The Executive Director of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce recently touted the business growth in the city in the past few months, saying that its an exciting time to be in Commerce.
Paul Voss, the chamber’s director, informed the Commerce Journal in a sit down interview that there have been more than a half-dozen new members of the chamber in just the last month. These include new businesses such as Mane Nutrition, The Shop, JBA Financial and more. Voss says that downtown growth has been especially healthy.
“By my count we have about eight buildings downtown that are not spoken for yet,” Voss said. “It was just a few years ago when that number was about 30.”
Voss says that eateries in town are doing well, and changes are coming. Omega’s, a popular breakfast establishment, will be making a move downtown later this year, and new establishments such as QQ Wings, the Commerce Bistro and more have opened their doors.
Already-established businesses have seen increased success, with Hydro Aluminum opening a a 12,000 square-foot expansion in the last year, and Alliance Bank cutting the ribbon in April on a sizable remodel.
A welcome development in the last year was the announcement that the city’s beloved Children’s Museum would be getting a new home, something that had been in limbo for more than a year and a half. The museum is slated to occupy a building off of Highway 11 in the northeast end of Commerce.
Voss says the economy in Commerce is in “high gear” and it’s a promising time to live in the city.
“It’s encouraging to see the work we started years ago when I first took this position finally coming to fruition,” Voss said.
The recent Bois d’Arc Car Show was “the best we’ve ever had,” Voss said, and the upcoming Fourth of July celebration this Sunday is shaping up to be a fun event as well. The biggest chamber event of the year, the Bois d’Arc Bash, is well into the planning stages. Voss says that the musical acts are already lined up, with up-and-coming country and southern rock artist Chris Colston headlining during the bash’s final day.
In addition to all of this, Voss says the chamber is looking into hosting regular events downtown every month, with things such as musical guests and art showcases currently being discussed.
In all, Voss says that he is excited about the business growth in Commerce, and made sure to mention the impact of newly-hired Vice President for Economic Development at Texas A&M University-Commerce Cece Gassner. Voss says that Gassner has already been great to work with and he believes she “can do so much to help us grow.”
He also asked people who would like to give back to the community to come to the chamber and ask how they can help.
“We are always welcoming volunteers,” Voss said. “If you want to find out how to serve this community, come talk to us.”