Belhaven’s Got Style returns Saturday

Published 12:34 am Thursday, April 11, 2019

It’s the definitive fashion event of the season in Belhaven, and it’s coming to town this weekend. For the past two years, the Belhaven’s Got Style Spring Fashion Show has brought new spring and summer looks modeled by familiar faces, and this year’s show is no exception.

“It started out as kind of a community bonding effort between the downtown gift shops, boutiques and restaurants, just getting something going downtown to bring everybody together,” explained Handpicked Sister owner Amy Johnson. “We’re just a group of business owners that come together to try and put this on.”

STYLING: Katherine Williams sports a pink dress and hat from Handpicked Sister during last year’s event. (Michelle Hooper)

Bringing together styles and fashions from Belhaven’s boutiques, alongside food from the town’s restaurants, the event truly is a community effort — Belhaven Mayor Ricky Credle will serve as DJ, town Manager Lynn Davis will serve as emcee and Dave Rieves will provide musical entertainment.

“Each shop is responsible for getting their own models and their own looks together,” Johnson said. “It’s kind of a small town, thrown together, fun quirky event.”

Participating businesses include Attic Life, Handpicked Sister, Market 32, Coastal Cottage Life, Nifty Picks & Collectibles, Pungo River Boutique, among others. Refreshments will be provided by Farm Boys, Fish Hooks, Gingerbread Bakery, Georgie’s, the Tavern at Jacks Neck and Spoon River.

Everything for the event is 100-percent donation based, and any tips raised during the show will be donated to Martha’s Project food pantry.

TRIPLE THREAT: Nicole O’Neal, Michelle Black and Victoria Van Nortwick, here representing Market 32, smile for the camera during the 2018 Belhaven’s Got Style. (Michelle Hooper)

The fun kicks off at 4 p.m. Saturday with a reception at the gazebo at the Belhaven Town Dock, with the show beginning at 4:30 p.m. This year, the event is divided into two parts with a 30-minute intermission in between, giving each model the opportunity to walk twice. After the show ends, downtown shops will stay open late, with participating locations offering 20 percent off of purchases.

“We hope everybody will come, eat and shop in Belhaven,” Johnson said.