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Event planning students, United Talent to host Kentucky product-themed vendor fair

graphic for united we shop Created by Morgan Burleigh
Artwork created by Morgan Burleigh.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2023) — University of Kentucky students enrolled this semester in the College of Communication and Information’s Department of Integrated Strategic Communication event planning class, in partnership with United Talent and its United Fine Arts Academy, are planning an in-person vendor fair on Saturday, April 15. The event will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 101 Kaden Lane, in Georgetown.  

The event, titled “United We Shop,” is expected to attract people from across Georgetown, Lexington and surrounding counties while giving nearly 35 local businesses an excellent opportunity to showcase their products and/or services. United Talent, a local business specializing in youth arts, tumbling and cheer, will provide small businesses in the area a chance to reach the local community through an in-person event.

"It is exciting to see college students motivated to take the lead on planning this type of event,” said Brian Harris, owner of United Talent. “They seem enthusiastic about the project, and I am very pleased with their effort and attentiveness.”

Along with featuring several local businesses, the event will feature unique items for sale, food and activities for families of all ages. Vendors will set up their booths around the indoor concourse for guests to come shop and enjoy a beautiful spring day.

“There are some impressive local small businesses in our area, and we hope this event can help bring awareness to their products or services,” said Harris. “Any time we can bring people together to support small businesses in our area, there absolutely is a positive impact on our local community.”

“United We Shop: Kentucky Vendors in Support of United Fine Arts Academy” is free and open to the public.

Vendors include:

  • Berry Unique Creations – home decor
  • Lady Lair Crafts – crafts (variety)
  • Tammy’s Sweet Tasty Treats – sweet treats
  • R & K Leather-n-Bling – leather products
  • CoCo & Roo Bakehouse – sweet treats
  • Ann Flowers – crafts (mosaic, paint poured, resin items)
  • TIMber Designs – woodworking
  • Georgetown Originals – jam and jelly, accessories and more
  • Orient Pearl – jewelry
  • Nicole Sand Ceramics – ceramics/art
  • Bee’s Body Butter – skin care and body products
  • Amanda Rosen – author
  • The Noble Nebula – stationary and custom items
  • Meryum Designs - handmade crafts
  • Milk & Cocoa – sweet treats
  • CottonCandyCakes – sweet treats
  • Sustainable Dye Solutions – blue dye
  • Starfish Lagoon – jewelry
  • Beyond Sight Studio – jewelry, crafts and more
  • Etched in Time – laser cutting and engraving
  • University Pup Danas – dog accessories
  • Davangela Candle Co. – candles
  • Kona Ice – sweet treats
  • Ancient Aromas – CBD body products
  • Arbonne Health & Wellness Products – body and health care products
  • LeAnns Local Petals – home decor and florals
  • The Abstract Side – jewelry, accessories and home decor
  • Storybook Trips by Kelly – travel agent (Disney/Universal)
  • Moon Phases with Rachel – sublimation and variety boutique
  • Johnson’s Creek – vintage repurposed Items
  • Luxe Linx Permanent Jewelry – jewelry
  • Tee’s Beads – beaded items (jewelry, accessories and more)

About integrated strategic communication

The integrated strategic communication (ISC) major offers students professional preparation for careers in the allied areas of promotional communication, including advertising, public relations, direct response communication, sales promotion, social media promotion and the like. Through course work and internships, students develop professional skills and gain conceptual command of these allied areas.

The Integrated Strategic Communication program has full national accreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). 

For more information, visit the program's website.

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