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Alabama Severe Weather Tax Free Holidaytaxfreeday

The state of Alabama scheduled it's third annual state sales and use tax holiday so its residents can prepare for any severe

weather situation.

The holiday is Friday, February 21st through Sunday, February 23rd.

Exempt items must be $60 or less per item. The list includes various batteries, ice packs, duct tape and plywood.

All portable generators and power cords are also exempt as long as they are under $1,000 each.

These are a few of the items exempt of state sales tax. Local sales tax may still apply. For a complete list of exempt items click on the following link:


Alabama Sales Tax Holiday


 Eggs N' Issues - Update on I-10 Bridgeeggsnissues


The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Business Academy Eggs N' Issues will focus on "A Construction Update on the I-10 Bridge" at the next breakfast meeting, Tuesday, February 11, 8:30 am at the Daphne United Methodist Church Community Life Center.  The Keynote speaker will be Michael Lee, president/CEO of Page and Jones, Inc.


Founded in Mobile in 1892, Pages and Jones is an international logistics and shipping company, whose services include ship agents, customs brokers, and freight forwarding for ocean and air shipments. Still headquartered in Mobile, and celebrating 122 years of service, they have grown to 13 offices in six states.


Lee is Chairman of the Alabama Export Council, an appointment by the Secretary of Commerce, serves on Regions Bank's South Area Board of Directors, chairman of the University of Alabama's International Business Advisory Board, board member & vice president for Alabama of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, and a board member of Rand Corporation's Gulf States Advisory Board.  He also has served for 11 years as the chairman of the Mobile Convention & Visitors Bureau Board, moving to Immediate Past Chair this year.


In addition to co-chairing the "Build the Bridge Coalition" for the Mobile Chamber, Mike has been active in many other Mobile Chamber committees.  He served as Chairman of the Board in 2002.

Sponsors for the Business Academy are:  Hartmann, Blackmon & Kilgore, PC; Baldwin EMC; and Daphne Utilities.

The cost for the breakfast is $10 and reservations must be made.  Call 928-6387 to RSVP.

Ambassador of the Monthambassador

Congratulations to Sally Wagner - she was selected as Ambassador of the Month for December.  She earned more points than any other ambassador for having attended multiple chamber events and activities and serving as liaison for the chamber.

      A native of Mobile, Sally graduated from the University of South Alabama with a bachelor's degree in finance. She went on to earn her license as a Certified Public Accountant and founded Hartmann, Blackmon & Kilgore, P.C. in 1990 with four partners.  Over the course of her career she has served as a trusted advisor to a wide array of small businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals along the Gulf Coast.

      Sally moved to Daphne in 1992, and joined the Chamber in 1998.  In addition to serving as an ambassador, she serves on the Jubilee Festival Committee and was selected as the Chamber's Ambassador of the Year for 2010/2011 and she received the Chamber's Service Award for 2011/2012.  She has also proudly served on the Chamber's Board of Directors. "I truly enjoy being involved with the Chamber," said Sally. 

     In addition to the Chamber, Sally is active in the Point Clear Rotary Club and Christ the King Catholic Church. In her free time, she enjoys socializing with friends and family, cooking, sewing, exercising and watching NASCAR events.



Fairhope Kitchen Studio Joins Chamberribboncuttings


The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed new member Fairhope Kitchen Studio with a ribbon cutting at their location at 8 South Church Street , Fairhope.  Attending the event were (left to right) Sherry Sullivan and Paige Turberville, Chamber ambassadors; Stacy Sloan, John Agnew, Dan Sloan, and Beth Geddes, of the Fairhope Kitchen Studio; Fairhope Mayor Tim Kant, Sally Wagner, Cindy Zebryk and Brenda Carpenter, Chamber ambassadors. Fairhope Kitchen Studio offers the art of fine cabinetry design not only for the kitchen, but anywhere in the home or office. For more information call 210-9307.



Let's Go ItalianItalian


The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Collette Vacations to offer a fantastic deal on a whirlwind trip to Italy. And what's great about it is you have nearly an entire year to save up!


The trip is November 10 - 18, 2014. If you book now the cost for a double is $2,999 per person, single $3,349 and triple is $2,969. The regular rates are double $3,249, single $3,599 and triple $3,219. Included in the price is round trip air from Mobile Airport, air taxes and fees/surcharges, hotel stays and hotel transfers. Not included is a cancellation waiver and insurance of $230 per person.


You have the opportunity to explore the magic of Rome, Florence and Venice, which are filled with rich history, culture, art and romance. Rome, the "Eternal City" will be first, with three days of touring and experiencing the culture. Florence will be next, also with three days of group tours and time on your own. Venice will be next with a ride on a train, viewing 117 tiny islands, canals and 400 bridges. A boat trip will also be included and a walking tour with a guide explaining the many features of the area. The tour ends in the Milan Malpensa area on day nine, November 18.


