The Rockford Chamber of Commerce could change the name of the bi-monthly After Hours events to Talk and Eat, which would be an apt description. Maybe talk and eat and enjoy an adult beverage. Anyway, the events are held every-other month at a Chamber member location, varied throughout the year to let members show off their facilities and products. Reds on the River has been a popular venue with the beautiful Rogue River as the setting for outdoor seating and plenty of beverage choices to enjoy. The food was, of course, fantastic. After Hours are casual events, so people pretty much hang out and talk, sample some great appetizers or hors douvres and catch up on what is going on in each other’s lives. Each event ends with a drawing and announcements. Membership to the Rockford Chamber of Commerce includes countless opportunities to network, such as the After Hours events, luncheons, Network Circle meetings, many committee options and annual events such as the Community EXPO.
Rockford Chamber After Hours
DreamMaker showrooms, delicious food at networking by BETH ALTENA Bill and Jayne Wolf of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen know how to host a networking event. The September 12 Rockford Chamber After Hours held at the showrooms, 4658 West River Drive in Comstock Park, featured games for prizes and a Mini Taste of Rockford with samples from local restauranteurs and chefs. With a “treasure hunt” sheet directing visitors through the many showrooms at the DreamMaker building, Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) members learned about the options available for kitchen, bath, living and dining spaces and throughout the home. A large flatscreen showed examples of before and after projects completed by the builder and remodelers and show what a difference a new exterior can make on a home’s appearance. Food was provided by Twisted Vine, with owner Laura DeWilde offering her signature Cherry Peach Pumpkin Chili. The Grist Mill provided chicken wings that were a big hit, Herman’s Boy brought two smoked dips and crackers, and Polly VonEschen brought a large selection of her candy confections of Polly’s Passions. Jayne Wolf had cooked up a shrimp bisque that was amazing but, she noted, probably not a good food for those watching their weight. “You don’t want to know,” she said of the ingredients for the base. She admitted it involved cream cheese and milk. It was worth the calories anyway. RCC offers many opportunities for networking and business promotion throughout the year, as well as sponsoring such community-wide events as Harvest Fest, the Start of Summer Celebration and the annual Community Business Expo. Find out more by visiting the Chamber online at Rockfordmichamber.com, or in person at 598 Byrne Industrial Drive, Rockford. DreamMaker specializes in bath and kitchen design and remodeling. They can be found online at dreammakergr.com, in person at their showrooms, open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by appointment. You can also or call (616) 632-2284 to discuss options for your own home remodel. DreamMaker’s consultants can discuss all types of home improvements, from additions to basement remodel, master bedrooms, sunrooms and specialty rooms.
Now is a great time to invest in real estate, and on Monday, July 13, Steve and Denise Maghielse showed off a recent investment of their own. The building at 117 Courtland is the newly remodelled office of Maghielse & Company and was the location of July’s Rockford Chamber After Hours. In a short speech, Steve told business men and women of the Rockford area about their decision to purchase “the smallest office in Rockford,” and how pleased they are to own their own downtown location. Steve said now is a historical low in interest rates and buying power-a great time to purchase a business building or home. He said many people know that first-time buyers get an $8,000 tax credit for their purchase. “Most people think of that as kids with their first home, but an older couple who have been enjoying the country by RV for the past three years also qualify. Most people don’t know that,” he said. The Mahielse’s also showed off a “first-generation window display” that is installed on the window of the office. Available 24 hours a day, the automated display is interactive and provides a audio and video of available homes. Just enter the code and listen and watch the discription. The couple plan to include their properties in the west coast of Florida so future snowbirds can see what is available there right from the Rockford office front. Finally, Denise said she knew from old pictures that the building at one time was a barber shop. However, in the basement they found an old piece of equipment that has intrigued them. With a patent of 1918 and a plaque calling it a press, the old hand-geared item is a puzzle. If anyone (except Squire reporters Cliff and Nancy Hill, who already figured it out) can correctly identify the item, they will be entered into a drawing for a dinner to Grill One Eleven. The item can be seen behind the office at 117 Courtland. If you think you know what it is, write the information down and drop it off in the office on Monday to Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. After hours, put your guess in the brouchure box next to the item in […]