Food, finance, fitness and more at Loveland Business Expo

By Chuck Gibson

LOVELAND, OH (March 30, 2021) – At first glance last Thursday, March 25, you could see a full parking lot and people buzzing all around inside The Landing Event Center in Loveland, Ohio.

Chef Jaime Carmody of ‘Out of Thyme Kitchen and Studio with food samples during Loveland Business Expo (Chuck Gibson)

It was the Little Miami River Chamber Alliance (LMRCA) Loveland Business Expo 2021. Booths were set up inside the center and on the patio outside under the tent for businesses to promote their goods and services. At the main entrance visitors were warmly welcomed by either Cee Cee Collins or Meredith Taylor of LMRCA. The sights and sounds of people all around was quickly evident for anyone who entered. Taylor said about 30 businesses were exhibiting at the exposition in the center. It was more than what you could see and hear though. Some might even have claimed sensory overload. Sweet aroma of fine taste treats cooked up and ready to tickle your taste buds filled the air. Chef Jaime Carmody, from Out of Thyme Kitchen Studio was among the food service businesses offering delectable delights for visitor.

“We do fresh meals to go, a different menu every single day,” said Chef Carmody. “I also do hands-on cooking classes and private events full-service catering.”

Like so many other food service businesses offering a taste for expo visitors, Carmody had a table filled with a wide range of samples of Out of Thyme Kitchen Studio menu items. Side note: the caramel mousse was delicious, as this reporter enjoyed the personal rule of: Life is Short, Eat Dessert First!  You get the idea. There was lots of food to taste, and lots of fun for all. That’s why Chef Jaime Carmody came out to share some samples at the expo and to try to rebuild from some pandemic losses.   

Some of the taste treats for sampling during the Business Expo Friday, March 26, 2021 (Chuck Gibson)

“One of the things we lost due to the pandemic was corporate business,” Carmody said. “I’m trying to get back some of the corporate clients we’ve had. We’re also just trying to get people to eat healthy. We can create meals for people who are busy and just want to eat better. We are an alternative to the brown bags.”

Out of Thyme Kitchen and Studio is in Symmes Township on Mongomery Road just behind the Morning Star Coffee stop. Visitors to the expo enjoyed a variety of food samplings from all around Loveland. 

The Landing Event Center was abuzz with the Loveland Business Expo Friday, March 26, 2021 (Chuck Gibson)

There was more than just food, finance, and fitness business, there was entertainment too. Live music filled the air throughout the late afternoon and early evening expo. 

Live music created a sound delight as visitors enjoyed browsing the business expo exhibits. (Chuck Gibson)

Evangeline DeVol was on hand to share the NEST story for interested visitors – maybe new volunteers! (Chuck Gibson)

Carmody mentioned having virtual wine tastings during the pandemic, but the expo provided the real thing. People had the opportunity to see new things, try new things, and learn about new things from business owners exhibiting all around the expo.

There were financial companies on hand to help with finance, both personal and business. There were businesses there to help businesses. Food, Finance and Fitness were clearly the big three. Personal physical fitness trainers were there ready to help get you in shape. There were even businesses there ready to help you get your finances and your business fit too. Judging by the buzz inside and the full parking lot outside the Landing Event Center, people were eating it up at the Loveland Business Expo last Friday.

Visitors to the Business Expo at The Event Landing Center enjoyed safe social distancing while learning about local businesses under the tent out on the patio (Chuck Gibson)

“People have been eating things,” said Carmody. “People are trying things they may not have tried before. It’s getting people to try things a little bit out of their comfort. “I’d like to get more people to come by and eat my food because I don’t want to take it home.”

Learn all the latest on business in the Loveland area from Little Miami River Chamber Alliance. Just CLICK HERE to visit LMRCA online.