FACTOR WRITER VENESSA MARIE BAEZ
The grand opening of Forbes Riley Studios put a phenomenal spin to the meaning of grand opening - complete with everything from a cocktail party to a fashion show as the night showed off the brilliant new facility. The opening of Forbes Riley Studios is a culmination of Forbes’ success as an entrepreneur. She is everything from a celebrated television host, to an actress, to a mother and wife. Her highly selling product, the SpinGym, and being an active spokesperson for a healthy lifestyle earned her a place in the National Fitness Hall of Fame. The creation of Forbes Riley Studios is her fearless new step into the future. The Forbes Riley Studios is a fully functional production studio. Everything from a green screen wall for chromakeying video, to a beautiful makeup room adorned with Forbes’ signature hot pink color,the studio is prepped and ready for any event that comes its way. Delicate time went into completing the venue, with every visual aspect being overlooked by Forbes herself. With the curved white walls and many rooms, the streamlined interior of the studio makes it not only visually appealing, but also an ideal location for future projects that will occur in the establishment. The day’s events began with Forbes’s DreamMaker workshop for women. She put her years of business inspiration and entrepreneur intuition to work for the seminar’s guests. She helped them to realize their own aspirations and dreams and taught them how to put their own savvy to use, no matter what their goal in life. To put it in the words of one guest, the session was “Absolutely incredible.” Not long after the workshop, the party began as other guests arrived. The exclusive cocktail party included hor’s deourves, spirits presented by Dori Bryant, and gourmet chocolates by Viktoria Richards Chocolates. Forbes opened the fashion show with a brief speech, thanking everyone for coming. Featured in the fashion show was Cerulean Blu, a swim and resort-wear boutique located in downtown Saint Petersburg, owned and operated by Desiree Noisette. Three of the store’s collections were shown, including Americana, Boho, and Vibrant, each collection implicative of their names. The featured accessory designer was none other than Accessoreez, by Leslie Belcher. Her extraordinary hand blown borosilicate glass pieces always receive compliments for those wearing them. The fashion show closed with an impromptu performance from Ann P., singing “This is Our Moment”, a song that echoed the emotion felt that night. It was a night of networking and fun for all involved. But, there was one point which resonated with everyone. In the words of Forbes: Dream it, believe it, achieve it.
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Published on Oct 23, 2012