Connect with local businesses at spring expo

Published on Wed, Mar 19, 2014
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Do you want an inside glimpse at what small businesses across Whatcom County are doing? Want to try out food from local vendors and get to know more about what’s going on in your community? Here’s your chance.

The seventh annual Spring Business Showcase, hosted by Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will be held on Thursday, March 27 from 4 to 9 p.m. The showcase is free to attend and will take place at the event center at Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa, located at 4876 Haxton Road in Ferndale. 

This business-to-consumer tradeshow gives the public the chance to enjoy exhibits, demonstrations and prize drawings from local businesses while restaurants, breweries and wineries provide samples of their fare.

The showcase’s food vendors are a popular attraction. This year, they include Hotel Bellwether’s Lighthouse Bar and Grill, Man Pies, Port of Subs, Memorable Events and Catering, Cupcakes Like it Sweet, Chocolate Illusion, Aldrich Farms and Jake’s Western Grill. Adult beverages for those age 21 and up will be provided by Samson Estates Winery, Masquerade Wine Company and Wander Brewing. The cost is $5 for a tasting glass, so bring your ID to prove that you’re legal.

“As always, we’ll have great giveaways and prize drawings,” said Shelli Jones, the chamber’s marketing coordinator. “This year’s grand prize drawing will be two round-trip tickets from Alaska Airlines. The entry form is on the back of the free tickets and can be picked up at any of the participating businesses and dropped off at the event.”

“The showcase allows our vendors to directly connect with consumers, increase their brand recognition, drive traffic to their retail locations, gain face-to-face exposure and meet thousands of prospects,” said Bellingham chamber membership director Marvin Riggs. 

The event is sponsored by Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa, Alaska Airlines, The Print and Copy Factory, BioLife Plasma Services, CenturyLink and KGMI. 

For more information and a list of vendors, visit