, Newburyport, MA

January 1, 2014

Thanks for a great holiday season in Amesbury

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

Please accept this letter to thank the community for supporting Amesbury businesses this holiday season.

The secret is out! It seems that many more people now know that Amesbury is a superb destination for holiday shopping and good eats. Local business owners tell me that new visitors have come from near and far to find unique gifts and fabulous dining destinations within our charming city. Better yet, thanks to great customer service and the hospitable nature of everyone in Amesbury, people are spreading the word on social media sites about how great it is here. That kind of positive feedback will keep everyone coming back to Amesbury businesses, year-round.

Helping to kick-start the spirit of the season was the Amesbury Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting. Many thanks to everyone who walked in the parade, cheered from the sidewalks and sang carols around the tree. Your joyfulness was truly indicative of Amesbury pride. Big thanks to Joan and Randy Baptiste for donating the Market Square tree and to Woody Cammett for sponsoring the event.

Thank you to all the shops and salons that stayed open late and made guests feel so welcome on Amesbury Invitation Nights and during Sip ‘n Strolls. Your generous discounts and yummy snacks were greatly appreciated by everyone who walked our streets in search of the perfect presents for their loved ones.

Additionally, I am very grateful to everyone who contributed to our annual holiday food drive at Stop & Shop for Our Neighbors’ Table. Sadly, hunger continues to be a real problem in our area, but we did a great job of stocking the pantry shelves and helping those in need. Please continue to support the less fortunate whenever you can.

This year’s Restaurant & Shop Showcase was also tremendously successful, thanks to great attendance and generous sponsorships from the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, Anna Jaques Hospital, Coffey Design & Build and WNBP Radio. Your support helped to fund future Chamber endeavors and is greatly appreciated.

My heartfelt thanks to the Restaurant & Shop Showcase participants that truly demonstrated all the wonderful things that Amesbury has to offer, including Crave: Wine. Kitchen. Tap, Amesbury Flatbread Company, Ristorante Molise, Amesbury Sports Park, Stop and Shop, Cherry Bomb, Ale House, Barking Dog, Wolf Meadow Farm, Gourmet Any Day, Jodi Bee Bakes, Phat Cats Bistro, Amesbury Liquor Shoppe, Jewell Towne Vineyards, Ovedia Artisan Chocolates, The Fashion Bus, Attentif’ Design, Trendsetter’s Boutique, Supercuts, Riverwalk Gallery & Healing Arts, Paws Pet Boutique, People’s Yoga Co-Op, Web Wellness, Lindsay Jordan Designs, Mountains-of-the-Sky Photography, Custard Shoppe and Christine Molitor Johnson Fine Art. Guests raved about the food and wonderful assortment of merchandise. Even if they didn’t make a purchase, you made a great impression that will last a lifetime.

Finally, I would like to give my sincere thanks to the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce Holiday Committee for making all these events happen. They give many hours of their time, pro bono, because they love Amesbury and want others to fully experience our fine city. Committee members include Donna Collins, committee co-chair, Maintenance coordinator, Advantage Property Management; Marycarol Fowler, committee co-chair, president, Amesbury Sports Park; Anne Gagne, assistant vice president, The Provident Bank; Kevin Jacques, vice president, Amesbury Sports Park; Andrea Bailey, branch manager, RTN Federal Credit Union; Jon Mooers, owner, Jon Mooers Artists Gallery & Studio; Ed Justen, owner, Workspace 36; Lindsay Jordan, owner, Lindsay Jordan Designs; Lisa McNulty, owner, The Fashion Bus; Jeff Nahas, owner, Ale House/Barking Dog; Rosie Werner, Best Foot Forward; Karen Mansur, owner, Gourmet Any Day; Kathi Gannett, owner, Attentif’ Design; Steve Marchitelli, assistant manager, Ale House; Angela Bouchard, assistant store manager, TD Bank; Peter Dearborn, foreman, Amesbury Department of Public Works; Laurie Cameron, branch office administrator, Edward Jones; Shannon Perry, public relations specialist; Adria Michitson and Katelyn Goodwin, staff, Amesbury Chamber of Commerce.

Looking ahead to the new year, I am confidant that if we all continue to work together even more people will discover why Amesbury is a wonderful place to live, work, eat and play.

Melissa Lachance

Amesbury Chamber of Commerce executive director