Now that they have settled in to their new quarters, the Sanford-Springvale Chamber of Commerce is ready for its close-up! They will host an Open House for the public at their headquarters at 510 Main St. in Springvale on September 21. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. there will be coffee and goodies and lunchtime snacks. Kona Ice will be in the parking lot for a special treat. From 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. there will be a Business After Hours and ribbon cutting event for Chamber members and guests, with appetizers and drinks, door prizes and more.
As summer is winding down and people are getting back to business, the Chamber has scheduled a few other Business After Hours events as well, including one at Moody’s Collision on September 14 and one at Sanford Safe Storage on October 5. Not a Chamber member? Join over 325 area businesses today! Learn more about the benefits of membership at sanfordmainechamber.org/membership.
The Chamber Pine Hollow Par Three Bob L’Heureux Memorial Tournament is also right around the corner. Mark your calendars for Friday, September 23 at noon for this fun event, details to follow.
Kona Ice is the Chamber’s newest member. The Chamber Ambassador Committee welcomed Kona Ice of York County at a recent ribbon cutting ceremony held in front of the Chamber’s new offices in Springvale. Kona Ice of York County officially opened June 1st, 2022 bringing tropical tunes and shaved ice. They have been attending school, recreation, birthday parties, graduation parties and family BBQ’s all summer, averaging 85 parties a month. They are a family run business that was the dream of late wife and mom, Laura Cole. Laura had hired a Kona Ice truck to come to one of the childrens parties and fell in love with it, wanting to bring that to Maine. Laura was killed in 2021 and the family continued that dream as part of her non-profit, Laura’s Legacy of Love. A portion of all sales goes to the non-profit to help area first responders, military, nurses, teachers and other community groups. Additionally, in 2023 new scholarships in Laura’s name will be established at several York County schools. In just 3 months, Kona Ice of York County has donated back several thousand dollars to area non-profits as part of their give back program. You can find Kona Ice of York County on Facebook at www.facebook.com/konaiceofyorkcounty.
Pictured below, left to right: Rebecca Lapierre, Chamber Chairperson and Town Square Realty; Karen & Al Hebb of Town Square Realty; Owner of Kona Ice of York County Jason Cole; Wesley Shaw (helping cut ribbon) and Isaiah Cole; Rick Stanley, Chamber President; Hannah Cole; Julie Cole holding her baby Emerson Cole; Harmonee Shaw; Sean Dumont of Edward Jones; and Caren Martineau of Batchelder Brothers Insurance.