Chamber's spring show a huge hit

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CORNWALL, Ontario - Thousands of area residents flocked to the Cornwall Chamber’s 26th Spring Home & Leisure Show to check out more than 100 exhibitors.

The Cornwall Chamber’s 2014 Spring Home & Leisure Show.

Local entrepreneurs and business people showed of the latest in home improvement products and services at the civic complex from April 3-5.

Frank and Lynn Heatley, owners of Cornwall-based SunClass Spas have manned the same booth at the chamber's spring show for 25 years.

"This event is great for us because we shake so many hands," said Heatley. "We reinforce existing relationships with our patrons, and meet a lot of new potential customers."

Megan Phillips, the chamber events and member services coordinator, has a longstanding connection with the Heatleys. From the age of 10, she attended the chamber's annual fall show with her family business, the Avonmore Berry Farm. The event was cancelled a few years ago.

"This is my first year managing the show but I have a lot of experience with Chamber events," said Phillips.

Lezlie Strasser, executive manager at the chamber, said the theme of the show this year is "come in to the outdoors" which was reflected in the items being showcased at the event.

Ray-Jans Windows and Doors owner Gary Jans and his son David, a popular local magician, spent nearly two days setting up six booths at the show.

"We have an elaborate setup because we're handling more products," said Jans. "This is our third year, and each one we have received a lot of positive leads."

Meanwhile, the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Cornwall family fun zone offered a variety of games and activities for youngsters.

"We had a really good turnout," said Samantha Manor, BBBS volunteer.

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