D.E.A.R. Hunting Day
Divas & Dudes Enjoying Awesome Retail

November 5 | 9AM-4PM
Set your sites on Waconia November 5. Wear ORANGE and hunt for deals during this fun shopping and dining event. Look for D-E-A-R in the shop windows to complete the scavenger hunt and enter to win a "Basket of Waconia"!

2022 Participating Businesses
*Waconia Toy Drive drop sites starting November 1.
**Waconia Toy Drive drop site starting November 11.
Welcome New Members
Lafi Arts

Rachel Bonkoungou
Dance Studio
D.R. Horton

Amy Battis
Real Estate Development
Studio Maretta

Lauren Tideman
Yoga Studio
A Message from the President
Gift your time and talents this holiday season

by Christine Fenner
President, Waconia Chamber of Commerce
November marks the start of the holiday season with D.E.A.R. day this Saturday, the Tree Lighting on Nov. 25 and Homespun Holiday on Nov. 26. It’s the time of year to shop, sip, dine, and support local during the gift-giving season (and all year long). With so many incredible and unique options to choose from, one doesn’t need to go far to find the perfect gift.

During this giving season, it’s also a wonderful time of year to support local with your time and talents. Maybe your talent is the gift of music, a green thumb, artistry, photography, construction or accounting. You might have the skills as a strategist, planner, influencer, connector, or communicator. There are so many talents to offer to a committee, a project, or service. We all play a part in our community as a whole. What are you really good at and how does that factor into the mission of your work? How are you best sharing your gifts. Continue reading...
Celebrating National Manufacturing Month
Waconia High School Students, Chamber Members Tour Waconia Manufacturing Facilities
October is Minnesota Manufacturing Month. Manufacturing month is an opportunity to learn about the innovative and high-tech world of modern manufacturing, and to inspire career paths and advancement in this key sector of our economy.

Last week Waconia Public Schools High School Industrial Tech students learned about jobs in this high growth, high pay, and high demand industry. Thank you to Cabinetworks Group, Nordic Components, Modern Design Cabinetry, and Sackett-Waconia for hosting our next generation of talent! Chamber members also had the opportunity to tour Sackett-Waconia and Cabinetworks Group.
Chamber members also had the opportunity to tour Sackett-Waconia and Cabinetworks Group at the October 27 Luncheon.
Ambassador Visits & Ribbon Cuttings
Shop Chicks
Primary contact: Lena Simelgor
113 W Main Street, Waconia
(952) 297-1798

Shop Chicks moved to a new location on Main Street in Waconia in May. Co-managers Patti and Tammy say the staff tries on all the new arrivals so they can better advise shoppers with sizing and fit. Follow along each Tuesday at 1PM on Facebook to see what's new in the store that week!
Trending Upward Thrift Shoppe
Primary contact: Brianna Roth
141 W 1st Street Suite 300, Waconia
(952) 261-2343

Trending Upward Thrift Shoppe moved from Highway 5 to their new downtown location on October 27! The store has extended shopping hours in the new location, open Monday through Saturday. Check the website for donation hours and donation items accepted.
Primary contact: Reed Anderson
(952) 334-5387

Minneglass specializes in auto glass repair that comes to you. Reed prides himself on customer service and strives to make your glass repairs as quickly as possible to get you back on the road.
Member News and Happenings
Lake Waconia Regional Park Waterfront Service Center Groundbreaking

The Carver County Board of Commissioners held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of the construction of the Lake Waconia Regional Park Waterfront Service Center project on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022.

Located at Lake Waconia Regional Park, this new waterfront service center building will provide event and classroom space, modern restrooms, and rental concessions, as well as enhanced lakeshore access to service the beach and picnic areas, trails, and other site amenities as well as making a stronger connection for users to Coney Island of the West.
J. Carver Distillery Announces First Release of J. Carver 7 Year Bourbon

J. Carver Distillery, the grain-to-glass Minnesota microdistillery located in Waconia, Minnesota is pleased to announce the first release of J. Carver 7 Year Bourbon. This fine whiskey offers the unique flavors of Minnesota grains with the complexity of a carefully crafted, well-aged whiskey.
St. Joseph Youth Winter Outwear Drive
Donate through November 28

Providing winter wear to youth in need! Please donate gently used winter outerwear in Youth Toddler Size to Adult XL. Accepted items: Boots, Hats, Gloves/Mittens, Snowpants, Coats, Scarves/Neck Warmers. Drop off donations at these locations: Bayview Elementary, Waconia City Hall, Clearwater Middle School, ECFE #110, Laketown Elementary, Safari Island, Snap Fitness, Southpoint Financial Credit Union, Southview Elementary, St. Joseph Catholic Church & School, Waconia 1 Collision, Waconia High School. 
Concert in the Barn: Martin Zellar
November 12 | 7-9PM
November 13 | 6:30-8:30PM

