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3:21 PM

Ribbon Cutting: R.E.M. Staffing Agency

Welcome R.E.M. Staffing Agency to the Chambersburg Chamber! Many well-wishers gathered at their business to welcome them to the Chamber and their Chambersburg location during their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 456 Gateway Avenue in Chambersburg. 
R.E.M. is a M.B.E. Certified Company helping local employers find the talent they need. They also help find candidates new careers. Stop in and register with them at their office, call 717-491-8401 or click here: http://theremcompanies.com/?page_id=1797.

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11:18 AM

Community Effort: Houston Relief

by Lark Plessinger, Marketing Manager at Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce

UPDATE 9/15/17: Community collections for Hurricane Harvey relief continue until Tuesday, September 19th.  The main drop off area is at Green Steam Solutions, 540 5th avenue is Chambersburg. News Talk 103.7 FM will be on site that day from 5-7pm as the final truck doors close. 
The service project started with the Carll and Hissong families with a goal to fill one truck, today they have filled two trucks, and with a few days left to donate believe they can fill three trucks before they head to Texas. Donations can also be made for fuel (estimated cost is $3,000). Cash or VISA gift cards for the gas expense may be submitted to Green Steam Solutions or by calling Steve Carll 717-658-0911 or Dr. Kelly Rife at 717-372-3516. 

Items for Houston Relief Efforts are being collected Aug. 30 through Sept. 19 in Chambersburg. Gabler Trucking will place a trailer at 540 Fifth Ave. next to TB Woods. Specific items needed are bottled water, baby diapers, adult diapers (Depends), personal care items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair brushes, mouth wash).  They also need crayons, coloring books, reading books for kids, baby bottles, blankets for adults and kids, socks, underwear.  If there are other items that you would like to donate, please do so.

Special thanks to Green Stream Solutions, LLC and Heritage In-Home Services for spearheading this community drive to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. 

*An Additional Drop Off Point has been added for this effort.  Kim Stouffer - State Farm Agent is collecting items until 5 pm on Friday September 15 and will transport the items to the truck. Kim's office is at 1130 Kennebec Drive in Chambersburg.

 For more information regarding this effort, the contacts are:

Steve Carll, Green Stream Solutions

(717) 658-0193 or (717) 658-0911  

Peg Carll or April Kennedy, Heritage In-Home

(717) 593-0242 or (717) 377-5980


This is what we do best; we help each other in times of need. Please join us in supporting this community relief effort for those in need. Thank you.

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Relax Lounge at The Orchards (1580 Orchards Drive, Chambersburg) will be gather supplies, food and water on Saturday September 2, 2017 between 3 pm and 7 pm.  Please come out and donate what you can! For more information contact the Orchards at 717-264-4711.

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If any other organizations from the Chambersburg area are organizing relief efforts, please contact Lark at lplessinger@chambersburg.org to be added to this article.

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8:36 AM

Chamber Travel Club: Italy Bound!

By Abbey Holland, Intern, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce

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The Chamber Travel Club is headed to Italy, the exotic beauty of Europe, from November 6-15, 2018. The trip will explore Rome, Colosseum, Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Florence, Chianti Winery, Venice, Murano Island and Milan. Travelers will enjoy the best of Italy with members of their local community while also supporting small businesses.

The tour, "Reflections of Italy" is hosted by Chamber member, Kay Estep of Kay's World Class Travel with the tour guided by Collette. The Chamber is excited to present this magical 10-day trip for only $3,999* for two people. This price covers airfare, hotels, transportation, food and much more.

“This is a perfect tour because it is a great overview of all of Italy's must-see's," said Kay Estep. "Venice is so enchanting as you work your way along the many canals and even more bridges and visit the legendary Bridge of Sighs.  I love all of Italy and cannot pinpoint just one experience.  As my daughter, Tiffany, said after accompanying me this year, it's so awesome; you just have to see it to believe the beauty and history...pictures don't do it justice.’”

Upon arriving in Italy, the tour will begin in Rome, otherwise known as the “Eternal City.” The next day will start the exploration of Rome and its streets that are teeming with history and alluring culture. Half of this day is a scheduled locally guided tour of the Piazza Venezia, the expansive Circus Maximus, the renowned Piazza Navona, the Arch of Constantine and the Colosseum. For the remainder of that day, it will be up to you!

The next few days consist of visiting Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, the medieval town of Perugia, the beautiful and mysterious city of Siena, and then will continue your journey to Florence. When in Florence, you will be able to experience the wonder of the Renaissance with a visit to the Academy Gallery, the Cathedral of Santa Maria and many more enchanting sites.

Continuing on your adventure, the next segment of your trip will consist of visiting a historic winery in Venice, witnessing an up-close glass making demonstration on Murano Island and then make your way to St. Mark’s Square where you can choose to join a local expert to tour the square or explore the Castello Sestiere district.

