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Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Newsletter - September 2017
29th Annual Jubilee Festival of Arts
September 23 & 24
Who: Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce & City of Daphne
What: 29th Annual Jubilee Festival of Arts presented by Wind Creek
When: September 23 & 24, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Main Street, Daphne, AL
Admission: Free
The 29th Annual Jubilee Festival of Arts presented by Wind Creek brings fun and art to the streets of Downtown Daphne. The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce will be treating you to cooking competitions, craft demonstrations, pop-up performances and local musicians. They’ll all be joining your favorite artisans beneath the canopy of oaks. Come ready to shop! This year the Jubilee Festival of Arts has teamed up with the World Food Championships to offer two elite qualifier competitions for sandwich-making and the chef’s challenge. You also don't want to miss the Kids Art Park where your little ones can explore their creative side. The Jubilee Festival of Arts is FREE!
The Artists
Nearly 100 artists & craftsmen will line Main Street with original paintings, one-of-a-kind pottery, handcrafted jewelry & thoughtful gifts. It's not too early to be thinking about Christmas presents to come ready to shop!
World Food Championships
Qualifying Cooking Competitions
Chefs will be battling it out for a chance to compete against the World Food Championships roster of Golden Ticket contestants. The Jubilee Festival of Arts has been elevated to Elite Qualifier status by guaranteeing that its winners' registration fees are paid to compete in Orange Beach. Both cooking competitions will be held near the Entertainment Stage in front of City Hall.

Sandwich Competition: Saturday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Preferred Chef Challenge: Sunday, p.m. - 5 p.m.
Southern Makers Demonstration Stage
Saturday, September 23

10:00 a.m.
Bay Candle Company

11:00 a.m.
Chatham Knives

12:00 p.m.
Painting with a Twist

1:00 p.m.
Baldwin County Youth Orchestra

2:00 p.m.
Gypsy Chicks and Phoenix Belly Dance

3:00 p.m.
Keys Southern Spice
Sunday, September 24

10:00 a.m.
Wood Turning with Mike Francis

11:00 a.m.
Woodworking with Mike Bonin

12:00 p.m.
The Wandering Oyster

1:00 p.m.
Bonehead Structures
with Trevor Clarke

2:00 p.m.
Jazz Studio

3:00 p.m.
Zuri Raks Belly Dancers
Entertainment Stage
Saturday, September 23

9:30 a.m.
Opening Ceremony

10 a.m.
Sun Chief Sound
Coastal Alabama Community College

11 a.m.
Susan’s Academy of Dance
Sunday, September 24

11 a.m.
Victoria Whatley

12 p.m.
CC Dance Studio & Company
Kids Art Park
The Kids Art Park offers highly creative hands-on art activities for your young artist to explore. 

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Activities in the Kids Art Park are Free!

Handprints, Jewelry, Wooden Block Sculptures, Face Painting, Fish Prints
We'd also like to thank our festival sponsors:
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, Ace Hardware & Daphne Utilities.
Leaders Council Spotlight:
In the Company of Angels… "Where Visitors Are Always Welcomed and Returning Friends are Absolutely Adored"
"In the Company of Angels" and its owner Diane Douglas have become a downtown Fairhope staple. The thoughtfulness shop located in the heart of the Fairhope French Quarter just celebrated its 28 th anniversary. The 2,000-square foot shop is dedicated specifically to uplifting gifts and accessories for all ages. Douglas said, “It’s simple in design and focus, it’s an entire shop filled with happies!” You’ll find angels throughout, but other treasures include original art, jewelry, soaps and inspirational quotes. If you’re looking for a small gift, look no further.

The store and its staff make everyone welcome. “Yes, we do welcome pets with well-behaved owners,” said Douglas. They even keep a supply of dog treats at the desk. Thinking baskets are scattered nearby to collect any selection you might be considering and a comfy corner allows the reluctant shopper a spot to rest while others browse.

Fairhope’s French Quarter has become an attraction over the years. In the Company of Angels played a role in the creation of the Fairhope French Quarter in 1993. As Douglas looked for a larger space for the shop, she teamed up with Bessie Montgomery who owned property on De La Mare. They came up with the idea to have small shops off a courtyard to offer growing businesses a chance to find reasonably priced locations. In the Company of Angels opened as the French Quarter’s anchor store in 1994. Several local businesses now call the tree covered courtyard home.

Diane Douglas jokes that she brings longevity as her biggest asset to her leadership roles. She was an initial member of the Downtown Merchants Association and served as their President twice. She’s also strongly supported the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce throughout the years, now serving on the current Board of Directors. She’s volunteered in many capacities with Ecumenical Ministries and serves through outreach programs at her church home, Trinity Presbyterian.

Douglas told us she credits the store’s growth and success to the wonderful friends who make up the group she calls the Angel Crew. “They buy in to the hope-filled message of our tiny pass-along ministry and share with those who enter our shop,” said Douglas. She says faces change over the years, but they are committed to providing care and concern for those who arrive at the shop’s doors.

