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Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce June Newsletter

Leadership Changes
The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce announces that Heiko Einfeld has resigned from his post as executive director, effective May 24, 2016.

Einfeld has served as the executive director for the last two years with a passion for promoting business and connecting communities. During his time at the Chamber, Einfeld played an integral role in developing the Chamber's new core values and rebranding. 

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is currently interviewing candidates to fill Einfeld's position. In the interim period, Christina Hellmich has stepped in to serve as the interim executive director until a suitable replacement can be found. Christina has worked as the director of workforce development for the Chamber over the past 5 ½ years.  Prior to coming to the Eastern Shore Chamber, Christina worked in banking, healthcare and nonprofit industries as a marketing and public relations professional. 

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce will continue to make the Eastern Shore the best place to live, work and cultivate business.

Regional Business After Hours Regional Business After Hours
The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce for a Regional Business After Hours on June 23 at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park.  Don't miss this great opportunity to network with Chamber Members from both sides of Mobile Bay.  Chamber members from all Chambers in Mobile and Baldwin Counties are invited.

There will be delicious food from  Half Shell Oyster House, Spanish Fort Stewart Lodges at Steelwood , Chris and Carla's Catering and  Zea Rotisserie & Grill Buffalo Rock Company Domke Market  and  Fairhope Brewing Company  will be providing drinks. 

Make sure you get your photo taken at the photo booth provided by  L.A. Fotographee  &  Gallery 450.

We also want to thank our sponsors Thomas Memorial HospitalInfirmary HealthAlliance PublishingMetal Roofing Center & Supply, LLCMobile Gas A Sempra Company and New Horizons Credit Union

To learn more about the Regional Business After Hours, check out our event on Facebook. Please share it and invite your friends!

Calendar of Events
Click here for a printable version of the Calendar of Events.

AIDT Leadership Development Workshop
Presenter: Kendall Haywood, 
Leadership Development Manager
Daphne Utilities
8301 Well Road
June 7 & 8
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting: City of Daphne Gazebos
Wednesday, June 8
10 a.m. - 1401 Johnson Road
10:30 a.m. - 7281 Park Drive
11 a.m. - 73 Lakeshore Drive

Crab Cakes with the Chamber at Rosie's Grill
Wednesday, June 15
5 - 7 p.m.
Rosie's Grill
1203 U.S. 98 #3

Morning Marketing Meeting
Thursday, June 16
8 a.m.
Dickey's BBQ
Jubilee Square
6882 Highway 90, Ste. G2
Sponsor: Pro1Painters

Annual Meeting
Thursday, June 16
5:30 p.m.
Oak Hollow Farm
14210 S. Greeno Road
Tickets: $50 per person
Call (251) 621-8222 to RSVP by June 10

Chamber 101
Wednesday, June 22
9 a.m.
Chamber - Overlook Office
29750 Larry Dee Cawyer Dr.
Daphne, AL
Space is limited. 
Call (251) 621-8222 to sign up

Regional Business After Hours with Mobile Area Chamber
Thursday, June 23
5:30-7 p.m.
USS Alabama
Aircraft Pavilion
2703 Battleship Parkway

Business After Hours
American Autism & Rehabilitation Center
Thursday, July 7
5-7 p.m.
8909 Rand Ave.

Guaranteed Lending Workshop
Tuesday, July 19
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Eastern Shore Chamber
Overlook Office
29750 Larry Dee Cawyer Drive

Morning Marketing Meeting
Thursday, July 21
8:00 a.m.
Dickey's BBQ 
6882 Hwy. 90, Suite G2
Jubilee Square Shopping Center

Pencils & Glue for Bingo & Brews
School Supplies Fundraiser for the Rotary Youth Club
Thursday, July 28
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Fairhope Brewing Company
Admission: $10 donation or a bag of school supplies
Sponsored by: The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals and United Way of Baldwin County Young Leaders Society

