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June 15, 2013

Event Center booths draw public to Business Expo

ENID, Okla. — Judi Michaelis’s handiwork filled her table at the Business Expo in the Enid Event Center; pendants, bracelets and earrings made from recycled glass shards all were on display for her potential customers.

The Business Expo opened with 57 booths filling half of the floor Saturday. Enid Chamber of Commerce handed out tickets to all attendants and gave away prizes throughout the day, with about 400 people attending the one-day event. Booths such as the Broadway Boutique Hotel and the Oklahoma National Guard passed out promotional freebies and food. The concession stand served a full menu, from hamburgers to corn dogs and candy bars.

Michaelis came from Wichita, Kan., to set up shop at the Expo. She has been making recycled glass jewelry under the business name “Krazy Lady Designs” for around four years. She makes all of her products in her 1927 farmhouse in Wichita, where she lives with her husband.

Michaelis uses leftover shards of glass — called slag — from local glassblowers. She then melts down the glass in one of her two kilns in her basement. The glass “puddles” into a shape, and is smoothed and polished by the fire, she said. Sometimes she will mix several shards together to make variations.

“No two come out alike,” Michaelis said. “

After she makes her jewelry, she sells it at shows in Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. She came to the Expo after hearing about it at the Spring Junction at the Enid Convention Center.

“I’ve met really nice people doing this,” she said. Her sister, Penny Kliesen, usually comes to shows with her to help her with the booth.

Many people attended out of curiosity, to get a glimpse inside the new Event Center. The Expo was the first public event since the grand opening.

“It will bring in a lot of people… bring in more money,” Boone Davidson said. He attended the Expo with his wife, Judy.

“We wanted to check out the new building,” Eldon George said. He and his wife, Shirley, explored the Expo and stopped at the Cherokee Strip Heritage Center booth.

Claudia Coffey, who came with her husband Doug, said the new building was “beautiful.”

“We like to support the town,” she said.

Doug and Claudia said they will be attending another of the grand opening events, Cirque Musica on June 27.

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