REMA Fashion Show Draws East End Crowd
The Rockaway East Merchants Association (REMA) hosted its 1st Annual Fall Fashion Show and Open Market September 6 on Beach 20 Street and Cornaga Avenue.
The coming together of East Rockaway businesses was, in itself, an unprecedented event.
"All the merchants banded together to make this happen in such a short time," said Raphael Diaz of REMA. "Most merchants didn’t even know each other."
Curtis Archer, of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation, said "I’ve never seen this type of organization with the east end merchants."
By working together, the merchants association and the Department of Sanitation turned the little used walkway into a "nice, usable space," continued Archer.
All fashions and hair design were provided by local stores – Bridal Creations by Lavida, Simply Gorgeous Fashions, Sonia’s Beauty Salon and King’s and Queen’s Hair. Also, vendors sold merchandise at discount prices, a DJ kept the music going all afternoon and the BQ Steppers entertained the crowd.