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Archive for Thursday, May 2, 1996

CHAMBER EXPLORES LOCATING IN OFFICE

May 2, 1996

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— Chamber of Commerce officials are trying to make it easier for out-of-towners to find Kansas' oldest university and other attractions in the city.

The chamber is working to establish a permanent office at Eighth and High streets, said Kent Reeves, chamber president.

"It's going to be more of an information center ... primarily to field questions about the Baldwin area," Reeves said. "We get a lot of inquiries about what to see and do in Baldwin, and of course the Maple Leaf Festival generates a tremendous amount of calls."

The center would provide information on Baldwin restaurants, galleries, businesses and other attractions, such as Baker University, the state's oldest four-year college.

Reeves said officials had several details to resolve before the center opened. A date has not been set.

In other Baldwin business news, the chamber held a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently at the Santa Fe Market, 309 Aimes.

Baldwin resident Frank Foye opened the market about a month ago at the former site of Casey's General Store. Foye operated Mike's Trading Post in Baldwin for two years before opening the new store.

The market offers convenience store items, plus video rentals and extras such as fishing and hunting equipment.

In addition to welcoming a new business, the chamber brushed up the city's downtown park. Led by Joy Martin of Hickory Ridge Gardens, volunteers spent the weekend raking, planting and tilling the park.

Another chamber project that has bloomed in the last few weeks is a business recognition hour. Set for 5:15 p.m. the last Wednesday of every month, the gathering will honor a new business or one that has celebrated an anniversary, expanded or had some other type of special occasion.

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