Cham­ber Cof­fee Shop Opens

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Sally Car­roll McDon­ald County Press scar­roll@nwadg.com

Vis­it­ing over a cup of cof­fee just took a leap for­ward with a new idea re­cently launched by the McDon­ald County Cham­ber of Com­merce.

A new cof­fee shop — open to cham­ber mem­bers and the com­mu­nity — serves up a good dose of hot, fresh cof­fee and a chance to meet and greet fel­low McDon­ald County neigh­bors.

The cof­fee shop, which just opened Sept. 1, has been a hit so far. Lo­cal busi­nesses have al­ready lined up to spon­sor the idea and show­case their ser­vices, ac­cord­ing to Cham­ber ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Charla Sue Brewer.

“The re­sponse has been pretty pos­i­tive,” Brewer said. “We have the next six weeks of spon­sor­ships cov­ered.”

The shop is open from 8 a.m. to noon, Mon­day, Tuesday and Wed­nes­day, at the Cham­ber of­fice, 308 Har­mon St., on the Pineville Square.

The cham­ber seeks busi­nesses to spon­sor the cof­fee event each week. Spon­sor­ship is $25, in­cludes

a Face­book post and a chance to dis­play prod­ucts and ser­vices at the Cham­ber of­fice, Brewer said. The op­por­tu­nity is open to all busi­nesses, whether Cham­ber mem­bers or those who aren’t, she said.

Those who wish to be on hand to show­case their ser­vices may do so, but aren’t re­quired to, Brewer added.

The idea for such a cof­fee shop got its start when Bear Bow­ers vol­un­teered to serve up some cof­fee and of­fi­cials wanted to build on the idea of bring­ing neigh­bors to­gether.

“We want to en­gage Cham­ber mem­bers, as well as the com­mu­nity,” Brewer said.

From there, the idea grew into a cof­fee shop, to help busi­nesses show­case their ser­vices.

Any­one is wel­come to stop in for a cup of Joe and visit with neigh­bors, learn more about McDon­ald County busi­nesses and en­joy some baked goods as well, Brewer said.

Of­fi­cials also plan to re­model the kitchen at the of­fice, as well as do some paint­ing. Brewer re­cently re­ceived ap­proval at the Pineville City Coun­cil meet­ing to take those mea­sures.

The cof­fee shop idea is a long-term goal that of­fi­cials hope to keep play­ing out.

“Our goal is to keep it go­ing as long as we can,” Brewer said.

Cham­ber of­fi­cials also are host­ing Cham­ber meet­ings — open to the pub­lic — on the sec­ond Wed­nes­day of ev­ery month. The meet­ings, which be­gin at noon, are held at the Old 71 Com­mu­nity Room in An­der­son.

Of­fi­cials used to host the meet­ings ev­ery quar­ter, but have changed that to ev­ery month as a way to build rap­port and share in­for­ma­tion.

Any­one in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing may do so, Brewer added.

Those seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion or busi­nesses in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the cof­fee shop may reach out to the Cham­ber by calling 417-223-8888 or email­ing info@mcdon­ald coun­ty­cham­ber.org.

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