City officials note the thriving downtown business atmosphere as a driving factor in the updated parking changes taking effect on Saturday, December 15, 2018. All two-hour free parking downtown will be increased to three-hour free parking.
Additional parking areas are being added to the free, restricted parking (see blue shaded streets on the map below). The east side of the 200 block of Oak Street is one as well as the lot behind the Route 66 Museum.
Unrestricted, free parking will continue at the City Hall lot, the Courthouse lot, and the lot next to the Dargan building.
Calvert & Martin will be hosting the December Mix & Mingle on Thursday, December 13 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Come join us at the Pontiac Elks Lodge as we celebrate city employees and politicians. It will be a free evening of socializing and great food. Everyone is welcome.
Pontiac Elks Lodge
459 Elks Club Road, Pontiac.
RSVP no later than Friday, December 7. Call 815.844.5131 or email email@example.com.
In the crazy holiday season remember to shop at your local retailers. Saturday, November 24 is Small Business Saturday. Come out to downtown Pontiac from 10 am to noon and enjoy free donuts and cinnamon rolls from Pfaff’s Bakery, coffee from The Cup & The Scone, along with some delicious hot chocolate. The welcome center will be stationed outside Charmed Boutique.
Make sure to stop by our new retailers such as Tattered Wings, Aleena’s Bath & Body Boutique, The Little Red Barn, The Modern Smithy and Nola + Kennedy along with our stalwarts such as Home Wishes, Hustedt Jewelers, PK UnKorked, Route 66 Kites, Frugality, Wright’s Furniture, Charmed Boutique, Once ‘N Again, The General Store, and Pontiac Community Art Center.
As you are out and about over the weekend, make sure to stop by our local restaurants for some rest and sustenance. Check out Baby Bull’s, Cafe Fontana, Monical’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Route 66 Nutrition, DeLong’s Casual Dining, Edinger’s Filing Station, Pontiac Family Kitchen, Dairy Queen, and Old Log Cabin!
The Jack Frost Jackpot has come to an end for 2018. Congratulations to Ryan Myers, the winner of $1,000 in chamber gift certificates! Myers (right) works at KSR in Pontiac and is pictured below with Paul Kelly (left), chamber board member.
Following is a list of $20 chamber gift certificate winners:
Thanks to all who participated!
The Chamber is excited to kick off a new holiday raffle, the Jack Frost Jackpot! One lucky winner will receive $1,000 in Chamber gift certificates – good at more than 200 business in the Pontiac area. Ten second place winners will each receive $20 in Chamber gift certificates. Don’t delay in purchasing your tickets! Quantities are limited so visit the office staff or see a board member to get yours today.
$20 per ticket. Only 200 tickets will be sold.
Qualified to join are all those who have purchased and paid their ticket/s within the selling period.
All raffle stubs should be legibly filled out with complete name, address and phone number.
Tickets are available for purchase between November 7 and December 12, 2018.
Winner will be drawn live on WJEZ radio on Friday, December 14.
Winner need not be present to win.
1st Prize: $1,000 in Chamber Gift Certificates
2nd Prize: (10 winners) $20 Chamber Gift Certificate
Purchase your raffle ticket from any Chamber board member or at the Chamber office.
This year’s ATHENA Award Luncheon honored Livingston County Clerk and Recorder, Kristy Masching. Masching has been an integral part of civic life here in Livingston County for over 15 years, and the results of the recent election mean she will continue to serve the County for more years to come.
The luncheon featured a speech from Linda Lambert, of Heartland Community College. Lambert discussed the importance of leadership as it impacts education,
and in particular, the way that local leaders influence education.
She was followed by Cathi Coppinger of WJEZ who introduced the Margo Kennedy Memorial Scholarship, in honor of the late Margo Kennedy. The scholarship will be used to fund education for non-traditional female students. Contact the Chamber for more information or to make a donation.
The event closed with Mindi Terrell’s introduction of Masching and Masching’s words on her career in Livingston County.
We’re proud to have you in our community, Kristy! Thanks for being a local leader.
Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. It is a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history, and reputation – and it can take time, money, and patience to resolve.
Jordan Harcharik, from SOCU, educated a group of chamber members on how to reduce the risk of identity theft happening to them and shared tips on how to help repair damage that identity theft can cause.
10 Things You Can Do To Avoid Fraud
Do online searches
Don’t believe your caller ID
Don’t pay upfront for a promise
Consider how you pay
Talk to someone
Hang up on robocalls
Be skeptical about free trial offers
Don’t deposit a check and wire money back
Sign up for free scam alerts from the FTC at ftc.gov/scams
Address: 213 N. Mill, Pontiac IL 61764
Phone: (815) 844-2770
Owner: Lynn Lloyd
Hours: Open Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Aleena’s Bath and Body Boutique, which officially opened for business in downtown Pontiac on October 13th, is a treasure trove of good smells and soft ambience. Products range from bath bombs to foot scrubs and even to beard oil. Aleena’s owner, Lynn Lloyd, prides herself on the array of products she stocks, and enjoys the process of testing them herself. If you need a recommendation, just ask! Her favorite products include eucalyptus bath bombs and a verbena Dead Sea salt foot scrub. If you’re looking for locally crafted products, try the bath soaps and foot scrubs.
Aleena’s Bath and Body Boutique is one of the newest players in the Pontiac business community. Lloyd is proud to be setting up shop in Pontiac, noting the revitalization the downtown area has seen in recent years as well as the thriving tourism industry.
Address: 317 N. Mill, Pontiac IL 61764
Phone: (815) 419-2928
Owner: Becky Sullivan
Hours: Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Closed Sunday and Thursday.
Little Red Barn, which opened this fall, recently celebrated its official ribbon cutting ceremony with the Pontiac Area Chamber. The store features “country crafts,” which include a wide variety of pieces that add hometown charm to any room. Owner Becky Sullivan keeps the store well-stocked with timeless classics including wall hangings, centerpieces, and welcome signs, in addition to seasonally appropriate gifts and decor such as the new stock of festive faux snowmen.
Follow the Little Red Barn on Facebook to stay up-to-date with new inventory and gift ideas!