Honeybun, Donuts & Kolaches Opens in Spanish Fort

Honeybun, Donuts & Kolaches is now open in Spanish Fort at 6729 Spanish Fort Boulevard, next to Rouse’s. The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce helped celebrate the grand opening with a ribbon cutting October 3.

Honeybun Donuts & Kolaches is a small family-owned business serving up fresh donuts and kolaches each morning. You’ll find apple fritters, Conecuh kolaches, and your favorite donut flavors on the menu. They also serve bubble tea, a cold, frothy drink made of iced tea, sweetened milk and many different fruity flavors.

Owner, Bun Khiev says they are proud to make Spanish Fort their home. They’re reaching out to the local schools to find new ways they can help support the community.

To learn more about Honeybun Donuts & Kolaches, click here to visit them on facebook. 

Jubilee Festival of Arts Recognizes High School Art Exhibit Winners

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize the winners of their inaugural Jubilee Festival of Arts High School Art Competition.
1st Place - Hannah Wieland, Bayside Academy
2nd Place - Olivia Rainer, Bayshore Christian School
3rd Place - Leif Purdy, Fairhope High School

Winners took home a ribbon and a cash prize for their school's art department. Submissions were judged by the same judges who judged the professional artists participating in the Jubilee Festival of Arts.  

The High School Art Competition was added to the 30th Annual Jubilee Festival of Arts  to give local high school students an opportunity to compete, exhibit their work and earn prizes for their efforts. It's also a great way to showcase the wonderful artistic talent found in the high schools located on the Eastern Shore.

YOUTH LEADERSHIP BLOG: History & Geography Day

September 18, 2018

Today, was our first "official” ESYL program day! For the month of September, the theme was "history and geography”. I felt that this was an amazing way to start off our year with the program. What better way to increase our leadership abilities within the community by learning the history of it, becoming enriched with its culture, and knowing who and what is in our community.

Our day started off with a bus ride over to downtown Fairhope to do an on-foot scavenger hunt. Our boundary line was from Coastal Alabama Community College all the way to the Fairhope Pier. It may not sound like a lot to walk, but once we started we were already sweating. With our numbers being so big, we were divided up into smaller groups to make it a competition, and to also know each other better. The group I was placed in couldn’t have been any better.  We all worked cooperatively together, around Fairhope, to solve our "riddles” and try to finish first. My group walked over 3 miles! When I tell you we were drenching in sweat, I mean it looked like we had jumped in a pool (which one of my team members, Wyatt, technically did when he ran through the splash pad). Sadly, we weren’t the first group to finish, but I did learn so much about the history of Fairhope!

After concluding our morning in Fairhope, we ate sandwiches from the Honeybaked Ham, hopped on the bus, and went to Blakeley State Park. In my U.S. history class, we had read about Blakeley State Park and its significance in the civil war. I had never been there before, so I was really excited to go. When we arrived, a tour guide hopped on our bus and we toured around the park. It was so beautiful and hearing the history behind it made it seem even more amazing.

At the beginning of the day, I was a bit apprehensive about how it was going to go. I had only met the other members one time before, and I really hadn’t made any strong friendships yet. Throughout my time spent with the others, we all bonded and laughed about the most random things that you would have thought we had known each other for years. It was a great way to start off our series of "seminar days” and it makes me excited for the next one!

Lillie Yazdi, Daphne High School, 11th Grade

Eastern Shore Chamber Unveils the Featured Artwork for the 30th Annual Jubilee Festival of Arts

DAPHNE, Ala. - The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce and Jubilee Festival of Arts Committee are proud to recognize Helen Doyle as the featured poster artist for the 30th Anniversary.

This year’s artwork uses bright colors and bold strokes to depict a jubilee, the natural phenomenon in Mobile Bay where fish swarm to the shallow shorelines. For Doyle, it brings back memories of her childhood. "It’s the thing I grew up with; a plastic laundry basket picking up crabs, picking up flounder, and this is what I saw every time I saw a jubilee. This is Daphne,” said Doyle.

