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Chamber Corner January 2018

Building on Success

It's still a bit early to see the totality, but there is a definite renaissance beginning to take place in our downtown.

Since the "Year in Review" article in last month's Chamber newsletter, around 90% of downtown properties are now leased, have pending sales or are under new ownership. Although final use for some have not been publicly announced, it's safe to say that in 2018 our downtown will have new life with new options for both residents and visitors.

What caused this? An improved economy for one thing. And while we cannot take full credit, the Chamber's Lexington CONNECT incentive was able to draw attention to the fact that we had desirable and affordable business property.

Next was the building of confidence: As people begin to invest, others follow. Most business relies on traffic. As new businesses open, traffic is generated and the hope is that all businesses share the result.

One of our newest businesses (and a new Chamber member), All About Quilting, recently held their grand opening. On that day, traffic lined both sides of Main Street for two blocks, some from out of town. This activity, in turn, generated notable commerce for other businesses downtown. Perhaps some of those people bought gasoline, visited other downtown businesses or ate lunch in town. This is a win for all. If those who came to Lexington left with a favorable impression, they've told others. This "chain reaction" can happen each time a new business opens.

How can you help local businesses? Most obviously, by patronizing them: they likely won't last if you don't. But also by referring them to friends and family. If a business has amazing service, or if you got a great deal, or if you see something unique in a shop--tell someone else!

What's the endgame to all of this? More businesses should equate to more sales tax revenue. It should draw more visitors and tourists...who will stay longer and spend longer because of more business diversity. It has the potential to provide jobs. It provides economic stability to the downtown and in turn, builds a confidence factor for others looking to open a business or consider moving to Lexington.

The work to promote more available business space will begin soon. There are other commercial properties throughout town that will be promoted so we can attract even more entrepreneurs to discover the benefits of business in Lexington.

As 2018 begins, we're pleased that our business community is growing substantially and on an upward trend. As we learn more about plans for these newcomers, we'll let you know. In the meantime, support our local businesses...and get ready to be amazed as the downtown transformation continues.

Member Spotlight--All About Quilting

Welcome to our newest Chamber member! Involved in quilting since 2010, Laurel Kindley recently relocated and expanded her business. All About Quilting is now located here in Lexington at 912 Main Street.

The shop specializes in fabric, kits, notions, patterns, machine quilting,and quilt binding services. Other products include wide quilt backs, notions, patterns, kits and classes. The shop is beautifully decorated and is truly an asset to our growing collection of new downtown businesses.

Visit the website at https://allaboutquiltingshop.com or call 816-868-5246.

New & Renewed Chamber Members

Thank you for your support!

All About Quilting
Bristol Manor Inc.
C & E Rentals
Investor Services Corporation
Lafayette County Health Department
Las Carretas
Lexington State Historic Site
Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1161
Margaret Gray Center
Papa Jack’s Pizza
River Reader
River Town Inn
Shade Tree Investment
St. Luke Evangelical Free Church
The Inn on Main
Trailside Inn
Valoree Maycock – Attorney at Law

Don & Ann Coen
KC Girtch & Vonda Love
Rocky & Taffy Morgan
Ken & Loveedah Nadler
Ben & Armen Wood

Join or Renew your Chamber Membership for 2018!

Membership offers opportunities to help grow your business! Networking, referrals, connections, and a free listing on our website are just the beginning. You can take advantage of our high-traffic Resource Center, a member-only display for your marketing information.

Membership also provides a unique way to put your company's name before businesses and individuals who request information about moving to Lexington. Targeting newcomers can easily be a part of your marketing strategy.

We also invite you to volunteer for one of the many Chamber groups that work to promote events and programs that favorably impact area businesses and grow the community.

Become a part of, and help us continue our mission of making Lexington the best it can be! Become a member, or renew your Chamber membership. For more details visit www.historiclexington.com

Advertising with Chamber Electronic Ads for Ten Cents a Day

Is our electronic advertising offer a part of your 2018 marketing plans? It should be! You can take advantage of advertising your message on our big screen TV in the License Bureau for only $36.50 for the entire year. This super-reasonable fee reaches over 30,000 people a year. Use your logo, a photo, or other image and text...you decide! Remember that the License Bureau becomes a "captive audience" for your TV message, as customers wait their turn!

Call Penny Grosso at 660-259-3082 or Gary Worth at 816-868-9692 and we'll get your ad assembled and on-screen right away. Not a member? You can still take advertise with us...find out how joining the Chamber reduces your yearly electronic ad cost to near zero! Learn the full details about the program here: www.historiclexington.com/events/VideoSlides2.pdf

Join or Renew your Chamber Membership for 2018!

Membership offers opportunities to help grow your business! Networking, referrals, connections, and a free listing on our website are just the beginning. You can take advantage of our high-traffic Resource Center, a member-only display for your marketing information.
 
Membership also provides a unique way to put your company's name before businesses and individuals who request information about moving to Lexington. Targeting newcomers can easily be a part of your marketing strategy.
 
We also invite you to volunteer for one of the many Chamber groups that work to promote events and programs that favorably impact area businesses and grow the community.
 
Become a part of, and help us continue our mission of making Lexington the best it can be! Become a member, or renew your Chamber membership. For more details visit www.historiclexington.com

Buy Local Lexington!

Please continue to patronize all the chamber businesses that have made a dedicated effort to make Lexington the great community that makes us proud.

Lexington in Fact

>Was settled largely by Kentuckians and was named for Lexington, Kentucky.

>Is home to Wentworth Military Academy, founded in 1880, which still draws students from throughout the country and worldwide.

Setting Business Growth In Motion.