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The Holiday Season in Downtown West Chester

Downtown is decked out with Christmas garland and a fabulous Christmas Tree, thanks to the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce and their volunteers, all adding to the joy of the season. Enjoy shopping at downtown boutiques, dining at award winning restaurants, while strolling carolers entertain on weekends. Also, make sure to see Santa’s schedule around the West Chester area and don’t miss all the continued Old-Fashioned Christmas events and performances! For more information on all the holiday events visit http://www.downtownwestchester.com.



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Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade Tonight!

The annual Old-Fashioned Christmas parade will be taking place tonight at 7:15pm (rain or shine). More than 30,000 spectators come out to enjoy it and the entire parade route is free and open to the public. Due to its popularity, the downtown will be crowded. It is advisable to come into town early (the streets begin to close in the late afternoon), find parking, and enjoy dining and shopping before the event. Old-Fashioned Christmas is presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. For more information on the event visit www.downtownwestchester.com.


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Don’t Miss The Gallery Walk Tonight!

Don’t miss The Gallery Walk happening tonight in Downtown West Chester! Visit the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce website for more information, www.greaterwestchester.com.

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The Annual Iron Hill Twilight Race Series

On Saturday June 6, 2013 the The Annual Iron Hill Twilight Race Series will be taking place in Downtown West Chester. West Chester transforms into a colorful street festival full of fun with lots of free activities for the entire family. The high point will be the professional bicycle race along with block parties, foot races, and kids games. See the complete list of activities. The event is presented by the Greater Chamber of Commerce of West Chester. Check out the video from last years event below!


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ThinkShopBuy…LOCAL encourages the Greater West Chester community to purchase goods and services from the businesses of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce.

The three P’s of ThinkShopBuy…LOCAL 

  • As a consumer you can Participate in this program by printing the coupons and shopping and buying from our Chamber members. As a business you can reach out to the Chamber and create an offering so your business can be part of the movement.
  • We hope that you will Patronize the Chamber member businesses by thinking LOCAL before they buy elsewhere. $0.68 of every dollar is reinvested when you shop locally. Compared that to $0.45 of regional purchases and nothing when purchased over the internet.
  • We ask that you help us Promote this program to your employees, within your business relationships, to your friends, your family…we are the Greater West Chester Community and we need to support each other. Local businesses are the backbone of our community and weALL need to ThinkShopBuy…LOCAL!

If you are a resident of West Chester or someone who visits, download this free app by visiting The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce’s website and use your mobile device to scan the QR code or download the app in the iTunes store.


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Old-Fashioned Christmas Weekend!

This weekend, November 29th through December 2nd, Downtown West Chester will be filled with holiday charm!  Old-Fashioned Christmas weekend consists of stores and restaurants decorated for the season and The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce presents the Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade, sponsored by Mars Drinks, on Friday November 30 at 7:15pm. The Lincoln Building, 28 West Market Street, will be open for free tours on Friday, November 30, 5:00pm to 7:15pm. Other activities include the Gettysburg Address competition featuring students reciting Lincoln’s famous speech from the balcony and a book signing with authors Bruce Mowday and Lisa Loeb. Don’t miss out on all the fun happening this weekend in downtown West Chester, for a list of more events happening this December click here.



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Events Coming Up in October

Below are a couple events coming up in the next week or two, Don’t miss out on all the fun happening in West Chester!

GALLERY WALK | October 5
See great art while enjoying a beautiful evening in downtown at the semi-annualGallery Walk starting at 5pm. Presented by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater West Chester and sponsored by The Hotel Warner and Otto’s BMW. See the map of gallery openings and special shows.

WCU Live!
 presents the United States Air Force Heritage Brass. Their commitment to musical excellence has earned them worldwide acclaim as they perform music from Bach to Beatles to patriotic favorites. Performance begins at 7:30pm at Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall at West Chester University. Concert is FREE and open to the public, but tickets are required. Details at WCU Department of Cultural & Community Affairs.

CHILI COOKOFF | October 14
Find out who makes the best darn chili at the Annual West Chester Chili Cookoff from noon to 3pm. The streets of Downtown West Chester fill with the wonderful aroma of chili cooking and you can taste all the chili you want from dozens of chili chefs and then vote for your favorite.  See more event information at WestChesterChiliCookoff.com.


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West Chester Chamber Hires New Director of Membership

The article below was originally posted by WestChesterPatch.com, You can check out the full article by clicking here.

Dave Fairman ran Fairman’s Skate shop in downtown West Chester for 24 years, but now he has a new gig as the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce Director of Membership. “I’ve experienced how the chamber can help as a business owner,” Fairman said.  “The connections I built helped move my business forward.  As the director of membership I will be primarily charged with engaging current members and using the benefits of the chamber to attract new members.”

Fairman also said that he’ll wear a lot of hats at this job, but his primary focus will be on building relationships in the community. “It’s called the ‘Greater West Chester Chamber,’” Fairman said.  “We want to make sure we help people that don’t just live in the borough.  We need to find out from all our members what their expectations are.” Fairman added, “My strongest attributes are my abilities to connect and relate to business owners.  I understand their needs because I’ve been there myself.”

According to Fairman, he had been looking for an opportunity to take a step back from the skate shop when the position opened up at the chamber. “It really came together organically,” Fairman said.  “It was a great opportunity, and it came around at a good time when I was considering moving on.” For now though Fairman is happy and proud to be working for the chamber. “I knew what I was getting myself into when I signed up for the job, and I am ready for it,” Fairman said.  “I couldn’t be happier.”

Fairman added, “I’ve been involved with chamber for about three decades now.  It’s a terrific organization, and I am proud to be a part of it.” “I just hope to make a positive impact,” Fairman said.

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West Chester celebrates Old-Fashioned Christmas with a four-day event! On the evening of December 2, the Tree Lighting occurs at 6:15pm with the Jingle Elf Run at 6:30pm. Christmas Parade begins at 7:15pm. The entire celebration features more than forty activities including guided walking tours of the historic downtown area and performances by a wide variety of musicians from gospel choirs to quartets. See details at the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce.

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