Shoptauqua gift card program launched to support local business

A core focus of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is to help our member businesses increase their sales. Therefore, we are launching the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Shoptauqua Gift Card program to bring more foot traffic and increased sales to our local businesses. Shoptauqua Gift Cards can be pre-ordered now and will be available for distribution in early October at our Chamber offices in Dunkirk and Jamestown.

For many years, the Chamber has been running a gift check program, which has boosted foot traffic and increased sales for local businesses, providing an over $2.5 million economic impact in Chautauqua County. We will be phasing out the gift check program to make way for the gift card. The Shoptauqua Gift Card is a closed loop system for participating Chamber member businesses, meaning that cards sold stay in the County with our members, keeping money in our local economy.

The Shoptauqua Gift Card is a free member service that is easy to setup and easy to use. We encourage current gift check program participants and other Chamber members to sign up as soon as possible for the Shoptauqua Gift Card.

We encourage local consumers to purchase Shoptauqua Gift Cards. The cards make a great gift for a birthday or holiday. Many employers in our area purchase them as employee appreciation gifts. When you buy a Shoptauqua Gift Card you are supporting local businesses and our economy. Our local retailers, restaurants and service providers face unprecedented competition. In particular, large internet sales platforms are crippling storefront businesses across the nation. The Shoptauqua Gift Card is a way to support our local business people and their employees. So, please consider purchasing Shoptauqua Gift Cards.

For more information about participating in the Shoptauqua Gift Card program, or to pre-order gift cards, please contact the Chamber at (366-6200 or 484-1101.


Cruise-In is Aug. 18

The Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce and Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is proud to host Jamestown Cruise-In Aug. 18 This spectacular event draws thousands of people to downtown Jamestown, where classic autos will line Third Street from 5-10 p.m.

The event, sponsored by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, Jamestown Up Close, Landmark Chevrolet, Northwest Arena, and Media One Group, will also feature live music from The In Crowd. There will be a variety of vendors present. This event has fun for all ages and will include a hula hoop and bubble gum contest, along with a variety of prizes. Vehicle owners that want to participate can pre-register through the Chamber website at

Vehicle and vendor registration forms are available online or by contacting Jamestown Chamber Coordinator Lee Harkness, at 338-6089.

Mayville-Chautauqua Summer Concert Series Continues

The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce summer Entertainment in the Park concert series continues each Thursday night until the end of August! All concerts run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Lakeside Park in Mayville.

The remaining scheduled entertainers this year are: Aug. 17 — Randy Graham & Brandon Hatch (Various Genres); and Aug. 24 — Come Back Patsy Cline Tribute by Pat Cook. All performances take place at the Gazebo and attendees should bring their own seating.

In case of inclement weather the concerts are moved indoors to the adjacent Carlson Community Center. A drawing held during each performance benefits the Community Chamber. Rainbow the Clown participates in many of these events. The Maple Springs Fire Department will again sell chicken or hamburger dinners to benefit their Fire Department, and the Mayville Fire Department will supply popcorn and water on a donation basis. The concerts are provided free of charge through the generous sponsorship of the town of Chautauqua and village of Mayville.

An Evening in Barker Common Aug. 30

The Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the village of Fredonia, will be holding “An Evening in Barker Common” on Wednesday, Aug. 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. There will be fun for all ages, celebrating summer and community. This is part of the Music in the Park series, with music provided by The Dixiecrats. Fredonia Chamber members are invited and encouraged to participate by setting up a table or vendor booth. For more information, contact David Dengler at 445-7901.

First Friday is

Sept. 1

The Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber of Commerce will hold its final First Friday event of the season on Friday, Sept. 1. This family fun street fair event occurs the first Friday of each month during the summer season on Main Street in Westfield. Starting at 5 p.m. there is food, fun, art, live music and entertainment. It’s fun for all ages! For more information, please call Sue Poster at (248) 830-6058.