Rainsville Chamber of Commerce


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WELCOME NEW BUSINESS MEMBERS! New business members for 2017 include The Rusty Lantern Workshop, DeKalb MD, Tri-State Pools, Lovely Nails,  The Pine Rose Florist, Liberty Tax Service, As Close As Family, LLC and Jacksonville State University.

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Scholarship program fundraising efforts underway; the Chamber's sixth annual golf tournament set for August 19


POSTED BY TIM EBERHART ON TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017

The Chamber awarded $9,000 in scholarships this month, an increase of $3,000 over the 2016 amount. Five $1,500 scholarships were awarded to Plainview High School students, and another $1,500 went to a student at Cornerstone Christian Academy (the scholarship program started in 2000 with one $500!). In recent years, the growing scholarship program has been funded through an annual golf tournament, and plans are underway to continue the successful fundraiser on August 19 at the Rainsville Golf & Country Club.

The success of the 2017 Scholarship Tournament will depend on the generosity of a few dozen sponsors and the thrill-seeking competitors. Visit our tournament page for details.


Go to our Mother's Day shopping page to find out where to go in Rainsville for last-minute gifts


POSTED BY TIM EBERHART ON THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017

Several gift shops, boutiques and other specialty retailers offer last-minute shoppers opportunities to get the perfect Mother's Day gift. We have prepared a page, www.rainsville.info/2017-mothers-day-open-house.html, with a map showing the places where gifts should be found.

The variety is broad and the places are spread out across the city. We hope you will use the map and Facebook links found on the page to plan your last-minute Mother's Day shopping adventure. GO.

Also visit our Facebook page where we have "shared" posts by several of the retailers Mother's Day gift-related posts that we could find.


The Rusty Lantern to host Open House


POSTED BY TIM EBERHART ON TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2017

Owners Teresa Davis and Lanita Allen of The Rusty Lantern Workshop invite you to their Open House this Saturday, May 6th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be some prize drawings, gourmet food samples and other nice things for shoppers to enjoy.

The Rusty Lantern Workshop opened in April at 111 Main Street (Alabama Hwy 35) East next door to Black’s Tire. Think refurbished furniture, antiques, home decor, artsy signs, fashion accessories, gift baskets and much more. Their regular business hours are 10-5 on Wednesday through Friday, and 10-2 on Saturday. Learn more at their Facebook page.

There will be a ribbon cutting at The Rusty Lantern on May 10 at 11 a.m.


Industrial Appreciation Breakfast is May 2nd


POSTED BY TIM EBERHART ON THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2017

Leaders from Rainsville manufacturing facilities, utilities and other  industry- or economic development-related organizations are invited to join the Rainsville Industrial Development Board along with the City of Rainsville and the Chamber of Commerce at breakfast on Tuesday, May 2nd at 6:30 a.m. at Kelly's Kitchen.


The Pine Rose Florist comes to Rainsville's Main Street


POSTED BY TIM EBERHART ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2017

Lynn Hendrix has moved her florist business to 611 Main Street West in Rainsville. It was formerly located in the Buttram's Crossroads area. A ribbon cutting was held on Wednesday, April 12th (ribbon cutting photo). Follow The Pine Rose Florist on Facebook.


Big news: new ownership at Rainsville Auto Glass


POSTED BY TIM EBERHART ON MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017

Fred Bobo owned and operated Rainsville Auto Glass for over 27 years. The business was recently acquired by Joshua Brandon and Sandra Tipton. The shop located at 3204 Main Street (Alabama Hwy 35) East in Rainsville is the leading automobile glass service company in DeKalb County. Think windshield replacement, windshield repair, window regulators, etc. They also offer replacement glass for just about any other type of window.

Contact Rainsville Auto Glass at 256-638-7888.


Reception honoring House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter planned for Thursday, March 23 at TBEC


POSTED BY TIM EBERHART ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017

Ledbetter was recently named as Majority Leader for the Alabama House of Representatives -- the first freshman state representative ever named to that position. Join us in congratulating Ledbetter for this accomplishment. Several state officials are expected to be on hand. The reception starts at 6 p.m.


Liberty Tax raising money for Addicts 4 Christ; offering free tax service to police officers, firemen, senior citizens and more


POSTED BY TIM EBERHART ON MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017

Liberty Tax Service (129 Main Street East in Rainsville) has partnered with Addicts for Christ in a fundraising effort. Watch for details about a roadside party. Also, Liberty is now offering FREE tax returns to the following persons:
• police officers
• firemen
• teachers
• school administration
• city officials
• active military and veterans
• senior citizens
• doctors, nurses and medical staff.

Contact the Rainsville location at 256-304-6970 for details.


Kelly's Kitchen new location opened March 21


UPDATED BY TIM EBERHART ON THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017

The ribbon cutting ceremony for Kelly's Kitchen's new location in the Sand Mountain Plaza was held on March 27. At the present time Kelly's is open for breakfast and lunch.

