Marci’s Corner – March 1, 2012

Good News!
The La Conner Chamber and Visitor Center will be moving across the street to 511 Morris Street! After nearly 8 years at the current location, we have found a larger space with much better visibility, with comparable rent, and we will be moving this month. Once we are all moved in we will have an Open House so everyone can see our new and improved look. Ideally the hours for the Visitor Center will be longer and for that more volunteers are needed. If you know of anyone willing to meet new people and tell them all about La Conner for a 2-hour shift, please have them call 466-4778.

Several new businesses have opened in La Conner since the last newsletter, with more people interested in opening a business. Pelindaba Lavender, Re-Feather Your Nest, Jay’s Gallery, That’s Knot All Artist’s Co-Op, Eve McCauley Fine Arts Gallery, Likid Koule Tattoo & Exotic Fibre, and The Green Machine is back!

The La Conner Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Business Breakfast Meeting
When: Thursday, March 22
Time: 8:15am-9:45am
Where: Maple Hall, 104 Commercial Ave, La Conner

Enjoy a light breakfast while you hear from the Chamber Board and Marketing Committee on the accomplishments from 2011 and goals for 2012. Please call 466-4778 to RSVP.

All businesses are welcome, regardless whether they are a Chamber member or not.

The La Conner Chamber Board has voted in four new directors for the 2012-2013 Board.  They are:

  • Roberta Westover, co-owner: Olive Shoppe/Ginger Grater
  • Chris Jennings, owner: Jennings Yarn & Needlecraft
  • Wilma Jo Flaherty: Director of La Conner Retirement Inn
  • Corey Stout: owner of Sprocket Science

Now, for some not-so-great news … 

  • It has been confirmed that Kenmore Air will not be coming up to La Conner this April for Tulip Festival. According to Craig O’Neill from Kenmore Air, “Our challenge in La Conner has always been to fly enough folks at the festival to cover the very high expense of getting the empty airplane back and forth. We have tried over the years to sell seats on these positioning flights to festival day-trippers, and in years when we have had some success at that, we have generally done all right. I doubt very much if this is the final word on the subject of La Conner flights for all time, but I am confident that the matter is settled for this year. We greatly appreciate the support you and others in the community have shown us over the years, and I hope that we can work together again soon.”
  • The Victoria Clipper will not be returning to La Conner this April either, primarily for economic reasons as well. They hope to come back to La Conner in 2013.

Even though it’s often still chilly and damp, the sun seems to continue to peek out, the daffodils are close to blooming, and Spring officially begins on March 20th. I’m looking forward to warmer weather, fields in bloom, and a lot more sunshine!

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