‘Back to School’ shopping night at the Ricochet Rec center

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IMPERIAL-Local venders selling at the ‘Back to School Shopping Night’ held inside Ricochet Recreation Center Thursday evening enjoyed a successful evening. Visitors came from across the Imperial Valley to shop at the inaugural event. Guest filled a long hallway to observe and shop for homemade crafts offered from ten different vendors.

Brawley resident Mari Lynn Pemberton, owner of Mari Lynn’s Country Store with a permanent location inside Ricochet and a second location at the Stockmen’s Club in Brawley, put together the event with Jayme Hoffman of Imperial.

Pemberton expressed the importance of the event, “We like to try to do this event a few times a year for shoppers and vendors, like around Christmas or Mother’s day or even Graduation. We don’t charge our vendors, we just ask them to bring a door prize and an appetizer.”

As kids jumped on the trampolines and played inside the recreation center, the parents shopped and enjoyed different hors d’oeuvres presented by the vendors.

Crafters from all corners of Imperial Valley worked hard at setting up tables and displaying their items to be sold. Different items from baby blankets to embroidered kids lunch bags were sold. Angie Nelson owner of ‘Made with Nanas Love’ showed off soft fleece blankets she made as guests walked past.

One vendor, Stefanie Campos of Brawley and owner of ‘Campos Creations’ said, “ I make the bows and hair things because its peaceful for me and it also gives me something to do when the kids go to sleep and I have my time then, I love crafting.”

For more information on the next event or on how to become a vendor you can contact Mari Lynn Pemberton at (760) 587-6841 or at go to www.marilynnscountrystore.com