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Q&A with Harvest Homecoming booth workers

By Annalise Bassett

Connie Chenault, member of The Pilot Club

What is it like to sell at Harvest Homecoming?

  • “It’s wonderful, fun, and exciting to see all the people that come back year after year.”

Why do you choose to come to Harvest Homecoming for your business?

  • “It is the fundraiser for our (the Pilot Club’s) Safety Town, and [out of] all the other fundraisers for the Pilot Club International, this is our biggest fundraiser of the year.”

What kind of things do you sell?

  • “We sell pumpkin ice cream and cookies and cream ice cream only, and we’ve been doing it for 48 years.”

What is your favorite part of selling at Harvest Homecoming?

  • “Just the renewal, seeing friends come back year after year.”

Is there anything else my readers need to know?

  • “The kids look forward to Safety Town each year, and they know that this booth represents the funding for that for them, and I think that’s it for Harvest, and we like to keep the tradition going.”

 

Michele Finn, owner of Jubilee Essential Oils

What is it like to sell at Harvest Homecoming?

  • “It’s a lot of fun! You get to educate people, you get to share stories with people about the products you have and how they’ve used it and what it’s done for them, so there’s a lot of bonding with the community. It’s awesome.”

Why do you choose to come to Harvest Homecoming for your business?

  • “It’s a very popular place, there’s a lot of traffic, and there’s a lot of local families that I know. I’ve probably had about 500 hugs this weekend. So it’s all the added bonuses, being part of the community, having a lot of people that you get to reach out to and be able to talk to.”

What kind of things do you sell?

  • “I have essential oils from all over the world, and I also have pure Kentucky hemp oil.”

What is your favorite part of selling at Harvest Homecoming?

  • “Seeing everybody that I know. Seeing people who I haven’t seen for a long time, and getting to catch up, and also educating people about the hemp CBD products and how they do not compare to some of the products that might be sold on the streets for other purposes.”

Is there anything else my readers need to know?

  • “Plant medicine is amazing.”

 

Rachel Reich-Squillante, owner of The Studio Belly Dance and More

What is it like to sell at Harvest Homecoming?

  • “Fun, exhilarating, exciting, sweet. I love the interaction with people, just finding out their stories, and just the connections that you make.”
The Studio 1
Owner Rachel Reich-Squillante talks to a customer about the products she has to offer at her Harvest Homecoming Booth. Photo by Annalise Bassett.

Why did you choose to come to Harvest Homecoming for your business?

  • “My storefront is right [on] one of the main streets of Harvest Homecoming booths, and it brings in more customers in a weekend than in six months of being in my building.”

What kind of things do you sell?

  • “Bling-bling (what some customers refer to her jewelry as), jewelry. We’re expanding a little bit now from just belly dance attire to bring in some work out [and] street clothing, like leggings and sweaters, and just little trinkets and gifts and jewelry. They call [my booth] the ‘bling bling booth.’”

What is your favorite part of selling at Harvest Homecoming?

  • “Going back to the first question, the connections that I make, knowing the community a little bit better, people coming to say hello to me, little things like that. Like, this year, it really touches my heart, warms my heart, when people come in and [they’re] like, ‘I come here every year to see what piece of jewelry I’m gonna get from you because you have the most pretty jewelry!’ so you know, just connections. People connections.”

Sept. 14 issue: Student spotlight

Student Spotlight April 2018