Pop-Up mixers blend business, pleasure and growth opportunities for local businesses
By Galen Patterson
Arcadia’s Chamber of Commerce is a coalition of local businesses aimed at helping each other grow. The non-profit organization is perhaps most easily recognized by its circular building at the divergence of Huntington Dr. near the Arcadia Police Station.
Recently, the Chamber of Commerce began a monthly event they call Pop-Up Mixers.
The mixers happen on a monthly basis, in Arcadia bars whose owners are members of the Chamber of Commerce. The first designated Pop-Up Mixer of the campaign took place at Monkey Bar, in the Santa Anita Mall on Jan. 9.
In total, 18 representatives from local businesses attended. The event started at 3 p.m. with a core of seven Chamber of Commerce members and staff. The Pop-Up Mixer triggered an impromptu happy hour in Monkey Bar, causing special drinks to significantly drop in price.
Soon after the first round was poured, complimentary appetizers were distributed amongst the members, including chicken wings and hamburger sliders. By 5 p.m., the mixer was in full swing, nearly a third of the indoor space of the establishment was densely packed with Chamber members and conversation ranged freely from personal lives to possible business deals being made on the spot.
The mixer lasted until 6 p.m., which simultaneously ended the happy hour and the members dispersed to carry on with the evening.
The Pop-Up Mixers are not advertised in advance, but instead information is posted through the social media pages of the Chamber of Commerce within days of the event. RSVP’s are not necessary, in fact, anyone of legal drinking age is welcome to attend and encouraged to network.