Hundreds Attend Local Business Expo

Jenni Smith is the owner of the Kolache Factory in Brentwood. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

Kali Smith of Wellbridge Athletic Club in Clayton invites expo attendees to spin the wheel for a prize. The prizes included free passes, a personal coaching session and other items. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Hundreds of people attended the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce Business and Consumer Expo on Oct. 23 at the Brentwood School District Administrative Center.

About 50 area businesses set up booths for the event, which was open to the public. Including the vendors, 600 people were expected to attend the expo, said chamber board member Kyle Kuhlman. It lasted from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

“We did more community advertising this year,” Kuhlman explained.

The annual expo gives exposure to businesses of all sizes, from Sam’s Club in Maplewood to one-person operations run out of the home. The businesses are all members of the Brentwood chamber.

To accommodate the parking needs of attendees, vendors parked at the community center and rode a shuttle bus to the expo, Kuhlman said.

Besides free food and drink samples, the vendors provided 28 door prizes. The prizes varied from gift certificates to area rugs to Post-It Notes to fitness classes to a tax return to a facial.

The event was held at the Brentwood School District Administrative Center in the Hanley Industrial Court. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Holly Gershen (left) and Marlene Becker sell South American coffee and Japanese green tea for Javita Coffee Co. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Leslie Tucker is Director of Development for Children’s Home Society of Missouri. The organization’s Brentwood office, one of three in St. Louis, provides residential and respite services. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Brentwood Chamber of Commerce board member Kyle Kuhlman calls out the names of those who’ve won door prizes. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Representing St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School are Principal Kathy Wiseman (left) and Tina Hogan of marketing. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Tom Nash mixes up a cold batch of Zeal for Life Wellness Formula. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Brentwood resident Karl Dreyer manages the Brentwood office of the Davey Tree Expert Company. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

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