Roxbury hosts Margaretville Chamber's monthly member-to-member mixer

By Jill Ribich
The Greater Margaretville Chamber of Commerce hosted a member-to-member mixer Wednesday in Roxbury. Over 80 people attended the event that began at The Roxbury Motel. Food was provided by six Roxbury restaurants and caterers including Mary’s Cookin’ Again, Cassie’s Café, The East Branch, the T-Bar, Fane’s Family Diner and the Public Lounge.
The Roxbury Motel owners Greg Henderson and Joseph Masserson opened the doors of the new wing of the motel as well as some newly remodeled rooms. “We were thrilled when the Greater Margaretville Chamber of Commerce approached us about being involved in a mixer for the members of our business community” said Henderson. “After our new expansion and spa were completed last summer, we became so overwhelmed with the number of guest bookings flowing in that we never got around to planning a grand opening celebration. The chamber mixer gave us a wonderful opportunity to throw open our doors and finally share a celebration with not only other Roxbury business owners, but our neighbors in Margaretville, Delhi, Stamford, Andes, Halcottsville, and Fleischmanns.”
The Town of Roxbury provided a horse drawn surrey to take guests on a ride through the historic hamlet stopping at The Roxbury Arts Group galleries, Kirkside Park and the Railroad Museum. The event wound up at The Public Lounge for dessert and coffee. John Riedl, president of the chamber board said, “It is wonderful to see the support for businesses in Roxbury, and the more we work together, the better off we will all be.”
The purpose of the chamber mixer is to showcase the towns in this area and to let everyone know about the businesses in those towns. Business owners are encouraged to bring cards and literature about their services and members have the chance to network with one another. The GMCC is expanding its services to a broad range of businesses, community organizations and local governments in the Central Catskills region. Carol O’Beirne, executive director of the GMCC explains, “Our expansion strategy will improve communication, seek collaborative ways to promote community assets, advocate for business development and employment opportunities. Together we will encourage the use of smart growth planning to insure that our communities will survive and prosper for generations to come.”
The chamber has created a new website to promote business, improve communication, maintain a comprehensive calendar of events, offer new e-commerce options and make it easy for the savvy consumer to know who we are, where we are and how to enjoy what we have to offer (http://margaretville.org). The GMCC website offers an Internet presence to businesses that do not have a website and provides a portal to those who do. Membership to the chamber is not limited to business owners. All residents of the community are welcome to join the chamber in order to enhance the economic development of our area.

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