As your journey comes to an end, you will tour the beautiful city of Milan, stopping at the famous Opera House La Scala, the Domo, a majestic Gothic cathedral and Milan’s well-known fashion district. Your final stop will be a visit to Milan Malpensa in the morning, then you will return home.


Please contact Lark Plessinger, at 717-264-7101 ext. 206 or at lplessinger@chambersburg.org, for more information, as well as to sign up for the Chamber Travel Club. For more details on the trip, contact Kay Estep at 717-360-1593 or at kayestep@comcast.net.


*Prices are subject to change prior to making full payment.

 Click here to view the full itinerary and pricing.

 

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9:22 AM

Ribbon Cutting: The Local Carwash Co.

Congratulations! The Local Carwash Co. just celebrated its Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting after its extensive renovation. The business has been located at 331 W. Loudon St. in Chambersburg since 1974. 

The new and improved car wash has several unlimited wash packages as well as free vacuums with the purchase of every wash. They also provide the free use of towels and spray to tidy up your vehicle. Stop in and see one of the best and most modern carwashes in Franklin County today!

Learn more by clicking here.

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1:02 PM

Toy Box Gifts & Wonder Grand Opening

IMG_1039By: Abbey Holland, Intern, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce

A new addition to the magic of Main Street opened July 14, Toy Box Gifts & Wonder is excited to bring fun, and a little wonder, to Chambersburg. Kristen and Tony Laidig, along with their team, are proud to officially open their doors to the young and young-at-heart of the community on 42 S. Main St. This location is especially important to them because of the significance of the number 42 in the movie "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy." 

Toy Box Gifts & Wonder is not an ordinary toy store; their main focus is on S.T.R.E.A.M. Toys (science, technology, robotics, engineering, arts and math) and dinosaurs. When deciding on the toys for the shop, the Laidigs combined their passion for toys with their passion for sparking creativity in others. They decided to “choose something that doesn’t normally fly, which is non-fiction,” says Kristen. Originally, Kristen’s childhood dream was to open a bookstore, which morphed into a bookstore with toys and eventually landed on a toy store with books. After sharing her vision with her husband Tony, they decided to begin the journey as business owners.

Tony, a Chambersburg native, knew that Gettysburg would be an ideal location to have the most customers; yet while the Laidigs explored Main Street in Chambersburg, they stumbled on 42 S. Main St. Immediately, they knew this was the future home of Toy Box.

“I remember going into Uptown Sales as a kid, and I want our store to be like that for another generation," said Kristen. "I hope that our store can make downtown Chambersburg a destination and a place to make memories like mine.” Uptown Sales was a toy and model store, currently where Main Street Deli is located.

In addition to the marvelous location, Toy Box also has a certified Play Expert. Kristen was certified in June 2017 by the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA).

“The most profound thing I learned from that training was that play deprivation as a child can lead to depression and violent behavior, or play can stimulate new neuron pathways and ‘feel good chemicals’ such as dopamine and endorphins. As a result of this research, we not only set out to appeal to children, but also to adults,” stated Kristen.

Tony added to his wife’s comment, “Many adults believe that play is considered childish, but in reality, it is childlike. We are excited to stimulate ‘childlike’ play in adults by having game nights and game rentals, as well as toys for adults to help stimulate the imagination.”

Toy Box will also kick-off monthly activities with Melissa & Doug’s Take Back Childhood Toy Tester Event, held in late July. This event features Melissa & Doug toys that children can sign up to test. Both Toy Box and Melissa & Doug want to create quality products, and cannot do it without the children’s help. Toy Box will also publish their own magazine called “Wonderings” later this year.

Following the fidget spinner trend, you can go into the store and purchase a mystery spinner for $6.99. Randomly packaged in red velvet bags, this mystery gives the adventurous person a one in 10 chance of getting a specialty spinner. Specialty spinners are iridescent, L.E.D. light up or Star Wars. One can also take a picture with Phil, the giant dinosaur inhabiting Toy Box. Photos with Phil can be taken at the shop, then found for free on Phil’s website. Phil made his public debut at Second Saturday, a live music and movie event at Chambers Fort Park on July 8. Toy Box is excited to be a part of downtown Chambersburg, and delighted to bring a little magic and playfulness to the community. 

Please visit Toy Box Gifts & Wonder, and help them achieve their goal of making downtown Chambersburg a destination.

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3:42 PM

Ribbon Cutting: Toy Box Gifts & Wonder

Hip hip hooray! Toy Box Gifts & Wonder cut the ribbon surrounded by customers, friends and community leaders in downtown Chambersburg. They are a boutique book and toy store located at 42 South Main St. They specialized in a wide range of S.T.R.E.A.M. (science, technology, robotics, engineering arts, math) products as well as life-size animatronic dinosaurs. Stop in their store to see the amazing toys and wonder! 
Find out more by visiting them online at toyboxgifts.com or call 717-461-9954. The store owners, Tony and Kristen Laidig, will be happy to help you!

