It has been awhile since we have had a Chamber update, not because we haven't been busy! 

The Farmers Market was well received at Orchard Hospital with a lot of positive feedback. Vendors were very pleased and enjoyed the cool setting under the big oak tree even on the hottest days that gave relief from the sun.

The food was great each week and the Chamber of Commerce had a booth selling bricks for Daddow Park. There is still time to order bricks with your family name to make their place in history. 

We have had purchases to honor loves ones, pet names, non profit organizations and the business community has purchased with their business name becoming a part of history in our downtown park.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Lyndi Little-Wallace and Orchard Hospital for hosting Farmers Market this year while Daddow Park was being renovated. The Farmers Market will return to Daddow Park in June in the newly renovated beautiful park. Just a few touch up items before the City can get in there and do the irrigation, grass, benches and trash receptacles.

As Farmers Market was winding down we had Chamber mixers, ribbon cuttings and a booth at the Butte County Fair.

One of our benefits of being a Chamber member is to use the Chambers booth to showcase your business during the fair and we had many business members promoting their business or organization.

Lisa Van De Hey and her staff at The Gridley Herald did a beautiful job with our full color newsletter we handed out as well as goodie bags with all kinds of goodies, coupons and maps and information from our members.

We helped sponsor and host Apple Crunch Day with Gridley Grow and Cal Fresh, a program to educate and promote healthy eating. We all know apples are healthy and apples were everywhere. We had apple carving, apple tree planting, dried apples, apple toss games and even a apple selfie booth. What a fun day it was dancing on Hazel Street while eating great apple snacks.

Home Depot was on hand planting seedlings, Barbara Ott of Gridley Grow planted an apple tree and Keith Widmar of Orchard Hospital carved apples.

U-Jam Fitness got everyone moving with some dance routines and our fearless leader, City Administrator Paul Eckert and our police and firemen were dancing with some very delighted kids. This was fun to watch and very entertaining.

The Chamber Board attended a networking event at Colusa Casino with Yuba-Sutter, Live Oak, Oroville, Colusa Chambers of Commerce.

Plenty of planning meetings were held for the Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights which we held the same night for the first time.  This worked out well as one of the best events ever with all of the vendor spaces full.

The Tree Lighting was very festive  with hot chocolate, cookies and carolers on hayrides over to the Parade of Lights, Winter Wonderland.

The Sutter Buttes Orchestra played Christmas music and Ryan King and his band Priss Bro played beautiful music until the parade started with some beautiful lighted floats and the best crowd ever.

There was very little standing room on the sidewalks and everyone had a great time with such a great turnout.

The Chamber had a great team with our committee members, board members, community volunteers, city Firemen and Police all working together for months to see it turn out so great. Everyone loved the two events held on the same night.

The Chamber was instrumental in helping to fill two empty businesses downtown, Burlap & Silk relocated here from Los Angeles and The Make Up Room and Company both in the Hazel Hotel.

It is nice to see the extra traffic and downtown bouncing with energy and people. A renewed sense of hope for the future downtown.

Just as Santa is leaving the Chamber is offering Facebook classes January 19 and 20. Please follow us on facebook and if you have any community events for your organization please let us and/or The Gridley Herald know so that we can add you to the Community Calendar of Events. If you would like to host a Chamber Mixer please call the Chamber office at 846-3142 Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., or call and leave a message.

Red Suspenders will be here before we know it. We have already had vendors sign up for that big event. It is going to once again be a street faire event and the committee is hard at work planning already.

it is time to renew your Chamber memberships or if you are not a member and would like information please give us a call.

The Chamber thanks you for your support.

Lynne Spencer

Gridley Area Chamber of Commerce President