2016 Membership Drive Under Way

logoThe Odessa Chamber of Commerce is seeking members for the 2016 membership year.

What a great time to be a chamber member! I cannot believe this year has flown by so fast. It has been an amazing year filled with wholesome information and good laughs. I truly have enjoyed working for such an amazing organization and am proud of the work and commitments that our members have shown to better our organization as a whole. We truly have been growing business and growing community.

Our meetings have been filled with good information that any business owner can bring back and apply quickly. We are working hard to find some guest speakers that fit into the small business model for next year. Please check our website or add your email address for speaker information as it becomes available.

We have added SurveyMonkey! to our tools used to find out what type of information you would like to see come to the meetings. After every meeting, a link will be sent out that sends you to a quick 5-question survey. Your feedback about the guest speaker will help us judge how important the subject is and how beneficial it is to your business. We look forward to hearing from you!

You may notice that this letter is coming a bit earlier then in past years. Our hope is to have all members ready for action by January 1. This way, we will have a better chance to get everyone signed up for newsletters, advertising opportunities, Business of the Month participation, and meeting updates before you can miss a thing! We hope you take this opportunity and prepare your business for the New Year as well. Planning your marketing strategy now gives you more time to organize and prioritize your sales and events!

Last year, your officer team updated the mission statement and logo. We have felt the buzz and excited to continue into this next year. We hope you will join us as we have some more amazing projects and speakers planned for 2016.

Marcus Horak – President
Find the Membership Form here!


November Events


NovemberThe season of “Thanks” has arrived. We are all thankful for something; our family is at the top of that list. As we enter the Holiday Season, Odessa has many opportunities to spend with family, to offer thanks, and to have a great time. As we enter November, we want to highlight some activates that you shouldn’t miss!

Saturday the 21st marks the Lions Club’s annual Turkey Carnival. If you love bingo, don’t miss out! There are plenty of inkers to go around and the calling of bingo numbers will run into the night. Each bingo winner gets a turkey, or two…. Or three! There will be other games going on during this event, the kitchen will be offering hamburgers and pie, and a raffle will finish out the night. Come on down with the family and enjoy this wonderful atmosphere on a lazy Saturday afternoon!

The Odessa Masonic Lodge is offering a potluck dinner on Thanksgiving. This is an opportunity for fellowship with others around town who can’t get make it out of town.

The afternoon starts with a warm, homemade meal followed by board games well into the early evening. So find your favorite board game and come on down! Turkey provided by the Odessa Masonic Lodge. Check the Odessa Record for RSVP information.

We wish you a wonderful November and hope you have an opportunity to make one of these events. Stay warm while hanging Christmas lights and always remember the reason for the season.

The Odessa Chamber of Commerce

Photos curtesy of the Odessa Record


Odessa’s Newest Business


Odessa’s newest business has moved, or rather is still in the process of moving, into the formerly empty storefront on First Avenue that was once the Napa store and, before that, housed quite a few other local businesses. Jeff and Sharri Proulx are moving Etched Dreams from the high-rent district of Redmond to the much more reasonably priced, prime downtown spot it will occupy in Odessa. “The overhead in Redmond kills new business,” said Jeff.

Etched Dreams is actually an Internet-based business. Rather than a retail store, the Odessa location will be a workshop for completing the etching work and a small showroom and retail outlet facing the street, where samples of their work will be on display. Most of the etching they do is on glassware, and only good-quality glass is used. They can also use the etcher on other materials, such as wood, stone, ceramics, etc. They have been busy designing and completing beer mugs to be offered for sale at this year’s Deutschesfest.


Jeff and Sharri Proulx –Courtesy photo.

Their business is thriving. So what prompted the move to Odessa? They say that Odessa picked them. They found the people friendly and welcoming, and they found everything they needed to keep their business thriving. They also saw opportunities. Struck by the idea of losing young people to the big cities, they wanted to contribute something that would help stem that outward flow and create work right here in town.

