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Buy Local Expo showcases more than 60 local businesses
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Bert and Laura Nagy walk through rows of business booths Thursday at the annual Buy Local Safe & Green Expo at the Gainesville Civic Center. The Nagys recently moved to Gainesville and attended the expo to see what the area had to offer. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Officials with the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce said Thursday’s Buy Local Safe & Green Expo went well, bringing in more than 300 at the annual gathering of local businesses exhibiting wares and services at the Gainesville Civic Center.

Paul and Karen Beiger, who are newcomers to Gainesville, said they came out to see a sampling of what the area has to offer.

“We just wanted to see what’s available here,” Karen Beiger said. “So far, there’s a lot of variety.”

Cheryl Carter of Flowery Branch said she too came out to see business offerings.

“Last time I was here I found some good information,” Carter said as she walked the floors, taking pamphlets and business cards.

“I do enjoy coming here,” she said. “I feel like I learn something new when I’m here.”

Kelsey Bishop, owner of Lemonade Makers, said the annual Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce gathering is a chance for small businesses like hers to get exposure.

“That’s a huge factor with an event like this,” Bishop said. “Just letting people know you’re here and what your business is all about.”

Warren King, a board chair with Vistage, worked a booth several feet away from Bishop.

He said the Buy Local expo was an opportunity to help raise “brand awareness.”

Megan Martin, vice president of membership and events with the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, said the day was “a great success.”

The expo continued as the chamber’s business after hours and “A Taste of Gainesville” began at 5 p.m. at the Civic Center, which Martin said both “were going great,” as well.