Thursday, April 16, was the monthly Santee Chamber of Commerce After-5 Mixer, held at The Sandwich Bags on Woodside Ave. This month’s mixer was very well attended, with about two dozen local business owners and other members, and even a representative from State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth’s local office, Ellen Malin.
The idea behind the monthly mixer is to give business owners an opportunity to network and share ideas, projects, and whatever else they might have worth sharing. After an hour or so of networking, everyone gets an opportunity to introduce their business and give a quick pitch about what they do. At the end of the mixer there are drawings for donated door prizes (this time including gift certificates from Color Me Mine and Cookies by Design), a 50-50, and a Membership prize. The winner of the 50-50, and a Cookies by Design bouquet, was Barbara Kenley of Maid 4U, a home and office cleaning company. The company pulled for the Membership drawing was not present, so the prize rolls over for next month.
This month had the added benefit of the great food that the owners of The Sandwich Bags prepare. Owners/chefs Jane Jeter and Cathy Bailey started back in 2006 with the belief that Santee needed a good sandwich shop. They leased the location in May, and finally had the the shop ready to open in December. I would say that they have succeeded in creating a top-notch sandwich shop – they even have some history of the sandwich, and of Sandwich, England, in the shop. I plan on checking out a few more of their offerings sometime and reporting on them in an “On Food Patrol” post.
Ronn and Virginia Hall check in Mixer guests
Sandwiches and home-made potato salad were on the menu
Cathy Bailey (L) and Janie Jeter (R) of The Sandwich Bags
Miss Santee Teen, Nicole Ehlke, reads off prizes and Miss Santee, Sierra Billock, shakes up tickets for the raffle as Ronn Hall looks on