MAY.20.2014: The Chamber is planning an open house kickoff event for sometime this summer. The East Hyde Park neighborhood was developed and first built out in 1915. On the eve of our 100th anniversary, this summer kickoff event will be a celebration of the past, a party in the present, and a source of energy for the future. More details to come! Until then, enjoy this 1915 view of the open countryside that became Hyde Park East:
FEB.6.2014: Among limited active participants, the Chamber’s interim executive committee was voted in as an initial board with only slight changes to the leadership roster. Jay Ashmore (Dutch’s) will take over as President, with Danny Thomas (Hap’s Pub), emeritus, serving as Vice President. Dave Turner (Turner Barber) will remain treasurer. Tim Schirmang (Berre Schirmang Schmid) will serve as secretary.
The leadership team is currently focused on scheduling a neighborhood open house event where businesses and residents can meet one another, learn about the Chamber, and bring onboard those who wish to actively help with the Chamber’s projects and goals.
OCT.1.2013: The East Hyde Park Chamber is a reorganization of the East Hyde Park Business Association. The latter group successfully represented the local businesses in the 1980′s, 90′s and into the past decade. Recognizing their efforts and achievements, a younger generation of business owners connected with the past leadership of the EHPBA to carry on their legacy.
Over the past 18 months, an interim committee consisting of ‘new and old blood’ has worked to reestablish the legal foundation for the group, update the look and feel of the organization, and develop relationships with local government leaders. Special thanks is due to Danny Thomas of Haps, Dave Turner of Turner Barbershop, and Alesia Buttrey of Heavenly Bodies & Spa for keeping the torch lit and welcoming new energy into the group. The Chamber has also benefitted greatly from the contributions of Jay Ashmore of Dutch’s, Annie McManis of Copperfox, and Mary Donoghue of Hyde Park Pizzeria. Hyde Park Neighborhood Council members Rob Pacquinucci and John Jarczyk have recently injected substantial energy and support as well.
The reorganization process is on schedule to be completed at this December’s meeting, when elections for board positions will take place.