We are thrilled to have Martin Zellar back at the Barn for two acoustic performances. Tickets are $40 or Club member tickets are $36. Tickets are limited to 90 guests so don't wait. Purchase tickets online today.
Shape It Up Fitness Women & Strength Series
November 14-December 12
Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Four weeks, 12 classes, 30 minutes of strength training for women. Class size limited to 14 spots. $249 *No class on November 25. Email Megan to sign up.
Auburn Homes 11th Annual Festival of Trees Gala
November 17, 2022
RSVP by November 4

Celebrate the upcoming holiday season with an elegant evening at our Festival of Trees venue, Bavaria Downs. Start the holiday season with dinner and dancing among the beautiful designer Christmas trees. There will be new, exciting live and silent auction items. The online silent auction will begin a week prior to the event. All proceeds will directly impact the lives of the residents and staff at Auburn Homes & Services.
Volunteers Needed - Ridgeview Foundation 12th Annual Under the Harvest Moon Gala
November 19, 2022

Spend an evening at beautiful Hazeltine National Golf Club under the bright lights of Las Vegas and help Ridgeview Foundation fund a simulation center as part of our Cause for the Community campaign. Volunteer support is needed with Registration, Jewelry Box Surprise Sales, the Paddle Wheel Game, Live Auction Spotters and more! Most volunteer shifts are 4:00pm-7:30pm or 7:00pm-9:00pm, but, you can sign up for both and be there for the whole event! Dinner will be provided. Registered volunteers will have an additional training session the week of the event through video conference. Please reach out to the events coordinator Brian Mastel by email or call 952.442.6011 for more information or to register.
3rd Annual Experience the Trades
Wednesday, December 7
Waconia High School

Students, grades 9-12, are invited to meet local industry partners to learn about the features and benefits of the trade industry.

Students will:
  • Meet WHS alumni and local employers
  • Learn about future course options, work experience, summer jobs, and paid internship opportunities
  • Ask questions about registration and scheduling

Connecting opportunities in Manufacturing, Automotive, Construction, and Engineering. Email Christine at cfenner@destinationwaconia.org by November 18 for additional details and to participate. 
Shop Chicks Hiring
Shop Chicks is hiring a sales person that's available Thursday-Sunday from 10AM-5PM. Work 2-6 shifts per month. If interested, send a message to shopchicksco@gmail.com.
First Street RETAIL Space for Rent
Great space for a boutique or small shop. Approximately 600 square feet. This space is walking distance from the theatre, restaurants, and other shops. Contact Dan Schnerk at Reimagine Real Estate at 952-856-0501. 
Tree Lighting in the Park
Friday, November 26
City Square Park, Waconia

Sip hot cocoa by the warm fire while caroling with holiday characters. Santa will arrive just in time to light up City Square Park at 6:30PM. Bring a new, unopened toy for the Waconia Toy Drive. Big thanks to the Women of Waconia for supplying and serving the hot cocoa and organizing the toy drive.
Homespun Holiday | Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 27

Small Business Saturday Shopping
All day | All over town

City of Waconia Candy Can Hunt
10:30AM | City Square Park

Santa at the Fire Station
Take your own photos. Bring canned or dry food items for the Waconia Food Shelf.
Save the Date: Jingle & Mingle Holiday Social
Monday, December 12
J. Carver Distillery

The Waconia Chamber Holiday Social will be on December 12 at J. Carver Distillery. Register by November 30. Registration includes a J. Carver signature cocktail, hors d'oeuvres, and comedy trivia with John Cosgrove.
Upcoming Events
November Chamber Luncheon

Thursday, November 17
Crown College

Introduction: Dr. Andrew Denton, Crown College President 

Speaker: Joel K. Johnson, Vice President of College Relations, Crown College

Topic: Leadership and Followership

Deadline to register: Monday, November 14
Chamber Calendar - November 2022
NOVEMBER 5 D.E.A.R. Day, 9AM-4PM @all around Waconia
NOVEMBER 9 Board Meeting, 11:30AM-1:00PM @Waconia Brewing Company
NOVEMBER 10 Retail Meeting, 8-9:00AM @City Hall
NOVEMBER 17 Ambassadors, 8:45AM @City Hall
NOVEMBER 17 Chamber Luncheon, 11:30AM-1:00PM @Crown College
NOVEMBER 26 Tree Lighting, 6-6:30PM @City Square Park
NOVEMBER 27 Homespun Holiday, All Day, @all around Waconia
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