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Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Newsletter - October 2017
29th Annual Jubilee Festival of Arts
a Huge Success
The 29th Annual Jubilee Festival of Arts presented by Wind Creek was an incredible success in Downtown Daphne. This year's festival saw a record crowd visit the Eastern Shore to shop for unique gifts and art, enjoy the kids art park, dine in our local restaurants and explore our local shops.
New to the Jubilee Festival of Arts, the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce teamed up with the World Food Championships to add two Qualifying Cooking competitions. The big winner of the weekend was Jeremiah Matthews from the new Southwood Kitchen on Highway 98 (in the old Rosie's Grill location). Chefs were challenged to prepare a dish with seafood you'd find in a jubilee. He served a delicious flounder on a Baldwin County Succotash. Matthews won a golden ticket to compete nationally in the Preferred Chef Challenge at the World Food Championships in November.
The selection of arts and crafts booths had many of our guests ready to do some Christmas shopping. We pride ourselves on finding some of the best artists and craftsmen from around the Southeast to participate. We also like to shine a light on our local talent. Cash awards are handed out to artists in each category as well as a 1st, 2nd & 3rd all around. This year's Best of Show was Ricky Steele from Panama City, FL. Using his paint brush and strokes of color and vibrance, Steele is a true storyteller, showing the emotions of our lives in his work.
The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce was also excited to introduce the new Thomas Hospital Southern Makers Stage. Artists including chamber members Painting with a Twist showed off their talents. Mike Chatham with Chatham Knives told us he even met a young man who wants to come to his shop to learn how to make knives. Chatham said it's all worth it to be able to pass along your craft.
The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce would like to say a big Thank You to everyone who participated in the 29th Annual Jubilee Festival of Arts. It takes an incredible team to pull off the festival each year and we are extremely grateful for the support of Mayor Dane Haygood, the Daphne City Council, City of Daphne employees, Committee Chairwoman Linda Mong, festival committee members, volunteers & patrons.

We'd also like to thank our festival sponsors for helping us keep this annual event free to the public: Wind Creek    Bryant Bank    Southern Cancer Center    Pepsi    Safe Harbor Financial Services    Riviera Utilities    Allen Allen & Foster    JMF Solutions  Southern Napa    Family Security Credit Union    Thomas Hospital    Hartmann Blackmon & Kilgore    Alabama Public Radio    Alabama Coasting    This is Alabama    Eastern Shore Ace Hardware   &   Daphne Utilities  .
See you at the 30th Anniversary!

September 29 & 30, 2018
Leaders Council Spotlight
Oak Hollow Farm: Where One Local Family Continues to Share Their Love for the Outdoors
Today Oak Hollow Farm is known for its stately oaks, its outdoor adventures and its breathtaking wedding settings. The family owned and operated farm offers fun for all ages throughout its 300 acres of scenic farmland.

But Oak Hollow Farm hasn’t always been a special event or retreat destination. The history of the farm dates back to the early 1800s when cotton, sugar cane, potatoes, corn and livestock filled the land. Over the years, the agriculture industry has changed in Baldwin County, but the Little family saw an opportunity for the beloved land their family had worked for generations.

“The land was purchased by our forefathers and has been in our family for six generations,” said Boyd Little, president of Oak Hollow Farm, “We saw a need for change and an opportunity to create something that could keep the entire family involved. This beautiful piece of property has so much history in it, we wanted to share it with others.”

Now your family can come out and enjoy a day of horseback riding, skeet shooting, fishing, volleyball, corn hole, horseshoes, nature walks or even pulling up a rocking chair on the porch. It’s how the Little family is sharing a little bit of their family with every visitor. “It is our tradition to treat everybody who comes through our doors like family. Some call it southern hospitality, but we just see it as our way of life here at Oak Hollow Farm,” said Little.

It’s this hospitality and relaxing setting that has attracted brides from all over to Oak Hollow Farm. The farm offers a variety of both indoor and outdoor settings for an array of events. One of the most popular is the Tunnel of Trees illuminated with white lights and a large open area for a natural, yet elegant venue.

It’s safe to say the secret is out. Oak Hollow Farm has welcomed guests such as producers from CMT’s hit show Sweet Home Alabama, Duck Dynasty’s Robertsons family, and country music stars Lonestar, Travis Tritt, the Charlie Daniels Band, and Blake Shelton.

