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Welcome to our Chamber Connection Newsletter!
In an effort to connect our Chamber Members to valuable news, information, and resources each month we will feature a spotlight topic to better connect our community. This month's topic focuses on the importance our Shop Local options including shopping, dining, services, and more . Next month's topic will feature a focus on Education in our region.
April | 2021 | Shop Local
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Shop Local Campaign - Retail 
Shop Local Showcase with Members Clothologie and Crane Clothing Co.
Click on the Screenshot Above to Play our Shop Local Showcase with Clothologie!

More About Clothologie: The store has recently relocated to 2801 Old Greenwood Rd, Fort Smith in the Maybranch Shopping Center. Built on a love for all things clothing, we offer high-quality style for any budget and lifestyle! Women Owned Small Business local to Fort Smith, Arkansas. Our customers are our family! We love hand-selecting affordable, fashion-forward merchandise for you and your home!

They have a website and will ship all over the United States:

Click on the Screenshot Above to Play our Shop Local Showcase with Crane Clothing Co!

More About Crane Clothing Co: Located in historic downtown Ft. Smith, AR in the Old Grain building: 505 Garrison Ave. Affordable juniors and missy's trends, shoes, and accessories! Our goal is to bring you the latest contemporary fashions at an affordable price. We travel to major markets and individually select each item carefully to help ensure excellent quality and style for you. We love to make you feel beautiful!
Check them out on Instagram @craneclothing505
Shop Local Quick Fact
Find a List of Retailers that our members of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce on our online Member Directory by clicking here.
Our Chamber member Central Mall Has Many Retail Offerings
Central Mall in Fort Smith has a list of current deals from their current tenants, check those out by clicking here.
The Shops at BrickCity Are Now Accepting Applications for Spring Pop Up Shops!
From The Shops at Brick City:

It's no secret that we LOVE small businesses!! We have been working as a team to support, not only the businesses inside BrickCity, but also those in the surrounding communities. If a short term pop-up shop would help you grow your business, please complete the form below for more information.
Shop Local - Dining News
Shop Local Showcase with New Member Smallcakes
Click on the Screenshot Above to Play our Shop Local Showcase with Smallcakes!

More About Smallcakes: Smallcakes believes in its slogan of “Maybe a Cupcake Will Help?” and has been growing their neighborhood cupcakery across the world. Our mission statement is how we have grown our little cupcake store. “To use creative flavors, quality ingredients, and friendly service to provide the finest cupcake experience worthy of returning and recommending.” You can try a smash cake with layered ice cream and cupcake or a milkshake that has blended cupcake in it, yum! They also have waffle cones or you can snag your ice cream in a cup too! They have amazing cupcake flavors and have a few special flavors today including chicken and waffles, maple bacon, stuffed French toast, blueberry and sweet! Don't forget to pick up a treat for you fur babies with one of their pup cakes! They make their ice cream and cupcakes in-house from scratch! They are open Tuesday - Saturday from 11 am - 7 pm located next to Chamber member Tacos 4 Life at 4511 Phoenix Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72903.

Check out our Chamber Member Eateries
Click on the picture above to find out more information about our Chamber Members in our dining categories.
From One End of Fort Smith to the Other, There are Great Eating and Entertainment Options
News from the Downtown Fort Smith Business Association

Garrison Avenue is beginning to become alive again with events and new exciting changes. 
The exciting change is that The Downtown Fort Smith Business Association has absorbed with the Fort Smith Bar & Restaurant Association. In March, the two organizations voted unanimously to join forces. This was in made in design to help gather all the Downtown Fort Smith resources together to help promote the downtown area. With this, The FSDBA is able help bring more to the table for the region’s existing customers and bring back any inactive customers.
      May 7th & 8th will be first major event to come to Fort Smith since the beginning of Covid. This event brings thousands of folks from all areas of the country to our little diamond called “Garrison Avenue”. From the talk of the town. The community is excited to have this major event back to the area.
      In July, Garrison Avenue will be alive for the Annual Mayor’s Firework Celebration. Then beginning in late fall is beginning of the Christmas Season with the Santa House and Christmas in Pendergraft Park.
      The most wonderful part of the Downtown Fort Smith is that folks can come downtown to shop our amazing retail stores. Then have dinner, catch a concert, then relax at one of our bars to wind down the night. There is so much to do downtown within walking distance.
      Great things are happening in Downtown Fort Smith!!

Dean Pendergrass
Downtown Fort Smith Business Association

The Fort Smith Downtown Business Association (FSDBA) is proud to present the new distrx app!

distrx is a free location-aware mobile app. As mobile users enter our district (Downtown Fort Smith), they receive a welcome greeting, and the app opens to reveal everything a visitor wants to know about our community: area events, parking locations, local attractions, map, and a business directory by category, which is one of the best parts. Best of all, when the same visitor travels to another distrx community, the same mobile app transforms to become the app for that community.
Chaffee Crossing Farmers & Artisans 2021 Market Dates
Each market will feature local farmers, artisans, and crafters. The market will be wrapped with live music, local talent, food trucks, kids activities, and seasonal attractions. 
Local farm produce, artisans, crafters, non-profits are encouraged to apply for a booth. 
Multi-level marketing vendors are not permitted. 
$120 for full season booth (6 markets)   $30 per market booth
Booths for non-profit organizations, education, or distribution of information - No Charge
Contact Audrey Hester, Rival CRE, CCFAM Vendor Coordinator (918) 649-7796

Shop Local - Services
Check out our Shop Local Showcase with Chamber Member HOTWORX Fort Smith
Click on the Screenshot Above to Play our Shop Local Showcase with HOTWORX Fort Smith!

More About HOTWORX FORT SMITH: If you’re looking for a quick, effective workout to fit into your busy day, check out our HOTWORX Fort Smith location! We are conveniently located in the GreenPointe Shopping Center on Rogers Avenue, right by the Fort Smith mall.

HOTWORX is a unique studio that offers members access to patented infrared workout saunas. Thanks to the innovative technology, you continue to burn calories for up to one hour even after leaving the sauna!

At HOTWORX, we focus on 3D Training and provide 3x the sweat in ⅓ of the time. Enjoy a mix of isometric and HIIT workouts, and experience a wide range of benefits, from detoxification to arthritis relief to stress reduction. Come sweat it out with us!

Our HOTWORX workouts are unlike any other fitness program available - we're not your typical gym!

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Shop Local Quick Fact
Make sure to follow the Fort Smith Chamber on social media @ftsmithchamber to see information and news about our organization and from our members!
SBA: Restaurant Revitalization Fund Applications Open
Program details:
The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.
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