Attendees remember for Chamber Expo

Staff for the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce and the City's Community Development Department, turned out in garb from the 1920s and 1910's respectively, Oct. 18 (photos by Camas Frank)

ATASCADERO — While booths had plenty of candy and trinkets to contribute to guests’ “swag bags” at the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce 2018 Business Expo on Oct. 18 at SpringHill Suites by Marriott, the theme was not Halloween but “Remember When,” with groups celebrating the decade of their founding.

Out of the approximately 30 member businesses sending folks to the event, the staffers from the City’s Community Development Department went in the oldest period attire, from the 1910's with Chamber of Commerce staff, and staff from the Marriot hotel, joining in garb from the 1920s.

While a corporate chain, local events management at SpringHill Suites were game for the event, serving up root beer floats and reminding patrons that the chain had started as an A&W stand all those years ago.

Situated at the far northern end of town, the hotel’s event space provides a unique venue for which Chamber CEO and President Derek Kirk said he was grateful.

“We’re always excited to provide an opportunity to showcase ourselves and our businesses in the community,” he said. “And just so appreciative of those who took the opportunity to come see what we’ve been doing.”

With about 200 attendees counted at the door, the event was “more intimate” than previous years.  The 15th such event, he added that the Chamber side of things has run “like a well-oiled machine,” in gearing up for the event, but as a relatively new Chamber head, he likes to throw a wrench into the works from time to time with new ideas.

The next big Chamber event will be their annual dinner, coming up in January, naming business people of the year along with organization and community service awards.

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Staff for the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce and the City's Community Development Department, turned out in garb from the 1920s and 1910's respectively, Oct. 18 (photos by Camas Frank)


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