Eastern Shore Chamber Unveils the Featured Artwork for the 31st Annual Jubilee Festival of Arts


DAPHNE, Ala. - The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce and Jubilee Festival of Arts Committee are proud to recognize Rianna Turner as the featured poster artist for the 31st Annual Jubilee Festival of Arts.

This year’s artwork is a mixed media interpretation of a fly-fishing lure created mostly with a palette knife. This eye-catching piece blends warm neutrals and bright neon colors.

"I grew up on the Gulf Coast, so water and fishing are just part of life. A few years ago, I began to paint the whimsical colorful lures that I grew up seeing and then expanded into fly fishing lures, which aren't quite as common here,” said Turner. "No offense to local fishers, my husband is one, but style wise, bold vibrant feathery flies are kind of "one uppers"! They are art all on their own. I especially love the added interest that's created by making this fly uncharacteristically huge.”

The bright colors are what originally caught the festival chairman’s eye. "The way each inanimate fly or lure is drawn and then painted seems to come to life!” said Festival Chairman Meghan Battles.

Turner says she does tend to gravitate toward playful colors. "These color combinations tend to reflect the way I live and see life; light, bright, adventurous, optimistic and sometimes surprising,” said Turner.

Each year the Jubilee Festival of Arts featured artwork is used throughout the Gulf Coast to promote the festival including billboards, t-shirts, posters and banners. Turner says she was so excited to get the call that she’d been selected to create this year’s artwork. "I've been attending the Jubilee Festival for years and participated as a vendor for 2 of those. It's such a great show and is just very reflective of life here on the Gulf Coast. For those reasons and more, it's very much an honor!”

Rianna Turner is married to Steven Turner and they have three children; Ellyana, Luke and Landry. They live in Mobile, Alabama.

To find more of her artwork visit https://www.facebook.com/artbyrianna.

About the 31st Annual Jubilee Festival of Arts:

The Jubilee Festival of Art will be held September 28 & 29, 2019 along Main Street in Olde Towne Daphne. The Festival includes more than 100 artist booths selling their best in handmade artwork. In addition to the entertainment stage, there will be a Kids Art Park where children can take advantage of six free hands-on activities. New this year, the festival is adding the Jubilee Market featuring homemade goodies as well as Cooking Demonstrations by some of the Eastern Shore’s most celebrated chefs. The Jubilee Festival of Arts is presented by the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce

To learn more about the Jubilee Festival of Arts, visit www.thejubileefestival.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jubileefestivaldaphne/

Eastern Shore Chamber Now Offers Group Health Benefits Program

Dear Members,

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce our partnership with Iron ReHealth and the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama to offer a health, dental and vision benefit program exclusively for our members.

This program utilizes the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama network and helps members reduce health benefit costs by providing a unique, specialized program tailored to small and mid-sized businesses that emphasizes wellness, cost saving education, and concierge-level service.

To get a quote, click here, email info@ironrehealth.com or call (334) 245-1099.

Blues Angel Music Named Eastern Shore Chamber July Small Business of the Month

SPANISH FORT, Ala. - Blues Angel Music is making its mark on the Eastern Shore live music scene. The full-service music store opened its doors in Spanish Fort’s Eastern Shore Centre in November of 2018 and has not slowed down since.

In their most recent effort to bring entertainment opportunities to Spanish Fort, Blues Angel Music has partnered with the Eastern Shore Centre to offer the "Evenings at the Eastern Shore” concert series as part of their "Forth Fridays to Spanish Fort.”

They’re bringing in musical acts to play at the Pavilion while stores in the shopping center offer additional discounts for the monthly event.

Blues Angel Music is also sharing their love of music by offering free ukulele classes. These classes are consistently attracting a crowd.

Although Blues Angel Music is fairly new to the Eastern Shore Community, they’ve been active in Pensacola for 21 years where they have a long reputation for outstanding customer service. "We wanted to bring Blues Angel Music to Spanish Fort, but in a different way.” co-owner, Nan DeStafney said. "The new location is just over half the size of our Pensacola store, but we wanted to do all of the same things, so we went with a more modern, streamlined concept.”

Blues Angel Music is a full-line music store offering musical instruments and accessories, school band and orchestra instrument rental, audio and visual system sales and installation, PA rental, instrument repair, and will offer music lessons in 2019.

You can visit their showroom in the Eastern Shore Centre at 30500 State Highway 181, Suite 128. Find them online at http://bluesangelmusic.com/home-spanish-fort-music-store.


Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Sponsored Local High School Student to Participate in Economic and Community Development Program at Huntingdon College

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Wyatt Townsend of Fairhope was one of the 32 rising high school seniors who participated in the third annual Huntingdon College Economic and Community Development Scholars Program June 25-27. 

The program is planned in partnership with and sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, the Economic Development Association of Alabama, and the Alabama Department of Commerce, ECDS introduced young citizens who are poised to begin their professional journeys to the importance of economic and community development. 

The students met with professionals seasoned in the processes of economic and community development and participated in a two-day economic development simulation. Participants "graduated" from the program wearing hard hats for ground-breaking and ribbon-cutting simulations.  

Townsend was selected through the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership program where he became intrigued with his community and local government. "Participating in the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Program, I became more interested in government and then now with this opportunity I realized this is really the pathway I would like to take,” said Townsend. 

"It’s our goal to expose students like Wyatt Townsend to opportunities in our community to use their gifts and talents to lead our next generation,” said Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Workforce Director Christina Hellmich. "It excites me to see students who go through the Youth Leadership program graduate with a fire to serve the community in ways that hadn't previously considered.” 

