By CATHERINE ELLERTON
Moapa Valley Progress
The first Mesquite Home and Garden Expo was held on Saturday, October 28 at the Casablanca Resort Event Tent. The event was organized by the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce. It included 25 vendors, an entertainer and a crafts area.
Mesquite Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brenda Snell said that she was very pleased with the turnout of the vendors and the community for this first-time event. “We hope that this will turn into an annual event for the area,” she said.
As attendees wandered through the vendor booths they were entertained by the music of Glennis Jones. Originally from San Diego, then to Los Angeles and now to the Mesquite area, Jones stated that he had been doing this for 45 years plus and played a variety of different styles. This music included the Drifters’ “This Magic Moment,” to the Imperials’ “Tears On My Pillow.” Currently, in addition to these local ‘gigs,’ he also plays Wednesday nights at Peggy Sue’s in Mesquite.
Another entertainment area was in the Mesquite Ace Hardware section. While wandering through the grills and the Fire Pit, I met Jessica Meierhoff who is an Ace employee and the teacher in the Wood Project area. It was there that I found Ava and Ella Noel and Harlee Tobler who were interested in creating the wooden pumpkins.
Hmmmmm…pumpkins….food. That is when I found Steeds Thrive Life which is based in American Fork, Utah. The consultant Isaac Steed explained that all their foods were freeze dried for healthy snacks and quick meals. With a handful of freeze dried pomegranate yogurt bites, I headed to the Ozaki Honey booth to discuss honey and bees with Mitch Ozaki from the Moapa Valley.
Something for everyone from Baird Painting to GBS (Gold Butte Services – a professional window washing organization) to Southwest Awning to TDS (Telecom Data Services) to Sears Hometown Store and their stoves and refrigerators and washer-dryers. I asked the representative if they were going to be able to stay in Mesquite and I was informed that the Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores are no longer a part of the Sears Holdings Corporation and they are now a separate, publicly-traded company and hope to be around for a long time.
In addition there was the LuLaRoe Clothing and Rooster Cottage which is a Consignment Gallery and the “Best Kept Secret in Mesquite” according to the owner and Law de Paws Grooming Salon for your best friends. Solar Energy and Air Purifiers and Tequila Jakes Custom Mats and Frames and Ron Bird Portraits helped to round out the many informational booths.
These Home & Garden Expos and the Arts and Crafts Fairs are a wonderful way to obtain interesting gifts, get information on the businesses in an area and learn of the many ways of taking care of your home and garden.