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Gloucester Chamber of Commerce

Shop Local – Meet Makalia Records

Makalia Records, who has served as executive director of the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce for nearly five years, weighs in on shopping locally.

 

Chesapeake Bank: Why do you think shopping local is important?

Records: I can think of a handful of reasons:

  • Locally owned businesses build strong communities by working together towards a common goal. Relationships are built and these members contribute to local causes.
  • Keeping dollars in the local economy recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy. Local businesses are more likely to purchase from other local businesses. This impact results in the local tax base growing.
  • Entrepreneurship ignites Americans’ economic innovation and prosperity while helping the middle class into better paying jobs.
  • Business owners select products based on their own interests and the needs of local customers and create more choices for local customers. They offer unique options because they provide products and services from local artisans and craftsmen.
  • Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live, work and play within their own community.
  • Creates local jobs, cutting back on commuting times and benefits the families. You don’t have to shop local all the time to make an impact in your community. Just remember getting in the mindset of shopping and doing business locally will improve your community two-fold.

Chesapeake Bank: What kind of impact has the Shop Local initiative had in the Gloucester community?
Records: The impact has been measurable. We know when “The Buck Stays Here” initiative was introduced with the first Shop Local Day event in September 2012, 45 businesses in Gloucester participated; double that amount are participating now.

 

Chesapeake Bank: Do you think it has helped generate more awareness and support for local businesses?

Records: It has definitely created awareness for local patrons and business owners. As a Chamber, we know it has directly impacted the community. As Chesapeake Bank has gained new customers, we have gained new members. We believe 100 percent that achievements can be made in a partnership far easier than going at a project alone. We are so gracious to Chesapeake Bank for allowing us to work with them and local business owners in making the importance of “shopping local” a priority!

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Mid-Week Summer Fun in Gloucester

Looking for a little mid-week fun? Summer Nights Market might be your answer.

 

Mix a farmers market and terrific food with arts, crafts and live entertainment, and Wednesday nights at the Gloucester Museum of History and Carriage Court feature fun for the whole family. Summer Nights Market runs from 4:30-7 p.m. rain or shine at the Carriage Court Lawn at 6539 Main Street in Gloucester. Upcoming dates include:

 

  • July 16 – Chamber Carnival Night: Sponsored by the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce, kids can enjoy bounce houses, games and snacks while adults can network with other Chamber businesses. Ashley Wenner and Brad Sindle, also known as Something Different Duo, will be on hand to play classics from the 1960s and 70s and hits from today’s stars.
  • July 23 – Mercy Creek, which has released seven independent albums, will bring its aggressive folk rock – a mix of modern folk, world beat, rock and hints of blues and bluegrass – to the market.
  • July 30 – In addition to the delicious food and farm-fresh produce, enjoy shagging at the market with shagging DJ Greg Howell.
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Fun for the Fourth

Travel over the Fourth of July weekend has increased four of the past five years, according to AAA – an estimated 41 million will hit the roads, rails and air this weekend, up 1.9 percent over last year.

 

If you’re staying close to home, there are plenty of ways to have fun for the Fourth right around the corner. A few festivities to consider:

 

  • Fireworks over the water highlight the Fourth at Gloucester Point Beach Park, where you can spend the day swimming, fishing or boating.
  • The Town of Irvington will celebrate the holiday with its annual “Hometown Parade” from 10-11 a.m. on July 4. More than 100 entries, including antique cars, The Kilmarnock & District Pipe Band and children on bikes, will wind down King Carter Drive and around Irvington Road. School board member Alexander Fleet is this year’s Grand Marshall.
  • Colonial Williamsburg has a daylong (10 a.m.-10 p.m.) celebration at Market Square North that includes a reading of the Declaration of Independence and performances by the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums and Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Fireworks begin at 9:20 p.m.
  • Historic Yorktown kicks off the Fourth with an 8K run and 5K walk at 8 a.m., and a parade on Water Street starts at 9 a.m. At night, a bell-ringing ceremony beings at 7, and the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band (Dixie Band) will entertain before fireworks over the York River begin at 9:15.
  • The Yorktown Victory Center (free for residents of York and James City counties and city of Williamsburg; otherwise $9.75 for adults, $5.50 children 6-12, free for children under 6) will host “Liberty Celebration” July 4-6 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. Visitors can watch tactical and artillery drills, take part in military exercises and learn about our nation’s founders and the challenges they encountered.
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9 Days Away – Shop Local Day

The excitement is building among our merchants and branches; our second Shop Local Day will take place on April 27, just 9 days away. All of the branches have been equipped with Shop Local bags, merchants have their decals in their windows and, now, we want to arm you with everything you could need to make the most out of Shop Local.

To date, we have over 100 merchants from Mathews, Williamsburg, Lancaster and Gloucester who are participating, offering shoppers incentives ranging from 10 – 25 percent off their orders to free gifts with purchase. Some merchants are rewarding shoppers just for stopping by, others, you have to know the secret word to get your goodies (learn more by reading the merchant lists below).

Spread the word and get a group together on Shop Local Day. “I would encourage you to talk to people about Shop Local Day on April 27 and shopping locally every day,” says Jeff Szyperski, president of Chesapeake Bank. “The next time you think you may need to go online or to the ‘big’ city for a purchase, think about your local businesses.  You may be surprised at the value they offer and the time and gas you will save because you bought locally.”

So, get out a pen and paper and start planning out your Shop Local Day. It is the perfect opportunity to shop for those last minute birthday, wedding shower and baby gifts. And don’t forget to get yourself something, too!

To view the current list of Mathew’s merchants and their incentives, click here.

To view the current list of Williamsburg’s merchants and their incentives, click here.

To view the current list of Lancasters’s merchants and their incentives, click here.

To view the current list of Gloucester’s merchants and their incentives, click here.

 

Photo – from top left to bottom right: Cattails Gifts (Mathews), Williamsburg Cupcakes, Car Wash Cafe (Lancaster), Angelwing Stationers (Gloucester)

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Shop Local Profile: Brent & Becky’s Bulbs, Gloucester

From now through our spring Shop Local event, Chesapeake Bank wants to highlight some of the participating merchants throughout the region who are offering shoppers a little extra to come out and support their community businesses.

If you’re not paying attention driving through Gloucester on Route 14, you may miss the blue sign directing you to the gardener’s mecca that is Brent & Becky’s Bulbs.  Established in 1900, Brent & Becky’s Bulbs has continued its flower bulb business through the generations.

Amsonia, Bellevalia, Corydalis, Daffodils/Narcissus, Tulips/Tulipa; you name it, Brent & Becky’s has it.  Do you know what you’re looking for?  Check out their online catalog.  Not sure what you’re looking for? Brent & Becky have a BulbFinder tool to aid your search.

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To learn more about Brent & Becky’s Bulbs, continue reading its profile below.

Business Name: Brent & Becky’s Bulbs, “Plant Bulbs and Harvest Smiles”

Owner: Brent & Rebecca Heath

Contact information: Web, Facebook, Twitter or by phone at 804-693-3966

Shop Local Day Deal: Come by on April 27 for great in-store deals

Store information: Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Brent & Becky’s Bulbs is located at 7900 Daffodil Lane, Gloucester.

Fun Fact: Martha Stewart is a fan of Brent and Becky’s, so much so, Brent took a trip out to Martha’s garden back in 2011.