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October 28, 2021
The holidays are just around the corner, and that means shopping. Everyone is looking for those special gifts for the folks on their nice list, and the Aiken Chamber knows just where you can find those gifts….in Aiken
The Chamber’s new Buy Aiken - Red Ticket campaign urges shoppers to spend money in Aiken. And to make shopping in Aiken even more appealing, shoppers are being rewarded with potential cash prizes.
For each $25 in purchases of goods or services from participating businesses, shoppers will receive a numbered red ticket. The tickets will be entered to win weekly drawings which start at $100 in week 1 and grow to three $1,000 awards. A total of $5,000 in cash prizes will be awarded during the campaign which runs November 1 through December 13.

“This has been an especially challenging year for small business,” said Chamber President/CEO J. David Jameson. “Our members tell us they need people in their doors spending money. This campaign not only encourages buying in Aiken, but it is also a fun way to boost sales and reward shoppers with cash prizes.”
Follow @aikenchamber on Facebook and tune in every Monday at 4 p.m. for the weekly drawing. Winning ticket numbers will also be posted at https://www.aikenchamber.net/buyaikenmerchants.html The grand prize drawing for three $1,000 prizes will be held Monday, December 13 at 6:22 p.m.
When you “Buy Aiken” you help Aiken businesses provide jobs for your neighbors and friends. When you “Buy Aiken”, you help fund city services such as road maintenance and funding for schools through sales tax dollars. When you “Buy Aiken”, you support those who support your children’s sports and area non-profits. When you “Buy Aiken”, you are investing in the character and prosperity of your hometown now and for the future. When you “Buy Aiken” from November 1 to December 13 you could win cash…and we know where you can spend it if you do.
“Small businesses are the heart and soul of Aiken. Join me to “Buy Aiken” everyday, but especially during the holidays,” said Jameson.

A ticket with the winning number must be presented to the Aiken Chamber of Commerce at 121 Richland Ave. E, Aiken, SC 29801 in person within 7 days of the drawing. Winners must be 18 years of age or older. A winning ticket not redeemed by the next drawing will be considered void and is not redeemable. Unclaimed prize money will be added to the drawing the following week. Weekly winners are not excluded from the grand prize drawings but are excluded from further weekly drawings. The winning grand prize tickets must be claimed by Monday, December 20, at 5 p.m. All winners agree to have their name and image used in Aiken Chamber of Commerce publications including newspaper articles, newsletters, website and social media. Taxes on prizes are the responsibility of the winner.  
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Ribbon Cuttings
Junkluggers of the CSRA held a ribbon cutting September 29 to celebrate its grand opening in Aiken. Reclaim your space with Junkluggers eco-friendly junk removal. Call (803) 335-2585 or visit www.junkluggers.com to schedule a truck to help you show clutter who’s boss. Pictured from left to right are Junkluggers of the CSRA owner Robert Evans, Aiken Chamber ambassador Gary Sullivan, Kedryn Evans of Junkluggers of the CSRA, Aiken Chamber president/CEO J. David Jameson, Aiken Chamber ambassador Allen Cook, and Gerald Simmons of Junkluggers of the CSRA.
Raines Physical Therapy and Performance in the Village at Woodside at 1393 Silver Bluff Road held a ribbon cutting October 7 to celebrate the grand opening of the business. Cutting the ribbon is owner DPT, PT Josh Raines. Holding the ribbon from left to right are Colton Raines, practice manager Bethany Raines, Dr. Raines, Aiken County Chairman Gary Bunker, patient coordinator Corey Harper, physical therapy assistant Kaitlin Cortnay, and Harper Raines holding the other end of the ribbon. They are surrounded by surrounded by family, friends, and Aiken Chamber ambassadors. Visit rainesphysicaltherapy.com to learn more about the services offered or call (803) 226-9196.
CCNB - Coastal Carolina National Bank (CCNB) cut a ribbon October 20 to open its newest branch located at 322 Richland Ave. W. The bank is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and also features drive through services. If you have banking needs or want to learn more, a CCNB representative will be happy to assist you at (803) 644-9550. Pictured in the center cutting the ribbon is CCNB Senior Vice President Steve Hales. He is joined by Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon, Aiken County Council Chairman Gary Bunker, the friendly CCNB staff and members of the Aiken Chamber ambassador team.
Engineered Equine Performance (EEP) held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony October 21 to showcase its one-of-a-kind, equine sports conditioning facility and state of the art rehabilitation equipment at 4064 Wagener Road. EEP will host clinics, demonstrations, and seminars to provide continuing education in horse care, training, and muscular development. Call (803) 646-8754 to set up a visit or to learn more. Pictured holding the scissors is Maxine Emerich, owner of EEP and her husband, Paul Jaquish. They are joined by Aiken County Council Chairman Gary Bunker, Brent Hoover of the Small Business Development Center and members of the Aiken Chamber ambassador team.
Mead Hall Episcopal School held a ribbon cutting October 7 for its new weight room on its campus at 619 Barnwell Ave, NW. The weight room will compliment the school’s athletic program. The athletic program offers 28 teams spread over 11 sports for girls, boys and co-ed. Pictured from left to right are athletic director Antonio Grant, head of school Dr. Frank Sawyer, parent volunteer and weight room champion Dana Massey, Aiken Chamber president/CEO J. David Jameson, and director of admissions and college guidance Dr. Felecia Ponto. Visit meadhallschool.org or call (803) 648-3223 to learn more about the school.
Welcome New Members
A Fox’s Tale and Caroliniana Rare BooksAntiques
We are a shop of whimsy and word featuring handmade primitives, antiques and books.
145 Laurens Street, SW
Aiken, SC 29801
Contact: Holly Segar
Phone: (914) 434-1435

