Consumer showcase at Del Web in Huntley draws thousands
By Jeanie Mayer For The Courier-News October 28, 2012 11:18PM
Jim Gorska talks to Tom the Plumber about services offered.
Updated: October 29, 2012 10:23PM
HUNTLEY — Savvy shoppers looking for deals on everything from wellness supplements to window treatments were out in droves at Del Webb’s Consumer Showcase last week.
At the event, some 136 vendors lined the walls of Prairie Lodge from the fitness center to the Drendel Ballroom and beyond with booths offering information and free handouts designed to keep the company name in front of potential customers.
Del Webb’s Advertising Representative Bob Laird said the event draws thousands of people to the community annually.
“This event attracts…approximately 3,000 attendees making it one of the largest business expos in the area and provides people with the opportunity to promote their products and services to an active adult community,” Laird said.
Potential customers clamored for information about at home technology tutoring services and signed up to win raffle baskets like the ones offered at the Route 47 Taxi Transportation booth. Del Webb residents Jim and Jan Gorska were pleased with the variety of vendors at the showcase and collected a lot of information from the various booths.
“We are looking for new service people; a furnace company, a plumber,” Jan Gorska said.
“I like the variety of vendors a lot. You get all the information you need. You can shop and find what you want,” Jim Gorska said.
Joyce Nowakowski came to the event with her two year old grandson, Leonard. She said she comes to the event every year because it is local.
“We try to make it every year. We want to do work on our patio and wanted to get some ideas,” she said.
Marilyn Blazek was at the event showcasing her wares from Blazek’s Home Furniture. Blazek said she and her husband have operated the store for the past 39 years and attend the event at Del Webb every year.
“It has been very busy today. We started doing this show the very first year they started it. Not only do they advertise at Del Webb, but also the surrounding communities. It gives us an opportunity to visit with customers, too,” Blazek said.