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Eastern Shore Chamber Announces new Executive Director


The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Heiko Einfeld has been selected to serve as the next Executive Director.

Heiko is an experienced executive who has served the Eastern Shore business community for more than 18 years. Although currently serving as Interim Director, Einfeld did not apply for the position.


"After the search committee interviewed the top candidates, it was determined unanimously that we could not ignore the passion, drive and commitment that were before us," Board Chairman Contina Woods said. "From engaging the staff and board to leading external relations and listening to member needs, Heiko has had the courage to roll up his sleeves, think strategically and make tough calls. He has more than exceeded our expectations in the interim position."


Prior to his current role, Heiko served the chamber as the Board of Directors Vice Chairman of the Tourism Council. He has worked in the tourism industry for nearly 30 years where he last operated and held an ownership interest in Holiday Inn Express in Fairhope. Boards Einfeld currently serves on include Alabama Travel Council, Alabama Governor's Conference on Tourism and Baldwin County Education Coalition. Heiko is married to Dr. Dana Einfeld, a native of Baldwin County. Dr. Einfeld is a career educator employed by Baldwin County Schools.


 "Heiko's experience as a business owner, passion for tourism, and proven track record of strategy development and implementation is critical in moving our Chamber forward," Woods said.


Einfeld's selection ends a four-month long search for director. The search committee vetted local, regional and national candidates.



Eastern Shore Chamber to Host the Movie "Coffee Shop"    


The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is hosting the premiere of the movie "Coffee Shop" which was filmed in Fairhope. The premiere takes place on Friday August 22, 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall, Fairhope Campus of Faulkner State Community College. Other downtown venues and times may become available as demand warrants.


The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce encourages premiere attendees to enjoy afternoon shopping and dining along with the evening's "big screen" entertainment, thus the event theme of "Dinner & a Movie." Local restaurants are planning lunch and dinner specials for moviegoers. Visit the Chamber's Facebook page for updates on participating restaurants and their offers.


"Film entertainment is a growing sector of economic development in our state, and we are excited to see it include the unique characteristics of the Eastern Shore," stated Heiko Einfeld, Executive Director of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce. The filmmakers tapped local talent as extras. "Those attending will see many of their friends and neighbors on the 'silver screen,'" Einfeld added.


The 90-minute movie was produced by Salt Entertainment Production in association with Erwin Brothers Films and Foxfield Entertainment. It was directed by Dave Alan Johnson. Starring in the leading roles of the film are Laura Vandervoort and Cory M. Grant. Also starring in the movie are Josh Ventura, Rachel Hendrix, Jason Burkey, Montrel Miller, and Gabriela Lopez.


"Coffee Shop" is a love story about a young woman who is desperately trying to hold on to her business, a quaint, small-town coffee shop similar to the one featured in the television hit sitcom "Friends." Many familiar scenes of Fairhope are featured in the film, including the downtown and bayfront areas. Some of the coffee shop scenes were filmed in Birmingham.


The writer, director, and attending cast members will be available following the premiere. During the afternoon, they will be engaged in classroom workshops with Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics & Visual Effects students at Faulkner State Community College.


In the two decades Johnson has worked in Hollywood, he has created, produced, written and directed nearly a half billion dollars worth of entertainment. He has collaborated with some of Hollywood's top names, teaming with Steven Spielberg to co-create and executive produce DreamWorks' premier television production - the ABC hit drama, "High Incident." He has created products for virtually every major entertainment company including Disney, Paramount, Sony, Warner Brothers, DreamWorks, MGM, FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, along with many others.


Tickets are $10.00 each and may be purchased at the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce in Fairhope at 327 Fairhope Avenue. For more information, call 928-6387.



  U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne

  Keynote Speaker for Eggs N' Issues 


     The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Business Academy Eggs N' Issues on August 12 will focus on what is happening in Washington DC.
     The keynote speaker is U. S. Congressman Bradley Byrne. The event takes place at 8:30 am at the Daphne United Methodist Church Community Life Center. The cost is $10, which includes a hot breakfast.
     Reservations are a must. Call (251) 928-6387 to sign up.

