Andy Telfer sings to a person who came to enjoy last year’s What Women Want event.

Andy Telfer sings to a person who came to enjoy last year’s What Women Want event.

Paris is What Women Want

Popular event has moved to Qualicum Beach this year

It has moved to a bigger venue, but it’s still a hot ticket.

What Women Want co-ordinator Donna Andres can still sell you tickets ($25) to the event March 18 at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. You’ll have to go to her Ladies Mantle shop near the Orange Bridge in Parksville to buy them, but there’s no guarantee there will be any remaining by the time you read this story.

Such is the success of this event, Andres’ fifth version of What Women Want. About 850 people attended last year in Parksville and up to 950 will be in Qualicum Beach this year.

“I didn’t think it would be this big,” said Andres. “And I don’t think I want it to get any bigger. Puting it in an arena would lose the whole ambiance. We want to keep it a fun night for gals.”

What Women Want is a trade show of sorts, with about 50 vendors that feature women’s clothing, accessories and services. It’s much more than that though, often featuring fashion shows and entertainment.

The vendors are almost all local and Andres said it’s an opportunity to showcase what the region has to offer women, perhaps some of whom think they have to leave the area and go to the bigger centres to find good stuff.

“Parksville Qualicum Beach has awesome shopping,” said Andres. “There are businesses here that have been here for 25 years and people don’t know about them.”

The theme this year is Paris, but Andres wasn’t exactly sure how her committee came to that determination.

“I don’t know. It’s Paris. Everybody talks about Paris,” she said. “It’s about girls, romance. It’s a wonderful place to visit and we are going to bring it to Parksville Qualicum Beach.”

Proceeds from the event will once again go to Haven House. Last year, Andres presented Haven House with a cheque for $4,000.