Signal Spring Expo offers demos, freebies from mountain service providers

Signal Spring Expo offers demos, freebies from mountain service providers

April 27th, 2011 by Emily Crisman in Community Signal Mountain

Organizers and vendors of the MBA Spring Expo will welcome the community to the event Saturday. Front row from left are Melissa Tallant, of SMAC, Monique Poteet, of SMAC, Joe Harris, of Cutting Corners Framing, Michelle Turner, of Alexian Village, Lindsey Madewell, of Ace Hardware, Diana Sloan, of Expressions Promotional Advertising, Betty Crawford, of 12 Paws, Barbara Amabile, of CLS Lighting, Gretchen Richards, of First Tennessee Bank and Johnny Humble, of Humble Cabinets. Back row from left are Paul Roberts, of Pizza Place, Ron Nudo, of Nudo Family Hair Care, Jeff Price, of J&S Shoes, Mel Tryon, of Signal Mountain Insurance, Mike Richards, of Tennessee Home Improvements and Bobby Skinner, of Paragon Homes. Contributed photo

Organizers and vendors of the MBA Spring Expo...

Experience the full range of services available on Signal Mountain at the Mountain Business Association's first Signal Spring Expo in the old Signal Mountain Middle School gym Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

While retailers on the mountain have enjoyed the exposure provided by MBA's Sunday on Signal event for more than 20 years, the Signal Spring Expo will be the first event to showcase service providers.

"I'm excited to get to know the services all over the mountain I may not have known about," said Monique Poteet, an MBA board member and co-owner of Signal Mountain Athletic Club, where the event will be held. "Signal Mountain Athletic Club loves to be involved with anything that helps community businesses grow."

The Spring Expo features 52 service providers giving demonstrations, handing out samples and awarding door prizes.

"People don't realize how many services the mountain has to offer," said Poteet.

The event is modeled after the home show at the Chattanooga Convention Center, according to MBA board member Gretchen Richards.

"We have for years wanted to have an event for the service-industry members and we are very excited about how many great participants we have for this first event," she said. "There are a lot of great prizes to win and it's free to enter."

Participants include home, health and food service providers, all of which will be registering attendees to win door prizes, such as a spa package valued at $250 from Split Ends, or free dog bath and nail clip from Paw Paw Patch.

Attendees will receive a bag of samples from Chattem as soon as they walk in the door and have many additional opportunities to snag freebies throughout the Expo while checking out diverse offerings including everything from dessert pizza from the Pizza Place to identity kits for children from Signal Mountain Insurance.

Get free expert advice from home-improvement professionals such as plumbers and electricians, or bring an antique to be appraised by Susan Robertson & Crew. Other free services provided at the event include consultations and product estimates from Welch Construction and blood pressure checks from Mountain Family Medical.

A variety of services are directed at children, such as Piggy paint manicures from the Treehouse.

The event boasts the largest inflatable available from Partyville, including a 22-foot slide, and the Signal Mountain Kidz Klub is sponsoring a clown crafting balloon animals.

Lives will be saved through the Blood Assurance blood drive and McKamey Animal Center, which will be at the Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with animals to adopt.

Performing at the event are Signal Mountain's own Mountain Cove Bluegrass Band from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the Orchard Band from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Signal Mountain Middle High School will be selling hamburgers and hot dogs provided by Pruett's and McDonald's, as well as chips and soft drinks, with all funds raised going to the organization, said Poteet.


The Signal Spring Expo is at the Signal Mountain Business Complex (old SMMS gym) at 317 Ault Road.