Crowds come out to get hooked on businesses

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Crowds come out to get hooked on businesses

BY JIM FABER<br>THE ISLAND PACKET
Published Thursday, January 18, 2007 in The Island Packet  |  293 Words  |  /IslandPacket/news/local

Everyone needs a hook.'
That's especially true at the Business Expo hosted by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, where there were more than 100 booths at The Westin Resort that featured local businesses.'
Piggly Wiggly had a hook that kept a constant crowd around its booth. That hook? Deliciousness.'
"We have great food," said Cindy Mayo, deli and bakery supervisor for Hilton Head, Bluffton and Savannah.'
The grocery store chain offered samples of Boar's Head meats and cheeses, desserts and, most important, Robert Rothschild Farm sauces and dips. Piggly Wiggly has been the exclusive grocery store for the premium sauces and dips for about a year, but many customers don't know that, Mayo said.'
In one corner of the expo, Royal Restrooms was wowing folks with a 16-foot-long deluxe portable restroom.'
Sure, it was difficult to wheel the restroom into the expo, but that's the only way to show potential customers how far removed the Royal Restrooms line is from the typical portable toilet, said the co-founders of the Savannah-based company, David Sauers and Robert Glisson.'
"Physically looking at it, walking in it and pressing the buttons is the best way" to sell the product, Glisson said.'
Ralph Bell could have caused a stir, too, if he had brought one of his products onto the expo floor. Bell is sales manager for Mini of Charleston, the nearest Mini Cooper dealership.'
A number of dedicated owners stopped by the booth Wednesday to talk shop with Bell and other dealership employees, but Bell also was there to get the word out.'
"A lot of people don't know about the Minis," he said.