What’s Happening- November 2020

Small Business Saturday! – November 28th

Are you ready for Small Business Saturday? Like everything else this year, Small Business Saturday  will look different than previous years. One thing that won’t change this year is the fact that the Chamber “Elves” will be out  paying for purchases of unsuspecting shoppers!

How can you prepare for Small Business Saturday?
-Tell customers about your SBS deals by postcard, flyers in all purchases bags starting NOW,  print on receipts, emails, create a social media event, post a live Facebook video, decorate your businesses or call the Chamber to learn how to share on our website too! We are in this together, so let’s work together!

Are you planning sales for the entire week, allowing/encouraging curbside pick up, offering additional sales or promotions!? Let us know, we are happy to help promote!

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Downtown Christmas- December 12th

The Hutchinson Downtown Association  will be hosting Downtown Christmas 2020! Please help us celebrate by decorating your store front (even if you will not be open on December 12th) by using lights, holiday décor and possibly providing a small take away from your business! Together we are all working on treat bags for the kids, ice skating, farmers market, self-guided holiday tour,  Santa and so much more!

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Maximize Your Membership!

As the height of retail shopping season begins, the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce wants you to think local/shop local.  The Chamber strongly encourages everyone to ThinkLOCAL when making a purchase. Please consider where you will be spending your shopping dollars this holiday season! Now more than ever do we need your business to stay local. That doesn’t only mean shop small but shop LOCAL as well.

Small Business Saturday, which is Nov. 28th, is a nationwide event intended to encourage residents to shop local and to shop small businesses in each participating hometown.

Just think, if you were to switch just 50 % of your online purchases to store front pick up you could greatly impact the Hutchinson Community. When we shop local the entire community we live in is positively impacted!

Did you know?

  • If every household were to take 10 percent of what they typically spend online or out of town and spend it LOCALLY and every business spent 5 percent more locally, that would equal $42 million in annual revenue for our community.
  • Revenue from local purchases keeps tax dollars in our community. These are dollars that support our police and fire departments, our schools and parks, our streets and utilities and much more.
  • Local businesses offer great customer service. Shopping at a local store and tapping into local expertise, you’re as much as 3 times more likely to discover something new.

Sometimes maximizing your Chamber membership is about supporting local efforts to aim to make Hutchinson the best community it can be. There are ways to promote thinkLOCAL at your Chamber business. How do you do that? We have free resources and materials available for your business right here at the Chamber office.  You can request:

  • thinkLOCAL business cards to hand out to customers. The cards feature facts that explain the value in shopping locally and thank customers for a local purchase.
  • thinkLOCAL magnets are also available and serve as a great visual reminder.
  • thinkLOCAL window clings can be put on your storefront or door.
  • a digital version of the thinkLOCAL logo to show your support on your Web site or other social media.
  • and several other promotional materials to

Want to know more? Download your copy of the thinkLOCAL Business Guide.

Contact Cegi at the Chamber office or email her with questions or to work with her to maximize your membership.

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2021 Tourism Marketing Grant

Since 2013, the Chamber has enjoyed granting money to events hosted by nonprofits and for-profits held in Hutchinson. These grants help cover the expense of marketing that covers a radius outside the Hutchinson area for the event. These events help the Chamber bring more people to our beautiful and welcoming community – there really is #MuchInHutch!

Tell your friends, co-workers, committees and organizations about the Chamber’s Tourism Marketing Grant. We love to help events as they help us and increase the traffic and awesomeness of Hutchinson!

More information about the Tourism Marketing Grant program, grant criteria and grant application can be found on our Tourism Marketing Grant blog.

2021 Tourism Marketing Application (pdf). 
2021 Tourism Marketing Grant Criteria & Deadlines (pdf). 

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Business of the Month

This month’s Business of the Month is Chamber Member, Benny’s Meat Market.  This meat market is locally and family owned and operated in downtown Hutchinson and newly opened store in Hector, MN.  Benny’s has over 20 years of experience in the industry and always ready to serve you.

Click here to learn more about Benny’s Meat Market and listen to their radio interview with Mary.

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New & Renewing Members for October

Warmest Welcome to our NEWEST MEMBER of the Hutchinson Chamber!

We also would like to Thank the following members for renewing their partnership with us!

