NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP >> The auxiliary gym inside the Newtown Athletic Club was the place to be on September 12 for anyone interested in doing business in the Greater Newtown area.
Throughout the afternoon, the public had a chance to explore a cross section of Newtown’s booming business community during a Business Expo and Culinary Fair organized by the Newtown Business Association.
From one end of the gym to the other, the place bustled with activity as a record crowd browsed past tables filled with information and sampled food whipped up by Newtown’s growing restaurant sector.
“This is a great way for businesses to network with each other, but also to showcase the Greater Newtown Business Community to the public,” said Yardley attorney Scott Fegley, who co-chaired this year’s expo with Craig Turet and Earl Sigmund. “People will be pleased with what they find here today - a mix of long standing businesses and a lot of new ones. This is a great way to see what Newtown has to offer.”
Fegley said while he, Craig and Earl co-chair the expo, its success depends upon the support and help of a great many people including Leslie Dunleavy, who helps with promotions, NBA President Beverly Dimeler and the members of the expo committee.
“Our hope is that people take away from this an awareness of what businesses are available and located in the greater Newtown area,” said Fegley. “When your looking to get something done, think of the businesses in Newtown. Just looking around this room, we have everything from spas and banks to attorneys and healthcare providers. And it’s all right here.”
Among the new additions to the expo this year was Premier Home Renovations, a locally owned company that specializes in roofing, siding and gutters.
Based in Hamilton, NJ, Premier is owned by Newtown residents Carlos and Shirley Mejia and has been in business for the past eight years.
“This is a great way for the community to get to know us and that we can help them,” said Shirley, who spent a busy afternoon handing out towels and brochures, answering questions about the business and encouraging everyone to enter a drawing for a gift basket.
“What makes us different is that we take really good care of the outside of your house” while the work is taking place, said Shirley. “When you get your roof, siding and gutters done it can be a mess. We have a machine that goes on the edge of the roof and my guys take off all the shingles and put it in that bucket. And we cover the whole house with tarps. We’re very careful with the landscaping. We just like to change the appeal of your home.”
Another new face at the expo this year was Mark “spark” Vandzura, the owner of the Greater Bucks County franchise of Gymguyz, which provides in home personal training and fitness.
“We bring the gym to a client’s home, business, or whatever setting they chose to work out in and at the time they want to work out,” said Vandzura. “We bring a van with 365 pieces of equipment - one for every day of the year - and a certified personal trainer who is passionate about their job.”
During the expo, Vandzura was busy handing out the-shirts, handing out coupons good for a free training session, offering complimentary body fitness assessments and giving away two complimentary workouts.
“Where ever you’re at you need to take steps to make yourself healthier,” he said. “Remember you only have one body and you want to keep it fit and in shape.”
Mike Lefchak and Dave Weir from Team Toyota also were there handing out special offers, ice scrapers, cell phone attachments and stress relievers to expo visitors.
Team Toyota, located in nearby Middletown Township, is among the expo’s veterans having participated in the event for the past six years.
“We love this event because we get to see so many of our customers,” said Lefchak. “Every other person we talk to has either bought their vehicle from us or uses our service department.
“And the turnout this year is great,” Lefchak says of the expo. “There are a lot of people coming through. And they’re asking a lot of good questions.”
The expo also featured a number of nonprofit community groups and organizations including the Newtown Arts Company, which was promoting its upcoming show, “The Taming of the Shrew.”
Also there was Potential Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 2006 by Kristine Quinby that helps children and adults with autism reach their full educational, social and emotional potential.
Marketing director Gadi Naaman was drawing a lot of attention with a giant boot to promote Potential’s “Hoedown Throwdown” fundraising evening next March at the New Hope Winery.
Of course, one of the big draws of the event is the culinary fair which featured about a dozen local eateries and establishments.
Among the newest additions was La Stalla’s Italian Market, where homemade cannolis were a hot commodity.
The market’s deli manager Nick Robinson said he brought 300 cannolis to the event. In an hour and a half, all but a half dozen remained.
The market also offered samples of La Stalla’s signature Italian sandwiches, bites of bruschetta, samples of imported Italian meats and anmtipasto skewers.
“This is great,” said Robinson of the expo. “I had no idea it was going to be this big.”