Shop the Shores at local business expo

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 1, 2013

Do you know what St. Clair Shores has in store for you?

Local businesses want residents to come find out at the annual Business-to-Consumer Expo, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13.

This is the second year that the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Harper Avenue Business Association (HABA) to put on the Macomb Small Business Showcase Business-to-Consumer Expo at Rodgers Elementary School, 21601 L’anse, on the east side of Harper Avenue south of 12 Mile Road. This year, the event will feature home improvement workshops and a local taste fest.

“It’s really nice to work with the people from St. Clair Shores and the Harper Avenue business group there; they do a great job with the event. It’s really a community event,” said Grace Shore, CEO of the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce.

She said this year’s event will focus on home improvement, with demonstrations to help homeowners get their places ready for spring.

“You really get a feel for the St. Clair Shores community by those small business members that are there and we all know it’s good to shop local, keep this economy going here,” Shore said.

Visitors will be able to peruse the booths and see demonstrations, as well as get a little taste of the area with local participating restaurants.

“It will really be a nice, fun event … really highlighting all that St. Clair Shores has to offer,” she said.

The event is free and open to the public and they anticipate more than 70 businesses participating in the event.

“We do it in an effort to give businesses another venue to expose themselves to the residents of St. Clair Shores,” said Blair Gilbert, owner of Gilbert’s Hardware, 21912 Harper Ave., and president of HABA.

He said the event gives local businesses a chance to put their wares out for display, and do some business-to-business networking; it also offers a chance for business owners to speak with their customers.

Gilbert said businesses are encouraged to offer special deals that day or share any special sales they are currently hosting at their stores, and there may also be some giveaways and prizes.

He said they also try to have some city departments, like the Fire Department, Police and Community Development and Inspection, represented at the expo.

“It’s a pressureless way to shop,” he said. “You might be thinking about a kitchen but you don’t want to go into a showroom and have someone lean on you.”