Winter Texan Times

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What the organizers and manager did share was the idea of helping park residents and wanting the event to serve as a community builder. “Things like the Expo bring out what I like best about the community,” Hamel said. “Vendors can tell Winter Texans what they offer. That way residents learn about their community and the area they live in. An event like this brings good people together.” Zanetti’s said they insisted that the new Expo would be unique, that they’d invite only one quality business in each category. “To make the evolving Expo even more exclusive for Winter Texans, Dennis and I decided that we’d enforce the ‘by invitation only’ policy,” Zanetti said. “No business can walk in and say they want to be part of the Expo. They have to earn the right to be there by being the best at what they do.” The couple chose their favorite businesses based on their own experiences, and by doing the legwork, by talking to experts and seeking the advice of people they respected. “In that way we created a live Rolodex for Winter Texans,” she said. “These are businesses and health experts that we trust. For new Winter Texans it can serve as a starting point to their own search for quality businesses and professionals in the Valley.” Past Expo attendees cite a variety of reasons they won’t miss the event. “One of the benefits of the Expo for me is a lot of socialization,”Winter Texan Carol Norman said. “Plus, you get to see other good businesses in the area instead of sticking with the places you always go to. You get choices. You see businesses you didn’t even know existed. I even enjoyed learning that a local bakery has the very best donuts.” She said that it helped her husband Mark, too, after he made a decision to have his bad knees repaired. It was at the Expo that he learned about world-renowned Dr. Raul Marquez’s unique knee replacement surgery that doesn’t cut tendons or ligaments and uses a computer and GPS to individualize each procedure. Mark’s surgery is slated for mid-February. She said he is looking forward to a relatively pain-free solution with a quick healing time. The Zanetti’s wanted even more Expo features for Winter Texans. “To add value to our Expo experience, we listened to the great business people we invited,” she said. “We discovered some of them wanted to demonstrate that they are as good as we guarantee they are.” This year several businesses will participate in onsite services. Topcomputer experts,RGVgeeks, will offer free diagnoses of computer issues onsite. Along with that, K9 Headquarters, quality dog groomers, will offer onsite $10 dog toenail clipping. (Note: No dogs will be allowed in the Rec Hall due to the amount of food being served. They must enter and exit through the Annex building.) JP Paulus Photography plans to offer onsite Valentine photo packages. He also plans to make February 11 appointments for those who would like a few days to prepare. Another attractive benefit that Zanetti’s promoted is that most businesses and health experts offer prize drawings just for signing up (with no names or phone numbers kept by businesses). Drawings are held at the end of the Expo, so attendees have an equal chance of winning. The estimated value of combined EXPO From pg. 1