Chamber looks back at Home and Business Show origins

2014 Home and Business Expo

2014 Home and Business Expo

Thirty two years ago, members of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, led by Mike Werner and Ken Burns put on the first chamber Home and Business Expo at the Bristol Armory.

Over the years, the venue has moved from the Armory to the Mall at Bristol Centre to Bristol Eastern High School.

The Expo has grown from 35 vendors to over 100 vendors, a craft show, entertainment, and more. And this year is no exception.

Despite The Home and Business Expo having been around for over three decades, this year’s Expo is set to be bigger and better than ever.

The Bristol Home and Business Expo returns to Bristol Eastern High School yet again as one of the most anticipated events of its kind in the area.

The Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Jenks Productions Inc. are proud to sponsor the 32nd Annual Bristol Home and Business Expo presented by Xfinity on Saturday, February 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Bristol Eastern High School located at 632 King Street.

With over a hundred vendors including Wireless Zone, Thirteenth Floor, Bristol Beat Radio, LLC, Bristol Hospital, Shady Oaks Assisted Living, Scarritt Spas and Hot Tubs, Wheeler Clinic, Crown Oil, New England Urgent Care, Direct Advantage, Curt Carlson Builder, and much more, you won’t want to miss out on this fun Bristol tradition.

Some other highlights of the 2017 Home & Business Expo include family fun entertainment, a special kid’s activity section, free door prize drawings, food and snacks, and a huge craft fair.

From handmade crochet items and vintage button jewelry to photographs and notecards, and handmade dog leashes to wine guides, the 2017 Craft and Vendor Show will have something for everyone.

Plus Spiritual Psychic Medium Karen Kilmartin will be hosting two special Psychic Medium Experience Readings during the Expo. Karen Kilmartin is a compassionate spiritual psychic medium who is clairaudient, clairsentient, telepathic, and clairvoyant with over 50 years of experience.

Join Karen for a group intensive reading as she communicates with deceased loved ones of audience members followed by a question and answer period.

Karen’s group readings are known for bringing specific messages to audience members. Attendees laugh, cry, share, and heal as Karen bridges the gap between the living and the deceased.

This is a great opportunity to find peace in knowing that your loved ones are always with you.

The Psychic Medium Experience times are Saturday, February 18th or Sunday, February 19th at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $25 per person and includes your admission into the Expo.

Everyone who registers in advance for the show at will be entered into a drawing for a free private reading.

General admission to the 32nd Annual Home and Business Expo is $6, $5 for seniors, and kids 12 & under are free.

For information about booth rentals, please contact Wesley Jenks at 860-563-2111 x303 or

For information about being a Craft Fair Vendor, please contact Linda DiMatteo at 860-584-4132. 



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