     The Business Academy is sponsored by Harbor Communications, Hartmann, Blackmon and Kilgore, Daphne Utilities and Baldwin EMC.


Nancy Grace is Ambassador

of the Month for June


Nancy Grace of Regions Bank in Daphne was selected Ambassador of the month for June 2014. She was selected for attending numerous events and activities; she also served as chairman for the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. 


A native of Selma, Ala., Nancy graduated from Auburn University with a major in Marketing.  She and her husband Chad Grace have been married for four years; the couple live in Spanish Fort, with their two children, Landon, age three and Natalee, age two.  Nancy has been in the banking industry for 14 years.


When not volunteering for the Chamber and working, Nancy enjoys spending time with her family.


Young Professionals Social
Thursday, August 21
 5:30-7:30 pm
The Plow Lounge 
Next to Piggly Wiggly's
YP's 40 and under are welcome.
You do not need to be a member to participate.


Congratulations to Mercy

Medical Home Care

The Eastern Shore Chamber recently celebrated the opening of a new location for Mercy Medical Home Care with a ribbon cutting at 374 South Greeno Road, Fairhope.  Attending the event were:  Deborah Morrow,  Paige Turberville, chamber ambassadors; Necie Borroni, Executive Director for Mercy Medical; Heiko Einfeld, Executive Director of ESCoC; Sister Deborah Kennedy, VP of Mission for Mercy Medical; Ray Moore, Board of Trustees Mercy Medical; Jackie Evans, VP of Home Care for Mercy Medical and Cindy Zybrek.  Mercy Home Care celebrated its new location on Thursday July 31 with an Open House and ribbon cutting.  Mercy Medical Home Health and Hospice has been serving the people of Mobile and Baldwin Counties since 1979, when they pioneered Hospice in this community.  In 1981 they added Home Health services.  Mercy's Home Care services include Home Health, Neuro-Psychiatric, Pediatric, Palliative, and Hospice.  For more information call 621-4431.


jubileeSave The Date / Promote Your Company
The Jubilee Festival is coming up September 27th and 28th,
10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.  We will invite 130 fine arts and crafts vendors.  There will be live, local entertainment on the festival stage.  Unique festival food will be served at the food court.  The ever popular Kids Art In The Park returns this year.  There will be a large screen TV in Daphne City Hall, for football fans to watch the games.  There is no admission.  Festival T-shirts and Posters will be sold at the information booth.  This is an excellent way to promote your business.  Call us at 621-8222 or 928-6387 to sponsor this event.
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August 2014



9  Elderberry Festival, Friends of Fairhope Museum of History, 24 N. Section St., Fairhope, 10 am - 5 pm, 929-1471.


12  Eggs N' Issues, 8:30 am, Daphne UMC, with US Congressman Bradley Byrne.  $10 includes breakfast.  928-6387 for RSVPs.  An Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce event.


21 -  Morning Marketing Meeting, 8:00 am, Scenic Overlook.  Great marketing opportunity for Chamber businesses. Bring lots of handouts. An Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Event.



21 -   Young Professionals Social, The Plow Lounge, Plantation Pointe Shopping Center next to Piggly Wiggly's.  An Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Event. 621-8222.


22  "Coffee Shop" movie premiere, 7:30 pm, Faulkner State Community College.  Tickets $10 are on sale at the Fairhope Chamber office.  Call 928-6387 for more info. 


22 -  Taste of the Eastern Shore, Daphne Civic Center, 7 - 10 pm, $25, 626-5300.


23 - 28th Annual Grand Summer Ball, benefit for Thomas Hospital Foundation, Grand Hotel, 990-1512.


30&31  Fort Mims Re-enactments, 9 am - 3 pm, $5, 533-9024.