  • Compass Occasions LLC
  • Edward Jones – Matt Beilke
  • FireLake Manufacturing 
  • Home State Bank
  • Hutchinson Area Community Foundation
  • Jimmy’s Pizza
  • Jonny Block
  • New Journey United Church of Christ
  • Quilt Haven on Main
  • Terning & Company Inc.

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Hutchinson Ambassadors

Hutchinson Ambassadors business logoThe Hutchinson Ambassadors serve as the welcoming and social arm of the Hutchinson Chamber by actively supporting and promoting Hutchinson and its surrounding business community.

The Ambassador’s Facebook page is a great place to see photos of all the visits and other special events hosted by the Ambassadors.

You may have seen our Ambassadors around town – you can recognize them by their blue shirts and friendly smiles. They welcome new business openings, as well as, celebrate business renovations and milestones with an Ambassador Business Visit.

October’s Ambassador Business Visits:

  • Clay Coyote
  • Pizza Ranch

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Working from home but need to have an in-person meeting?

Have you been working from home and are sick and tired of cleaning the kitchen/dining room for an in-person business meeting.  Maybe you’re in the search for a quiet meeting location to host a confidential meeting. Look no further, the chamber has a solution for you!  Included with your Chamber membership you are able to reserve the Chamber board room Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm at no charge!

Give us a call today to book your next meeting.

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Something from Mary!

November 28th & December 12th… Two days, you do not want to miss!!!

Read Mary’s Blog to learn more..

 

 

 

 

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Tourism Marketing Grant Available!

Have no Fear – Help is Here…. The Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism has a grant to help offset marketing costs to get people to come to your event- Here are the two biggest things to know:

  1.  Marketing (for the grant) must be outside a 30 mile radius of Hutchinson, MN.
  2. The Chamber/Tourism logo has to be included in the ad or marketing medium.

Through our tourism program, we work to attract more people to Hutchinson, MN. We have much to offer, and our businesses are here to serve those who visit. More people in Hutchinson generates more revenue for our businesses…. Which generates more tax revenue…. Which repairs our streets, keeps police officers in our neighborhoods, keeps our water clean… you get where I am going with that.

Several events have applied and received Tourism Marketing Grant money – Hutchinson Area Boat and RV Show, The Big Little Hunting & Fishing Expo, Minnesota Pottery Festival, Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival, RiverSong, McLeod County Fair and Minnesota Garlic Festival.

Event Marketing Tip: When you are setting up a marketing plan, be sure to diversify. Publications, radio, posters and social media are all important in today’s world. Be sure you are doing everything to set your event up for success. Focusing too heavily on only one of these options can drastically reduce your attendance.

We look forward to receiving your application and we’re happy to answer any questions you may have.

2021 Tourism Marketing Application (pdf). 
2021 Tourism Marketing Grant Criteria & Deadlines (pdf). 

What’s Happening- May 2020

Something from Mary!

Hutchinson Residents are Needed More Than Ever to #thinkLOCAL
As we prepared for Main Street 2020 for two and a half years, we never imagined a virus could spread across the world, threatening lives and bank accounts, and sending some of us home from work for weeks at a time.

We planned for each business and building owner to have information at their fingertips, considered carefully how to spend precious dollars on marketing and billboards, and how to keep businesses open during construction season. How could anyone prepare for the extension of lost business before the equipment began to move?

But here we are. Equipment has been rolled into position, roads closed, and Main Street is closed to through traffic. And COVID-19 is still here. Businesses need YOU. More specifically…your friends, neighbors and family members need YOU… to spend your dollars LOCALLY.
Local businesses are owned and operated by people YOU know and care about.

I am asking you to:

  • Spend your dollars locally with businesses who have adjusted their hours, services, and routine to manage both virus and construction
  •  Shop online at LOCAL stores and shops
  •  Spend your dollars locally, instead of driving out of town
  •  Support the businesses that donate to your child’s activities and events
  • Attend sales and downtown events this summer when it is safe
  •  When using large online sites-choose their donation options; they’ll donate to a local non-profit of your choice

I’d like you to consider:

