Chamber expo brings crowds to the mall

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Windham - posted Mon., Mar. 7, 2011
Little Keegan assembles a project at the Home Depot booth with the help of his mom, Shannon Ingle, during the recent business expo. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Little Keegan assembles a project at the Home Depot booth with the help of his mom, Shannon Ingle, during the recent business expo. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Don’t let their sizes fool you — Betty and Tidy are really a couple of marshmallows. The elegant Great Danes, penned inside a large enclosure in a hallway of the East Brook Mall, served as effective ambassadors for their owners, Mike and LuAnn Sherman, at the Windham Region Chamber of Commerce’s annual business expo. The Shermans, members of the Chamber, own Sheridane Kennels in Hebron, where they breed Great Danes, cocker spaniels and shih tzus. “But our main business is as a pet resort,” said Mike. The facility provides grooming, training, day care, and overnight boarding services.

Betty is a natural-eared black beauty. Tidy (aka Tiffany’s Nefertiti v Sheridane), in addition to being fawn and beautiful, is an AKC Grand Champion and an all-around sweetheart. “Happy, outgoing, loves people, loves other animals,” is how the Shermans describe her. “She just loves life.” Sure enough, Tidy happily trotted up to anyone who paused for a moment by her pen.

Another popular attraction was the Home Depot booth, where kids could choose from a variety of woodworking projects. “We offer kids’ workshops every first Saturday from nine to noon,” said North Windham store representative, Angel. “Just come on in.”

According to Roger Adams, executive director of the Chamber, the annual expo is an effort to “try to get people to spend their money locally.” Keeping business transactions local “Is to everybody’s advantage,” said Adams. The expo provides “an opportunity for people who don’t have a retail outlet a chance to show what they have to offer,” added Adams.

Larry Walsh, from Majestic Masonry, LLC, for example, doesn’t have a brick-and-mortar store. Walsh is a Hebron resident who was making his first appearance at a Chamber expo. “We’ve gotten lots of leads,” he said. Walsh brought along a display board featuring some of his recent jobs. “I think my main goal is to get lots of exposure,” he said. “This is also a chance to meet some of the other Chamber members.” An attractive display and a free raffle for some stone birdbaths brought a steady stream of visitors to Walsh’s booth on Sunday afternoon. “I know I’ve generated some jobs through this event,” he said.


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