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Dec 12, 2019








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Made In New England Expo

Where: Radisson Hotel Expo Center, 700 Elm St., Manchester.
When: Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and older, $2 for kids age 2 to 12 and free for kids under 2.

Going local goes regional
Made In NH expo expands

By Ethan Hogan

 The success of Made in NH has fueled a new expo that will bring in businesses from all over the region to showcase their products in Manchester.

Made in New England’s first expo will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, and Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Radisson’s expo center, opening at 10 a.m. both days. A total of 80 exhibitors will be there with food, apparel and textile products, all made in New England.
“We’ve had a lot of Made in NH exhibitors that have been asking us to do a holiday show, but we wanted to do something with a twist. We decided to bring in the cool products from throughout New England,” said Heidi Copeland, president of Events NH.
Because it’s the first of its kind, Copeland has no way of gauging just how many people will come out to shop, but the Made in NH Expo back in March attracted about 18,000 guests. This month’s expo will bring in businesses from all six New England states and feature holiday-themed activities.
“We have a reputation for bringing in a crowd. We know how to get the audience in a room,” said Copeland. 
Food vendors are popular, Copeland said, and popcorn in particular has been a big seller lately. 
She expects the expo to follow that trend with popcorn suppliers coming from multiple states. Runamok Maple from Vermont will be giving samples of their barrel-aged and infused maple syrups and food curator goodMix, also from Vermont, will be selling bags of selected mixes of superfood ingredients like nuts, seeds, goji berries and coconut. 
Lef Farms will be selling hydroponically grown lettuce. 
“It’s locally grown lettuce out of Loudon. They’re growing it year-round in a hydroponic farm house — it’s fascinating,” said Copeland.
In addition to food, there will be handmade products being showcased by regional brands like MaineSole footwear, which makes handcrafted leather shoes.
“They make a lot of different types of shoes and they’re known for comfort [for] people who need comfortable shoes that look good,” said Copeland.
Alongside the selection of unique New England products will be holiday-themed activities and merry performances. An editor from Business NH Magazine will be reading traditional holiday stories at 3 and 5 p.m. so kids can listen while parents can shop.
Irish step dancers from the McGonagle School of Irish Dance will also be performing at the expo. Copeland said there will be holiday decorations and music filling the 29,000 square feet of show floor.
“What is completely new and uncharted for us is bringing in these same kinds of business but from our neighboring states. By bring in these companies, we are introducing them to a New Hampshire audience and introducing New Hampshire shoppers to products they are not familiar with,” said Copeland.
The Made in NH Expo has been held for 20 years and the relationships Copeland and other organizers have built with local businesses have given them credibility to reach businesses outside the Granite State. 
“The ability to give somebody something that’s local, you are keeping it in a local economy, and you are also supporting businesses. And when you come to the show you get to meet the owners of these business — that’s not an experience you get at the mall or at the department store,” said Copeland. 

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