"We had an incredibly impressive collection of high school students on our campus last week," said Huntingdon senior vice president Anthony Leigh, an architect of the program. "These students are difference makers in their schools and their communities. I am confident they have returned to their communities enlightened about what economic and community developers do, and we hope that knowledge has given them an appreciation for the work of growing and bettering their community and our state." 

Wyatt Townsend is a senior at Fairhope High School and plans to attend Huntingdon College after graduation. He would like to major in Political Science with a minor in Business.

About Youth Leadership:

The Youth Leadership Program is an intensive and elite, seven-month program designed to provide Eastern Shore high school students with the opportunity to gain a greater knowledge about their community, develop strong leadership skills and gain more self and social awareness. Participants engage in topic discussions including the history & geography of Baldwin County, law and government, business smarts, health and human services, and the environment. In addition to class sessions, students work in teams to develop small group projects that address and benefit a special community need. 

Leaders Council Spotlight: Duncan Gillis, BBB Industries

DAPHNE, Ala. - Duncan Gillis is the CEO of BBB Industries, an industry leader in remanufacturing of starters, alternators, brake calipers, power steering products and turbochargers for the North American vehicle aftermarket.

BBB Industries, is one of the Alabama Gulf Coast’s best-kept secrets. The Daphne-based company was founded in 1987 by a local father and his two sons. Today, it has grown to employ more than 10,500 people in North America and supplies almost 20 million parts annually, that fit more than 95% of the vehicles on the road today. Its products are stocked in more than 22,000 stores across North America. 

BBB is an automotive part remanufacturer. That means they restore parts to "good as new” condition. The company says remanufacturing is one of the world’s greenest and most sustainable industries because it operates on a circular economy; minimizing waste, reducing energy consumption, conserving landfill space and saving non-renewable raw materials. Remanufacturing also makes products more widely available at lower prices.

CEO Duncan Gillis took on leadership at BBB two years ago. In that time, the company has grown more than 50%, primarily through market share gains and bolt-on acquisitions. 

In August 2018, the company was sold to a consortium of company executives and San Francisco-based Genstar Capital, an investment firm focused on providing capital for fast-growing middle market companies.

Gillis has served on various for profit and not for profit boards over his career, with his most recent experience at the National Association of Manufacturers, one of the most important advocates for small, medium and large US manufacturing companies. 

Locally, he represents BBB on the Eastern Shore Chamber's Leaders Council.  The company is also involved with the Prodisee Pantry, Habitat for Humanity, and the LifeSouth Community Blood Center. They also assemble a team each year for the Fuse Project’s Dragon Boat Race.

"I have always believed that our family should contribute to the communities in which we live.  For instance, when our children were younger, we lived in a foreign country. I coached basketball, and my wife, Morgen, ran the sports program for the expatriate children.  Over the years, both, she and I served on Boards of local non-profit organizations,” said Gillis.

Gillis was born and raised on the South Shore of Massachusetts and holds a BS and MBA from Cornell University.  After graduating from college, Gillis was commissioned into the United States Army and served as a Light Infantry Officer (Ranger qualified) attaining the final rank of Captain.

An instrument-rated private pilot, he currently resides in Point Clear with his wife of 32 years, Morgen, and dog, Darby.  The Gillis’ have two sons. 

"We love the Eastern Shore and, after living around the country and the world for most of our married lives, we have decided to settle down here,” said Gillis. "The welcoming community, accessible outdoor activities, warm climate, abundant natural beauty, and the hospitality have hooked us!”

Eastern Shore Ace Hardware: June Small Business of the Month

Congratulations to Eastern Shore Ace Hardware on being named the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce June Small Business of the Month.

Eastern Shore Ace Hardware opened its doors in Spanish Fort in December of 2015, and owner Steve Ascik has made it his mission to live up to the slogan "The Helpful Place."
The friendly staff is always ready to offer assistance regarding home repair and improvements, screen repair, pool water testing, sharpening services, delivery and special orders for both homeowners and businesses.

Since opening their doors in December of 2015, Eastern Shore Ace Hardware is adding new services and products each month.
They are seeing major growth in the business-to-business category with property management and maintenance departments as well as independent businesses in the trades and service industries.  The convenience of their location, ability to deliver and willingness to stock customer-specific items have attracted the attention of managers and business owners wishing to save time and money.

This store is always willing to be an active community partner. So far in 2019, they've made donations to SFEEF, Rockwell Elementary, Spanish Fort Elementary, Spanish Fort High School, Habitat for Humanity, Baldwin Humane Society, Spanish Fort Public Library, Kiwanis Taste of the Town, Bayside Academy, St. Michaels, Delta Woods and Waters Expo, United Way of Baldwin County and Historic Blakeley State Park.

They also sponsor monthly Traeger/Big Green Egg grilling events at the store where they have hosted employees from the City of Spanish Fort, The Spanish Fort Police and Fire Departments, Spanish Fort Water System, and park employees from Meaher, Five Rivers, and Blakeley State Parks.

Owner Steve Ascik serves as a board member for the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce and is very involved in our Annual Jubilee Festival of Arts. He also serves the community through the Baldwin Business Council and Friends of the Spanish Fort Library.
To learn more about Eastern Shore Ace Hardware, visit them online at https://www.acehardware.com/store-details/16369 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EasternShoreAceHardware/.

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