By Travis Gumphrey
ONE OF the greatest reasons to shop locally is meeting and getting to know the wonderful people who own businesses in the community.
Shop Texas City, the city’s Small Business Week program, highlighted the small businesses that make the community a home for so many but in the process the owners of the businesses were highlighted as well.
The week started strong on Monday at the College Of The Mainland with the Small Business Showcase where local businesses showcased their specials for the week and highlighted how shopping locally can help you save.
Tuesday featured the Industrial Trade Show and Restaurant Night. The Industrial Trade Show, above right, was held from 11:00am until 6:00pm at the Doyle Convention Center and local industries showcased their businesses, products and services. Restaurant Night featured specials at a number of local eateries.
On Wednesday, 45 local businesses held open houses where the community was invited in to learn and network with local employees and owners.
Small Business Week wrapped up on Thursday with the star-studded Night With The Stars at the Texas City Museum and Showboat Pavilion, above left, where Bradshaw’s Florist and Robco Services were recognized.
After a deserving trip down the red carpet following a cocktail hour, local businesspeople strapped on their dancing shoes for a dance-off.
The winners of the competition were Jose and Arlene Boix and Sal and Joan Viscontini.
The after party following the Night With The Stars was held as a street event that highlighted El Cubano Cigar Factory and America’s Ice House.
There was also a coveted gift basket to be won during the Small Business Week raffle. This year the winner was Emily Harris, from Texas City.