President’s Letter – November 2016
Let the harvest season begin. As the summer bid farewell late last month with 80 degree temperatures the fall quickly stepped in, dropped the climate and summoned some heavy winds to start knocking those leaves asunder. Just like that another season changes and reminds us life is always about transition and making progress by moving forward.
Thankfully in our town the chamber is always moving in a direction of forward. Forever meeting and talking with our government officials about ideas to improve our business community. Lobbying for sewers that will increase and expand the density for new businesses such as medical, restaurant and entertainment as the retail dynamic for today’s downtowns evolve. Our chamber is positioning itself today to be in a position where we’re still relevant tomorrow. So much of today’s consumer consumption is either on-line or with the numerous big box chains that have commandeered many of our shopping habits.
Several residents have asked what is going to go on the Main St. /Union Ave. corner of the now thankfully removed appliance building. My answer in a nutshell is as soon as someone can figure out what the Amazon’s, Costco’s, Target’s, Walmart’s and large drug chains are not selling I can tell you.
Now more than ever the downtowns are changing. For example, who ever heard of a “vape store” even five years ago? Yet, every town has at least one if not two. Banks have more self-serve kiosks and ATM’s than tellers. Restaurants are doing a large portion of curbside takeaway nowadays. Subtly yet surely things my friends are changing and downtowns like it or not need to change a bit and accommodate accordingly. This I can assure you the current Chamber Board is not only monitoring but also helping shape and mold.
Well before you know the most wonderfully busy time of year for many will be here….Yes, the holidays are right around the corner. With that being said, don’t forget to join the chamber for our annual tree lighting festivities (12/3) over in our loyal chamber member’s Irish Times/Kempo Martial Arts/Oven Lovin/Maz Optical center. Santa will arrive and help us light our Christmas tree. Our annual menorah lighting will take place in the Friendly Drugs center on the 26th of December.
In closing, please ensure you all give thanks and perhaps consider a food donation for those in need. Our good friends over at the Our Place are hosting a food drive in many if our local shops in town, please check the Our Place Newspaper for drop-off locations. Folks are counting on us to help their families also enjoy the holiday season with a meal on their tables as well.
On behalf of the Holbrook Chamber, I wish you and your family a very beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving.
All the Best Always,
President, Holbrook Chamber