Archives for February 2015

Stop Shop Drop – March 21, 2015

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The Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is excited to again be working with our local businesses to promote this spring shopping event!  Stop Shop & Drop will be held on March 21, 2015.  Hutchinson area businesses will be offering shoppers discounts, specials, coupons, drawings, and more throughout the day.  Some will also be hosting special events!

Current List of Participating Businesses:

Amazing Grace Boutique ~ 11 Main St N ~ 10am – 4pm
Celebrating our 1 year Anniversary!  Stop in for in-store specials and giveaways!

Carly’s Shoes ~ 24 Main St N ~ 10am – 4pm
Stop in for in-store specials

Celebrate Dance, Fitness, & Wellness Studio ~ 518 Hwy 7 E ~ 9:30am – 11:30am
“Drop & Shop” Kids’ Dance Party – $10 per child (Ages 3 & up)
Drop off the kids for a morning of fun with dancing and games while you have a few hours to shop by yourself!

Country Girl Craft & Gift Expo ~ 1005 Hwy 15 S, Plaza 15 / Hutchinson Event Center ~ 10am – 4pm
Amway (Nancy Nackerud) – including Artistry Skin Care, Legacy of Clean Cleaning Supplies, Nutrilite, and more
B&C Creations – Jewelry & Beadwork Desigins, sign up for Beading Classes
BeautiControl (Tina Drey)
Bob Bohrer – Chair Massages $10 for 15 minutes
Bobber Lady’s Biz
Carole’s Crafts
Collars for Canines
doTerra (Aimee Hornburg)
Ginger’s Gifts
It Works  (Katie Clobes)
Joanie’s Catering
Julie’s Sewing & Sales
Kristi’s Krafts
Mary’s Crafts
Mary Kay (Diane Jankowski)
Miche Bags
Nerium (Roberta Lilienthal & Katie Rudolph)
Norwex ( Tammy Vanderhooft)
Paparazzi Accessories (Trisha Schilling)
Perfectly Posh (Amy Baumann)
Scentsy (Diane Andrade) – New Spring Products & Catalogs
Shelly Guggemos Handmade Crafts
Tastefully Simple (Carol Bahr)
Tina’s This N That
Thirty-One Gifts (Angela Brandel)
Tupperware (Cindy Patnaude)
Usborne Books & More
Young Living Essential Oils (Anne Quinner)
Younique (Jamie Sorgatz)

Crow River Winery ~ 14848 Hwy 7 E ~ 11 am – 10pm
10% off Minnesota Estate Wines / 10% off select Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar selections

Culvers of Hutchinson ~ 1510 Montreal St SE ~ 10am – 10pm
$1.00 Short Root Beer Floats

Hager Jewelry ~ 138 Main St S ~ 9am – 4pm
See store for specials & details

Kock’s Jewelry ~ 10 Main St S ~ 9:30am – 4pm
20% off in-store items (some exclusions may apply)

Lillians of Hutchinson ~ 21 N Main St ~ 10am – 3pm
Stop in for in store specials and drawings

Mary Kay (Jessica Wendland) ~ 564 Juul Rd SW

Maurices ~ 1370 Montreal St SE ~ 10am – 8pm

MeshedDesigns ~ 28 Main St N ~ 10am – 4pm
$5 off $50 or more / “Ribbon Special” – see store for details

Midwest Vision Centers ~ 1060 Hwy 15 S / Hutchinson Mall ~ 9am – 3pm
50% off Frames with the purchase of Lenses

Purse-a-nalaties ~ 34 Main St N ~ 10am – 5pm

Prairie Haven ~ 20284 Raven Ave ~ 10am – 6pm
Coffee, treats, and daily drawings

Quilt Haven on Main ~ 7 Main St N ~ 10am – 5pm
Draw your own discount!  With any purchase, win a chance for a $25 gift card giveaway.

rEvolve Clothing ~ 1060 Hwy 15 S/Hutchinson Mall ~ 10am – 6pm
All blue tags 75% off and get $5 off your purchase when you spend $50 or more

Shoe Sensation ~ 1060 Hwy 15 S / Hutchinson Mall ~ 10am – 6pm
Clarks Sale plus 30-40% off Clearance Section