In the Company of Angels is open year-round Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with special hours during the holidays. They are located at 328 De La Mare Avenue in Fairhope. You can also find them on facebook at
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.
I love what I do…I mean... I really love it! I have the opportunity to meet amazing people and reconnect with folks I haven’t seen in a while. I have the opportunity to experience and gain a deeper understanding about what makes the Eastern Shore and Coastal Alabama such a wonderful place. In August, I was able to spend time at the United States Sports Academy, take a tour of the Fort McDermott Battle Grounds in Spanish Fort, attend the Christening ceremony for the USS Charleston, our Nation’s 18 th  Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and celebrate with Fairhope Pharmacy as they were designated a Centennial Retailer (going strong for 115 years) by the Alabama Retailers Association.

With every meeting and event, I work hard to represent Eastern Shore, make connections and look for ways to enhance our quality of life. I am in awe of the people in our communities and the work that they do. 

I hope you will all take a moment from your day to day activities and look around. Go see the art collection at the Sports Academy, take a tour of the Delta, go check out one of our retail shops that you have not been in before, take a look at the history that is right at our finger tips. Be a tourist for a day…the possibilities are endless. 
Alabama Retail Association Award Winners
Fairhope Pharmacy
Alabama Centennial Retailer

Congratulations to Fairhope Pharmacy for being honored as an Alabama Centennial Retailer by the Alabama Retail Association. Fairhope Pharmacy was founded in 1904 and was nominated by the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce.
The Original Oyster House
A 2017 Retailer of the Year

Congratulations to the Original Oyster House for being named one of the 2017 Retailers of the Year by the Alabama Retail Association. The Original Oyster House was nominated by the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber.
Ribbon Cuttings
J. Miller Furniture
J. Miller Furniture has opened its first Alabama location at 25297 US Highway 98 in Daphne. This new location adds to their previous stores in Destin, Pensacola and Gulf Breeze, Florida where they’ve operated with the same owner for more than 20 year.
August New Members
Chamber Events
25000 Bass Pro Dr #104
Spanish Fort
Thursday, September 7
5 p.m.

Speakers: Dr. Joyce Woodburn, Dean of Curriculum and Eddie Tyler, Superintendent for Baldwin County school
Wednesday, September 13
7:30 a.m.
Daphne United Methodist Church
2401 Main Street
Daphne, AL

$10 for members
$15 for guests
Call (251) 928-6387 by September 8 to RSVP

Thursday, September 21
8 a.m.
Dickey’s BBQ
Jubilee Square
6882 Hwy. 90, Suite G2
Sponsor: St. Michael Catholic High School

September 23 & 24
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Downtown Daphne
Admission is Free

1302 US Hwy 98
Tuesday, September 26
5:30 p.m.
915 Plantation Blvd Suite A Fairhope
Friday, September 29
11 a.m.

140 Clubhouse Drive
Thursday, October 5
5 p.m.

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

October 17 & 18
For more information call
(251) 928-6387

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.
Get Involved
Business After Hours at Fairways Indoor Golf Club
Thursday, September 7
Fairways Indoor Golf

The September Business After Hours will be held at Fairways Indoor Golf Club at 25000 Bass Pro Drive #104. Join us for great networking and check out their golf simulators!

Fairways Indoor Golf
Eggs N' Issues
September 13, 7:30 a.m.
Daphne United Methodist Church
The quality of our education affects everyone's quality of life and greatly impacts our local workforce. The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is connecting the business community with our education leaders at our upcoming Eggs N' Issues. Our speakers will be Dr. Joyce Woodburn, Dean of Curriculum and Eddie Tyler, Superintendent for Baldwin County Schools.

$10 for members
$15 for guests
Call (251) 928-6387 to RSVP

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:
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.
The 2018 Youth Leadership Class
Opening Retreat
The 2018 Youth Leadership Class kicked their year off with an Opening Retreat at the Original Oyster House . During the retreat, students were given the opportunity to get to know one another through ice breakers as well as learn about their own personality through The Colors Personality Test. Hartmann, Blackmon and Kilgore, P.C. facilitated a team building exercise using the Lean Management Project. Through the Lean project, students learned about adding value to a project, how to eliminate waste with the end goal of continuing to improve processes and standards.

Student’s put this into practice as they pretended they were an airplane manufacturing company using Legos to build the planes.

The day ended with a fun ride on the Gulf Coast Duck Boats . A special thank you to our committee members, Daphne Utilities , Trustmark Bank for their lunch sponsorship and to HB&K for facilitating our team building exercise.

Lunch Sponsors Needed
for Youth Programs.

If you're interested, please contact Christina Hellmich at (251) 928-6387 or
Workforce Reception
The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce teamed up with the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce to host a joint Workforce Reception at the North Baldwin Center for Technology which serves Spanish Fort and Daphne High Schools.

The Workforce Reception was a great opportunity to showcase the programs being offered to our local high school students. It also gave our business leaders a chance to tour the facility and get a first hand look at the programs at North Baldwin Center for Technology.

July Ambassador of the Month
Sara Alter
Director of Sales & Marketing
The Brennity at Fairhope
50 Spring Run Drive, Fairhope
(251) 928-5555
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 County Sales & Use Tax/License Inspection Department
September 26
The Baldwin County Sales & Use Tax/License Inspection Department holds a quarterly taxpayer workshop for new & existing businesses. There is no fee to attend, and advanced registration is not required.
Southern Lifestyle Health & Beauty Expo
September 30, 9 a.m.
Fairhope Civic Center
The Inaugural Southern Lifestyle Health & Beauty Expo is seeking vendors. Reserve your booth space at:
Contact Maxine Fandrich for more information by calling (931)308-2173.
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