Helen Doyle was born and raised on the Eastern Shore. She developed a passion for art early in life, sparked by her grandparents. "We’re a family of artists. Art was always something very important,” said Doyle.

Most of her work is inspired by the place she calls home. You’ll find sunsets, seafood and the shore. Her favorite canvas is glass, using old windows and ornaments to showcase her paintings. In doing so, she’s developed a unique talent of painting her scenes backward.

She’s extremely excited to represent this year’s Jubilee Festival of Arts. "To be able to represent the Eastern Shore, to be able to paint something that represents the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay is an absolute honor,” said Doyle.

You can find Doyle’s artwork at coastal art shows, Christmas ‘Round the Corner in Fairhope and online at https://www.etsy.com/shop/HelenDoyleDesigns.

About the Jubilee Festival of Arts:

The Jubilee Festival of Art will be held September 29 & 30, 2018 along Main Street in Olde Towne Daphne. The Festival includes more than 100 artist booths selling their best in handmade artwork. There will be a Kids Art Park where children can take advantage of six free hands-on activities. The Jubilee Festival’s two World Food Championship qualifiers will be back Saturday & Sunday afternoons. Patrons will also be treated to Southern Maker Demonstrations, local entertainment & the food court filled with festival favorites. As always, the Jubilee Festival of Art is free to attend.

Don't Take a Vacation From Making Your Voice Heard

"Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
It’s Summertime and during the summer months, we tend to take a break from our fast-paced lives to enjoy the things we love most about living in Baldwin County. However, there is one thing that we cannot take a vacation from and that is voting in our upcoming runoff election.

With the primary election behind us and the runoff elections upon us, it’s a great time to take a moment and reflect about the importance of civic engagement.  As President Abraham said, "Governing starts on the ground with its engaged citizenry leading the way”.

As the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, our mission is to make the Eastern Shore the best place to live, work and cultivate business and we can’t do that without you taking the first step: Letting your voice be heard by exercising your right to VOTE!

By voting in the upcoming runoff election, July 17 and then again in the General Election, November 6 we have the opportunity to select leaders who understand the issues facing Baldwin County and our great State of Alabama.

The Eastern Shore Chamber and its Governmental Affairs Committee, want to see voters take to the polls July 17 and then again on November 6.                                       
Don’t take a vacation from making your voice heard!
To read more about the candidates on the Primary Runoff Ballot, read our updated Election Guides.
The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce does not endorse any specific candidates but does strive to inform voters on where candidates stand on issues facing the local business community.

Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Wins Communications Excellence Award for Eastern Shore Elf Campaign

FAIRHOPE, Ala. - (June 28, 2018) — The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce has been named an "Award of Excellence” winner in the Communications Excellence awards program presented by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). ACCE, an Alexandria, Va.-based association, represents more than 8,000 chamber of commerce professionals, and 1,300 chambers of commerce, around the world.

ACCE’s annual Awards for Communications Excellence, sponsored by Golden Openings, Inc., is designed to showcase top communications and marketing work of chambers of commerce and similar organizations. Several thousand award entries have been submitted since the launch of the organization’s Awards for Communications Excellence, which is now in its thirty-fourth year.

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce received an Award of Excellence for its Eastern Shore Elf Social Media Campaign which highlighted local shops throughout the holiday shopping season.

"We had a lot of fun with this holiday season shop local initiative,” said Communications Director Denise Curtis. "We want to thank all the local store owners and staff who made this campaign such a success by offering special deals and sharing the Eastern Shore Elf’s playful antics.” The Eastern Shore Elf will be back to find more great present ideas in 2018.

A panel of communications and marketing professionals from five U.S.-based chambers of commerce evaluated entries, which were organized by category — based on the chamber’s annual budget — and entry type: advertising and marketing, campaigns, digital and publications. With more than 150 entries submitted in 2018, judges recognized 13 entries as Grand Award winners and 41 as Award of Excellence winners. Three Best in Show awards will be announced July 18 at the ACCE Annual Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.

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