Please give a warm welcome to our newest members: Stage & Screen Studios LLC, Unity Bands Inc., 2 Bold Chefs and a Mediterranean Truck, Absolute Design Studio, United States Insurance Services, Chesapeake Electric, Neighborhood Barre, Anna O’Connor Coaching, DeMaio Family Chiropractic and Physical Therapy, and Three-2 Health and Fitness Studio. Thank you to our renewing members for keeping us Chamber Strong!
We held a ribbon-cutting for the official grand opening of the beautiful Three-2 Health and Fitness Studio in Severna Park. Owner Mark Fleming has a huge following from his years working at the “Y” and Big Vanilla, and it was a packed crowd that evening. Mark explained that his goal in opening the studio is to educate individuals on how to live a healthy lifestyle through physical activity, proper nutrition and self-defense training along with living life to the fullest. He has created a fitness program for senior citizens as well and has partnered with Café Mezzanotte and Garry’s Grill to provide health-conscious food options. Following the ribbon-cutting, attendees enjoyed dinner at Café Mezzanotte next door.
The Learn and Lead Committee headed by Jenn Triplett of Treebranch Group and Larry Sells of Larry Sells Consulting hosted a “Center Stage” event profiling David Orso of The David Orso Group. David began his working career at Coca-Cola Enterprises, eventually investing in real estate. When the market crashed, he lost everything, but over time rebuilt his company into a multi-million-dollar business through hard work, team building, and a total focus on customer service. Each month the committee will feature a business owner in the community, so please join us for these virtual presentations and get to know the people behind the businesses. These events are free and open to all.
Our general membership social/2022 board member introductions were held at the Vida Taco Bar on November 18. Members enjoyed delicious appetizers and signature margaritas, and great networking. It was our way of thanking members for serving our community and supporting the chamber. Our general membership/new officer installation dinner will be held on January 13 at Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar. The event is sponsored by the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation and our keynote speaker is Executive Director Ben Birge.
On December 2, we held a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the grand opening of Absolute Design Studio in Millersville. The studio features 4,000 square feet of tile and stone products including porcelain, ceramic, glass, natural stone and more. Talented owner and designer Jessica Ford can help you bring your project to life within your budget. Donations were collected for Orphan Grain Train at the ribbon-cutting.
Our holiday tree lighting and chamber open house was held on Friday, December 3, at the chamber. Community members flocked to see Santa and the Grinch and celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. We enjoyed performances from The Dance Center of Severna Park, the Severna Park Elementary School chorus, and Creative Force Dance. We were joined by County Executive Steuart Pittman, and our sponsors were Chick-fil-A of Severna Park, Steak ‘n Shake, The Big Bean, Delegate Heather Bagnall, Costco and United States Insurance Services. Revelers were treated to cookies, hot chocolate and Vermont cider (The Big Bean specialties), candy canes, and pictures in front of the beautiful tree. Many thanks to our sponsors, our elves from the Toast of Severna Park Toastmasters Club, ProSound Karaoke, Freeman Bagnall as Santa, and Jim League as the Grinch!
Our wonderful Holiday Taste and Sip 11th anniversary event will be held at the Chartwell Golf and Country Club on December 9 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. This event features our restaurants, caterers, liquor stores and bakeries all under one roof so you can taste and sip throughout the evening. Presenting sponsor is the Matt Wyble Team of Century 21 New Millennium. Gold sponsors are the Gardiner and Appel Group and What’s Up? Magazine, the music sponsor is Spring Arbor of Severna Park, and bronze sponsors are Griswold Home Care, Meridiem DermSpa, Emerald Financial Group and the Treebranch Group.
Zachary’s Jewelers has donated a gorgeous Alor designer bangle for our raffle, and the silent auction table is overflowing with wonderful donations from our local businesses. We will have live performances by the Chesapeake Harmony Chorus and pianist Jeff Harding. For tickets, visit www.gspacc.com.
On Monday, December 13, our Successful Women in Business will hold its annual luncheon at Café Mezzanotte. This is a fun networking event and attendees can also do some last-minute shopping. The event is sponsored by Lisa’s Cakepops, and vendors include Skinlogic, Q Sciences, and Higgins and Friends Pet Sitting.
As always, visit www.gspacc.com for more information about the chamber and our activities. You can also email me at email@example.com or call 410-647-3900. And remember to shop local and give local to support our wonderful businesses and nonprofits!
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