This weekend, everything from chiropractic services to musical instruments can be found in one place -- the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce's business fair.
Nearly 50 exhibitors will show their wares at the chamber's eighth annual fair at Cranberry Mall in Westminster.
"Our exhibitors don't sell anything during the show," said Helen Utz, Chamber of Commerce executive director. "We don't want to be competition for the mall merchants. The main idea is just to bring people up to date on the new products and services that are available."
Unlike the chamber's business show in October, this event is geared to consumers rather than other businesses, Ms. Utz said.
"In some cases, you have the same businesses [in both shows], but they change what they exhibit," she said.
For example, local banks will promote individual rather than commercial loans this weekend, she said.
Demonstrations and gifts during the show on Friday and Saturday include complimentary exams and X-rays for Westminster Chiropractic's new customers, a drawing for a personal alarm from FnT Unlimited Security and blood pressure screenings from several health organizations.
Stu's Music Shop will sponsor a talent show at 6 p.m. tomorrow and a karaoke demonstration at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Most of the featured businesses plan to give away promotional items and have door prizes, Ms. Utz said.
"That accomplishes two things," she said. "It shows appreciation for people stopping by the booth and gives the business a mailing list."
Spaces, available only to Chamber of Commerce members, range from $175 to $275 for a 64-square-foot area, Ms. Utz said.
Ms. Utz said the chamber exhibits at Cranberry because it "has a market all ready for us. The mall keeps getting busier and busier, and there are always more people."
The group feels the show has been successful because many exhibitors have participated in every event for the past eight years.
"I would take that as being successful, as the businesses thinking this is something worthwhile," Ms. Utz said.