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Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber moves into new office
SMOKEY POINT — As of Aug. 1, those looking to swing by the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce’s offices and Visitor Information Center will need to update their address books.
The Chamber received support from a host of community volunteers in moving their office supplies, equipment and furniture a few miles north and to the east of their old location on July 28, in time for them to reopen at 4126 172nd St. NE during the following week.
Chamber President Jesica Stickles explained that the Chamber offices will be open Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with one Chamber volunteer and two Visitor Information Center volunteers staffing the building. As to the reasons for the move she cited economic practicalities and greater opportunities for community partnerships.
“We’re paying about a quarter of what we were before for this place,” Stickles said. “Because it’s owned by the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, we’ll be strengthening that bond as well.”
The Chamber’s offices and Visitor Information Center are now located behind the Stillaguamish Dental Clinic and next to the Walmart on 172nd Street. In addition to its lower monthly lease rate than its previous location of five years, Stickles touted the new location as a more visible location for travelers through the area.
“This office remains a resource to point people toward services and professionals throughout the community,” Stickles said. “Our shelves of tourism pamphlets also provide information on attractions in Snohomish County and throughout Washington state.”
Stickles explained that the Chamber is working with Debbie Whitis, secretary of the Downtown Arlington Business Association, to nail down a date for the new location’s official grand opening. At the same time that the Chamber makes this transition, its members are also bidding farewell to Michael Prihoda, who’s resigned as the Chamber’s executive director.
“Michael will be missed,” Stickles said. “In the meantime, this leaves us with an opening for his position, so anyone who’s interested can apply at the Chamber’s website, at www.arlington-smokeypointchamber.com.”
Chamber members extended their thanks to the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians for working within their budget and timeframe, as well as to Arlington Fly-In volunteers for helping haul the Chamber’s possessions to their new location. J-Lee’s Floors donated the use of their truck for free.
Stickles expects the Chamber’s official grand opening could take place between mid- to late August, but noted that no date has been confirmed yet.