Discover South Windsor Expo unites businesses with community

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
South Windsor - posted Wed., Oct. 16, 2013
The ladies of Body Secrets were busy at the Discover South Windsor Expo. Photos by Lisa Stone.
The ladies of Body Secrets were busy at the Discover South Windsor Expo. Photos by Lisa Stone.

The South Windsor Chamber of Commerce brought businesses and the general public together for a day of getting to know each other on Oct. 10 at the former Highland Park Market at The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk. More than 60 businesses participated in the exposition. The cost of admission was $1 or a non-perishable food item to benefit the South Windsor Food and Fuel Bank.

Though the Chamber has hosted this event for several years, this is only the third year it was held at this location. “Our attendance is up this year from last year,” noted Chamber President Julie Lapp. “We have more vendors as well. It is an excellent venue for businesses to interact with other businesses and for businesses to get their word out to the general public. This exhibit allows the residents to better understand the local commerce. The main goal behind this project is to create and keep more business in South Windsor. This will allow our community to thrive,” she said.

Bill McAllister organized the event and countless individual volunteers helped to set up for the exhibition. “This was a very successful year for us,” said SWCC Executive Director Shari Fiveash. “We lease the building from the management of Evergreen Walk. We need to carry special insurance for the day and that costs a lot of money. We need to clean the building from the ground up. We also needed to add additional lighting. The more vendors that sign up, the more lights we need. After all of that is done, it is time to set up for the day’s event. Tables need to be brought in and set up. All of the finishing touches have to be done and ready to go. It is a lot of work.”

In an additional bonus raffle this year, several businesses donated items and services valued at a total of $2,000 for the "Passport to the Expo." Those in attendance were each given a "passport" containing the names of the donator businesses and then they visited each of their booths to get the secret password or phrase. This gave the business a special opportunity to inform visitors about things their company has to offer. After a person's passport was filled up, the cards were dropped into a  drum, the winner to be chosen at the end of the event.

The ladies of Body Secrets Day Spa and Hair Salon, located on Oakland Road, were busy all day. “We have met so many people today,” said Nicole Jabert. “We think that everyone deserves to be treated special from time to time. We offer so many different services such as, waxing, hair designs, massage and body treatments, facials and so much more. We hope to see more clientele because of this exhibit.”

On Nov. 22, Sweyden Dibble is opening the first Charles Schwab office to be located east of the river. “I will be opening the office at Evergreen Walk. We will be serving the Tolland, Manchester and South Windsor area,” said Dibble. “The response today was unbelievable. I am excited to be here and I will be back next year as well. This is an opportunity that every business owner should take advantage of,” Dibble said.

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