“There’s always been that tug-of-war of where in the county to be,” Gray said.
The Chamber sought an agreement in November to share office space with the Calaveras County Fairgrounds, but the fair board decided against that arrangement. Last month, Ken Foley, owner of the Black Bart Professional Building in downtown San Andreas, offered the Chamber three years rent-free and it accepted.
“The price was right,” Gray said. “The street is charming. It’s the county seat. It seems appropriate to be here. We’re going to try to bring business back into San Andreas.”
The Chamber hosted a grand opening mixer Dec. 15, she said, in which most of its Main Street neighbors stayed open late including the Calaveras Arts Council, county museum and the Black Bart Inn.
The Chamber hopes to act as an ombudsman to those hoping to open a new business and walk them through the process at the nearby Government Center.
Gray said the Chamber is continuing work to assemble its “virtual
Chamber” program, with an expanded Web presence and kiosks in a bank
lobby in each Calaveras County town. That is expected to launch later
this year. Gray said the Chamber is also at work preparing for its
annual Bridal Faire in March, Home and Garden show in April and an
inaugural Olive Festival in late summer.