Town Crier Correspondent
The 13th annual Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Business EXPO 2001 was held Thursday and exhibitors and visitors were pleased with the results.
Abigail Ahrens, Los Altos developer and Chamber of Commerce director, said one of the nicest compliments she received was regarding the diversity of businesses exhibiting for the event, held at the Los Altos Youth Center.
"The camaraderie and social interaction is a wonderful quality that makes Los Altos special," Ahrens said.
Visitors to the trade show were able to find information about a variety of businesses located in Los Altos and Mountain View. Numerous non-profit organizations also exhibited and restaurants provided sample foods.
Julie Rose, the Chamber's chief executive officer, was pleased with the showing. "There seems to be a larger crowd this year. I'm impressed with the business-to-business relationships taking place within the EXPO," Rose said.
Visitors, as well as exhibitors, carried around their little plastic dishes full of barbecue sausages and ribs from Armadillo Willy's and then went back for seconds at the table for Chef Chu's restaurant. Peets Coffee & Tea provided coffee and Le Boulanger offered sandwiches.
Maureen Jones of All Horizons Rancho Travel passed out materials on far away places.
Kathy Gutto, business manager for the Bus Barn Theatre, distributed information on the next attraction, "The Odd Couple," which opens May 10.
Los Altos Sub-Acute & Rehabilitation Center offered blood pressure testing for visitors.
Steve Schaper, owner of Stanford Nissan, enjoyed seeing old friends and former customers at the show.
The positive responses from the visitors encouraged the exhibitors.
Grand prize drawings were compliments of Ciana Salon and Day Spa and All Horizons Rancho Travel with a weekend getaway for two.
Bank of Los Altos, Bay View Bank, California Water Service, Los Altos Sub-Acute & Rehabilitation Center and Stanford Nissan sponsored EXPO 2001.