Summer has finally
decided to join us and it's glorious. While we all prepare to pack up
for our summer destinations and leave Winchester in our rear view mirror
for vacation, that means we leave our local merchants behind as well.
I'm all for vacation, but before you pack up the mini-van, PLEASE
REMEMBER OUR WINCHESTER BUSINESSES AND DO YOUR BEST TO SHOP LOCAL WITH
EVERY OPPORTUNITY. Let's help make up some of the deficit from this
winter by supporting locally.
obvious that we have an unusual amount of vacancies in town and that is
the nature of retail in any community. People will often ask, "What
is the Chamber doing about all the vacancies?" The answer is, as in any
town, the Chamber neither has the power to sign businesses nor secure
businesses into locations. That responsibility lies with the landlord
who owns the properties. However, it IS the responsibility of the
Chamber to support its local businesses and try to run effective
programming and offer resources to make their tenancy more viable.
are striving every day to create such an environment for our shop
owners as well as home-based businesses without storefronts. In the past
couple of months, the board has conducted several focus groups,
inviting all Chamber members to participate, so that we can learn what
type of events will best support and assist you. We have some exciting
projects that we are working on for the fall to kick off the new Chamber
season. So stay tuned!
Be sure to mark your calendar for the next B.Y.O.C:
As promised, we will have our second "BUY YOUR OWN COFFEE" networking event on
JUNE 23RD AT 8:30AM AT LA PATISSERIE. Lots of new faces came out to mix
and mingle with established chamber members at our first event and the
energy was palpable. Come and join us!
Enjoy the Sunshine!