Archive for Thursday, April 7, 2011

Home, garden show deemed successful

April 7, 2011

Booths of businesses lined the outside of the Lodge Saturday as Baldwin City Economic Development hosted its first home show, with the purpose of promoting local businesses.

Dave Hill, president of Mid-America Bank, had the idea for the show for about a year, but the show has actually been in the planning stage for the past month.

“With the economy being as tight as it is, I’d really like to have our community shop locally rather than go to Lawrence or Kansas City to buy stuff,” Hill said. “So, we’re just trying to promote local shopping and support our local businesses.”

The show ran from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., which overlapped with the Community Wellness Festival. Hill intended this to happen, hoping people would come to the show after spending time at the festival.

Hill was pleased with both the turnout of the businesses who took part in the show and the members of the community who attended. About 17 vendors were involved with this first show. Most of the venders were in home-related fields, including lawn and garden, landscaping and garage door companies.

“I think everybody would love to shop locally,” Hill said. “One of the biggest problems we have in our community is just having people know what’s available in this market and informing our customers, telling them what we have.”

While Hill would like to see the show grow in the future, he wants to businesses to remain local. Twenty-five to 30 businesses were considered as possibilities to participate.

“I think we have a pretty diverse group of venders here and definitely the amount of people for the first year has been good,” Derick Mcghee, who was working the Heritage Tractor booth at the show, said.

Baldwin City Economic Development is planning on making the show an annual event.

“We’ve got some people that are really skilled, good businesses that are not working to their full capacity and we need to really help them become more gainfully employed,” Hill said.

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