Shores Businesses to Be Showcased at Expo
Annual business expo will feature more than 50 businesses, nonprofits and city agencies.
It will be one-stop shopping this Saturday at the annual St. Clair Shores Business Expo.
More than 50 businesses, organizations and city departments, along with Mayor Robert Hison, will attend the event at Rodgers Elementary School.
The community is invited to attend the free event to take advantage of some face time with vendors and officials, and discover what's happening on the commerce front in the city.
The expo is the handiwork of the Harper Avenue Business Association (HABA).
Blair Gilbert, president of HABA and owner of Gilbert's Pro Hardware, says “we invite the whole city and mostly St. Clair Shores first, and then other cities are invited to join” the show.
Gilbert admits it's mostly city businesses, but adds there are “always other cities” who end up showing.
With businesses setting up booths, selling their wares and offering deals along the way, combined with the participation of city officials and departments, “it helps it turn (the expo) into a nice community event, a chance to network and everyone gets a chance in on this,” Gilbert says.
It's a pretty broad range of businesses that get involved, Gilbert adds.
If you're thinking spring projects local businesses including Hall's Nursery, Camelot Tree & Shrub, Gilbert's Pro Hardware, J&J Roofing, Kopke remodeling, Peter Built Construction and Soulliere Garden Center will be setting up booths.
On the lovely end of things, Circare, Embroidery & Much More, Exodus Hair & Naeli Studio, Nino Salvaggio and Viviano Flower Shop will be showing their wares. A slew of other businesses, from First State Bank, Harper Chiropractic, Realty Executives and VIP Rent A Car will show as well.
People will enjoy deals, including places like Hall's Nursery selling flats of pansies at a reduced cost, and there will be door prizes and raffle items to win. Plus, Gilbert adds, a number of places will have specials just for the event. Businesses are encouraged to sell at the expo, he says.
Anyone who shows at the expo pays the $200 and becomes a one-year member of the Harper Avenue Business Association, Gilbert adds. For more information visit www.harperavenuebusiness.com.
As for the show, it's a great place for residents of the Shores and neighboring communities to stop and see what's available close to home, Gilbert says. “Plus, it's good for businesses, too,” he added.
The expo will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Rodgers Elementary School.