Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce board member Earl Bell helps load a moving truck with office items as the organization emptied out of its leased building on River Street Jan. 30. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Chamber of Commerce moves down the street, new location for Valley visitor center being planned, new business to move into old bank building

A new chapter has started for the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce, which relocated last month from the historic brick building on River Street to a second-story office space, also in a historic building, at 8086 Railroad Ave SE.

Chamber Board President Carolyn Simpson was happy to report at the Jan. 25 Chamber luncheon, that the organization has partnered with Sigillo Cellars, in the old Mignone building, to use office space on the second story of the building, overlooking Railroad Avenue.

“When we heard the Chamber was looking for a small office location, we immediately thought of the second floor of our business, which was not being used,” said Mike Seal, one of Sigillo Cellars owners.

A smaller office fit the needs of the Chamber, because with this move, the organization will no longer operate the visitor information center for the city of Snoqualmie, Simpson noted.

The city has not made definite plans for a visitor information center, but Economic Development Director Mark Hofman said the city will have a plan in place for the high tourism season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Meanwhile, the former home of the Chamber of Commerce has been sold to Flying Pie Pizza in Issaquah, and will be subleased to a chef for catering work and to host cooking classes. Chef Kristen Schumacher (www.forkandrally.com) is slated to move into the building March 1.

Another change in the Chamber is the addition of Monica Lynne as the member services manager. Many residents may recognize Lynne from her work as a fitness and nutritional instructor. She replaces Susan Husa, who has decided to pursue other endeavors.

Simpson also noted that the Chamber of Commerce has scheduled an interesting series of speakers for its upcoming luncheons, including Stephanie Bowman from the Port of Seattle on Feb. 22, Jennifer McKeown of Mountains to Sound Greenway in March, and representatives of the Washington Round Table at a future date.

Learn more about the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce by visiting the website, www.snovalley.org, calling (425) 888-6362, or sending email to info@snovalley.org.

Carolyn Simpson, President of the Board of the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce, spoke about the exciting changes coming to the Chamber at the Jan. 25 luncheon. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

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