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Chamber gearing up for 2010 Retail Expo

By Staff | Jan 13, 2010

Bridgit Stone-Budd, Director of Marketing for the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, is getting ready to stage the 2010 Community Fair & Retail Expo on Sunday, Jan. 24.

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce will host the 2010 Community Fair & Retail Expo on Sunday, Jan. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House, located at 2173 Periwinkle Way.

“There will be things to do for all ages,” said Bridgit Stone-Budd, Director of Marketing for the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce. “There will be lots of fun stuff for the kids, games, raffle drawings and food and drink for everyone. And all of it is free!”

In addition to vendor booths found throughout the Community House complex, the event will offer live music – including The Sanibel School’s Steel Drum Band – and entertainment, a bounce house and giant slide, a dunk tank and wine tastings.

Free food and refreshments will include coffee and bagels, hot dogs, peanuts, bottled water and more.

There will also be two spectacular raffle prizes given away, in addition to several door prizes and product giveaways provided by the vendors. The Royal Shell Companies has provided a giant flatscreen television as their grand prize, while Lily & Co. will give away some of their treasured island-inspired jewelry.

The main room of the Sanibel Community House, as seen here during the 2009 Retail Expo, will offer vendor booths from businesses headquartered on the islands.

The first drawing of the day will be held at noon. The grand prize drawing will be held at 2 p.m., and the winner must be present to win.

Along with the event’s platinum sponsor, The Royal Shell Companies, gold sponsors include Breeze Newspapers, Lily & Co., AmeriDry and ShopOnSanibel.com and silver sponsors are John Grey Painting and The Coffee Bar @ Bailey’s.

Participants already signed up for this year’s expo include the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, ‘Tween Waters Inn, Independent Beauty, Hillgate Communications, Hurricane Shutter Co., The Grog Shop, ABWA, Bailey’s General Store, Heidrick & Co., Eagle Precision Auto, Billy’s Rentals, Cartier Charter, Island Therapy, The Cedar Chest, Costco, FAFCO Solar, BB&T Bank, Island Book Nook, SCA, Stroemer & Co., Sanibel Sweet Treats, Tribeca Salon, Shiny Objects, Meardon Photography, The Bait Box and Tarpon Bay Explorers.

“We’ve had 100 percent retention at the expo because our businesses enjoy coming back every year,” added Stone-Budd, who is producing the event for the third consecutive year. “I think that it’s important for local businesses to get to know the products and services available from their fellow businesses here on the islands. And the fair is a great way for everybody to come out and mingle with their community.”

For more information about the event, contact the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce at 472-1966 or visit www.sanibel-captiva.org.