By CHERIL VERNON
The Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce will showcase 56 local businesses and services and give the public the chance to meet with public officials including the mayor, county judge, sheriff and city manager during its annual Business Expo on Friday.
The free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Palestine Mall, located at 2000 S. Loop 256.
“The Expo is a win-win for everyone involved. The business get a chance to talk with potential customers and the public has the opportunity to see tons of local business in one location,” Chamber Past President Sloan Shuffler said during a previous interview. “The Expo allows participants the chance to display their products and expand their client base.”
Participating businesses include: Aaahhsome Salon & Day Spa, Anytime Fitness, Bar S Ranch Resort, Bridgeway Health Services, Caring Companions at Home, Casa of Trinity Valley, Cellular One, Century Link, Cherokee Trails Nursing Rehab, Choice Homecare, Christian Heritage Academy, City of Palestine, City of Palestine Police Department, Dogwood Diner, Dogwood Trails Assisted Living, East Texas Food Bank, East Texas Pest Control, Elkhart Oaks Nursing Home, Family Smiles, Goodwill Industries, Goolsby Insurance-Allstate, Grapeland Messenger/Texas Farm & Home, Hampton Inn, Hospice of East Texas, Jammin JS Production, KBPC 93.5, KYYK-KNET, Lakeview Methodist Conference Center, Landmarc Media, Legacy Remodel and Design Group, Lowe's, Mary Kay, Modern Brush Designs, National Fame Life Insurance, Palestine Healthcare, Palestine ISD, Palestine Public Library, Palestine Library Friends, Palestine Regional Medical Center, Petals, Republican Club, Resolutions Weight Loss Center, Smokin Country, Solaris Hospice, State Farm-Brett Weisenburn, Tax Boys, Texas Vineyard & Smokehaus, Timbercrest Apartments, Trinity Valley Community College, Union Pacific Railroad, UT-Tyler Palestine Campus, Verizon, Wally's Party Factory, Willowcreek Chiropractic & Wellness and YourEastTexas.com
“I invite consumers to come find the treasures in our community. The best way to find out who has a business in Palestine is to come see for themselves and meet the owners face to face,” Shuffler said.
During the Business Expo, the public will have the opportunity to meet and interact with public officials.
Times are set up as follows:
• Munchies with the Mayor (Palestine Mayor Therrell Thomas) — 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• Juice with the Judge (County Judge Robert Johnston) — 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
• Sweets with the Sheriff (Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor) — 1:15 to 2 p.m.
• Oreos with Ohrt (Palestine City Manager Mike Ohrt) — 2 to 2:45 p.m.
For more information about the Business Expo, call the Chamber office at 903-729-6066 or stop by at 401 W. Main St.