Galentine’s Day Spotlights Local Businesses, Empowers Women Entrepreneurs


In Clarksville, TN, Karen Richards has been hosting Galentine’s Day events for 13 years. Initially held at her home after she moved to Clarksville a decade ago, the event quickly outgrew her space. In 2018, with 75 women crammed into her house, Richards’ husband wisely suggested finding a larger venue.

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Turning the popular gathering into a vendor event, Richards now hosts around 30 vendors annually. Despite the increase in size, the essence of the event remains unchanged. “Usually, around 100 – 150 ladies come through the door,” Richards explained. It’s not about making money; rather, it’s an opportunity for women to connect with other female business owners. Any profits generated from the event are donated to charity, emphasizing the altruistic spirit behind Galentine’s Day.

Highlighting small businesses and unique products is a key aspect of the event’s charm. This year’s vendors include a diverse array of offerings, from Reiki and Bodyology to Juice Plus, Ebony and Ivory, and many more. It’s a chance for attendees to discover new businesses and support local entrepreneurs while enjoying the festivities.

Galentine’s Day embodies the spirit of empowerment and camaraderie among women. It’s more than just a social gathering; it’s a celebration of female entrepreneurship and community support. As Richards aptly puts it, “It’s fun to show off small businesses and unique products.” The event provides a platform for women to showcase their talents and products, fostering a sense of solidarity and mutual support among attendees.

In a world where women-owned businesses often face unique challenges, events like Galentine’s Day serve as a reminder of the importance of community and collaboration. By coming together to celebrate and support one another, women entrepreneurs can overcome obstacles and thrive in their ventures. Richards’ dedication to hosting this event for over a decade speaks volumes about the impact and significance of fostering connections and empowerment among women in business.

Re-reported the article originally published in Craftville.

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