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Chamber Connection — June 30, 2016

What a week! I wasn’t kidding when I said last week that summertime in Hopkins County is busy!  There are so many wonderful things to do.  I’ve met many new people this week and numerous new business owners.  Simply put, our business owners are impressive.  Creating and opening a business is a life changing step, and it takes a servant’s heart to make the magic happen.  We spent some time at the ribbon cutting Friday night at Foster’s in Pickton.  It was crazy busy and certainly hot, yet Art Foster took time to educate us and answer all of our questions as if he had all the time in the world.  Then Tuesday afternoon we attended ribbon cuttings for The Potato House, Al’s Diner, and Celebration Antiques.  If you missed this, you missed out.  There was delicious food, cake (provided by IdziBitsi Bakery), beverages, and fantastic entertainment.  It was a packed house, and everyone had a great time.  My hope is that you will read this Chamber Connection and mark your calendars, too.  We love promoting and supporting our local businesses!

Meet and Greet the New Chamber President Thursday, June 30th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thanks to everyone who came by to the Meet and Greet!  I was overwhelmed by such a friendly outpouring of support, and I look forward to working with all of you.

Ribbon Cutting for The Chocolate Finale at noon on Thursday, June 30th

We welcomed The Chocolate Finale to the Chamber of Commerce at noon.  They brought a chocolate fountain with 20 pounds of melted milk chocolate! It was incredible.  The Chocolate Finale specializes in events such as weddings, parties, and celebrations.  Please consider them for your next event!

Grand Re-Opening for Tully Nationwide Insurance from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 1st

Come by and support Jason Tully as he holds a Grand Re-Opening for Nationwide Insurance from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The official ribbon cutting will be held at noon.  His office is located at 109 Jefferson Street, just off Celebration Plaza.

City National Bank Customer Appreciation Ice Cream Give Away Friday, July 1st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It’s just so hot! To help cool you off, CNB is hosting a customer appreciation event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  They are giving away ice cream for customers to enjoy.  Stop by the Mockingbird or downtown location and grab you a scoop!

Alliance Bank is hosting a watermelon eating contest on Saturday, July 2nd at 6:30 p.m.

Just before the concert downtown, Alliance Bank is hosting a watermelon eating contest.  They will be selecting volunteers from the audience, so join them on Celebration Plaza at 6:30 p.m. to enter. There will be three categories: Under 12, Men, and Women. Prizes will be awarded for the winners!

25th Anniversary of the Independence Day Celebration on Celebration Plaza slated for Saturday, July 2nd

Mark your calendars for a stunning and memorable night of a free concert and fireworks presented by the Sulphur Springs Symphony League.  The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. with fireworks to immediately follow. It is an event that should not be missed.  Bring your families, your lawn chairs, or your picnic blankets and enjoy the sights and sounds of Independence Day in Hopkins County.

Affiliated Driving School, Tuesday, July 19th at the Senior Citizen’s Center

Karon Weatherman is offering an Affiliated Driving School at the Senior Citizen’s Center on Tuesday, July 19th. The class is good for ticket dismissal and/or 10% off of your liability insurance. The discount is good for 3 years. The cost of the class is $15.00 for Insurance Discount or $25 for Ticket Dismissal.  Call 903-885-1661.

Adult Leadership Class being offered for the Fall!  Sign up Now!!!

Lynda Hager reported that she would be offering an Adult Leadership Class starting in August for anyone who is interested.  The Adult Leadership Class is a community leadership development program sponsored by the Hopkins county Chamber of Commerce.  The course was created in 1989 with the concept of offering leadership training and community involvement for emerging business and community leaders. Leadership Sulphur Springs is a nine-month session, with meetings held once a month. For more information, please call the Chamber of Commerce at 903-885-6515.

Welcome to our new Chamber members!

This week we welcomed three businesses to the Chamber. The Potato House is located at 204 Connally Street.  They have just extended their business hours to include Friday nights until 7 p.m.  Make sure to stop by and enjoy their food.  Sherry and her crew have owned and operated The Potato House for many years now.

We also welcomed Stone Dreams to the Chamber.  The owner is Ernest Whorton.  Ernest stopped into the Chamber to describe his work.  He can create just about anything you might need in your yard out of concrete, and make it look just like stone.  He explained that the concrete is very strong, versatile, and long lasting.  It is a great choice for your landscaping needs. Stone Dreams is open Monday through Sunday.  Call (903)-335-3684 or visit to schedule an appointment.

Welcome to Fox & FigFox & Fig is located at 624 Main Street in Sulphur Springs and is owned by Laura Morris.  Fox & Fig specializes in vintage and farmhouse home décor, furniture, gifts and accessories.  The store will be opening July 30th.  You can visit them online at

We are excited to welcome these businesses to our Chamber and our community!

So there you go… Can’t wait to see you on Celebration Plaza Saturday for the Symphony League Concert and fireworks.  Bring your family and friends!     –Lezley

Lezley Brown President/CEO Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce 300 Connally Street Sulphur Springs, TX 75482 903-885-6515-office 903-885-6516-fax

Lezley Brown
Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce
300 Connally Street
Sulphur Springs, TX 75482


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