Usually the Chamber of Commerce hosts ribbon cuttings for its members and new businesses opening in the area. But on Wednesday, the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting and open house for its new offices at 306 Rehoboth Avenue.
“We look at this new building and everything that is in it and everything that we are able to do so easily and we wondered how in the world did we do it in that little building that we were in,” says Carol Everhart, RBDBCC president/CEO. “We do a lot of production out of here,” Everhart points out, “whether it is publications, Realtor bags, mailings… All of those things are done out of this facility.” Members pay the Chamber 10 cents for each publication that Chamber staff place into Realtor bags.
The city had built this building on the former Wilmington Trust property that was used by the Building & Licensing and the city’s I.T. department which have since moved to the new city hall.
The city has leased the property to the Chamber for $40,000 per year. Everhart says Chamber members donated, provided deep discounts or traded services with them to prepare the building for the Chamber of Commerce usage.
It features enough space to hold all of the Chamber’s materials including a climate-controlled basement storage area. “It is enough space to operate properly,” Everhart said. “So we are really happy to grow into something that meets our needs.”
The Chamber of Commerce still runs the visitors’ center near the drawbridge at 501 Rehoboth Avenue. Tourists should still continue to go there for visitor information. The Chamber’s former offices, near the visitors’ center at 509 Rehoboth Avenue, are now used as the temporary offices for Main Street.
“We welcome everybody to come by, take a look, we will be happy to walk them through the building. We think it is a great facility,” Everhart adds.
For visitor info, see the Chamber’s website.