Call the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce at (251) 621-8222 or 928-6387 to find out how to join us on this group tour.


Grand Hotel Holds Job Fair
The Grand Hotel is looking to fill 99 jobs (including 48 seasonal for this spring/summer). Grand Job Fair at the resort on Thursday Feb. 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Apply online at before the event.



Volunteer Committee Readies for

Best Show Everartsandcrafts


The 62nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival planning committee is working hard to prepare for the best show ever.  The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce event, scheduled for March 14, 15 & 16, 2014, is held in Fairhope the third weekend of March each year.  More than 100 volunteers, representing service clubs, chamber businesses and individuals, participate in the event.


More than 230 exhibitors from across the nation will bring their juried arts and crafts to this prestigious show.  Live entertainment will be going on throughout the three-day event and unique cuisine will be served in the food court.  It all takes place on the streets of beautiful downtown Fairhope, Ala.  Last year the event attracted more than 300,000 visitors to the area.  The festival was chosen as one of the top events in the state for March by the Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel, and it was voted 23rd of 100 Best Predominantly Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine.  The show is also ranked in the top 20 by the Southeast Tourism Society.


"The Arts & Crafts Festival in Fairhope has a national reputation for Southern hospitality displayed by our wonderful committee, volunteers, the city and local businesses," said Darrelyn Bender, president/CEO of the Chamber.  "The economic impact of this festival is felt along the entire Eastern Shore."                        


One way companies and individuals can get their name out there and help the artist and craftsmen, is to participate in the Patron of the Arts Award program during the festival.  All one has to do is agree ahead of time to purchase a minimum of $100 from one of the artists.  Once purchased, a placard will be placed at the vendor's booth and the artist will be able to display a ribbon in their honor.


Sponsors this year are:  Presenting-PNC Bank; Platinum-Grand Hotel Marriott, Golf Club & Spa; Stage Sponsor-Faulkner State Community College; Gold Sponsor-Ink Works; Silver-Mercy Medical; Dinner Sponsor-Segers; Friends of the Festival-Citizens Bank and Centennial Bank.


Festival hours are 10 am - 5 pm daily and there is no admission fee.  BRATS will provide a shuttle services from shopping centers at the intersection of Fairhope Ave. and Greeno Rd. for $2 each way.  There will be free valet parking for bicycles behind the Fairhope Museum of History and handicapped parking will be available in the Municipal Parking lot on Bancroft.  For more information call (251) 621-8222 or visit Arts & Crafts Festival


Back Row: (left to right):

Lee Rivenbark, Oliver Gilmore, Mac McLaren, Linda Stubbs, Elizabeth Stone, Lee Tuemer, Kenny Graves, Bryan Snyder, Debbie Floyd, Ben Gall, Susan Pearce, Missy Templeton, Stephen Roberts, Beth Puckett, Autumn Gann, Linda Jamieson, Joyce Moates and Diane Herzog.

Front Row: (left to right):

Hannah Stones, Jackie Pate, Barbara Blaze, Mary Hodgkins, Liz Roberts, Ricky Lewis, Jaca McLaren, Verna Johnson, Lynne Marsten and Diane Douglas.

Not in Picture:

Kathleen Fernandez, Laura English, Cathy Meyer, Barbara Haas, Mary Gregg, Vicki Cook, Alice Meyers, Louie Blaze, Ken Cooper, Glenn Normand, Kay Overstreet and Sherry Sullivan.



Mayors' Prayer Breakfast Coming Up
The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce's Annual Mayors' Prayer Breakfast is coming up soon and we need your help.  Would you like to join our Planning Committee and volunteer for the event?  Call Liz Roberts at 621-8222 to sign up.  
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February 2014
6 Business After Hours, 5 - 7 pm, Old 27 Grill, 19992  Highway 181, Fairhope.  An Eastern Shore Chamber event.  621-8222.
8  Chocolate & Champagne Fantasy, Murder Mystery at Fairhope Library, 7-9pm, $25 in advance/$30 day of, 928-7483.
9  Premier Wedding Expo, 1-4pm, Daphne Civic Center, (904) 551-2713.
10-15 SB4G Consignment sale, 9am-8pm, Daphne Civic Center,
11 Eggs N' Issues, 8:30 am, Daphne UMC, 2401 Main St., Daphne, Topic:  Construction Update of I-10 Bridge, (see article), 621-8222.  An Eastern Shore Chamber event.
11  Baldwin Pops Classical Concert, 7pm, Fairhope Civic Center, 232-1013.
15  Chili for Charity Cook-Off, Oak Hollow Farm, 11:30am - 2 pm, Ecumenical Ministries, 928-3430.
16  Bridal Show, Grand Hotel, Noon - 4pm.
20  Morning Marketing Meeting, 8 am, Scenic Overlook office. An Eastern Shore Chamber event.  621-8222.
20  Young Professional's Social, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, McSharry's Irish Pub, 101 N. Bancroft St., Fairhope.  An Eastern Shore Chamber event.
21  Apollo's Mystics Parade, Daphne, 6:45 pm.
22  Knights of Ecor Rouge, Fairhope, 7:00 pm.
23  The Haven's Mystic Mutts of Revelry, 2:30 pm.
27  Prodisee Pantry Connecting Community Luncheon, 11:30 am, 626-1720.
28  Mystic Order of Persephone Parade, Daphne, 6:45 pm.
28 Maids of Jubilee Parade, Fairhope, 6:30 pm.