Baldwin County

Housing Statistics

June 2014

Houses Sold
Average Selling Price
Average Days on Market
Number of Units on Market
Condos Sold
Average Selling Price
Average Days on Market
Number of Units on Market
Unemployment Stats
      6/2014    6/2013
AL        7.1%        6.9%  
BC        5.7%        5.8%
US        6.3%        7.8% 




As of 7/30/2014



Guinevere's Closet

Jennifer Johnson

Post Office Box 1658




Middle Bay Lighthouse Charters

Jeffrey Brown

123 Club Drive




The Ruff House

Gloria Liu

6937 US Highway 90




Violet Aesthetic Centre at Stone Creek

Violet Gardner

880 Holcomb Boulevard Suite 5




Thomas Family Health and Wellness Clinic, LLC

Angie Snowden

28119 North Main Street Unit B




Sears Law Firm

Jim Sears

Post Office Box 3007




Ready Care Medical Design

Will Ready

807 Nichols Avenue




August Renewed Members


Fairhope Family Medicine, LLC

Physician and Surgeon Family

Member 7 Years


Fairhope Health Foods

Health Food

Member 32 Years


J & J Furniture Incorporated


Member 21 Years


Tucker Dorsey


Member 4 years


C-Spire Wireless


Member 14 Years


C.O. (Mac) McCawley, Jr., CPA, LLC


13 Years


Habitat for Humanity of Baldwin County

Civil or Fraternal Organizations

Member 9 Years


Hargrove Engineers & Constructors


Member 6 Years


Hunter Security, Inc.

Security Control Equipment

Member 31 Years


Judge Tim Russell

Individual Member

Member 4 Years


Kelly Services Incorporated

Staffing Service

Member 1 Year


LuLu's at Homeport Marina


Member 13 Years


M & F Casuals

Clothing & Accessories/Women & Children

Member 38 Years


Riviera Utilities

Utility Companies

Member 49 Years


Thomas Hospital


Member 30 Years


Family Practice Associates

Physicians & Surgeons

Member 16 Years


Robert C Gentle, Construction


Member 14 Years


Charles Wilson

Individual Member

Member 22 Years


Blue Rents, Inc.

Equipment Rental/Party Goods

Member 10 Years



Restaurants / Fast Food

Member 9 Years


Hamilton Mortgage Corporation


Member 1 Year



Legal Services

Member 2 Years


Merrill Lynch-Wesley Carpenter

Investment Brokers/Securities

Member 9 Years


Pittman Tractor Company, Inc.

Tractor/Equipment Dealers

Member 7 Years


Centennial Bank-Fairhope


Member 11 Years


Serving Hands Concierge

Concierge Service/Personal Assistant

Member 1 Year


Bayside Bungalow

Short Term Rental

Member 11 Years


Heart Group of the Eastern Shore

Physicans & Surgeons

Member 17 Years


JADE Consulting, LLC


Member 6 Years


New Horizons Credit Union

Credit Union

Member 19 Years


NFL Building Center

Retail-Commercial & Residential

Member 2 Years


Premier Medical Eye Group

Medical Clinic

Member 2 Years


Redeemer Lutheran Church


Member 14 Years


Regions Mortgage, Inc.

Mortgage Banking

Member 12 Years


Yamane Championship

Mixed Martial Arts

Member 4 Years


Goodyear dba/Alabama Auto Service

Automobile Service Repair

Member 17 Years


Raymond James Financial Services

Gulf Coast Group


Member 1 Year


Sportsman's Marine & Outdoor Center, Inc.

Marine Equipment & Supplies

Member 18 Years


Team Gunther Kia

Automobile Dealers

Member 16 Years


TTL, Inc.


Member 2 Years


Beach Dream Weddings

Wedding & Event Planning

Members 4 Years


David Clark

Individual Member

Member 2 Years


Fairhope Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

Member 21 Years


South Shore Insurance Agency


Member 1 Year


Sunbelt Fire Incorporated

Fire Truck & Equipment Sales

Member 23 Years


Westminster Village

Retirement & Assisted Living

Member 32 Years


Earth Day Mobile Bay

Environmental Management

Member 2 Years


Greer's Fairhope Market


Member 5 Years


Heiko Einfeld

Individual Member

Member 1 Year


Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen-GIC Cuisine, LLC


Member 1 Year


Southern Capital Services


Member 2 Years


The Drapery Makery

Drapery & Awning

Member 13 Years


WAVH FM Talk 1065

Radio Station/Broadcasting

Member 7 Years


Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.

Funeral Home

Member 16 Years




Member 10 Years


Weeks Bay Foundation

Civic or Fraternal Organizations

Member 8 Years