If you’d like to learn more about all that Oak Hollow Farm offers, visit their website at or stop by and see the beauty for yourself. They’re located at 14210 Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL.
The Eastern Shore Leaders Council provides an opportunity for companies to receive additional visibility and recognition while supporting the efforts of the Eastern Shore Chamber and its advocacy for our local communities and businesses. To learn more about how you can become a member of the Leaders Council email  Christina Hellmich.
October is here and with it comes scary things in all shapes and sizes. I am looking forward to The Witches Ride, The Black Cat Ball and seeing all those cute little ghosts and goblins on Halloween night!

Change can also be scary. I have heard it said that change is only bad when it's not your idea - but the truth is that even if it is your idea, it can be scary and stressful. The reality is change is necessary in order to move forward and to grow.

Several changes were made with this year's Jubilee Festival. They were successful and certainly enhanced the Jubilee Festival experience. Through the process we learned some things that will make the festival even better next year. We are making changes and rethinking. Is it stressful? Sure. Does it add to the workload? Yes it does. Is it worth it? Absolutely!

Is there something you need to do differently; a change that is needed that you are putting off? Be diligent in gathering your information to make the best decision and boldly take that step. Don't sacrifice better for perfect. Delight in your success and learn from your mistakes.

"Most people are more satisfied with old problems than committed to finding new solutions."
"Thinking for a Change"
John C. Maxwell
2018 Eastern Shore Magazine
The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Alliance Publishing, LLC will once again be publishing our Eastern Shore Magazine which includes our Chamber Membership Directory for the Eastern Shore. 

As always, we are excited about this year’s magazine as we take every opportunity we can to highlight our Chamber members and showcase the amazing communities on the Eastern Shore. This is the official marketing piece for the entire Eastern Shore used for economic development, tourism and as a recruitment tool. 10,000 copies of the magazine are distributed to member businesses, hotels, medical offices & conferences. The magazine is also accessible online from the Eastern Shore Chamber website throughout the year.

As a Chamber member you have an opportunity to advertise in this annual magazine. Keith Lott will be contacting you soon regarding advertising opportunities.

If you have any questions, please call Keith Lott with Alliance Publishing, LLC at 251.458.3707 or email him at
Student Training and Exploration Program
Students with our Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Student Training and Exploration Program are discovering a range of career options right here on the Eastern Shore. This month the 11th graders visited Segers Aero Corporation and The Academy at the Fairhope Airport. The 10th graders toured the AIDT Training Center.
Want to help the youth programs for less than $200?
The Eastern Shore Chamber Foundation needs lunch sponsors. If you're willing to supply lunch for our Student Training and Exploration Program or Youth Leadership students please contact Christina Hellmich at (251) 928-6387 or
Ribbon Cuttings
Glazed Doughnuts

Glazed Doughnuts is now open at 2200 Hwy. 98, Ste. 5A, in Daphne. The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce celebrated their grand opening September 18 th .
Berkshire Hathaway
H.S. Cooper & Company
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Cooper & Co. Inc., REALTOR has a new location on the Eastern Shore at 22765 US Hwy 98, Fairhope. 

Painting Parrot

The Painting Parrot has moved to Daphne. They’re now located at 28600 US Highway 98 Suite C in the old Shamrock Cleaners location. The new location gives them a lot of great space to serve their customers.

Premier Medical Group
The newest location of Premier Medical Group has recently opened in a newly remodeled facility. The building houses 12,600 square feet of clinic space that more than doubles its current Daphne space and offers expanded services for Baldwin County residents.

Eastern Shore Lanes
Alley 25 Bar & Grill

Eastern Shore Lanes is growing with the new Alley 25 Bar & Grill as well as two escape rooms. The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening with a ribbon cutting Friday, September 29th.

Point Clear Networks
Point Clear Networks has now opened a new facility at 915 Plantation Blvd. Suite A in Fairhope. The new location gives them room to grow and ensures they’ll remain headquartered on the Eastern Shore for the next five years.

Peak Alkalinity

Peak Alkalinity is now open at 217-B Fairhope Avenue in Fairhope. They offer alkaline water, massage, infrared sauna with rehydration shower, and detoxifying foot spa. Alkaline water flushes toxins, neutralizes acid throughout your body.