The two have dreams of sharing their expertise with new entrepreneurs and creating startup businesses through partnerships. They want to take some of the guesswork out of starting up a new business by acting as teachers and mentors to those with the drive and ambition to want to be their own boss.

The first person to take advantage of their mentoring in what they hope will be a long line of entrepreneurs starting businesses in Odessa is Miranda Taylor. She plans to offer customized apparel and accessories. Starting out with quality clothing lines purchased in bulk, she will add logos, names, graphics and sayings to outerwear and to hats, purses and the like that she will sell online. Her customer base will be the entire world.

The design work will all be computerized, and Sharri Proulx will teach her the applications and the use of a hot press that seals the logo or graphics to the clothing. The approach is to have the entrepreneur start off debt-free. As the business grows, it can then afford to purchase its own equipment and hire others to help out through crunch times such as Christmas.

Taylor is a single mother raising a young daughter. She has lived in Odessa for only a couple of years but has thrown herself into community volunteerism. Last year, she was assistant Biergarten chairperson under DeJay Buck, and this year she has assumed the role of chairperson. She is currently employed by the Odessa School District as a paraprofessional/bus driver, but she has dreams of being her own boss.

Jeff and Sharri Proulx have been married for 11.5 years and have five grown children between them. In fact, Sharri was recently out of town for a few days, welcoming her 10th grandchild into the world.

Etched Dreams will fill an empty storefront and bring added revenue to the town. But the bigger picture is even more exciting and encouraging. The whole idea, says Jeff Proulx, is to bring new money into Odessa, not just recirculate what is already here.

From the Odessa Record, with permission- September 3, 2015 | Volume 115, Number 21


Halloween is upon us!


As Halloween approaches, The Odessa Chamber of Commerce hopes you have a safe and eventful night! Whether your out to trick-or-treat, headed to a haunted maze, or spending time with friends, we hope you enjoy the festivities. Safety should always be you’re #1 concern when the sun starts to set. Our friends at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention offer your these safety tips:

Halloween Health and Safety Tips

Fall celebrations like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.
Check out these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

Going trick-or-treating?
Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don’t run from house to house.
Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.
Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.External Web Site Icon
Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Expecting trick-or-treaters or party guests? Follow these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for everyone:
Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For guests, offer a variety of fruits and vegetables.
Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could cause someone to fall.
Keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.


Parade Season Starts at the Spokane Lilac Festival


Casey Schlomer has advanced to Queen for this years parade season. After many hours of volunteering, her, her family, and numerous volunteers have sent the float on to Spokane for the Spokane Lilac Festival’s Armed Forces Torchlight Parade. We couldn’t be more proud. This years float theme is, “Fun in the Sun”. If you cannot make it to Spokane, don’t worry. The float will be around for Odessa’s 45th annual Deutschesfest this September!

Queen Schlomer and family hope to make it to a couple of parades this year. If you count 20 parades as a couple! Some Saturdays are longer than others as the crew will try to hit multiple parades in one day! This Queen will have a busy summer ahead of her before starting her senior year this fall. We appreciate the time that Casey and her family will put in these next couple of months spreading Odessa’s good will around the area!



Christmas Has Arrived in Odessa!

Christmas is right around the corner and it looks like Odessa businesses are ready for it! We here at the Odessa Chamber of Commerce wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season!

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The Odessa Lions Club Holiday Board

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Crab Creek Coffee Hause is decked out for the holidays. Stop in and get some hot cocoa or a peppermint mocha!

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Experience Quilts looks like they are ready for Santa. Have you been naughty or nice??

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We may not have any snow on the ground yet, but Odessa Drug has a beautiful snow white display welcoming shoppers and passerby.

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Looks like Chief’s Bar and Grill is ready as well! Do you have a present under the tree? Stop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or drinks to find out!

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Ott Insurance has gone with the Santa theme as well. Now we have to be REALLY good if we want presents this year!

However you choose to celebrate the holidays, we hope you enjoy each and every minute!


The Fitness Place-Odessa’s Newest Business!


