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Bricktown shows Minden style in fashion show

by Will Phillips

Sunday afternoon the Minden Civic Center was packed with those wanting to see what styles were in store for the fall season at the Bricktown Fashion Show put on by the Junior Service League of Minden at the Minden Civic Center.

The premise of this fashion show wasn’t just to show off random styles and clothing. All of the outfits showcased at the show were from local businesses in the community. So everything that the attendees saw on stage is available for them to purchase right here in town, truly embodying the spirit of Shop Minden First.

When asked about the event, President of the JSL Jennifer Perryman said, “We’re just excited it’s going well, we’ve had a good turnout. It’s the first year we’ve done this and we’re getting a lot of good publicity for Downtown Minden and the local shops, as well as letting people actually get involved in shop local. Plus we’re raising money for people in Minden, so I think it turned out well for our first year, thanks to our wonderful planner Melissa.”

The idea for the Bricktown Fashion Show was created by Melissa Fox, the JSL Fashion Show Chair. Before the event began those in attendance were free to browse a selection of clothing that some of the stores had brought to the event itself. Other than that, drinks and food were available, with Hugh Wood Catering and Specialty Meats taking care of the meal. 

The sponsors for the event were Hugh Wood for Tax Assessor, Holli Vining – Clerk of Court, Laura Horton – State Farm, Aeropres Corporation, Minden Family Dental, Jason Parker for Sheriff, and The Women’s Clinic.

The fashion show itself was pretty traditional, with both male and female models strutting their stuff down the catwalk, giving everybody a good look of these clothes in action. 

The speakers of the event who presented the styles of the models walking out on stage were Melissa Fox and Jamie Rivet, Miss Minden 2006.

The style presented in the show were provided by a variety of local businesses, including Mighty Oaks, Fanette’s, Fishy Stitches, Matilda Jane, Shrimp and Grits, Tre’sors D’Antan, Say Baby, Dixie Dandelion, Frilly Magnolia, Cabi, Belle of the Bal’, and Hers Bridal.

A variety of entertainment was provided throughout the show, such as Gracie Sivils, Miss Spirit of the Ouachita’s Outstanding Teen and Aubrey Gray of Glenbrook High School who sang, Sharity Brent, Miss Minden 2019 who performed a dance, and Flight Delay who played music during the intermission. 

After the event, Fashion Show Chair Melissa Fox went into detail on how the funds raised would go to help local families. “This was our first event to start a fund to help local families in need. The premise is that if a Minden family suffered a sudden loss due to fire, tornado, illness, or some other tragedy, the Junior Service League would have funds available immediately to aid the family, rather than the family having to wait for us or another civic organization to host a fundraiser specifically for that family. The bonus is that at the same time, we get to offer support to our local businesses by highlighting the wonderful shops right here in Minden,” said Fox. 

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