Grace helps her parents Wayne and Debbie Johnston promote Van Isle Truck Tech during last year’s Ladysmith Home

Grace helps her parents Wayne and Debbie Johnston promote Van Isle Truck Tech during last year’s Ladysmith Home

Ladysmith home show coming up March 28 and 29

Thirty-six vendors are expected at the upcoming Ladysmith Home, Garden and Business Show at Aggie Hall.

On March 28 and 29, residents will have the opportunity to support local businesses and see the variety of shops and services Ladysmith has to offer when the 2014 Home, Garden and Business Show opens its doors. Admission is free for all members of the public and the event gives shoppers a chance to meet local vendors, enter prize draws, watch demonstrations and have a snack at the concession, all while learning about local businesses.

The show, an initiative of the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce, is a way for small business owners to reach out to local shoppers and encourage them to spend their money within their community. Organizer Cheryl Leukefeld said people can expect to see “the latest innovations in home renovations businesses, hear about real estate opportunities, floral and funeral planning, to name a few. In other words, they can ask questions of the very best that Ladysmith has to offer.”

Thirty-six vendors are expected at the event, which Leukefeld said has been well received in the past.

“The businesses in past shows have all agreed it was a successful endeavour,” she said. “I personally feel that it is an excellent way to advertise your business one -on-one with your consumers for the least amount of advertising dollars. Why wouldn’t small businesses take advantage of the exposure?”

The show is part of a larger movement gaining popularity throughout the province that encourages consumers to shop at locally-owned businesses in order to keep more money within their communities and their local economies robust.

“In order to keep a community vibrant, we need a growing number of retail and home businesses, non-profit societies, churches and theatres. In order to keep our community strong, citizens need to support our local businesses or you end up with empty storefronts and a slowly decaying town,” said Leukefeld. “Business is the heart of any healthy community and needs support from all of us to keep them earning and working in our community. I believe we all must give back to the community we live in, in any way we can, be it buying from local retailers, using local real estate agents, calling on home services such as heating, plumbing, gutter repair, shopping and spending in local stores, cafés and supermarkets or volunteering and joining non-profits.” She said the Home, Garden and Business Show is a convenient way for Ladysmith residents to learn about a number of businesses operating in their community.

The show runs from 2 p.m. through 8 p.m. on Friday, March 28 and 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 at the Aggie Hall.  For more information, click here.