  • That cute store downtown has an owner trying to raise their family here.
  •  The restaurant staff donate time and food to other organizations.
  •  Businesses in our community pay a significant portion of the taxes in our city and county. Taxes pay for law enforcement, roads/streets, and many other amenities we take for granted every day.
  •  The service business owner brought their family back to Hutchinson to be part of a true community.
  •  The place just around the corner; the owner moved from another community because they felt welcome here.
  •  That place down the street is run by someone who is managing cancer, and now Covid, and road construction.
  •  The salon owner is not going to sit down for weeks once social distancing is lifted. Be kind when you cannot get in right away. Oh, and don’t get your own bangs.
  • ·Put your dollars where your heart is. Hutchinson is an incredible community, which I and my family have lived for almost 19 years. We came because of a job. We stayed because of the #HutchinsonHeart. You know…. the community that steps up when there is a cancer fundraiser for a family battling disease and bills, and answers the call when a neighbor needs help. The community that griefs together when a child has died, or when people go missing. The city that populates hearts on windows, sidewalks, driveways and signs when a virus threatens. The community that has made thousands of sewn fabric masks to give to those on the front lines, and hands out food, while it snows, to people who line up for blocks. The community that creates a parade to celebrate someone during 100 years young.

This is Hutchinson.

Next year the road will be complete, we’ll be able to shake hands and hug. Let’s each do our part to make sure everyone is there with us when we come back together.

Put your money where your heart is.
spendLOCAL              shopLOCAL                 thinkLOCAL               loveLOCAL

 

www.ExploreHutchinson.com

This is where you can find updated information on:

  • If you have information that should be on these pages, PLEASE let us know and we will get it updated. Please share these resources with staff and friends!

Contact the chamber at 320-587-5252 or e-mail office@explorehutchinson.com

 


Main Street 2020

You may have noticed the  hustle and bustle downtown over the last few weeks. The Main Street 2020  project is in full swing! This is a great opportunity to get out, walk, get some fresh air and enjoy watching the progress! Please remember to follow all detours and view from a safe distance.

                       Find more about the plan, detours, parking, and construction
updated every Friday here.

 

Dairy Day- CANCELED

For the health and well being of our community, Dairy Day has been postponed until June 4, 2021.
The Agri- Business Committee works diligently to support the Agriculture Community. Although Dairy Day will not take place this year, the committee is working on additional support for our producers.
We encourage everyone to thank a farmer, be safe for farmers and give them room on the roads as they travel from field to field planting next year’s food for our tables.

If you know a farmer struggling with the overwhelming work, COVID crisis and the strains of current Ag. issues, please provide them with the support number for free and confidential counseling.
Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline is available 24/7
833-600-2670 FREE & CONFIDENTIAL

 


May Business of the Month

Oakdale Golf Club  is located southwest of Hutchinson on beautiful Lake Allie. Mike and Laura Knodel own the course and if there is one thing they would like you to know, it’s that everyone is welcome. This 18 hole course is open to the public and also features a driving range. Not a golfer? That’s okay. Enjoy a meal at Chip Shots Grill & Bar. Chip Shots Grill & Bar is open to the public.

55106 Co Rd 38, Buffalo Lake, MN 55314

320-587-0525

info@oakdalegolfclub.com

Take a drone tour of the course here

See the Chip Shots menu here

*Currently Chip Shots is doing take out on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5pm-7pm.

Learn more about Oakdale Golf Club and Chip Shots Grill & Bar here.


 

Upcoming Events:

 

Business Logo for the Chamber's Business Connection event
Canceled for May

 

Canceled for May

 

Events canceled for MayBusiness logo for PLUSE

 

 

Please check back for June’s 2020 Event updates. As we all know, the current situation is ever-changing. We will do our very best to communicate changes with you.

 


 

Hutchinson Take-Out & Delivery Options

SUBJECT TO CHANGE- please check back daily for updates. Last Updated 12.2.2020
Not all restaurants are included in our listings.
Chamber Members are highlighted.

Applebee’s

Carside To-Go  available 11am-9pm, subject to change
320-421-0400  ask about delivery availability
Limited menu www.applebees.com

Arby’s
Same hours, drive-thru only

Below Zero Frozen Yogurt

Closed for the Season.