Battelle Savannah River Alliance, LLC (BSRA) Government Contracting
BSRA proudly manages the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) which is a Department of Energy multi-program research and development center that puts science to work to protect the nation by providing practical, cost-effective solutions to the nation’s environmental, nuclear security, nuclear materials management, and energy manufacturing challenges.
Savannah River Site
Aiken, SC 29808
Contact: Sharon Marra
Phone: (803) 646-0398

Beauty and Butterflies Health & Beauty
Providing skin care and cosmetic solutions to issues such as aging, skin damage, dry or oily skin.
Graniteville, SC 29829
Contact: Kay Benitez
Phone: (803) 803-8111

Central States Manufacturing, Inc. Metal Fabrication
Produces metal roofing and siding for thousands of customers across America. These customers use our material to make a variety of structures, including backyard garages, metal roofs, industrial complexes, and even agricultural buildings.
4025 Central States Way
Graniteville, SC 29829
Contact: Luis Ortiz
Phone: (205) 302-0455

Comcast BusinessInternet Services
Committed to providing customers the most reliable internet phone, and TV services that consistently exceed expectations. We understand the needs of small businesses because we were one, too. Comcast Business offers a combination of the best technology and the best team backing the customers’ business.
6200 The Corners Parkway
Norcross, GA 30092
Contact: Alexandria Blakely
Phone: (770) 833-6678

Engineered Equine Performance, LLC Equine Facility
Welcome to the premier Aiken facility for equine rehabilitation and performance sport medicine. We work with local area vets and industry experts to assess each horse’s individual needs.
4064 Wagener Road
Aiken, SC 29805
Contact: Maxine Emerich
Phone: (803) 646-8754

An equine inspired gallery and boutique located in the heart of Aiken. This one-of-a-kind store specializes in sporting art, unique equestrian jewelry, riding and fashion apparel, home decor and gifts (lots of gifts). 
126 Laurens Street, SW
Aiken, SC 29801
Contact: Dini Jones
Phone: (803) 642-9772

Folly - Boutique
Folly has a unique blend of home furnishings and accessories for both you and your home. We are in the middle of downtown Aiken and invite you to stop by and say hello. 
116 Laurens Street, SW
Aiken, SC 29801
Contact: Jane Hottensen
Phone: (803) 226-0550

Hawk Law Group – Attorney
At Hawk Law Group, we are local trial attorneys experienced in all types of serious or catastrophic personal injuries and wrongful death cases.
156 Laurens Street, NW
Aiken, SC 29801
Contact: Kip McAlister
Phone: (803) 226-9089

Little Red Fox - Gifts
15 + local artists combining their talents to make the world a more interesting place to live! Home Decor, Gifts, Women and Girls' Apparel and much more!
109 Laurens Street, NW
Aiken, SC 29801
Contact: Joy Mason
Phone: (803) 226-0039

McGhee Redux, LLC Real Estate Development
We specialize in remodeling and reclaiming historic and older homes. We build new homes in historic neighborhoods that look era appropriate. We are a Black owned business that specializes in developing small subdivisions in historic communities.
217 Fairfield Street, NE
Aiken, SC 29801
Contact: Bill McGhee
Phone: (803) 507-1839

Miracle Ear Hearing Aid Services
We’re proud to help people reach their full hearing potential every day. It’s our goal to make the process as easy and enjoyable as possible. Whether you’re not sure if you have hearing loss or you’ve been wearing hearing aids for years, we’re here for you. We hope you will allow us to help you hear better days!
550 Silver Bluff Road, Suite 100
Aiken, SC 29803
Contact: Laura Mooney
Phone: (803) 642-2328

PerformanceAbove LLC Golf Performance – Physical Therapy
The only physical therapy clinic in the CSRA that specializes in golf performance assessment & training. Our instruction is measurement/based, tested, and proven to work with golfers at every skill level, from major champions to where you are now with a focus on 3D Biomechanics.
920 Houndslake Drive
Aiken, SC 29803
Contact: Hetal Acharekar
Phone: (803) 716-8750

Pitter Patter/Caroline’sApparel (Children’s)
An upscale children’s and women’s boutique. We sell newborn to women’s sizes. Accessories, Toys, and Children’s Shoes.
131 Laurens Street, SW
Aiken, SC 29801
Contact: Leslie Gouge
Phone: (803) 643-8000

Take 5 Oil Change Automotive Repairs
Fast & friendly stay in your car oil change business focused on excellent customer service.
1763 Whiskey Road
Aiken, SC 29803
Contact: Scott Montgomery
Phone: (864) 237-4499

Traditions Health – Home Health & Hospice Hospice
Provides home health and hospice services. Our goal is to help patients have the best quality of life possible surrounded by the people they love. Our healthcare professionals are there when patients need us, providing the care they need in the place they want to be – home.
946 Millbrook Avenue, Suite A2 & C2
Aiken, SC 29803
Contact: John Makolin
Phone: (803) 336-0587

Urban + Rural Business Support Services/Consulting
A curated co-workspace and collaboration incubator for emerging businesses.
703 Richland Avenue, SE
Aiken, SC 29801
Contact: Gary Finnan
Phone: (803) 335-1455
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