Rhododendron Festival Window Display Contest

Our beautiful city will continue to host thousands of guests for the 109th Rhododendron Festival. Every business in town has the opportunity to greet the visitors with fabulous first impression window displays at their location and enter our contest for the best display. With 108 previous Festivals, you have some great history to draw upon or be truly innovative and create your own unique theme for Catch the Wave! Entice customers into your store while we celebrate with your best window display. Need some tips, take a look here. Download the form below for all of the details. Window Display Contest Form Master  

Florence Voted Best Oregon Coast Getaway in Oregonlive.com Poll

Pose the survey question: What is the best Oregon Coast getaway and folks will respond with great enthusiasm…Florence. We know this because oregonlive.com asked that exact question and we rose to the top exceptionally fast. All of the other cities were actually entered in the survey 48 hours before Florence was, so we really needed to hustle to encourage people to let the world know how much they love Florence as a getaway. Thanks to Scott Steward of Creative Wave Marketing, a Chamber Member, the survey was brought to the attention of the Chamber’s marketing partner, Celeste/Daniels Advertising and Design. They teamed to promote the survey through social media and even with a few emails and texts to folks they knew loved to getaway in Florence. It is really fabulous to read over 115 positive remarks about how much people relish visiting Florence and how proud they are to vote […]

Away for a Day: Sand Dunes, Sea Lions and Serenity

Portland Family Magazine author Candice Tutterrow just published a great article telling the enjoyable story of her family’s recent trip to Florence, which she calls one of the “best places” anyone can visit on the Oregon Coast. In the article, Tutterrow describes the scenic drive south down Highway 101, with a stop at Sea Lion Caves and a visit to Heceta Head Lighthouse and State Park. After arriving for their overnight lodging at Driftwood Shores where she enjoyed the indoor water feature, her family set out the next day to explore the city and surrounding area. She writes: “The town of Florence is a balanced mix of modern and classic. With a population of about 9,000, Florence is big enough to have convenient stores like Fred Meyer, but still retains its small-town feel. What a surprise it was to find a vintage A & W operating with car hops and […]

2015 Siuslaw Award Winners Announced at Annual Chamber Banquet

Each year, Florence Area Chamber of Commerce members meet to celebrate the most notable and influential business leaders and volunteers in the Florence, Oregon community at the Siuslaw Business Awards banquet. The 2015 awards – presented at the Florence Events Center on Wednesday, January 20th – again filled the room with a capacity crowd as the year’s winners were announced. After a dinner catered by Homegrown Public House, Chamber President Jenna Bartlett began the night’s program by presenting Key 2015 Chamber moments. During her presentation, which described the Chamber’s positive momentum in several areas, Jenna surprised Cal Applebee, the Chamber’s Executive Director, with the year’s Distinguished Service Award as recognition for his five years of service to the Chamber. Cal is retiring from the position February 26th, 2016, and following presentations by Jenna, Mike Rose, Cindy Wobbe, and Lisa Walter-Sedlecek, Cal was given a warm standing ovation for a job […]

Winner of Rhody Days Logo Contest Announced

RHODY FESTIVAL LOGO CONTEST WINNER The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce selected a design submitted by Susan Johnson of Florence as its official logo for the 110th Rhododendron Festival. Johnson, who has submitted winning designs in previous years, will receive a cash award of $250 and a choice of 2017 Rhododendron Festival memorabilia featuring the logo. The design incorporates elements of Florence’s Historic Old Town skyline, rhododendrons, nautical images, and includes the words “Always Ready to Rhody.” The theme integrates the US Coast Guard’s motto Semper Paratus (Always Ready). The Chamber named US Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River in Florence as Grand Marshal for the 110th Rhododendron Festival Parade on May 21, 2017. “We are delighted with the design for its vibrancy, local icons, Coast Guard elements, and its ability to transcend all media,” says Bettina Hannigan, the Chamber’s executive director. “Susan captured what we were looking for to help […]

Holiday Light Display Contest Winners Announced

The winners of the Commercial and Residential LED Holiday Light Display Contest have been announced. Here are the winners for both contests, along with the street addresses of all contestants so you can enjoy the displays during the Holiday season: Commercial Category: 1st Place – Premier Landscaping, 812 Quince Street 2nd Place – Edwin K Bed & Breakfast, 1155 Bay Street 3rd Place – TR Hunter Real Estate, 1749 Hwy 101 Additional commercial contestants: Old Town T Shirt Co. – 1341 Bay Street Backstreet Gallery – 1421 Bay Street Hair Works Co. – 519 Hwy 101 Residential Category: 1st Place – Terry Anderson – 04742 Sea Breeze Lane 2nd Place – J.R. Gray – 1072 8th Street  3rd Place – Simon Moore – 84367 Clear Lake Rd. Additional residential contestants: 1691 2nd St. Space 18 1710 Pine Court 3478 No. Rhododendron 638 Siano Lp 1750 16th Street 1569 Maple Street […]

New Chamber Website Featured in Siuslaw News Business Beat

The December 2nd issue of the Siuslaw News’ Business Beat section featured news about the launching of the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce’s new website at florencechamber.com, along with a full page of coverage of Chamber news and happenings. In their “New Chamber Website Debuts!” article was information for members to attend a second Tutorial training session on December 10th at the next Noon Forum, held at Best Western starting at 11:45 a.m. Click here to read this issue of Business Beat as PDF.