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Hayden Chamber program promotes shopping locally

Sat., Feb. 21, 2009

‘Go Green – Shop Hayden’ urges residents to buy, spend in their hometown

Prompted by the economic downturn, The Hayden Chamber of Commerce has planned a robust calendar of events to showcase local businesses: “Go Green – Shop Hayden,” which will provide the community with fun, safe events.

The chamber does not take money for planning these events, but generously spends its time promoting local business to create a healthy community for all.

Nancy Lowery, president of the Hayden Chamber of Commerce, wears two hats; chamber president and Hayden City Council president. “Our goal, (and really it’s the same for both organization),” she said, “is to create a solid community by having a solid business base.”

“Go Green” she encourages residents, “by shopping locally and not spending fuel shopping in other local cities, such as Coeur d’ Alene, but thinking, ‘Where can I buy what I need in Hayden.’ ”

Shop Hayden advocates say 40 percent of every dollar spent at a locally owned and operated business goes back into the community as compared to 18 percent of each dollar spent at a franchised business. Since franchises also can be owned locally, the encouragement is not to avoid going to a McDonalds or Taco Bell, but do think about and support the many locally owned businesses.

Hayden Chamber of Commerce has a Web site: titled “The Gateway to Recreation.” It lists many of the local businesses in Hayden. It will help residents “Go Green – Shop Hayden” by assisting you in finding information about the city, its past, and present, as well as providing you with a calendar of upcoming events.

Upcoming Chamber events

•March 21: Hayden Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet. A semiformal event hosted at the Hayden Lake County Club begins at 5 p.m. The theme is “The Wearing of the Green.”

The Chamber will present the 2009 Hayden Awards along with recognition of Hayden’s Distinguished Veteran Teachers of the Year, Firefighters of the Year and the new Hayden Boy Scout Troop 911.

There will be a silent auction and raffle. Music led by Barry Atkins is by “NorthPoint.” Tickets are $50 per person. Contact the Chamber of Commerce, 762-1835 or

•April 11: Hayden Little League opening day. Meet at Croffoot Park off Lancaster Road at 9 a.m.

The opening-day festivities will begin with a parade. For more information, contact Mike Thompson, president of the Little League organization 818-7114 or

•April 18: Third annual Hayden Kite Festival. Meet at Atlas Elementary School. Admission is free. Start time is 8 a.m.

There will be a kite-building workshop from 8 to 11:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Kites will be flown from noon to 3:30 p.m.

This event is sponsored by both STCU and the Hayden Chamber of Commerce. For information, contact chairperson Bjarne Larsen at or go to

•April 18: Greater Hayden’s Desperate Housewives. This is a ladies day of select shopping starting at 9 a.m. and going until 6 p.m.

Seven area businesses – Picket Fence, The Gourmet Way, Home Made in Idaho Country Gift Store, Creative Touch Floral, Unique Motif, A Touch of Romance and Just Because – have banded together to provide a luxurious day of shopping.

Special luncheon and foods, and beverage tasting are being offered by Ciao Mamba and Daanen’s Delicatessen, There will be complimentary gifts. Shoppers who visit all stores will be eligible for a $300 grand prize. For more information, contact participating stores or the Hayden Chamber of Commerce at 819-1835 or

Contact correspondent Gloria Warnick by e-mail at

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