MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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March 1, 2014

Home, garden show attracts visitors

Ariann Schilling said the NeoHealth booth saw a lot of traffic in Arrowhead Mall on Friday and Saturday.

“It’s our first year out here, “Schilling said. “People have been stopping by, and we’ve been answering questions for them and handing things out. We’ve answered a lot of questions about the Affordable Care Act. We’re really trying to debunk some of the myths about it.”

Schilling, the public relations coordinator for NeoHealth, was manning one of the approximately 50 booths set up at the mall for the 2014 Muskogee Home, Garden and Outdoor Expo.

Kathy Brewer, a retired Muskogee resident, said the expo brought her to the mall on Saturday morning.

“It’s my first time to the event,” Brewer said. “I like the variety it provides. I’ve seen some businesses that I didn’t know were operating in the Muskogee area. I think it’s great. It brings everyone out for a good family time.”

Brewer also said she found a few things at the expo that she couldn’t live without.

“I definitely plan on using some of the products I’ve seen here today,” she said. “And I’ll definitely be back next year.”

Products at the expo ran the gamut from lawn mowers to health products and Tupperware to scented candles. Thousands of people walked through the mall on Saturday morning, perusing the displays and taking samples while they completed other errands.

Cristan Spear, the marketing manager for Arrowhead Mall, said the mall was “really excited” to have the expo there again this year.

“It’s grown from last year,” Spear said. “That shows us that progress is being made and people are excited about participating in the event. And with all the improvements we’ve made at the mall recently, the new carpet, new stores coming and new decorations, we hope that people will see the progress that we’re making as well.”

The expo gives potential customers a chance to look at products offered by local businesses, but it also gives local businesses a chance for exposure in a well-populated shopping venue in Muskogee.

Garrett Fore, the owner of Garrett Fore Lawn and Landscape, said the expo was a worthwhile investment for his business.

“We paid almost $300 for the booth,” Fore said. “And we’ve got potentially $10,000 in contacts to show for it. This event is well organized and it flows well. It’s great for small businesses,  and I’m going to recommend it highly to others next year.”

Schilling said she thought the expo helps put “ a name with a face” for businesses.

“It brings a lot of awareness to Muskogee businesses,” she said. “Especially for ones people may not know are here. It really helps people see who is out there.”

Reach Travis Sloat at (918) 684-2908 or tsloat@muskogeephoenix.com.

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