Chamber of Commerce sponsors "Keepin' it Local"

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Blooming Branches, located at 511 South First Street, is one of the Guttenberg merchants participating in the "Keepin' it Local" campaign. From left are Linda Ludovissy, Nancy Schroeder and Augie Petsche. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring "Keepin' it Local – eat, shop, win." Each week, through Jan. 31, two names will be drawn to receive Guttenberg Bucks for supporting local businesses. Entry slips can be found at participating local restaurants and retail stores. Participants must spend a minimum of $5 to receive an entry slip. 

Entry forms must be turned in to the Guttenberg Welcome Center, 323 S. River Park Drive, in the interior door mail slot by 3 p.m. Sunday of the week the purchase was made. "Each week two winners will receive $15 dollars in Guttenberg Bucks," said Brandie Tomkins, Chamber Director.

Participating restaurants include:

Bootleggers River Tavern/Restaurant and Bar

The Stadium Bar & Grill

Joe's Pizza

Clayton Lighthouse

Bill's Boat Landing

4-Way (Luxemburg)

The Dam Bar & Grill 

Osterdock Store Restaurant and Bar

Picket Fence Cafe & Catering

Sode's Green Acres

Rausch's Cafe 

Nories Restobar

Participating retails stores include:


Kuempel's Hardware

Ideal Decorating

Blooming Branches

Garments and Goods

Guttenberg's Chamber of Commerce is looking ahead and making tentative plans for the upcoming months despite limitations on social gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tomkins commented, "We are planning a Luminary Walk in February along the river walk in Ingleside Park. The Chamber will supply the bags, sand and candles. Participants can purchase a luminary and the proceeds will go toward a local non-profit. They can decorate the bags to their liking and put them in memory of, or for a special someone. The Luminary Walk will be an activity that can bring people together safely, creating a sense of community, and support a good cause." 

Tentative plans are being made to hold citywide garage sales on June 4 - 5. "I have approval from the city council and the Chamber to bring in a Goodwill truck to dispose of items that did not sell," she noted. 

 "We have an opportunity to schedule the Army Golden Knights parachute team to perform on July 4th if funding is available. Our Stars and Stripes celebration will be held on July 3. We are also planning a Chamber Fish Fry on June 25 during the river of music performance," she added. 

Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce is on a mission to promote business, economic development, and tourism in Guttenberg, and to provide events that support community values.

The Chamber works in partnership with the City of Guttenberg; GEIDC; Clayton Ridge High School; community organizations; Clayton County Tourism Group and Economic Development Club; Cassville Harbor Commission; River Bluffs Scenic Byway Commission; Iowa Great Places, and numerous other tourism groups in an effort to continually seek out the best ways to promote the people, places, and initiatives of Guttenberg. 

The Chamber of Commerce acts as the City's advertising agency and public relations firm. Membership contributions facilitate a multitude of objectives and projects, such as staffing and operating costs associated with the Visitor Welcome Center; the creation and distribution of brochures, maps, calendars and other promotional materials; maintains an online presence through social media; provides a center for communication and cooperative efforts for community businesses and organizations; provides access to resources, training and networking opportunities, and works to attract and engage new residents and businesses, as well as coordinating community events, and encouraging people to eat, shop and conduct business locally promoting community pride.

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