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Our Events Build Community (Directors Corner Nov. 2023)

By David R | November 8, 2023

Events are community builders.  That’s the premise around here and if we ever needed reinforcement of that fact, the Great Columbia Crossing on October 8th really drove it home. Here’s what I’m talking about: Our major events (Great Columbia Crossing 10k and the Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival) are off-season economic drivers, bringing…

Small Business Season: Not just for Retail!

By Regina W | November 2, 2023

The holiday season is upon us, and ’tis the season for shopping! As a small business owner, you might think that participating in the “Shop Local” movement or Small Business Season is reserved for retail and restaurant establishments. That’s not the case! Small businesses from every sector can actively join in on Small Business Season,…

Announcing the Official Kickoff of the 2023 Small Business Season

By Regina W | November 1, 2023

Small (and local) businesses received a lot of “air time” in the past few years as business organizations, media outlets, and even large businesses amplified the message that it’s important to “Shop Small.” But where did the idea of Small Business Season come from and how did it shape up this year for chambers across…

Member of the Month July 2023 – Bloomin Crazy Floral

By Regina W | July 10, 2023

Member of the Month – July 2023 Bloomin Crazy Floral 971 Commercial St. Astoria, OR 97103 503-325-3571 As a second generation Finn, I, Mia Norlander, with Nordic Flower LLC, the new owner of Bloomin Crazy Floral, am passionately bringing a modern take on a local flower shop. Finland is known for embracing nature’s beauty…

Member of the Month June 2023 – Sundial Travel Service

By Regina W | June 10, 2023

Member of the Month – June 2023 Sundial Travel Service 750 Marine Drive #100, Astoria, OR 97103 (503) 325-4484 Sundial Travel Inc & Sundial Special Vacations Inc celebrates 51 years (established in 1972) and is a proud second generation-owned business by the Conner family. Founders are John & Patsy Conner. Current CEO & President,…

Member of the Month May 2023 – Gimre’s Shoes

By Regina W | May 10, 2023

Member of the Month – May 2023 Gimre’s Shoes 239 14th St., Astoria, OR 97103 (503) 325-3972 | In 1892, Ellis Island opened for immigrants, the Pledge of Allegiance was written, and Sven Gimre opened his shoe store in Astoria. For 131 years, Gimre’s Shoes has been a part of Astoria and the lower…

Member of the Month April 2023 – Warrenton Community Library

By Regina W | April 20, 2023

Member of the Month – April 2023 City of Warrenton: Warrenton Community Library 160 S. Main Ave., Warrenton, OR 97146 (503) 861-8156 | Warrenton Community Library is managed by the City of Warrenton and established its roots in the former Hammond Town Hall Building in the 1990s, moving to the current location in downtown…

Habitat Conservation Plan Testimony

By David R | March 22, 2023

This is the full testimony submitted to the Oregon Board of Forestry at their March 8, 2023 meeting in Corvallis. An abbreviated 2-minute version was presented live in the auditorium by Executive Director David Reid. See that testimony here. I’m David Reid, representing the 600-member Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce and I’ll be testifying in opposition to…

Placeholder – We Love Downtown Astoria gallery test

By Regina W | February 22, 2020

This is just a placeholder to show how the gallery can appear on a website.  The only people with access to this page, and to the collector feeding the gallery, are members of the ADHDA promotion committee. This gallery can remain private or we can make it public on an ADHDA webpage for people to…