2008-07-10 / News

Chamber Chatter

By Vicki de Angeli

The Jamestown Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce two new initiatives that have our business community a-buzzin'. One is "Buy Jamestown," a program to encourage Jamestown residents to patronize our local shops, restaurants, and service providers. A committee of volunteers, headed up by Jack Hubbard and Julie Kallfelz, is looking into ways to promote the many businesses here on the island, to encourage all Jamestown residents to buy locally and support their fellow Jamestowners.

The second program centers on recycling and being "green". Councilman Bill Kelly, along with the Northeast Recycling Council, hosted a workshop for the business community, to promote recycling and other ways in which to become more environmentally aware. Although many of our local businesses have already implemented energy saving practices, there are many more things that can still be done.

The Chamber is happy to report that the June after-hours activity was a huge success. The bay cruise on the Jamestown Ferry was once again a sellout, and everyone enjoyed delicious food prepared by Chopmist Charlie's, snacks from Grapes & Gourmet, and of course, tasty libations. To quote one Chamber member, "I can't remember the last time I had so much fun on a Thursday evening!"

This month's after-hours event, on Thursday, July 17, will be a "Weenie Roast," hosted by Jack's Electric. Look for postcards and newspaper notices for further details. This is a wonderful opportunity for Chamber members to relax and enjoy a fun picnic, as well as network with other Chamber businesses.

Preparations are well under way for the Chamber's annual "Night At…" dinner dance, which will be held on Friday, Aug. 15, at 6:30 p.m. The beneficiary of this year's event is the Jamestown Community Theatre, and the evening has been appropriately named "Gettywood," where Hollywood meets Fort Getty.

The Theatre group has promised some special entertainment, along with the fantastic music of "Forty Steps." Tickets are now on sale at several downtown locations, so it's time to contact your friends and buy your tickets for a fabulous night under the stars!

Mark your calendars. Back by popular demand is Sidewalk Sales Day, Wednesday, Aug. 13. Stroll through downtown Jamestown and pick up great deals at your favorite stores. Here's a chance to show your loyalty to our local merchants, and save some money to boot!

The next marketing meeting for the Chamber will be held on Tuesday, July 15, at 8 a.m., at 28 Bryer Ave. These meetings are open to the public and all are welcome.

For further information on the Jamestown Chamber of Commerce, go to the Chamber's Web site, www. jamestownRIchamber.com, or contact Donna Olney Kohler, executive director, 423-3650, or email, info@ jamestownRIchamber.com.

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