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Spring home business show strikes successful note


cation of any particular type of home-based vendor. Even after the cull, she still had a waiting list of 20 potential fill-ins should any of the selected vendors for the initial show have to back out. “All the vendors are happy,” Pelland said, regarding feedback on the show. “It’s going good. Steady number of people coming in. If all this goes well, I’ll probably do another show in June. But it’ll be larger.”

Sunshine and brisk temperature gree- ted Clarence-Rockland residents over the spring weekend, which made for fine browsing weather for patrons dropping in at the RiverRock Inn for the Rockland Women’s Show. Show organizer and promoter Nathalie Pelland expressed quiet satisfaction with results of the event during the noon-hour midpoint on Saturday. She hopes the spring event will prove the first of many home- based business tradeshows for the area. “A lot of people have little businesses,” she

Nathalie Pelland presides over her first Rockland Womens Show event.

said, adding the Rockland Women’s Show can become a venue to help home-based business operators promote their products or services. Pelland, who operates her own home- based business, got the idea last Decem- ber to organize the tradeshow venue. First, she posted a notice on the Rockland I Need to Know Facebook page asking her fellow home-business operators if they might be interested in signing up for a table space. “I had about 100 replies,” she said, smi- ling. Out of that, she culled down a short list of 28 vendors, themaximumnumber suitable for a decent-sized display setup using the RiverRock banquet room space. Part of the reason for the cull was also to avoid dupli-

Sandra Hill, the South Hill Independent Artist, presents a few of her creations.

Mélissa Lalande, of Reclaimed Wood Craft, gives new artistic life to salvaged wood.

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