Baldwin County

Housing Statistics

December 2013

Houses Sold
Average Selling Price
Average Days on Market
Units on the Market
Condos Sold
Average Selling Price
Average Days on Market


Units on the Market
Unemployment Stats
      12/2013     1/2012
AL        5.7%        6.5%  
BC        5.3%        6.3%
US        6.5%        7.6% 




As of 1/31/14



Bellator Real Estate & Development

Bill Menas

31636 Rhett Dr.

Spanish Fort



Fairhope/Point Clear Rotary Youth Club

Mark Stejskal

19128 Young St.




Synovus Mortgage Corporation

Evelyn Garrett

7050 US Highway 90




Papa Murphy's

Billy Bullock

27955 US Highway 98




Fairhope Kitchen Studio

Dan Sloan

8 South Church St.




Mobile Popcorn & Party Rentals

Matthew Sharpe

3333 C Cottage Hill Rd., Ste. C




Coastal Church

Jennifer Stafford

11101 County Rd. 64




Paul Davis Emergency Services of Baldwin County

Hector Seda

2149 West 1st St. #1233

Gulf Shores



Fidelity Bank Mortgage

Laurie Kelly

9059 North Ct.




Discovery Family Ministries

Gary Browning

9908 County Rd. 64




January Renewed Members

Eastern Shore Antiques

Antiques & Gifts

Member 6 Years


Weddings and Events by Jenna Laine

Wedding & Event Planning

Member 2 Years


Terminix International

Pest & Termite Control

Member 32 Years


C. Roberds General Contractors, LLC

Construction Contractor

Member 1 Year


Callahan and Associates Incorporated


Member 1 Year


Fish River Trees

Tree Farm-Christmas

Member 27 Years


Montrose Bay Health & Rehabilitation

Nursing Home

Member 1 Year


WALA Fox 10 & WFNA The CW

Television & Broadcasting Station

Member 17 Years


Zeyal Creative Media

Advertising & Graphic Design

Member 2 Years


AFLAC - John Jones


Member 11 Years


Tamara's Downtown


Member 7 Years


Daniell, Upton & Perry, P.C.


Member 2 Years



Short Term Rental

Member 22 Years


Zulu Flight Training


Member 2 Years


5A Multimedia

Advertising/Art & Graphic Design

Member 2 Years


Alabama Credit Union/Fairhope

Credit Union

Member 4 Years


Strickler Imports

Auto Deler/Used

Member 1 Year


American Family Care

Medical Clinic

Member 3 Years


Lake Forest Apartments


Member 3 Years


Local 15 TV/UTV 44

Television & Broadcasting Station

Member 4 Years


The Arlington at Eastern Shore Centre


Member 13 Years


Workshops, Etc!

Consultant-Training Development

Member 5 Years


Barons 'By The Bay' Inn


Member 32 Years


Brantley Farms

Petting Zoo & Gift Shop

Member 5 Years


Care House Baldwin County Child Advocacy Center

Civic or Fraternal Organization

Member 4 Years


Driftwood RV Park

RV Resort

Member 14 Years


Fairhope Public Library

Public Library

Member 21 Years


Hal Howard


Member 2 Years


Postmark Ink, Inc.

Printing/Mailing Service

Member 28 Years


Dr. John L. Stump, IMC, LLC


Member 25 Years


Bellingrath Gardens and Home


Member 20 Years


Climatemp Cooling & Heating, Inc.

Air Conditioning Contractor & Supplies

Member 7 Years


Kopesky & Britt LLC


Members 31 Years


Malbis Memorial Foundation


Member 10 Years


Roberts Brothers, Inc. Eastern Shore - Paula Knodel


Member 3 Years


Tyndall Federal Credit Union

Credit Union

Member 3 Years


Advantage Staffing

Human Resources Consulting

Member 1 Year


Hatch, Mott, MacDonald

Architectural Firm

Member 24 Years


Ware Jewelers

Jewelry & Gifts

Member 8 Years


Bayside Dental Care


Member 16 Years


Hand Arendall, LLC - W. Bradley Smith


Member 3 Years


Mr. Electric of South Alabama

Electrical Contractor

Member 5 Years


Office Solutions & Innovations

Office Supplies

Member 7 Years


Bellator Real Estate & Development LLC -

Jeanne Nemeth


Member 2 Years


Mobile Ballet Eastern Shore

Dance-Ballet Production

Member 4 Years