NEWINGTON - Spring is here and local business professionals are hoping to reacquaint themselves with residents at a big event this weekend.
The Newington Chamber of Commerce’s 26th annual Home and Business Showcase will be held this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Newington High School.
There will be an early preview of the show Friday at the Chamber’s Smooth Schmooze from 5 to 7 p.m. Jazz pianist Warren Byrd will be performing and tickets are $5. When families start arriving the following morning, they will be greeted by shred trucks from Farmington Bank, to be set up in the school’s parking lot from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The day’s entertainment will include a martial arts demonstration from CT Kenpo Karate, performances by the Perpetuity-Senior Barbershop Quartet, acoustic artist Matt Vizzo, the Newington Children’s Theatre and Newington Dance Center. A highlight will be the fashion show from Karma’s Closet Consignment Boutique.
Karma’s owner Deanna Reney has organized the show since she opened her store several years ago. Fellow business people will take a fun break from their booths to model clothing and accessories from the boutique from 1:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Karma’s Closet rents shelves to local crafters and vendors, so the showcase has proved to be a fruitful networking opportunity for her.
“This event has helped grow my business,” Reney pointed out. “I’ve met some of my best consigners there.”
Over 40 vendors are expected to participate this year, representing a broad range of local enterprise, from chiropractors and Realtors, to church groups and contractors. Their booths will feature information, free giveaways, demonstrations and more.
Some of the participants include Spring Brook Ice and Fuel Service, CT Henna Queen, ServPro of Newington, Lifeway Church, Critter Sitters, Casanova Remodeling Company, Image 360 and Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Centers.
Visitors can also look forward to the Taste of Newington, held from noon to 2 p.m. People can purchase Taste vouchers to sample different fare from area restaurants. Just a few include Joey Garlic’s, Mooyah, Café Louise, Max Pizza and Panera Bread.
Sponsoring the showcase for the third year in a row is Ferrari’s Appliance. Manager Ray Maida plans to have grills, patio heaters and outdoor fire pits set up outside the high school and other appliances on display inside.
“We love doing this show,” he explained. “We get to expose our business to people who have never heard of us. This time of year it brings us a lot of growth.”
Last year he left the showcase early to deliver a grill to a new customer who bought it at the show.
“It really brings the community together and at the end it’s a great payoff,” Maida added.
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at 860-801-5097 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you go:
WHAT: 26th annual Home and Business Showcase and Taste of Newington
WHEN: Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Newington High School, 605 Willard Ave.
HOW: $5 admission
Other 2018 Chamber events:
The 73rd Annual Meeting/Awards Dinner/5th Annual “Best Of” Awards
Cruising Newington Classic Car Show
The 15th Annual Silent Auction/Wine Tasting/Chocolate Challenge