Spring Vendor Show / Relay for Life Fundraiser ~ 255 Hwy 7 E / RE/MAX Today’s Realty ~ 10am – 3pm
1st Class Home Inspection – Free Radon Test with Scheduled Home Inspection
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It Works Global (Stephanie Pautzke)
Plexus Worldwide (Meghan Curry)
RE/Max Today’s Realty – Stop in & Register to win a $25 Gift Card!
Tastefully Simple (Jackie Pohlmeier) – Free gift registration. 10% of sales donated to Relay for Life
The Pampered Chef (Sarah Potts) – Free Samples & Drawing for a Free Pizza Stone
Trimmings & Charm
Usborne Books & More (Elizabeth Theisen)

The Back Yard Tanning Salon ~ 1060 Hwy 15 S / Hutchinson Mall
Purchase any Packet of Tanning Lotion (Saturday March 21st Only) and get your Tanning Session for Free
$5 off any Spray Tan or Tanning Package (Saturday March 21st Only)

The Paint Factory ~ 137 Main St S

The Village Shop ~ 114 Main St S ~ 9am – 5pm

Urban Escape ~ 1060 Hwy 15 S / Hutchinson Mall ~ 10am – 6pm
In store specials

Valley Sales of Hutchinson ~ 525 Hwy 7 E ~ 9am – 4pm
Stop in to register for a Free Oil Change

WCI Thrift Store ~ 900 Hwy 15 S ~ 10am – 5pm
Stop in for in-store specials

Woody’s Graphics ~ 35 Main St N ~ 10am – 3pm


What’s Happening in February

Join us for the 2015 Agri Business Seminar

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February 26, 2015
5:30 – 9:00 pm
Crow River Winery
Tickets: $40 each

Guest speakers will be discussing topics such as: Creating a Competitive Advantage, Avoiding Legal Pitfalls, and Farm Bill Updates.

Each ticket allows for TWO individuals to attend the seminar and includes a two meat buffet, door prizes, and more.  Spouses, business partners, and successors are encouraged to attend the seminar together.

Tickets are available at the Chamber office.  Stop by or give us a call at 320-587-5252 if you would like to attend, have questions about the seminar, or are interested in sponsoring the event.

Thank You and Congratulations 2014 Award Winners!

Thank you to everyone who attended, participated, and sponsored the Annual Banquet on January 23rd.  We had a wonderful turnout and it was great to see so many faces!  Our guest speaker, Jerrid Sebesta, was enjoyed by all with his funny anecdotes, quick wit, and thought provoking questions for the evening.  We had several committees and groups help out in providing fun, informative centerpieces for the evening, 20 different centerpieces in all!  And thank you to Chef Craig Catering and their staff for a wonderful meal!

Thank you again to our sponsors: Crow River Winery and Citizens Bank & Trust

Congratulations to the 2014 Award Winners!  Award winners are chosen from nominations submitted to the Chamber and Hutchinson Jaycees each year.  They have all shown great dedication and continued support to our community.  Congratulations to this year’s award winners!  1-23-274

Pictured Left to Right:
Adam Fink – Outstanding Young Leader
Kathy Nordby – Teacher of the Year
Joey Willmert – Volunteer of the Year
Keith Heikes – Business Person of the Year

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chamber (8 of 35)What do you want?

A good questions raised by Jerrid Sebesta at our Annual Banquet. #BlameJerrid

Whether you are thinking on a personal or professional level, there’s opportunity to utilize the chamber to identify resources to help you do or get what you want. …

Read the full article here.

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Hometown Realty, Inc. is our February Business of the Month!

Learn more about Hometown Realty, Inc. here.

Bringing Together Tourism and Technology


A big thank you to Tony Smith at FRF Productions for helping us put together our new video!  We were excited to share it at our Annual Banquet, and are even more excited to have it on our website.  You can find it on our website under ‘Visiting Hutchinson’ or by clicking on the link below.  Feel free to share the video with friends, co-workers, and potential new residents!

Stop Shop & Drop – Spring Shopping Event

stop shop drop 2x5-01Our second annual spring shopping event, Stop Shop & Drop, will be held on March 21, 2015.  We are currently taking information from businesses that would like to participate in the event. Please contact by email or call 587-5252 to sign up. Last year we had close to 30 businesses join in the fun and we can’t wait to see who participates this year!

Participation is free and simple!  The Chamber will be marketing this city-wide shopping event in several local and regional publications.  We will also have a blog post where we will list all participating businesses, their hours of operation, their address, and a special (if you choose).  Member businesses will be linked to their member information page for additional exposure – so make sure your member information page is up to date!

