Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce met Nov. 5 at Wawasee High School. At the school, board members ate lunch and were given a tour of the school, including its radio and TV studios.
The high school radio station, WRWT Warrior Radio, is currently available online, but will be live on FM next month.
The tour occurred before the board members regular meeting, which took place in the Warrior Room. Shopping locally for the holidays was one of the major themes.
Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tammy Cotton announced pop-up shops will being set up just in time for the holidays at the former site of the Leisure Pool & Spa Supply, 110 E. Main St., Syracuse, directly beneath the chamber office. The pop-up shops will be called the Mistletoe Market.
Cotton stated they hope to have 15-20 vendors in the location who will then sell their wares from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday from Nov. 22 through Dec. 20. She noted it would be like an indoor farmer’s market, only in this case vendors will sell items geared toward holiday shopping. Additionally, Nov. 29 Santa Claus and the Syracuse Lions Club will be doing a soup, snacks and drinks event in the Mistletoe Market location.
Cotton noted the goals of the market are to find a buyer for the building, bring traffic uptown and to give vendors a place to sell their wares.
Additionally, in November, Cotton is working to get local businesses on board for Shop Small Business Saturday, which will occur Nov. 29. This event was founded by American Express and occurs nationwide. Cotton stated they are also looking at having mini events during the day and would encourage businesses to offer sales or other promotions.
In other chamber news:
• The board approved new member Health Markets Insurance Agency.
• Additional Coffee Connection meetings are being considered with Cotton noting a possible one occurring in February.
• Options for grants to replace the welcome to Syracuse signs on either side of town are being looked at, including one grant from Rinker.
• Six resumes have been received for the new administrative assistant position the chamber is creating to help Cotton.
• Cotton will be meeting with representatives from Wabash about the Stellar Communities program with the hopes of having the town of Syracuse pursue becoming a Stellar Community.
Next chamber meeting is at noon Dec. 3 at the chamber office.