After a tour of the Paradise Theatre during the Business After Hours in September, the Paonia Chamber of Commerce explained what the future may hold for it and the theatre.
Alexis Halbert, chamber president, said that over the last year the chamber has supported local businesses in Paonia both downtown and elsewhere.
The chamber works to preserve and enhance the local culture. Recently, board directors took on business development. That was made possible by no longer putting on Cherry Days which was turned over to a citizens committee.
The chamber is an umbrella organization that tells something about the health of the town, Halbert explained.
The chamber has written letters of support for the library, the River Park development, the recreation district, the creative district and North Fork Heart and Soul.
The chamber of commerce is currently holding the lease on the Paradise Theatre until the end of the year. That was made possible by 10 individuals who contributed a total of $3,500 so the chamber would not incur a loss. With some revenue coming in, there is the possibility the chamber will be able to pay the theatre's lease beyond the end of the year. That is not, however, a final decision. The theatre is still for sale.
"There are many businesses that depend on the theatre for shows or fundraisers," Halbert said.
For the chamber to continue with its vital work, it needs its members to step up and shoulder more responsibility to help local businesses thrive.blog comments powered by Disqus