Help make the event a success!  Participating businesses are encouraged to share the event information through social media as well as plan their own marketing campaign in conjunction with our efforts.  Though not required, the more media we spread, the better the event will become.

Member Education – What is “Bring It Home”?

What is Bring It Home?  Bring It Home is a committee of the Hutchinson Chamber made up of 11 volunteers.  They raise awareness of how Hutchinson consumer and business spending decisions affect our local economy.  We want residents, businesses, and organizations to think twice before spending money out of town, or on the internet.

Each year they promote and support Small Business Saturday, the first Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Last year their support of Small Business Saturday included having Welcome Stations downtown and at the Hutchinson Mall. The committee and Chamber Board Members thanked shoppers for choosing to keep their money in the community, and paid a total of $5,000 in customers’ bills at local businesses!

This committee also hosts the Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo, which will be happening on April 11th this year. The Expo is a great event for local residents to learn more about the businesses we have in Hutchinson.  Visit the Bring It Home Expo post to learn more, and to register.

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  • If you are shopping online ask yourself, “Can I buy this product locally?”
  • When shopping online, does the cost of shipping and potential difficulty getting good customer service outweigh the perceived savings?
  • Does it really make sense to take the time, and additional money driving to another community, to buy something you can get locally?
  • If you can save a significant amount of money outside the community, have you considered talking to a local resource and asking them to match the price?

New & Returning Members

We would like to welcome our new members to the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce!
Redline Systems, Inc. ~ 25 Michigan Ave SE, Hutchinson ~ 320-234-8331
TEK Mechanical Service, Inc. ~ 220 5th Ave NW, Hutchinson ~ 320-587-2779

We also want to thank our renewing members:

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February Business After Hours will be held on February 12th at Factory Direct Furniture from 4-6 pm.

Updates & Reminders

Hutch Bucks are officially retiring as of February 28, 2015.retirement postcard
Postcard reminders are being mailed out to Hutchinson businesses this week.
If you have any remaining Hutch Bucks, we encourage you to spend them locally as soon as possible.  As of March 1st, all outstanding Hutch Bucks will be expired and should not be accepted.  We also ask that you deposit any remaining Hutch Bucks at your earliest convenience.  If you have any questions, please call the Chamber office at 320-587-5252.

Music in the Park applications are available for bands, social hosts, and sponsors.  2012 MIP Logo-Tourism
We have been working on some fun and exciting changes and look forward to a summer of great Monday night concerts!  Applications are available on our website or by email/phone request.  If you have any questions about Music in the Park, becoming a Concert Sponsor, hosting a social, or playing as a band, we encourage you to contact us.

Click here to view the applications


Make sure to check out additional information from our members as well as some extra information from the articles above.  Clicking on the photos will bring a full page view for your convenience.

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What Do You Want?

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A good questions raised by Jerrid Sebesta at our Annual Banquet. #BlameJerrid

What do you want?
Is what you are doing now, supporting this goal?
Do you have the resources necessary to get what you want?
What will you do to get what you want?

Martin Luther King Jr.’s voice booms in my mind, “I HAVE A DREAM….”

Whether you are thinking about these questions on a personal or professional level, there’s opportunity to utilize the chamber to identify resources to help you do or get what you want.

Using the business directory, you can search for investment services, financial planning, loan services, travel services, mental health, fitness facilities, etc. (NOTE: As a Chamber Member- anyone can search for YOUR business on our website. Is your information updated? Call us if you need assistance to make these updates.)

This works both ways! You may need assistance making your goal happen, AND you may be able help someone work toward their goals.

When you think about what you want, open your thoughts to WHY you want it and what are the steps to make this happen. My suggestion is to write it down. Just as writing a pros and cons list for decision making, it is easier to see your statements and lists visually, than leaving it to ruminate in your gray matter. Many times we are stuck admiring the challenge, reiterating the struggles and continuing to lament. Move to action.

Some additional thoughts I have saved from the fish bowl of social media:

  • When you say you don’t have a choice, you just made a choice.
  • Why Video by Simon Simek- Understand your Why, not your how.
  • If your life is boring, you make it boring. Same with your job.
  • Information is giving out. Communication is getting through.
  • We choose what we think about and how we think about it.
  • Yes! You can!

Again, whether you are considering what you want for your business, for yourself, or for your family, you have a plethora of resources right at your fingertips. Let us help you connect the dots to your goals, hopes and dreams.