DEADLINE EXTENDED for Booth Registration: April 10 — A first-of-its-kind, Country Living & Lifestyles Expo is being organized by Edgewood Chamber of Commerce to serve residents and showcase businesses of the East Mountain and Estancia Valley region. The Expo will be on Saturday, May 6, at Edgewood Elementary School (NM 344 at Dinkle Rd) from 10:00am-3:00pm. Admission is free, and attendees will also enjoy prize give-aways and food options. Vendors who want to display, should contact Edgewood Chamber of Commerce for details and booth registration.
“We’re putting on the Expo to help area residents discover the many services, products, conveniences, and recreational opportunities that exist locally and so they can meet those people who serve the specific needs of our region” said Linda Burke, Executive Director of Edgewood Chamber of Commerce, which supports businesses region-wide from Tijeras to Estancia.
The Country Living & Lifestyles Expo will feature businesses for home and ranch maintenance and services, lifestyle-focused providers such as health, recreation, furnishings, and professional services, plus local artisans and events specialists who bring beauty to our lives. The chamber is confident residents will be pleasantly surprised to find so many items and services are available locally, eliminating the hassle and headaches of traveling 20-30 miles to the city.
SO MUCH HERE At present, close to 400 active businesses stretch from Tijeras to Moriarty, with more than 300 of those located in the Edgewood and Moriarty area. In recent years, Edgewood has become both a geographic and retail hub for the region with numerous national brands choosing to locate there. Moriarty, with its many motels, restaurants, and original Route 66 history, is positioned as a popular stop for thousands of I-40 and Route 66 travelers, in addition to being an active agricultural center. The region also includes many home-based businesses that provide services from personal care to home improvement.
SHOP LOCAL Shopping locally really matters if you want your hometown to thrive. When residents shop in their own community, it benefits that consumer, as well as the local business owner and their employees and families, who usually live locally. It also means local municipalities receive additional funding, through gross receipts taxes, making it possible to provide more services within the community. Numerous experts point out, shopping locally has significant economic impact from creating more local jobs to building greater local prosperity. The American Independent Business Alliance notes, about two-thirds of each dollar spent at locally-owned businesses ultimately recirculates in the community to further stimulate local economic prosperity.