The Fitness Place, 24 Hour Gym, opened July 19th, 2014 at 209 S. alder Street. Owners Alberto and Lyndsay Reyes offer a variety of exercise equipment in a comfortable atmosphere where members and guests, ages 15 and up, can work out at their own pace to get fit and healthy.

Leg press, butterfly, military press and bench press machines, Tzones and elliptical bikes as well as Olympic weights, dumbells and kettlebells round out available exercise equipment. Direct TV is available for viewing while you work out. There is also a separate Video Aerobics room.
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week makes it possible to work a fitness program into any schedule. Call 982 0154 for information and membership registration.


New Business Opens on Main Street

Experience Quilts! has now opened in the space formerly occupied by The Quilt Crossing. Lise Ott and business partner JoEllen Wollman have been cleaning, rearranging, buying new stock and setting up ever since former owner Ardis Wraspir closed her doors in mid-December.

A grand opening is planned for March 1 and 2, and visitors will be treated to demonstrations, prizes and plenty of new stock to look at. As of this past Monday, however, quilters have already been able to have a look around or buy new fabric or notions or kits and books.

Ott, formerly a reporter, photographer and jack of all trades for The Odessa Record for about two years, has always been an avid quilter. Visitors to many Odessa events will have seen the accomplished artistry of her quilts on display, and a lucky few may have won one in a raffle at any number of fundraising events held in town throughout the year.

Wollman, too, has a long history of quilt-making for herself, her family and for fundraising events. Although she is currently employed by the Odessa School District, she will spend her free hours during the school year and her summers helping out at the quilt shop.

What’s new

The new shop will offer quilting services on the premises. Ott’s long-arm quilting machine occupies one whole corner area. Keeping up with new technology, Ott has ordered numerous gadgets that make the quilter’s life easier. A new type of ruler has also been acquired which will be demonstrated at this year’s Quilt ‘til You Wilt in March.

Proprietor Lise Ott has worked tirelessly to prepare for the grand opening of the shop, coming March 1 and 2. Her business partner JoEllen Wollman (not pictured) helps whenever her other job allows.

The “Book Nook” is another new feature of Experience Quilts! Two upholstered chairs on either side of an end table with a lamp provide a comfortable place to look through the many books and patterns carried by the shop. Many modern quilt patterns and books are also available, demonstrating the latest trend in quilting that focuses on a few pieces of color on a solid background. The selection of fabrics in the shop is intended to find appeal with most quilters. Everything from children’s flannels to sophisticated batiks will be offered.

Ott also plans to offer beginning classes in quilting, possibly during weekday evenings or on Saturdays. More advanced classes may be a possibility down the road.

The shop is receiving new merchandise every day, and Ott says she is in equal parts “excited, exhausted and terrified.” She is most excited, however, about the wonderful support of the local community. Since she put out the “open” sign on Monday, a steady stream of visitors has come through the doors. A couple of carloads of out-of-town quilters also saw the sign and came in to shop. It would appear that Odessa’s newest venture is off to a good start

-Story and picture courtesy of the Odessa Record


Work Continues on Kitchen Project

Phase 1 Complete! The first part of the kitchen remodel was completed on time and our favorite foods were ready in time for Deutschesfest. With Fest in our rear view mirrors, progress on the Kitchen Project is moving right along. Phase 2 to start soon. photo IMG_2080_zpse4d00266.jpg


89% of Odessa students are in school activities.

Over 89% of our Junior High School students participate in the extra-curricular program. The activities program at Odessa Middle and High School is designed to provide students with the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities year round. Through participation in sports, music groups, clubs, and other extra-curricular activities, they are helped to develop physically, socially, and emotionally in order to become better citizens in our society. The activities program is an integral part of the total school program. In addition to serving students, the activities program acts as a cohesive force, unifying the school and community. Students have been recognized for exemplary performance in athletics, music and academic competitions. As a member of the Bi-County Athletic League, we are proud of individual and team success as illustrated by past State Championships in Football, Tennis and Volleyball, and recent state trophies in Basketball and Volleyball. Please visit the schools website at www.odessa.wednet.edu