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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce brightens Hemet's business offerings at Expo


Last updated 8/31/2018 at 3:36pm

Tony Ault

Young dancers from the St. Hyacinth Academy Ballet Folklorico twirl and dance for visitors to the 2018 Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce Expo in the Hemet Valley Mall, Aug. 22.

The Hemet Valley Mall's aisles from JCPenney to the Hobby Lobby anchors were filled with thousands of customers and more than 100 visiting merchants and food establishments, service and church groups, college representatives, Realtors, bankers, media representatives and others Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.

There were food treats, souvenirs, gifts, information sheets, wheels of chance, a DJ, Spanish dancers and other attractions, 4-7 p.m., at the special event at the Hemet Valley Mall on Florida Avenue in Hemet between Kimble and Kirby streets.

The eastern end of mall with its closed entryway to the Sears' anchor store also held many vendors, complementing the expo and delighting customers. The St. Hyacinth Academy Ballet Folklorico entertained as the children danced in their bright costumes. Hemet City Council members and staff strolled the event and greeted visitors, while Hemet Unified School District, San Jacinto Unified School District and Mt. San Jacinto College representatives shared information about their educational offerings to passers-by.

The shouts and laughter of children echoed through the mall as radio-controlled mice and spiders suddenly came out from under the display table of Debolts Termite and Pest Control. Free balloons got away from little hands and floated to the ceiling. Service dogs paraded with their owners, watching for obstacles and calming nerves.

Guests filled paper plates with treats from Panda Express, Los Vaqueros Mexican Grill, El Patron, Harvard St. Bakery and Cafe, La Bufadora Baja Grill, Jersey Mike's Subs and other food and candy businesses.

There was no shortage of free tote bags, monogrammed plastic bags and even trash cans donated by the Hemet City Public Works Department that people used to carry information pamphlets about the many businesses and coupons given out by the merchant exhibitors located in the Valley. Business cards by the hundreds were exchanged, and people spent time networking.

Free newspapers and periodicals published by the Valley News and other print media outlets were available. Radio stations The Vine FM 102.5 and Lazer Radio FM 105.7 had tables boosting of their on-air audience in the community.

The 2018 Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce Summer Expo enjoyed three hours of fun, food and education at the Hemet Valley Mall, 2200 W. Florida Ave. in Hemet. The many Hemet Valley Mall stores continued to offer bargains for the late summer and fall seasons.

Businesses that participated in the 2018 Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce and were not mentioned above included: Intervalley Health Plan, Academy Mortgage Corp, Allure Hair Salon, American Legion Post 53, ARK Enterprises, AMR, Assistance League of Hemacinto, BBVA Compass, Beltone Hearing Care Center, Birth Choice of Hemet, Bologna Nail Spa, Boxing for Christ, Caliber Collision, California Family Life Center, CASA-Center for Restoring the Heart, Central County United Way, Charlot Gymnastics, Chrisie VO, Clinica de Salud del Pueblo, College 4 All, Community Pantry, Connect Hearing, Cruise Planners and Diamond Valley Dental.

Additional businesses include Diamond Valley Arts Center, Divine Appointment Worship Center, Eastern Municipal Water District, First Baptist Church of San Jacinto, Golden Era Productions, Harvard St. Music Exchange, Hemet Eye Care, Hemet Fire Department, Hemet Police Department, Hemet San Jacinto Centennial Lions Club, Hemet Unified Parent Center, Hemet Valley Healthcare Center, Home Instead Senior Care, Home Quest Real Estate, Human Relations Council, Iglesia La Roca de Hemet, Intervalley Health Plan, Jbloom Designs, Johnson's Hearing Aid, Inc., Kevin Saunders Realty and Les Schwab Tire Centers.

Sylvan Learning, The Bank of Hemet, The Country Club at Soboba Springs, The Hemet Library Foundation, The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, The Paperwork and Errand Lady, The Press Enterprise, The Ringing Hearts/Face Painting, The Tutoring Center, The Valley Chronicle, Valerie Drummer-State Farm, Valley Nonprofit Network, Valley-Wide Recreation & Park, Victory Outreach Hemet, Vogler Feigen Realty, Warrior Zone Bootcamp, West Coast Dental of Hemet, Yolanda Saenz, Yorkshire Village, Century 21 Real Estate, Hemet Modern Dentistry and San Jacinto Smiles also participated in the business expo.

Lastly, Millennium Toastmasters, Miracle Ear, New Day Solar, Not of this World Dance, Precisions Window Tinting, Ramona Bowl, RE/MAX Empire Properties, Riverside County Economic Development Agency, Salvation Army, SCORE Inland Empire, Servpro, San Jacinto Medical Clinic, Snazzy Snaps by Kathy, Soboba Casino Resort, SoCal Realtors and Associates, Soroptimist, Southwest EMS, Spirit Mountain Resort, Sprint, Southwest Riverside County Association of Realtors and Stewards Fun Adventures were included in the event.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at [email protected]


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