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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

'Biggest ever' Hemet San Jacinto Valley Chamber Business Expo takes over Hemet Valley Mall


Last updated 9/6/2019 at 11:48am

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Dawn Lawrence, communications coordinator with San Jacinto Unified School District, and Angela Phalen and Tammy White from the district's food service division have fun serving a student chef's muffins to visitors during the Hemet Business Expo at the Hemet Valley Mall.

The Hemet Valley Mall became busier than ever with 90 Hemet and San Jacinto Valley businesses showing off their products and services at the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce's annual Business Expo Wednesday, Aug. 28.

More than 1,500 residents enjoyed the evening at the expo, wandering up and down the mall at 2200 W. Florida Ave. and picking up information, meeting the business owners and enjoying tastes of different foods and treats served by area restaurants and bakeries. There were opportunities to learn about many social service and health agencies in the communities and tips on the latest time saving and conservation gadgets now available on the market.

Realtors, property managers and brokers told visitors about the many houses and industrial properties available for sale or rent in the growing Hemet and San Jacinto areas all at reasonable prices.

West Coast Bad Boy DJ Gibby entertained the crowds with hip-hop and rock music resounding through the mall's side and center courts. The rival mascots of the San Jacinto High School Tiger and the Hemet High School Bulldog held paws as they greeted the expo visitors and merchants during the three-hour special event.

Offering samples of their food specialties were Panda Express, Soboba Resort and Casino restaurants, Los Vaqueros, the Hemet Sizzler, DogoDog and others.

Children and their parents enjoyed spinning prize wheels, filling up free trash cans handed out by Hemet Public Works employees with pens, clips, coloring books and other little gifts from the many businesses. Drawings were held at some of the merchant tables. Attendees could guess how many gumballs were in a jar or try to win other games for prizes and free service offers.

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As friendly rivals, the Hemet High School Bulldog game mascot and the San Jacinto High School Tiger share a rare moment, posing arm-in-arm during the Aug. 28 Hemet San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce Expo in the Hemet Valley Mall.

Free newspapers, magazines and information sheets were available from the Valley News and other media at the expo. Emergency Medical Service attendants, doctors and dentists were on hand to show what health services are offered in the communities.

Fall class schedules were offered by Mt. San Jacinto Community College students, while local school districts and some private schools told parents about their student services and educational opportunities.

Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce events coordinator Sonia Lamas said, "I think it's a great way for local businesses to gain maximum exposure."

She urged other businesses to join the local chamber and sign up early for next year's Business Expo.

"It is a sellout event. Every year it gets bigger and bigger. It's the biggest ever."

The Hemet Valley Mall has been the site of several Hemet San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Expos with the anchor stores of Sears, JCPennys and Hobby Lobby along many other stores and mall gazebos offering many services and products.

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


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