Prospective buyers, remodellers, developers and just about anyone who lives in Cayman will find a wealth of information, products and services at the Cayman 27 Island Living Show. The home and lifestyle show opens Friday, 29 July, from 5-8pm, and also runs Saturday, July 30, from 10am-5pm.
Thirty or more local businesses will set up booths displaying their latest and greatest products and services relating to the home. A broad range of exhibitors, covering all aspects of home and lifestyle, from insurance to rugs and bank loans to eco-friendly appliances, are among the vendors.
Exhibitors also will have expert staff members on hand available to talk knowledgeably to the public about their products.
Vendors will be offering special deals and discounts, as well as some free prize draws for the duration of the show only.
Many of the vendors have a long history of involvement in the show, finding it an effective means of reaching a wide audience. “We always enjoy participating in the Island Living Show. It’s an excellent way to show the community firsthand the many benefits of using propane. It’s also perfect for showcasing new appliances and propane technologies that Home Gas is bringing to Cayman,” says Dayne Brady, general manager of Home Gas, specialists in propane-fuelled home appliances.
Diana Quin of Rugs Oriental has had a booth at the show ever since she opened her business. “It’s very stimulating. By the end, you are exhausted, but it’s great fun,” she says. “How often do you get 2,000 people walking past your shop otherwise?”
Communication is a two-way street and Hazard Management view participating in the show as a chance to talk with members of the public about their emergency plans and find out how well prepared they are to cope with a disaster.
“It’s an opportunity to interact with the public and engage them. Hopefully we can encourage people to think about their emergency plans and get them to prepare better,” says Simon Boxall, communications manager with Hazard Management, which is promoting its Community Emergency Response Team programme.
Started by Mike Martin, general manager of Cayman 27, in 2001, the show originally focused on homes and gardens. Over the years, however, it has expanded to include ancillary services. This year, for example, Cayman National Bank, Island Heritage Insurance Company, Logic and Fluff n Fold laundry services are among the participating businesses. In celebration of the show’s anniversary, Cayman 27 will be giving away 10 Cayman Airways vouchers.
The show is once again being held at the Arts and Recreation Centre in Camana Bay.
“Camana Bay is really the perfect venue for an event of this size; we have ample parking throughout the Town Centre and our spacious Arts and Recreation Centre is able to accommodate the growing number of exhibitors,” says John Hillman, director of sales for Camana Bay. “With the attractions of our Town Centre within walking distance – restaurants, movies, live music and more – a visit to Camana Bay and the Island Living Show becomes a fun outing for the entire family.”
Admission to the show is free and a shuttle service will be available between the town centre and the Arts and Recreation Centre.
Cayman National Bank
“This year our focus in on land loans, and we are encouraging people to take advantage of this offering, which is embodied in our tagline: Invest. Build. Grow. For this particular promotion we are waiving all commitment fees and offering competitive interest rates,” says Shari Whittaker, Cayman National marketing manager.
The regional insurance company is offering motor insurance quotes for visitors to their booth. Those visitors who choose to take up coverage at the show or within the life of the quote (the following week) will receive a complimentary Cayman Auto Club Classic membership.
Home Gas will display a number of their latest propane-fuelled appliances, including the Zipper Mower and Mosquito Magnet. Propane is the cleanest, lowest emission fuel available in Cayman and is also significantly cheaper than gasoline, according to Katie O’Neil, integrated communications manager. Home Gas will also be giving away Bubba’s Fryer.
This year the focus will be on modern rugs. People tend to think of oriental rugs as having very ornate, traditional patters, says Diana Quin, owner, so they will be showcasing some of the more contemporary designs available, along with Turkish ceramics and jewellery from Hong Kong. Oriental Rugs will offer a 15 per cent discount on all rugs at the show and the winner of their quiz could walk away with a ceramic piece.
Hazard Management will roll out the Community Emergency Response Team’s programme, designed to ensure that within each community there are trained individuals and a plan of action in place should disaster strike. The public will be invited to obtain information and sign up for courses in CPR, first aid, search and rescue and more.
In addition to showcasing the new 2012 SLK Roadster, the third generation of the successful two-seater Roadster with folding hardtop, and the E-Class four-door mid-size sedan, Autohaus will also have their master car painter and restorer present to talk to customers about PPG paints. The public can enter to win a $5,000 discount off the purchase price of any new Mercedes-Benz.