Bobbing Bobber Brewery

Call for specific hours of Growler Sales and food truck schedule
(320) 455-4999 order online https://www.bobbingbobber.com/shop
www.bobbingbobber.com

Buffalo Wild Wings

Hours of Operation:  11am – 10pm
Takeout Orders via Carryout and Curbside
Phone in orders 320-234-9453
www.buffalowildwings.com (or Buffalo Wild Wings App)

Burger King
7am-10pm drive-thru only

Caribou/Einstein Bagels

Mon – Friday 5am – 8pm     Saturday & Sunday 6am – 7pm
Drive-Thru remains open and Curbside pick-up available
1100 MN 15
(320) 345-3339
ebcatering.com (use Caribou App for ordering ahead of the line)

Caribou Coffee in Cash Wise

Carry out & Curbside available
Monday – Sunday 6:00am – 8:00pm

Casey’s

Same Business as usual
320-234-9635
http://www.caseys.com

Cash Wise Deli

No catering, grill, hot case. Salad and meats prepackaged only.
320-587-7655
https://www.cashwise.com/

Chip Shots Grill & Bar (Oakdale Golf Club)

Take-out Friday evenings only 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Limited menu.
Please call ahead 320-587-0525

Country Kitchen

Take out only
countrykitchenrestaurants.com

Crow River Golf Club

TBD
Menu- Scroll down a bit

Crow River Nutrition

Curbside / door-side pickup
Call (320)587-4616 to place an order
Check out social media for shake/tea menu
Prefer card payment or exact change

Crow River Winery

Take out and curbside pickup orders of wine, cider, and our Bistro menu
Sunday – Thursday 11am – 6pm
Friday – Saturday  11am-8pm
Call 320-587-2922 to order
CrowRiverWinery.com to see the menu

Culver’s

Drive-thru open daily, 10am to 10pm.
Dual drive through lanes
320-234-8333
www.culvers.com

Dairy Queen

Closed

Domino’s
Business as usual

Dunn Bros
Drive-Thru open 5:30am, nightly hours may vary

Elks

TBD
www.hutchelks.org

El Loro
Carry out
320-587-0911

Greener Pastures Co-Op
Carry-out only. Closed on Thursdays.
Grocery options available
320-434-1118

Happy Panda
Same hours, carry out only

Hardee’s
Drive-Thru Only

Hutch Cafe

Closed
320-587-2438

Jimmy John’s
Drive-Thru, Delivery & Take-out
Expanded delivery area
10:30am – 8pm
320-234-2222   www.jimmyjohns.com

Jimmy’s Pizza

Take out or Delivery
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-1:30pm
Dinner: Mon-Thurs 4-9, Fri-Sat 4-10, closed Sunday
Phone orders: 320-587-7633
Online orders:  www.jimmyspizzahutch.com (option for contact-free delivery!)

Kings Wok
Carry Out Only, 11am-8:30pm

Main Street Sports Bar

11am-8pm Carry Out and delivery available
Order via phone 320-587-2760
Order Online www.mssbpizza.com

McCormicks Family Restaurant

TBD
320-587-4417
mccormicksfamilyrestaurant.com

McDonald’s

Same Hours, Drive-Thru available
Use mobile app for curbside
www.mcdonalds.com

Muddy Cow

Closed.
muddycowbar.com/hutchinson

North Star BBQ
Bundles available, contact via Facebook or (612)720-5390
facebook.com/North-Star-BBQ

Papa Murphy’s Pizza

Pick Up window with limited lobby area.. Customers are encouraged to order online or call ahead
Sunday – Thursday 10am – 9pm     Friday & Saturday 10am – 10pm
Order 320-234-9696 and www.PapaMurphys.com

Pizza Hut
Business as usual

Pizza Ranch

11am-8pm Delivery, Curbside & Pick Up available
*Daily specials available
320-587-0123
pizzaranch.com

Qdoba

Online, App or call in for curbside pick up
320-587-8279
www.qdoba.com

Sonora’s

Lunch 1:30 – 2 Dinner open at  4:30

Squeaky’s Bar and Grill

Closed
squeakysgrillandbar.com

Starbucks- Target Location
Monday – Saturday 7am – 9pm
Sunday 7am – 8pm

Subway – Highway 7 West

Drive-Thru only
Order onsite or in advance:
By calling 320-587-3074
Place order online at order.subway.com  or download the Subway App for your phone

Subway – Highway 15 South
Order on the Subway App, carry out only

Taco Bell
7am-12am, Drive-Thru Open

Taco Johns
Drive-Thu Open

Tokyo Grill
Take-out
Hours: 11-3 & 430-830 CLOSED TUESDAYS
Call 410-972-7586 to place orders

VFW
TBD
Location Info

 

Tourism Marketing Grant Available!

