SHOP LOCAL! Please come out and support our small businesses on Nov. 27 and 28 for our Shop Small Business weekend. Shopping local not only helps our businesses to thrive but our community as well. Please know that each business is doing everything possible to keep their customers safe and business sanitized. You can always call the business ahead of time and speak with them if you have concerns for delivery pick up options. Continue to check the chambers Facebook page for all specials, hours of operation and location. Shop local!
Participating businesses (so far) Jools Graphics, Mary Kay - Janice Pietro, Kayleigh Scott Home, Wildwood Yoga & Wellness, Debbie’s Deals & Discount’s, Kay’s Lace Boutique, Crafty Jefa LLC, Big Lake Hobbies, Park Street Gallery, Threadworks Embroidery, LulaRoe Amy Daniel, Zaxby’s Badcock Home Furniture, Sutton Milk LLC, The Glam Doll Collection by Latilya Butler, Eli’s Western Wear, Okeechobee Discount Drugs and Ding-a-Ling Deli, The Lounge Okeechobee, Paparazzi by Vanessa, The Rustic Store, Think Happy Nutrition, and 1st Choice Jewelry & Pawn and Eli’s. Other businesses may be open and participating as well, so just make plans to Shop local and check out our businesses.
Chamber Ribbon Cuttings
• Mark your calendars for our first ribbon cutting of the year at Think Happy Nutrition, 108 S.E. Park St.- right - across from the chamber - on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. You’ll want to be sure and check out all the Charissa Buice has to offer in her Healthy café of Nutritious drinks and loaded teas and more. Hope to see you there as we want to show our support for another local new business.
• Our second ribbon cutting of the year will be on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. at Ding-a-Ling-Deli located at 2107 U.S. 441 S.E. right across from Days Inn & Suites. As they have just opened under new management, Eric Edwards and Crystal are excited to share the many new menu items as well as the as the almost forgotten “Okee-Burger.” Mark your calendars and be sure and come out to support them in their new business endeavor.
Socks 4 Seniors
This will be our second year that the Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring our, Socks 4 Seniors, and once again we need you to help make this event one that will put smiles on the faces and warm the hearts and toes of many of our seniors. Most facilities have been in a locked down or semi-locked down position for months now and we want to continue helping senior citizens living in nursing homes to bring some holiday cheer and cover the feet of many of our elderly seniors. This has certainly been an unusual and disturbing year for most everyone.
We are asking YOU to please get involved today by purchasing, preferably NEW NON-SKID BACKED socks, bright colored, funny patterns, Christmas designs and that they be ped, mid or crew length. They MUST be NEW socks and ... if possible, HAVE NON-SKID BACKINGS. Those are the ones most in need at this time. No slipping and sliding with those! We will however accept all sock types that you would like to donate to our seniors.
Quoting a 91 year old nursing home resident… “We’re just old, not dead and we still have a sense of humor!” So, go ahead and purchase those fuzzy, warm, colorful, silly, funky and funnier patterned socks and drop them off here at the chamber. Plain colored socks will work also.
This year we will not be able to package them. However, we will take them to our various senior facilities as they will have a process to sanitize them prior to handing them out to their residents. We’ve had several to say that they are ordering directly from our local businesses and some from online sources and having them shipped directly to us here at the chamber. Please feel free to do the same. (The shipping address is Socks 4 Seniors, c/o Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County, 55 S Parrott Ave., Okeechobee 34974.)
The deadline to receive socks will be Tuesday, Dec. 15 so that we have time to get them delivered before Christmas. We wanted to get this out early so that there is plenty of time to collect the socks and get them distributed.
Remember, the holidays are supposed to be a fun time and the friendliest and most giving time of the year. But, for some it can also be lonely and depressing and many times our seniors can get lost in the hustle and bustle. With all that has happened this year, let’s get busy, put our best foot forward and I can’t wait to see how our community gives to those that are worth more than just a pair of socks!...don’t you think?