COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
AUGUST 2020
Sheriff Updates Chamber Members during Coffee & Commerce
Chamber members met together last week at Away Down South to network and receive an update from New WF Sheriff Brian Spillman.
Spillman shared his vision for the WF Sheriff's Department. He explained that there has been a smooth transition from Sheriff Austin Daniel to himself. Covid restrictions have held up some changes, but when possible he is ready to implement new community programs such as a Citizens' Academy said Spillman. "This program (utilized by other departments around the country) would help train citizens in what to watch for an/or report if they witness a crime. It also helps create community partnerships by exposing citizens to the inner workings and daily activities of the Sheriff's office."
Spillman also updated the Chamber on pandemic restrictions that are in place within the state and how our parish is in-acting them. Spillman encouraged all business owners to clearly post their stores' and businesses' policies during this time and let his department know if there are any issues with customers not following their store's policy.
Thank you to Amanda Folse Deville for hosting this event at Away Down South. If you are interested in hosting an event, please let us know at info@westfelicianachamber.org.
Grandmother's Buttons -
A Handmade Local Treasure
The charming jewelry and gift store located in downtown St. Francisville known as Grandmother’s Buttons has now became an international wholesale brand and growing internet retailer. This growing brand has its humble beginnings in Susan Davis’ grandmother’s thirty-plus button boxes. “One of the guiding principles of my grandmother’s life was to save anything that could be repurposed,” said Davis. “We never throw anything away in our family.” In 1985 after taking home several of her grandmother’s button boxes, Davis started repurposing antique buttons into jewelry.

Photo - Includes current retail jewelry, photos of Susan and her daughter Anna, photos from their Button Museum as well as photos through the years of Susan's mother and grandmother. Visit their store at 9814 Royal St. and their website - www.grandmothersbuttons.com
Coronavirus Resources
The Chamber now has the following helpful employer resources available on our website:
  • If an Employee Tests Positive for COVID
  • Safety Practices for Workers with Possible COVID Exposure
  • Federal Coronavirus Paid FMLA, Sick Leave Requirements
  • Suggested Safety Protocols

Additional Funds Available for Businesses Due to COVID

The link below allows businesses to see if they are eligible to receive a Louisiana Main Street Recovery Program Grant. This program is through the Louisiana Department of Treasury.

Bank of St. Francisville Awarded 2019 Bank of the Year

Each year the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) selects a lender that has shown stellar performance in participating in the Louisiana Small Business Loan Guaranty Program. This year's recipient, Bank of St. Francisville, provided access to more than $1.5 million in capital to native small businesses.
UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS & SPECIALS
Trends Salon & Boutique
Remember Trends is not just a salon, but a clothing boutique as well. Great time to stock up on Volatiles. Don't miss this great sale! Located at 5755 N Commerce St.
The Chill Mill offers New Specials
Take a break from cooking with specials from this local hot spot.
Wings Wed, Steak Thurs, Fish Fri and Wings Sat. Follow their facebook page for more info!
St. Francisville
Food & Wine Festival
Sunday, November 15, 2020. 11 am–5 pm
on the beautiful grounds of The Myrtles St. Francisville.
Celebrated Chefs • Creative Dishes • Craft Cocktails • Fine Wines • Live Music • Lawn Games
Please remember to forward us your events & specials by the
20th of each month to be included in our newsletter!
Welcome New Chamber Members:
Miles Blair Apothecary
West Feliciana Chamber of Commerce | 225-635-6717 | info@westfelicianachamber.org www.westfelicianachamber.org