Scarecrow Fest 2017 Winners

Scarecrow Fest 2017 saw many creative scarecrow entries. Votes have been tallied, thanks to the generosity of the folks at Zip06, and we are pleased to announce the winners:
#1 William Raveis Old Saybrook
#2 Middlesex Cardiology
#3 Silhouettes Hair Salon

Congratulations and thank you to all who participated!! 


Middlesex Cardiology Associates

Silhouettes Hair Salon Old Saybrook

Inaugural Pop Up Sale

Survey Says...

Sixty three businesses and organizations participated in the inaugural "Merchants Pop Up Event" held June 15, 16, and 17. The post "Pop Up Event" survey results are in and despite a very rainy Friday, many merchants reported positive results. The survey results that follow reflect a 44% response rate.

Pop Up Event Old SaybrookWas the Pop Up Sale successful for you?

42% yes
23% no
35 % other

Would you participate next year?
100% yes

Comments and suggestions for improvement:
"More social media posts of the event as it's taking place. More balloons. Get the maps out to the businesses sooner so customers can plan their time."

"Keep it the same weekend...Fathers Day! Proved to be a wonderful combination."

"Make it a 4-day event and do not do it on Fathers Day weekend."

"More advertising"

"I had great traffic all 3 days!!!"

"Work hard to get more participation from merchants that are not on Main Street, and especially go after those in the OS shopping center" *editor's note: Seven shops from the Old Saybrook Shopping Center participated.

"Maybe having something going on in the green? A small festival or concert? Even a road race to help bring people into town."

"I think it's a great event and should definitely be done again. Once the word gets out more, the sale will be more successful."

"I got 4 new customers!"

Member Spotlight: Kathy Duggan

Manager, Denali
75 Main St. Old Saybrook

How can Chamber members benefit from your company?

Members have access to the use of the community room at no cost, as does the rest of the community. Our awesome staff can help prepare you for your next adventure.Kathey-Duggan_Denali_2017

What are your primary responsibilities?
Day to day operations, hiring, training and helping the store achieve financial goals. Finding opportunities for involvement in the community in a way that supports our goal of getting people outdoors.

What do you love about your job?
Helping customers find just the right item for the their next great adventure. Whether that adventure is a walk down Main Street or hiking in The Whites. We live in such a beautiful area of the state--it's a joy to encourage people to enjoy it.

Name your favorite Chamber service, program or event.
I just attended my first Chamber meeting and enjoyed the opportunity to meet and chat with other members. Posting job opportunities on the site is also a great benefit.

What are some of your interests or hobbies?
Anytime I can spend outdoors--hiking, kayaking, biking or just hanging out in my hammock. Time spent with my children--now that they are grown men--is always precious!

What is your personal philosophy on how to be successful?
Break every goal up into small manageable parts and tackle one at a time. Find at least one highlight from every experience and celebrate it. Appreciating the small successes will lead to bigger successes. Not every success is defined in a monetary way. Being kind, generous and thoughtful are all characteristics I see in successful people.

New Member Spotlight: Kevin Frechette

Owner, Skypics LLC

Describe your ideal customer:Kevin Frechette

Just about everyone falls into this category! The home owner: unique pictures of your home or property. Your family cruising down the river on their new boat, an aerial of that special day for the album. Your imagination is the limit. For the business person: stunning pictures for real estate sales, or for your web page. Storm damage surveys, structure inspections, and so much more.

What are your primary responsibilities?
Following F.A.A. Guidelines and Procedures to ensure that safety and privacy concerns are addressed prior to each flight.

What do you love about your job?
The view!!
And the look on clients' faces every time they see their photos!

Name your favorite Chamber program or event:
The Chili Fest! A great day to socialize, taste all the incredible chili recipes, meeting people that come from different towns to join in on the fun.

What are some of your interests or hobbies?
Flying, restoring cars, "tinkering". I love working with my hands, fabricating, and making something from nothing.

What is your personal philosophy on how to be successful?
The right attitude. Giving customers what they want and more. Taking the time to be creative. I put myself in the customers' shoes and make sure I deliver what I would expect to receive.