Chamber plans busy year from new Marble Cliff HQ
Jan. 5 was moving day for the Grandview Area Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber has moved its offices to Marble Cliff Manor, 2015 W. Fifth Ave., the Tudor-style residence that has been converted into an office building.
"It's really exciting. I've feel like a little kid at Christmas," chamber Executive Director Michelle Wilson said.
The new location provides a meeting space the chamber did not have at its former Grandview Avenue site, as well as office space that will be used by the intern from Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business, who will begin working for the chamber next week, Wilson said.
The chamber also has additional storage space at its new home, she said.
"The hardest part about moving is that I'm going to miss being in the middle of so much activity on Grandview Avenue," Wilson said, "but I'm really excited about having a meeting space for our chamber."
The chamber has signed a two-year lease at the Marble Cliff Manor building, she said.
Last year was a successful one for the chamber, which saw an 18 percent increase in membership, including a retention rate of more than 80 percent, Wilson said.
The chamber now has about 294 members, she said.
A new community event will be added this year and the popular Taste of Grandview will be revamped, Wilson said.
The first-ever Spring Cha-Ching, a gala-type event, will be held March 22 at the Hollywood Casino, she said.
The Taste of Grandview will be moved up a month "so we can have more daylight hours and warmer weather," Wilson said. "It will be held on a Saturday of an away OSU football game."
More details about both events will be forthcoming, she said.
The Grandview DigFest also will return for its third year June 15.
Digfest, which features local craft brewers, microdistilleries and Ohio wines and liqueurs, "has been really successful for us," Wilson said.