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Connecting Local Business Owners with Clientele

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YAKIMA, Wash.--More than 50 local business men and woman displayed their services and products during a "Shopapalooza" event Saturday at Whitney Elementary School.

The organizer said it's a way for vendors to reach a larger audience without paying a lot of money.

Each year, the annual event grows. Around 500 people were expected to stop by Saturday.

"They're being asked to pay 300 or more dollars for a booth for one day, and a lot of these are moms who are trying to make it as a stay at home mom," said Melissa Christianson, the organizer. "They just can't afford it. It's not in their budget."

It cost $40 to reserve a table at this "shopapalooza."

Christianson said it's proven to be successful in building up local business clientele.