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Interesting booths at TIC 2018

Mocktails, stylish bags and locally made beauty products were some of the products which caught this reporter’s attention during the opening day of the 2018 Trade and Investment Convention (TIC).

Hosted by the TT Manufacturers’ Association at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya from June 5-8, TIC is open to the public this weekend.

When the doors open, the public can taste samples of food and beverage products from local, regional and international companies. The final two days are also when exhibitors get to sell their goods, so there’s likely to be some bargaining at the 267 booths and three pavilions this weekend.

There is an admission fee, $30 for adults and $10 for children while the opening hours are 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday.

Highlights

Mocktails are being served at the Viva Sparkling Water booth – within eyesight of the entrance. Created by professional bartenders, each mock cocktail had real fruit at the bottom of the cup and was garnished with a maraschino cherry. With hundreds of booths to check out, these non-alcoholic drinks were quite refreshing. That may very well be why there was a little line up to get your free mocktail on day one of TIC.

Viva Sparkling Water booth at TIC 2018. Mock cocktails; mocktails, were given out to visitors at the Viva Sparkling Water booth on day one of TIC 2018, served with real fruit at the bottom of the cup and garnished a maraschino cherry. PHOTO BY SASHA HARRINANAN. July 5, 2018

Vitamin water “drips” was another interesting product. No actual intravenous therapy (IV) was taking place but the clear bags of coloured liquid were hard to miss, particularly as the Revive Medical Spa booth is to the right of the entrance. There are ten types of Revive Vitamin Drip IV treatments, each one explained in the brochures being given out at the booth. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/revivett

Champaign glass-shaped signs were another standout. Joey Sukhdeo, who launched his company, 800-SIGN, at TIC 2018 said this particular stand was proving very popular. He said a local beverage company had already spoken to him about getting some to market their products.

Joey Sukhdeo, owner of 800-SIGN, stands next to a champaign glass-shaped sign (left), one of the most popular items at his booth at TIC 2018. PHOTO BY ENRIQUE ASSOON. July 5, 2018

123 Kids Expo was a little different to most exhibitors, in that it was promoting its own expo next year. The event was founded by Kaisha Lee A Ping-Alfred, CEO of Trendy Trade Show Company, after she got tired of having to “hunt around” for affordable, quality products and services for her children.

Described as a marketplace for all things children and teens, the April 2019 edition will be held at the Centre of Excellence. There will be a Maternity and Baby Square Pavilion, NGO Pavilion, Kids Zone, Education Hub, Toddler and Kids Avenue and a Market Place Pavilion.

Camille Campbell (third from left) learns about the 2019 edition of 123 Kids Expo during her visit to the booth at TIC 2018. (Left to right) Lisa Owen, director of logistics at 123 Kids Expo; Allyson McKell-Morales, director of marketing and communications at 123 Kids Expo; Camille Campbell, booth visitor; and Kaisha Lee A Ping-Alfred, CEO of Trendy Trade Show Company and show director of 123 Kids Expo. PHOTO BY ENRIQUE ASSOON. July 5, 2018

A large leather bag, with black and white mixed prints, was one of the standouts in the Tobago House of Assembly’s section – the booths had a blue fabric background to distinguish them. Made by Cee Wee Designs using supple leather, the Crosswalk Butterfly Resort Bag, is described as large enough to hold your essentials and more while lounging poolside.

The Crosswalk Butterfly Resort Bag, made of supple leather, was a hit with visitors to Cherie Warner’s Cee Wee Designs booth at TIC 2018. PHOTO BY SASHA HARRINANAN. July 5, 2018

B Naturals’ body butter, beard oil and soaps – all made using ingredients grown in Tobago – was another highlight. This was the first time B Naturals owner and Tobago resident, Mijanou Charles, has exhibited at TIC. Visitors to her booth were most interested in her turmeric and honey soap, turmeric and neem body butter and her beard oil.

 

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