By: Chelsea Cornwell
THERE is nothing quite like an event that brings the community together in one place. Not to mention an event tailored for women to come together and win prizes, do some dancing, purchase custom made shoes and dresses, as well as help sponsor the 90th Apple Blossom Festival this year in Winchester, VA. That event was the 8th annual Kimberly’s Pumps and Pearls Ladies Party, on April, 25th, 2016; located at the George Washington Hotel in Winchester. The event was from 7:30pm to 10:00pm and was, “The best turnout we have ever had. Our tickets were nearly sold out and we had over $7,000 in prizes donated for the community to enjoy.” Kimberly explained.
Since the very beginning of festivals, there have been special events just for women. “Being the title sponsor for Apple Blossom for 8 years in a row now has been a blessing…” explains Kimberly Sowers of Winchester VA. And owner of Kimberly’s; an extremely popular and high-end retail store in the heart of Winchester, carrying everything from the best of wines, to boutique-like clothing for women, extremely personalized gifts from glass to sculptures. Kimberly’s carry’s stationary and wonderful handmade beauty products; there really is no store in the Eastern Panhandle that compares to the quality, economical price and eccentric variety that Sowers provides at Kimberly’s (135 N. Braddock St in Winchester, VA.).
It is that very passion for providing the community with a variety of wonderful goods and services that inspired Sowers to begin Pumps and Pearls Ladies Annual Party, as a way to give back to the community. Women from all walks of life are welcome and encouraged to come, enjoy good company and beautiful products. It is an event to celebrate your friends-old and new- because Spring has arrived! Ladies were able to create their own original Bloom Pumps (www.TheBloom.com) and purchase already made products. With a sea of Pink and Green, flooding the George Washington Hotel’s Ballroom, there were wonderful prizes to win such as: Pearls, a Lilly Pulitzer Tray, Specialty Shoes, High-End Girly gifts and much, much more that had been donated by the local stores, shops, artisans and crafters as a way to give back to these women, participating and donating their time and money to a wonderful cause in Winchester.
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” -Henry Ford
Sowers was thrilled with the out-pouring of women that came out this year, as she saw all sorts of new and familiar faces. “There are some women that have been coming since the very first one, eight years ago, which is a true testament to how much of an impact it has on these women.” Kimberly, who is local, is dedicated to providing a service for the community and its members by inviting as many women as possible to attend this event every single year. They are the Title Sponsor for the Apple Blossom Festival, which is one of the largest and most highly attended festivals in the Eastern Panhandle. All walks of life attend Apple Blossom and it is important to keep these individuals coming back and by offering such wonderful events and services, Sowers is helping Apple Blossom and Winchester grow each year, in large numbers. Each year people come from farther away, and each year, more faces show up with wide eyes, and excited hearts to set free and enjoy the company of the community. If you would like to be a part of this very special event go to www.TheBloom.com and order tickets, when they are available, so that you may also enjoy this incredible event with all of your friends and family.