September New Members
Chamber Events
Fairhope Yacht Club
101 Volanta Ave, Fairhope, AL
October 11
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tickets: $40
Space is limited.
RSVP by calling (251) 928-6387

Ribbon Cutting & Open House: Thomas Hospital Freestanding Emergency Department
October 12
4 p.m.
29487 State Highway 181

October 17 & 18
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Spanish Fort Public Library
7361 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort
$25 per person 
(includes lunch & workshop)
For more information call
(251) 928-6387

Morning Marketing Meeting
October 19
8 a.m.
Dickey’s BBQ
6882 Hwy. 90, Suite G2
Sponsor: Coastal Bank & Trust

Ribbon Cutting: Family Center Baldwin County
22671 Highway 59 South Robertsdale
Thursday, October 19
11 a.m.

Young Professionals Social
Community Bank in Daphne
27397 US Highway 98
Thursday, October 19
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Lakewood Golf Club in Point Clear
Friday, October 20, 2017
11 a.m. - Registration

Form Your Team:
Individual: $175
4 Man Team: $700
Call (251) 928-6387 to reserve your spot.

Business After Hours at
Sunset Pointe
831 N Section Street
Thursdsay, November 2
5 -7 p.m.

Eggs N’ Issues
Wednesday, November 8
7:30 a.m.
Daphne United Methodist Church
2401 Main Street

$10 Members
$15 Guests
Call (251) 928-6387 to register

Ribbon Cutting
Home Boss Inspection
316 S Mckenzie Street
November 8
4 p.m.

Young Professionals Cornhole Tournament benefiting the 
Spanish Fort Public Library
Thursday, November 9
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Felix’s Fish Camp
1530 Battleship Pkwy
Spanish Fort

Chamber 101
November 15
9 a.m.
Eastern Shore Chamber Office
327 Fairhope Avenue
Get Involved
Elected Officials Luncheon
October 11, 11:30 a.m.
Fairhope Yacht Club
The Eastern Shore Chamber Elected Officials Luncheon is open to all Chamber members but will sell out quickly. It's a great opportunity to meet and greet with our elected officials who advocate and make decisions for our community and businesses.

Tickets: $40
Space is limited.
Call (251) 928-6387 to RSVP
Presenting Sponsor:
AIDT Leadership Skills I
October 17 & 18
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Spanish Fort Public Library
The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is making the AIDT Leadership Skills II available to members. Leadership Skills I is the recommended first course for first-line, team leads and/or new supervisors.

Workshop: $25
Includes lunches & 2-day workshop
Call (251) 928-6387 to RSVP
Eastern Shore Chamber Foundation Golf Tournament
October 20
Lakewood Golf Club
The Annual Foundation Golf Tournament is a popular event for networking with business leaders, their clients and customers. It benefits the Chamber youth programs, Youth Leadership and Student Training & Exploration Program.
Individual: $175
4 Man Team: $700
Call (251) 928-6387 to book your team.
Morning Marketing
Thursday, October 19, 8 a.m.
Dickey's BBQ

Morning Marketing Meetings are an excellent opportunity for you to introduce your company to a crowd of business leaders on the Eastern Shore. It's held every 3rd Thursday of the month at Dickey's BBQ.

Young Professionals Social
Thursday, October 19, 5:30 p.m.
Community Bank of Daphne

Join us for a tailgate social. They're serving up pulled pork sliders, pimento cheese, wine, beer and other great tailgate foods. You could even win a free Alabama or Auburn wreath!

Business After Hours at Sunset Pointe
Thursday, November 2
Sunset Pointe

The November Business After Hours will be held at Sunset Pointe at 831 N. Section Street in Fairhope. Join us for great networking and a beautiful sunset!

Workshops & Opportunities
State of the Economy
October 9, 8:30 a.m.
Daphne Civic Center
The Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance and the Baldwin County Association of REALTORS® invite you to the State of the Economy, featuring Keynote Speaker Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research at the National Association of REALTORS®. Coffee will be served at 8:30 a.m., with program beginning at 9 a.m. Lunch will be included. Tickets are $15 per person or a table of 8 for $95.
Baldwin Co. Education Coalition Business Advisory Council Meeting
October 20, 8 - 9:30 a.m.
South Baldwin Center for Technology, Culinary Arts Bldg.
The Baldwin County Education Coalition wants your input to help shape the new strategic plan, the blueprint for the future of our schools.

by October 13

August Ambassador of the Month: Sally Wagner
Sally Wagner
Hartmann, Blackmon & Kilgore
806 N Section St, Fairhope, AL