Leon Holden Named Chamber Ambassador of the Year

For the second year in a row, Leon Holden has earned the title of Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year. He was presented a plaque, $100 gift card and a crown on Wednesday, April 14th at a luncheon at Hyatt Place in downtown Florence.  “The ambassador is chosen by accumulation of points for showing up to ribbon cuttings, volunteering to help for chamber events, recruiting new members to the chamber, attending Business After Hours events and the like,” said Jay Lavrinc, Director of Membership Relations for the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. “Each item is worth various points that are tallied monthly and totaled yearly.”  Holden accumulated 1,240 points for the calendar year of 2020.

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K & J Cleaning and Janitorial Services Celebrates Chamber Membership with Ribbon Cutting

A ribbon cutting was held on Monday, April 12th at the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce celebrating the new membership of K & J Cleaning and Janitorial Services in the Chamber. Chamber Ambassadors joined Kelvia Baccus, the K & J owner, as she cut the ribbon. She was also joined by her husband, Jonathan, and other family members.  K & J Cleaning and Janitorial Services has been in business for more than 10 years and is at 1708 Furman Drive in Florence.  “We service the entire Pee Dee area,” Baccus said. “We specialize in cleaning commercial and residential properties and offer full-service cleaning.”

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LilJazZi`s Cafe Celebrates Chamber Membership with Ribbon Cutting

LilJazZi`s Cafe held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, April 7th celebrating its membership in the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. The Dargan Street café opened in January. Owner Andrena Mullins cut the ribbon surrounded by family and Chamber Ambassadors.  The café is at 163 N. Dargan St. and serves breakfast and lunch.  Mullins also operates a café by the same name at the Florence Regional Airport that is temporarily closed during COVID. She said that location will open back up in May.

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Restaurant Hero Franchise in Darlington Joins Florence Chamber

Restaurant Heroes Darlington joined the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce and celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, April 5th at the Chamber.  Cutting the ribbon was Chief Executive Officer Damon Taylor of the Restaurant Heroes franchise in Darlington. Chamber ambassadors joined in the celebration, along family members.  Restaurant Heroes is a franchise offering consultations services to restaurants.  Taylor said his goal is help restaurants succeed. Some of the services he helps with are employee management, online ordering, document storage, merchant processing, shift scheduling and E-gift cards.  As a restaurant advisor, Taylor, a certified advisor serving the Darlington and Florence area, has been through the rigorous Restaurant Heroes training program.

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Eliza’s Vegan Cafe Food Truck Rolls into Town for Ribbon Cutting

Eliza’s Vegan Café Food Truck held a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, April 6th at Eats on the Creek, 2402 W. Palmetto St. in Florence, to celebrate its grand opening and membership in the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. Owner Markeyshi K’Patrick cut the ribbon and was joined by Chamber Ambassadors for the event. People were ready and waiting to try food from the bright yellow food truck that rolled into Eats on the Creek. Originally from Queens, New York, K’Patrick said there are numerous reasons a person becomes a vegan – a person who does not consume any animal or animal byproducts. K’Patrick said she became totally vegan on Jan. 1 2001. “It was my New Year’s resolution,” she said.

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Pee Dee State Farmers Market Joins Chamber

The Pee Dee State Farmers Market celebrated a return to the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, April 1st. S.C. Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh E. Weathers joined Bob Sager, Pee Dee state Farmers Market manager, in cutting the ribbon. Also attending the event were Chamber Ambassadors.  Weathers said the Pee Dee market is one of his department’s favorites as a drive-through market.  “It is special to us,” he said.  Weathers said he is pleased with the upgrades that have taken place. He said he is appreciative of the partnership between the market and the community.  The Pee Dee State Farmers Market moved to 2513 W. Lucas St. in 1976. Originally it was downtown, Sager said.

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R&D’s Sewing Shop Celebrates Chamber Membership with Ribbon Cutting

R&D’s Sewing Shop celebrated joining the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce on Monday, March 29th with a ribbon cutting.  Owner Radha Dillah cut the ribbon and was joined by family, staff and Chamber Ambassadors for the celebration.  R&D’s Sewing Shop is located at 302 Dorado Drive in Florence.  Dillah opened her alterations shop in 2007. She offers alterations, monogramming, and custom sewing, including prom dresses, curtains, and leather work. She has one full time employee, and her two sons help her part time.

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Membership on the Rise at Florence Chamber of Commerce

Membership in the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce has soared since the beginning of 2021.  In the month of March alone, the Chamber has signed up 16 new members, said Jay Lavrinc, Director of Membership Relations.  “Most of them are small businesses; most are female, minority-owned businesses,” Lavrinc said. “I find that interesting and refreshing. Most of these business owners are in their thirties.”  He said many of them are in some type of medical field and have gotten their certification and want to branch out on their own.  He said small-business owners see the benefit of becoming members of the Chamber with networking being one of the biggest benefits. He said many the smaller businesses do not have large advertising budgets and the chamber exposure is helpful to them. Lavrinc said the chamber gets about 4,000 hits a month on its website. Information about the Chamber, its members, and things important to them go out in chamber newsletter, which reaches about 1,700 people, Lavrinc said.

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SC Pecan Festival To Return This Year with New Look and Name

Florence Downtown Development Corp., and organizers of Florence’s longest-running event downtown, announced the festival’s new name and look for 2021.  The 17-year old SC Pecan Festival is now the SC Pecan Music & Food Festival. The change comes after the 2020 installation of the event was canceled due to COVID-19 last July.  For any individuals attending the 2021 festival, these are the policies and procedures they will be expected to follow and can also expect will be in place. “The SC Pecan Festival is a Florence mainstay, and over the past few years, the festival has started making moves to evolve and change with the community that has long supported it. In that spirit, we are thrilled to debut the brand-new look and name for Downtown Florence’s longest-running event, the ‘SC Pecan Music & Food Festival,’” said George Jebaily, Festival Chairman.

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George Jebaily: Pecan Festival Sparked Florence’s Downtown Redevelopment

Pat Gibson-Hye Moore had no idea that when she and Jeanne Downing developed the idea to hold a festival in Florence that the idea would be credited 18 years later with igniting the city’s downtown revitalization. Florence Mayor Pro Tempore George Jebaily provided an overview of the history of the pecan festival at a news conference held Tuesday morning to mark the renaming of the festival as the South Carolina Pecan Music and Food Festival.  At end of the news conference, Gibson-Hye Moore said she didn’t have any idea what the festival would develop into, but she was excited to attend the announcement of the renaming and the 2021 festival. “Let’s go nuts, baby,” she said.

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