Enfield Little Leaguers were out in full force at the Home & Product Show to raise money for a trip to Cooperstown.
The NCCCC 51st Annual Home & Product Show brought a crowd of business people and shoppers to the Enfield Square on March 7 and 8, just a week before restrictions started to be placed on businesses, workplaces and community life due to statewide efforts to curb the spread of the COV-19 virus.
The NCCCC decided to move its annual Home and Product Show from a vacant Walmart building in East Windsor to the Square after the Chamber set up its own office in the mall in September. “Even our most critical vendors are ecstatic about the move,” said Gary Cote, co-chair of this year’s show. “Hundreds of people have already walked through the displays in the first three hours.”
Cote recently told the Journal Inquirer the Chamber hoped to attract 4,000 to 4,500 attendees, which is significantly higher than last year’s turnout of around 3,200 attendees.
“It’s even traffic here,” said Nate Czelazewicz, as he pointed to the single long row of back-to-back vendor booths stretching from the vacant Macy’s end of the 680,000 square-foot facility to the vacant Sears end. “It’s not like you’re turning a corner and missing a booth,” added Nate who represented Blue Diamond Paving at the event.
The increased foot traffic at the weekend Home Show brought back memories of a vibrant mall, before the shopping venue became plagued by vacancies – a recollection shared by vendors and consumers alike. The Enfield Square was originally built in 1971 as a 680,000-square-foot facility. Through the years it suffered from competition from other malls in the region and the general decline of brick-and-mortar shopping as internet sales became more popular.
Back by popular demand were face painting and bounce house attractions for children
Young volunteers greeted Product & Home Show attendees.
By Laura Hayden