portion of those funds are raised with the raffle.
Another staple of Dazzle Daze is a raffle of several big-ticket items. A maximum of 500 raffle tickets are available for purchase by contacting Conway Regional Women’s Council members, participating business or at the Conway Regional Marketing Office for a chance to win:
· Grand Prize 2017 Ford Mustang Convertible, magnetic color ($31,500 value) from Smith Ford
· 2nd Prize Vintage His & Hers Louis Vuitton Keepall Bags ($2,000 value) donated by Braswell & Son
· 3rd Prize 14kt white gold Dancing Diamond Pendant ($1,600 value) donated by Lee Ann’s Fine Jewelry
· 4th Prize Traeger Wood-Fired Grill and meat gift certificate ($1,200 value) donated by Moix RV and Circle Maker Farms
· 5th Prize Furniture Gift Certificate ($1,000 value) donated by Cajun Brothers Furniture
Dazzle Daze hours
Girls’ Nite Out 6-9pm, Thursday, Nov. 16
Teddy Bear Clinic Friday, Nov. 17, 10am-noon, 4-7pm; Saturday, Nov. 18, 10am-noon
General Shopping Friday, Nov. 17,
10am-9pm; Saturday, Nov. 18, 10am-4pm
Raffle Drawing Saturday, Nov. 18, 3:45pm
Where to find tickets
Tickets for Dazzle Daze are currently on sale online at www.dazzledaze.com. Raffle tickets are available for purchase at a number of locations in Conway including Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center, pattiCakes, 501 Life, Smith Ford, Log Cabin Democrat, US Pizza Co., H3 Home + Décor, Cajun Brothers Furniture, Model Laundry, H & N Architects, Michelle M. Phillips, CPA, PA, Lee Ann’s Fine Jewelry and the Conway Regional Marketing Office as well as Daisy-A-Day and First Security in Greenbrier and La-z-boy Furniture Gallery in Little Rock.