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Annual Meeting Invite

Crab Cakes with the Chamber at Rosie_s
Annual Meeting
We'll recognize our 2016 Award winners and enjoy a low country boil at our Annual Meeting at Oak Hollow Farm, June 16. Join us as we celebrate our members and enjoy a fun night of networking. Tickets are $50 a person. Please RSVP to (251) 621-8222 by June 10.
Crab Cakes with the Chamber at Rosie's
Join us for Crab Cakes with the Chamber, Wednesday, June 15 at 5 p.m. at Rosie's Grill in Daphne! This monthly event offers a more intimate networking opportunity. We'll try Rosie's crab cakes, and you're welcome to order a meal as we gather around the dinner table. 
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2016 Golf Tournament
2016 Golf Tournament
2016 Golf Tournament
The 2016 Golf Tournament to benefit our Chamber youth programs was a huge success despite the threat of rain that morning. We'd like to say a big thank you to all the players, sponsors and volunteers who made this year's tournament a
 success. Through your generous contributions, we were able to raise money for Youth Leadership and the Student Training and Exploration program. See if our cameras caught you out on the Lakewood Golf Club course by watching the video slideshow.

Presenting Sponsor:  BMW of Mobile
Student Training and Exploration Program Graduation
STEP Graduation
Congratulations to our   Student  Exploration and   Training  Program Graduates. 37 students graduated this year. This four year program introduces students to an array of career paths here in Southwest Alabama and helps them make a plan to land a job in a field they're passionate about.  We are so proud of them. 

Mayors' Prayer Breakfast
We had a wonderful turnout for this year's Mayors' Prayer Breakfast. Our guest speaker was Dr. Robert Lightfoot, the Executive/Medical Director of Victory Health Partners, a faith-based, nonprofit medical clinic formed to provide medical care to low income, uninsured patients on the Gulf Coast. Check out the full photo album by clicking here.

Mayors_ Prayer Breakfast pic

"Buy Fresh, Buy Local" at Eastern Shore Farmers Markets
Fairhope Farmers_ Market
Fairhope Farmers Market

by D. Fran Morley

Believe it or not, the first organized farmers market-with producers of vegetables, meat and baked goods selling direct to the consumers-opened more than 280 years ago in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. That market is still going strong, and according to the US Department of Agriculture there are nearly 10,000 similar markets across the country. Three are right here on the Eastern Shore.

Fairhope's Farmers Market is the granddaddy of the Eastern Shore markets, opening as a summer market in 2003 on Church Street downtown, with a fall market added a couple of years later. Early markets had around a dozen vendors. After the new Fairhope Public Library opened in 2007, the market moved to the lawn behind the library on Bancroft Street, which allows for more vendors (around 30-35 on a weekly basis) and other activities. There are adoptable pets from The Haven and the library sponsors story time and activities for children, said Paige Crawford, event coordinator for the City of Fairhope. "It's all about the atmosphere! Visitors can enjoy live music, a variety of vegetables and produce, and leave with a fresh bouquet of flowers. Alabama has such a vibrant farming community and the farmers market is the easiest way to support local farmers and learn about the benefits of eating what's in season."  Fairhope's Summer Farmer's Market is open through July 7  on Thursdays, from 3 to 6 p.m.  The fall market is Sept. 22 through November 10 .

The City of Spanish Fort and the Eastern Shore Chamber have teamed up to host our area's newest Farmers Market, and according to Mayor Mike McMilllian, it's off to an outstanding start. "We've just started and we've got room to grow, but so far, everyone is happy. We've had a good selection of local produce, fresh Alabama seafood, eggs, blueberries, strawberries. There's nothing better than fresh produce, and I'm very happy that our city can help provide this." Spanish Fort's market takes place on Saturday mornings through July 30 from 8 a.m. to noon at the new Community Center at 7361 Spanish Fort Blvd. "And if all goes well, and our residents would like for us to continue, we'll probably hold it again in the fall," the mayor said.  

Daphne's Farmers Market is a production of volunteers at the Daphne Art Center. Andy Root (yes, that's really his last name) says he helped with the market that first started last year and then offered to run it this year. (His wife, Annie, is president of the Daphne Art Center.) "It's been a lot of fun, and the market has grown quite a lot this year. I'm always looking for new vendors. When we started, we were in the parking lot of the United Methodist Church, then we moved to near Southern Napa, and now, I think we've found our permanent location, at the corner of Main Street and Santa Rosa, by Fast Times gas station. Daphne's market, a fund-raising activity for the Art Center, is planned to run straight through the fall, open on Fridays from 2 to 6 pm through November 4. 

