May 15, 2021

Gerharz: May chamber happenings

By Ellen Gerharz, executive director, Creston Chamber of Commerce

This month the Creston Chamber of Commerce would like to acknowledge and thank the many businesses that call Creston home. We feel it is important to recognize the contributions of our Creston small business community to our economy and our society. Please, take a moment to think about the impact on our local economy and community that these local businesses have. Look at how many people they employ, the number of people that shop in Creston because of our businesses, but do not live here and the impact on our tax base to name but a few areas that our small business community directly impact.

When you stop to think about all that we have available to us here in Creston – great grocery stores, an outstanding hospital, great medical facilities, a five-day-a-week daily newspaper, local radio station, great shopping and dining experiences, great schools, Southwestern Community College, fitness centers, an active art community as well as the numerous parks and lakes to name but a few of the things that add to our quality of life – we really are fortunate to call Creston home.

Please stop by or contact our local businesses, and let them know how much you appreciate them doing business in Creston. I know these hard-working folks will appreciate it. May I also suggest that we not stop there, but remember them in the upcoming weeks and months as we have done the past year and remember to shop and buy local year around.

Creston businesses really do make Creston and Union County a special place to live, work, shop and call home. Thank you for being here and all that you do for our great community.

Citywide Garage Sale June 12

Start making your plans to shop or laying aside your treasures for the Creston City-wide Garage Sale to be held on June 12. It has been a great success in bringing people into Creston in the past and this year should be even better.

Union County Historical Village to open

The Union County Historical Village is hosting the “Quilt Show at the Village” as their 2021 opening weekend event from 1 to 4:30 p.m. May 30 and from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 31 at the Historical Village, located at the south end of McKinley Park. The facility is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday along with Memorial Day and Labor Day through September 6 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. It is a great place to visit our past. There is no admission cost, but donations to the Historical Village would be greatly appreciated.

4th of July celebration in Creston is being planned

The 4th of July will be here before many of us realize it. Planning has already begun for the event. The theme selected for this year is “Star Spangled Salute.” The parade will begin at 1 p.m. July 4. The talent show will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the fireworks display will take place at 9:30 p.m. More events are planned for the weekend so please stay tuned.

2021 citywide events and activities

Over the course of the year, the Chamber receives many calls about the dates of various activities and events that take place here in Creston. For current and updated listings check out the Calendar of Events on the Chamber home page at www.crestoniowachamber.com regularly.

Hi-Five honorees

The following individuals and business were honored with the Hi-Five Honor in May. Congratulations to Buddy Taylor, Creston Super Walmart; Amber Hayes, Creston News Advertiser and Creston Vision Clinic and Staff.

The Hi-Five for Service allows us to recognize those people who make shopping and doing business in Creston a rewarding and positive experience.

Gold Star Business honored

The Chamber honored Creston Automotive, 410 West Adams St., Creston, this month as the May Gold Star Business in Creston. They were nominated by their fellow Crestonians because of the appearance both inside and out of their building. Congratulations.

To acknowledge a business or an individual for either the Hi-Five or the Gold Star just contact the Chamber and tell us why you wish to nominate them.