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3:13 PM

Ribbon Cutting: NestFresh

Welcome NestFresh to Chambersburg and the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce! William Houser, plant manager, cut the ribbon surrounded by many well wishers including friends, staff, and community leaders. They are located at 147 Industrial Drive in Chambersburg. 

NestFresh has 100% cage free eggs! Since their founding, NestFresh has been committed to treating their hens humanely -- happy hens means healthy humans! Thank you for showing us your facility and hosting our guests - welcome to the community!

For more information, contact them at 717-261-1818 or www.nestfresh.com

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1:06 PM

As local industry grows, so does small business

By Amy Weibley, Interim Executive Director, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce


Chambersburg’s location on the I-81 corridor has made it a prime spot for industries like manufacturing and logistics. As more and more distribution centers and manufacturing facilities located here over the years, with them has come growth. The county’s population is estimated to be 153,851, an increase of more than 4,200 people from the 2010 Census. The population growth ranks Franklin County as the sixth fastest growing county in the entire state of Pennsylvania.


untitled_copy4The area’s new investment is bringing jobs and energy while maintaining the community’s quality of life and affordability. The addition of exit 17 and spur of development along Norland Avenue is a prime example. National chains like Buffalo Wild Wings and Pie Five Pizza Co. are popping up more frequently because of our town’s growth and its desirable location.


National companies and large corporations aren’t the only businesses springing up in Chambersburg. With our local economy showing growth and promise, entrepreneurs are seeking opportunities to start their own businesses in Chambersburg. Just in the past 18 months, 32 businesses have opened in Chambersburg, 24 of which are small businesses.

 

The residents of Chambersburg are extremely supportive of small businesses and make an effort to buy local, so these entrepreneurs find a supportive community to cultivate their business. GearHouse Brewing Co. is a great example of this. They opened with an outpouring of excitement and patronage from the community. People want a local experience, and they want to have pride in the businesses in their community, so they are supportive of entrepreneurs.

msa_copyIn addition to business growth throughout the Chambersburg area, the Chamber has seen a significant uptick of interest in businesses locating downtown. The hard work of revitalization efforts from the past few years of Chamber affiliate Downtown Chambersburg Inc. have come to fruition as more investments take place. Multi-million dollar projects by organizations and private investors are underway including the Coyle Free Library, Central Junior High School, The Shook Home Therapy Center and HUB Building. Other large-scale investments like the Fort Chambers building, 1 N. Main St. and 15 S. Main St. are in the works. Community-led efforts like the Chambersburg Community Mural Project in summer 2016, which installed two large-scale mosaic murals downtown, have contributed to the vibrancy of downtown. 


All of this has spurred smaller investments and attracted small business owners. For the first time in years, there are no available Main Street storefronts between King Street and Washington Street. Just in the past year, nearly 20 businesses have either opened, relocated or plan to open downtown.


It is fantastic to see our local small business owners and residents recognizing the assets downtown. Downtowns are the heart of a city and region - and having a healthy heart is essential to having a strong town. With the community working together, we can revitalize downtown and make it a vibrant destination for business and leisure.

However, the answer isn’t revitalizing downtown alone. Downtowns and surrounding areas along with industry and small business must work symbiotically to grow the economy. Strengthening our downtown core will complement the development happening throughout the area, which will attract more people to live here while encouraging investors and entrepreneurs to seek opportunities here, in turn improving quality of life for Chambersburg as a whole making it an even better place to live and work.nflkds_copy1

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11:55 AM

Ribbon Cutting: Apex Integrated Medicine

Welcome to Chambersburg and the Chamber! Apex Integrated Medicine cut the ribbon surrounded by family, friends, staff and leaders in our community. They are located at 761 5th Ave., Suite F in Chambersburg, Pa.
Apex Integrated Medicine is a multi-disciplinary office that offers cutting edge treatment for musculo-skeletal conditions. They have a team of practitioners including an MD, CRNP, DC, ATC, and LMT. Learn more about them by calling 717-263-9979 or visit them online at www.apexintegratedmedicine.org/.

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12:15 PM

Ribbon Cutting: Faithful Stewards Wealth Advisors

Congratulations! Faithful Stewards Wealth Advisors celebrated their opening and joining the Chamber with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. They are located at 946 Lincoln Way East, Suite 8 in Chambersburg and are focused on helping clients integrate faith and finances to achieve a greater return on life. 

Their practice is designed to work alongside you to help you manage your resources, become a better steward and fulfill your God-given calling and purpose. For more information, please call them at 717-496-0900 or visit them online at www.fswealthadvisors.com.


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