Ribbon Cuttings

Before _ After
Before & After
Congratulations to  Before & After  on opening at 19 N. Church Street in Fairhope. They offer fine art, a jewelry gallery & skin care.

Ala. Office of School Readiness
The Alabama Office of School Readiness celebrated the opening of this new natural playground at Loving Care Children's Center for the Pre-K Program.

Ocean Marine
Ocean Marine celebrated their new Daphne location with a grand opening. You can check out the boats at  1812 US-98 in Daphne.
Tropical Smoothie

Tropical Smoothie Cafe
It's heating up outside, what a perfect time to grab a smoothie!  Tropical Smoothie Cafe Daphne  is now open at 29740 Urgent Care Drive in Daphne.

Beef 'O' Brady's
Beef'O'Brady's Spanish Fort  has remodeled and expanded with a new party room and updated game room. We were happy to help them celebrate with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Do you know a business interested in the benefits the Chamber provides? 

Call 251-621-8222 or email Frank Shepard at 

Wintzell_s Crab Cakes Crab Cakes with the Chamber at Wintzell's Oyster House

by Frank Shepard
The Eastern Shore Chamber continued its quest for the Best Crab Cakes on the Eastern Shore in May at the home of "Fried, Stewed or Nude," Wintzell's Oyster House in Fairhope.  "Fried, Stewed or Nude," of course, refers to the different ways you can order your oysters at this legendary establishment.  Since 1938, Wintzell's has been serving up fresh seafood, steaks, chicken, sandwiches and other great menu items that have attracted customers far and wide.  

Upon entering the restaurant, you notice the witty sayings of none other than J. Oliver Wintzell, the founder of Wintzell's, displayed all over the walls.  There is a large bar complete with bartenders and oyster shuckers as well as a welcoming deck providing extraordinary outdoor dining.  

Once our guests had arrived and had time to meet and mingle, the servers brought out complimentary trays of crab cakes for everyone to sample.  The crab cakes were baked flawlessly with a wonderful crispiness on the outside and light, fluffy, all-lump crab meat inside.  The cakes were topped with a delicious remoulade sauce that added the ideal flavor compliment.  Since I was at Wintzell's, I had to order oysters, so I decided on a half dozen Oysters Monterey which were topped with jalapeños, smoked bacon and melted cheddar cheese.  Add a bowl of Alabama's most award-winning gumbo and I was floating on cloud 9!

4th of July on the Eastern Shore 


City of Dahne
July 4th Celebration

July 4
5 PM - 8 PM
Dusk: Fireworks

Trione Sports Complex


4th of July Festival & Fireworks

July 4
7:30 PM - Baldwin Pops Sunset Concert
9:00 PM - Fireworks

Fairhope Municipal Pier

Spanish Fort

Smoke on the Coast
Food & Fireworks Festival

July 2
6:00 PM - Festival Begins

9:00 PM - Fireworks

Spanish Fort Town Center Park

Making Headlines

Mobile Bay Magazine - Parks And Rec: An Outdoorsman's Guide to Finding Fun at Five Local Parks for Under $5 feature  Historic Blakeley State Park and Meaher State Park

Mobile Bay Magazine - Tastings: Warehouse Bakery & Donuts

Business Alabama - Spotlight on Baldwin County

Business Alabama - May 2016 Movers and Shapers: Featured Tucker Dorsey, Heiko Einfeld, Chris Elliot, Sara Godwin, Ed Hammele, Jennifer Jenkins, Lee Lawson, Boyd Little, Kerry O'Connor, T.J. Rosandich, Tuerk Schlesinger and Ormand Thompson.

Gulf Coast Media - Baldwin Women Leaders 2016 - Articles feature the ladies from Brenny's Jewelry Co Inc, Linda Buck and Michelle Baldwin from Bryant Bank, Jennie Campbell with Stewart Lodges at Steelwood and the ladies at United Bank.

Sports Illustrated's Andy Staple's Twitter - Says Guido's in Daphne has the best lunch in the Mobile/Pensacola Area and recommends the triggerfish.

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