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Ceres chamber has new digs, new partners and wine

The new Ceres Chamber of Commerce office is at 2904 Fourth St.
The new Ceres Chamber of Commerce office is at 2904 Fourth St.

I have to admit, when I saw that the Ceres Chamber of Commerce was moving its office a few doors down, I thought it would make a good brief or short mention in a column. Then I read two words that almost always grab my attention: “wine bar.”

The chamber has occupied a 12-by-12-foot office on Fourth Street since moving in 2013 from space it rented from the Ceres Unified School District on Lawrence Avenue. While the downtown location is great, the office is small and lacks amenities, chamber President Renee Ledbetter said while showing me around the new spot. Those features include a break room, conference room and bathrooms – pretty important stuff.

The new space, at 2904 Fourth St., has another important amenity: roommates. Ledbetter said it’s the city’s first co-op building downtown; the chamber is subleasing office space to other businesses. One of them is Meyer CPR & First Aid, which moved in from a spot on Mitchell Road.

Brandy Meyer said she had just moved in but is pleased so far with the space and its proximity both to downtown and to Highway 99.

“Here I have a separate classroom and office,” Meyer said. “The old office was one unit.”

To decorate the front reception area, the chamber worked with Shella Joiner, who owns the recently opened Addy’s Boutique. She designed a wooden Betsy Ross flag that greets visitors when they walk in, and brought in some refinished pieces to offer seating.

Now, back to that wine bar.

Ledbetter said the chamber hopes to bring in area vintners – including Ceres-based Bronco Wine Co. – to operate a wine bar. This would be an occasional thing.

The idea came from about 45 miles to the north. The Ceres chamber board of directors visited the Lodi Visitors Bureau during a retreat last fall.

“We thought it would be really cool to bring something like that to Ceres,” Ledbetter said.

For more information about the chamber, call 209-537-2601.

Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

Servpro has expanded to Turlock.

Harinder Toor has opened a local franchise of the cleanup and restoration company, according to a news release.

“Fire or water damage to your home or business can be such a traumatic event,” Toor said in the release. “Servpro of Turlock will come in to clean up and restore property damage situations. Our goal is to put the property owner back in control as quickly as possible.”

Services include cleaning and restoring buildings after a fire, repairing mold- or water-damaged buildings and contents.

For more information, call Toor at 209-652-5633.