The dreary weather didn’t dampen the spirits inside the Barrington Community Expo.
Hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce at the Langendorf Recreation Center in Barrington, businesses had the chance Saturday to meet with and talk to community members.
In hopes of having as much success as last year’s event, the chamber hosted national chains like Costco and Holiday Inn, as well as locally owned businesses and organizations such as Barrington Pain and Spine Institute and St. Anne Catholic School.
Chamber President Janet Meyer smiled from ear to ear as she spoke with business representatives, and said the event was a “smashing success.”
“This is our second year of the return of the expo,” Meyer said. “We definitely saw more traffic.” While the chamber did not have an exact count of the number of people that attended, she estimated more than 500 people.
“Everyone is looking forward to next year, and we plan to go bigger,” Meyer said. The expo took place in two large rooms inside the recreation center, but Meyer said there is a third room that they didn’t use, which could mean 25 additional vendors next year.
One reason Meyer said it was nearly impossible to count everyone that came is because there were vendors set up outside too, and some people stopped there. Vintage Tech Recyclers had a station set up in the parking lot, where residents could bring old electronics to recycle, such as old computers and TVs. The Lions Hearing Screening van also was parked outside.
Girl Scout cookies made their way into the hands of visitors and vendors alike. Even Meyer bought a box of each kind to keep at the chamber office. As one of the only vendors selling products, the Girl Scouts commanded the market.
There also was an opportunity to win prizes.
The $500 Shopping Spree from the Chamber of Commerce was won by Deb Mason.
The Chicago Marriott Northwest in Hoffman Estates gave away an overnight stay to Amy DiMaio.
Donna Jung won a tool set from Costco.
Chris Carlascio won an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn Lake Zurich.
Michelle Weber won a stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in Hoffman Estates.
If you are one of the winners and have not yet claimed your prize, contact the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce at 847-381-2525.