The building exterior was designed to be maintenance-free. Additional parking was also created for the general public and the handicapped. —Photos By Wally Geist
The building exterior was designed to be maintenance-free. Additional parking was also created for the general public and the handicapped. —Photos By Wally Geist
“It’s good to be back home again,” said Penny Strom, executive director of the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce, describing her feelings about the new chamber building and offices. 

The new building, located on the corner of highways 70 and 155, is almost complete. It is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additionally, the reception and information area is open 24 hours a day and provides visitors with a variety of information about St. Germain and chamber businesses.

The St. Germain Chamber building also offers a community meeting room with seating for up to 20 guests. The room is for community organizations as well as chamber meetings, with other organizations able to rent the space for meetings.

Strom expressed thanks for the generous support of chamber businesses and individuals in the preparation of the facility. Individual donors included Steve Vogel, Dave Walker, Paul Bohnen and JJ’s Acres, who supplied fill, grass seeding, rubber mulch and landscaping bushes, respectively.

The facility’s full basement allows for storage of supplies as well as bike racks during the winter, which were donated by the Freedom 5K organization. Access to the basement is conveniently located from within the building and from the garage which houses the chamber’s publicity trailer.

Additional and handicapped parking have been added with outside amenities including the patio area for gatherings and picnics.

Strom went on to say that the exterior and interior still need finishing touches. 

“We built the facility for the future,” she said. “The old structure was built in the late 50s and early 60s, and we hope this building will serve the needs of St. Germain for at least 70 years.”

A change is the new take on the Music In The Park free concerts. Instead of all concerts taking place in the park, the newly announced “concert crawl” will offer alternating shows at the park and chamber member business venues. Shows are slated this summer at Fibber’s Bar & Restaurant, Whitetail Inn and Clearview Supper Club, to name a few.

An official grand opening, ribbon-cutting and reception for the new chamber building will be held in July.

For more chamber and community event information, visit st-germain.com or call (715) 477-2205.