Every event watches the bottom line to make the most out of every dollar and every event has the same need –  people!

Have no Fear – Help is Here…. The Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism has a grant to help offset marketing costs to get people to come to your event- Here are the two biggest things to know:

  1.  Marketing (for the grant) must be outside a 30 mile radius of Hutchinson, MN.
  2. The Chamber/Tourism logo has to be included in the ad or marketing medium.

Through our tourism program, we work to attract more people to Hutchinson, MN. We have much to offer, and our businesses are here to serve those who visit. More people in Hutchinson generates more revenue for our businesses…. Which generates more tax revenue…. Which repairs our streets, keeps police officers in our neighborhoods, keeps our water clean… you get where I am going with that.

Several events have applied and received Tourism Marketing Grant money – Hutchinson Area Boat and RV Show, The Big Little Hunting & Fishing Expo, Minnesota Pottery Festival, Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival, RiverSong, McLeod County Fair and Minnesota Garlic Festival.

Event Marketing Tip: When you are setting up a marketing plan, be sure to diversify. Publications, radio, posters and social media are all important in today’s world. Be sure you are doing everything to set your event up for success. Focusing too heavily on only one of these options can drastically reduce your attendance.

We look forward to receiving your application and we’re happy to answer any questions you may have.

2020 Tourism Marketing Grant Criteria, Deadlines and Grant Application (pdf).

“We love these!”

table tent for November 2013

“We love these!”  This is what we often hear when people refer to the Hutchinson Chamber Table Tents, you know those things on the tables at our area restaurants that lists what’s happening in Hutchinson.  Every few months someone stops in to ask about them, how they are made, what our process is, etc.  These people want to bring the information back to their town, so their community can do it too.  We know the people in Hutchinson are thankful for them.  When we are out delivering the tents we often get comments about how excited people are to see what will be happening in the next few months.

Table tents are printed quarterly for events held in Hutchinson. Any organization may submit an event for the quarterly table tents at a cost of $20.00 for Chamber members and $30.00 for non-members, per event.  Events may be submitted at any time for future events, but must be submitted no later than the following deadlines per quarter:

Table Tents Schedule:
1st Quarter (January, February, March) Deadline to submit events for these months is December 1st
2nd Quarter (April, May, June) Deadline to submit events for these months is March 1st
3rd Quarter (July, August, September) Deadline to submit events for these months is June 1st
4th Quarter (October, November, December) Deadline to submit events for these months is September 1st

A table tent listing consists of: the event name, event date, and event location.

We also ask the people who are submitting the event  to list their event on the online community calendar.  This is a great way to give more details about the event.  Submitting an event to the online community calendar is easy and FREE!

To submit an event online:
1. Go to www.explorehutchinson.com
2. Click “Community Calendar”
3. Click “Submit New Event” under where it says “View Full Calendar”
4. Enter event information & click submit for approval

Table tent events may be submitted via email to Gina, via phone at 320-234-0786, or in person at the Hutchinson Chamber & Tourism office.

This is a service that we truly enjoy being able to provide for our  community, and we are happy to hear that so many other people appreciate them!

Hutchinson Sculpture Stroll

The Hutchinson Sculpture Stroll brings art into the public sphere for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike.

Since 2013, the City of Hutchinson Public Arts Commission is credited with bringing the high-quality work of local and regional artists through downtown Hutchinson and along the Luce Line Trail.

The Sculpture Stroll is home to permanent sculptures and temporary sculptures.  The temporary sculptures are on loan from regional artists for one year. The permanent sculptures express important aspects of the Hutchinson story.

Map Of The 2018 Sculpture Stroll (pdf) 

Pieces are submitted to and chosen by the Hutchinson Public Arts Commission Board. To submit your own artwork, please read more on the Submit Art page.

For more information on the Sculpture Stroll visit their Facebook page or their website. Brochures of the Sculpture Stroll are available at the Hutchinson Chamber & Tourism office and the Hutchinson Center for the Arts.