Valdosta is back in business and the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce celebrated in a safe yet exciting way.
All members open for business were invited to be a part of the Chamber’s week-long Grand Re Opening Celebration. To practice social distancing, one Chamber Staff member and one Chamber Ambassador made appearances at these businesses to welcome them back and snap some photos to use in order to promote them to the community. Each group was also part of a collaborative video. Both Chamber representatives wore face masks at all times.
“As the voice of the business community, we knew we had a duty to promote our members who need the community’s support now more than ever,” expressed Myrna Ballard, Chamber President.
20 total businesses were visited throughout the week by a variety of Chamber Staff and Ambassadors. Businesses involved in the Grand Re Opening Celebration include:
A Plus Junk Removal & Moving Services,
Ella’s Top Corral,
Holiday Inn Express Lake Park,
Horizons Xtreme Fitness,
Jumpn’ Jacks 4 Kidz,
Kellie Rae Photography,
Kona Ice of Lowndes,
Kreamkles Rolled Ice Cream,
Mercer Hughes Real Estate Group,
PeaceWay Counseling & Mediation Services,
Recoil Trampoline Park,
Southern Grace Gifts,
The Flower Gallery,
The Valdosta Mall,
Valdosta Chiropractic & Rehab,
Wild Adventures Theme Park and
Winnersville Elite Cheer and Dance.
All businesses are open and hope to receive customers in a safe fashion.
Jump’n Jacks 4 Kidz reopening date aligned perfectly with the Chamber’s recognition. Being a family place, they wanted to get the word out about their safe practices.
“We want to make everyone feel comfortable at Jump’n Jacks,” Said owner, Monica Dominey. “We require the use of masks and gloves by our employees, encourage the use of masks and social distancing with our customers, continually sanitize bounce houses and arcade games, use a cold fogger to further sanitize the building and take everyone's temperature,” she shared.
Other businesses appreciated the chance to share their safety protocol and the opportunity to connect again.
“It was so refreshing to see some familiar faces – masked, of course!” said Kyle Webb of Ella’s Top Corral.
The Chamber Ambassadors shared the excitement of the businesses to be getting back out into the community.
“Since March, we have been supporting the business community from afar, but it was great to get back out there and visibly celebrate our members when they need it most,” shared Ambassador Chairman, Lisa Register.
The Chamber Ambassadors look forward to continuing to ease back into the community in a safe way.