Thursday, January 8, 2009
GRANDVIEW - After several years of being housed within the Grandview Herald building, Grandview's Chamber of Commerce has moved to a new location.
The new location is a mere hop, skip and jump away from the old location. The chamber has moved from 107 Division Street to 133 West Second Street.
It's been a tremendous change for Grandview Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Beth Bourgeois. "It gives us a lot more room, a lot more visibility from the road," she said.
At the previous location, citizens had to traipse through the newspaper office to get to the chamber digs. Not anymore.
"We've found it to be more beneficial to have our own storefront, rather than having to go through another business to get to us," Bourgeois said.
The chamber director now finds herself with much more space than she had previously, including more wall space. She's found it is a good change because when she was packing up chamber property she found all kinds of things, like certificates from the Washington State Historical Society certifying certain homes as historic.
Bourgeois has also discovered brochures featuring locations of interest for a walking tour of historic sites in Grandview, which has added a new facet to all that she promotes.
"We're really trying to promote historic places in Grandview and we're really promoting the historic walk."
The storefront at the new location, which is located directly across from Stokely Square, is currently awaiting the chamber's sign. It is currently getting weather-coating applied to it.
The new digs allow for a new addition to the office. Elizabeth Hernandez will share rent with the chamber and operate her event planning business at the location.
Since her office moved and opened its doors earlier this week, Bourgeios has noticed a big change.
"I've had more people walk in here in the last few days than I did for the (time) I was in the Grandview Herald building."
- Lynda Jo Gross can be contacted at
509-837-4500, or email