Follow Kelly's Kitchen on Facebook.


Get to know Polyvance better with their latest video


POSTED BY TIM EBERHART ON MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017


The Chamber's Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon to feature catered lunch, comedian


POSTED BY TIM EBERHART ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017

Comedian Michelle ThomasTickets are now on sale for the annual Adminstrative Professionals Day Luncheon slated for Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Tom Bevill Enrichment Center in Rainsville. The luncheon is designed to give CEO's, department heads and other bosses an opportunity to treat their admin staff to a special event during National Administrative Professionals Week.

Comedian Michelle Thomas will provide the entertainment. Lunch will be catered. Several door prizes will be given away including two large cash prizes!

Order tickets by April 17th by calling 256-638-7800, emailing chamber@farmerstel.com, or by using the credit card widget found on the event page.


Ribbon cutting set for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 8 at Liberty Tax Service


POSTED BY TIM EBERHART ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017

Liberty Tax Service has opened a new location near the heart of Rainsville at 129 Main Street (Alabama Hwy 35) East. There will be ribbon cutting ceremony there at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 8.

There are now 43 Liberty Tax locations in Alabama and over 4,000 across North America.

The Liberty Tax promise: friendly, accurate and with a money-back guarantee.” , you can count on their knowledge of income tax issues when they prepare your personal or small business taxes. With Liberty “you're getting a partner who will stand with you and actively seek out your best interests” and “biggest refunds.”

Follow the Rainsville location on Facebook.


As Close As Family's grand opening postponed


UPDATED BY TIM EBERHART ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017

The grand opening planned at As Close As Family has been postponed until later in the month of February. The new business will provide non-medical home care services such as caregiver service, housekeeping, meal prep,  companionship, laundry, errands and appointments. It will be located in the heart of the city at 27 Parker Avenue - Suite B behind Merle Norman.


Events and activities for 2017: the Chamber is always open to feedback and ideas


POSTED BY TIM EBERHART ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2017

Some of our primary annual endeavors are coming up in the spring. Our Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon will be on April 26. We will be awarding three $1,500 scholarships at PHS and one at Cornerstone this spring. For PHS seniors who would like to go ahead and examine them, the scholarship applications are available on the scholarship page. For Cornerstone’s seniors, we will be ironing out the application process soon.

We are looking for one or two member businesses who would be interested in hosting a Rainsville Business After Hours or a Lunch & Learn in the spring. When a business hosts one of these, they generally provide the location and the refreshments. They can provide a program and also use the opportunity to spotlight their business and its products or services. We promote these events through invitations, email reminders, Facebook and announcements.

We are seeking feedback from the business community in regard to the type of workshop and keynoter we could put together for 2017.

If you have seminar ideas to share, or if you have suggestions for helping make us more effective at doing what we do in 2017.


Bill and Judy Ayers to receive the 2017 Rainsville Persons of the Year award


POSTED BY TIM EBERHART ON TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2016

The Rainsville Chamber of Commerce board of directors recently named Bill and Judy Ayers its Rainsville Persons of the Year for 2017. The award will be presented at the Chamber’s annual meeting on January 19, 2017.

The Chamber has named a Person of the Year each year since 1990.

Both long-time educators, the Ayers have been dedicated to Plainview School and its activities for many decades. To many people in the Rainsville community, perhaps they are best known for working at most Plainview sporting events since the mid-1980s.

Judy Ayers currently serves as the high school librarian, keeps school inventory, and organizes senior activities including baccalaureate and graduation. She also previously served many years as an English teacher, cheerleader coach and much more.

Bill Ayers retired a few years ago after nearly three decades as a teacher. He continues to volunteerily keep the stats for most of the Plainview sports teams. He also continues to help the school when computer problems arise, and he operates the PHS Bears sports website, 2muchblue.com. Currently, he also serves as the chairperson of the Rainsville Public Library board.

For details about the award or the Chamber’s annual meeting on January 19, contact the Rainsville Chamber at 256-638-7800 or chamber@farmerstel.com, or visit www.rainsville.info.


Deadline is December 5th for Rainsville Person of the Year nominations


POSTED BY TIM EBERHART ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016

The Rainsville Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the next Rainsville Person of the Year award, but the deadline is now only a few days away.

The award will be presented at the Chamber’s annual meeting on January 19.

The Chamber has honored one outstanding citizen as it’s Person of the Year each winter since 1990.
Nominations should be submitted in the form of a letter describing the impact the nominee has had on the community and its people, along with the traits, achievements and other factors that make the individual an outstanding citizen.

Ideally, the letter will be from 300 to 700 words in length, but longer ones will be accepted. They can be mailed to the Rainsville Chamber; PO Box 396, Rainsville, AL 35986, dropped off at the Chamber office, or emailed.


Christmas at the Crossroads to feature 57th Annual Rainsville Christmas Parade, the Santa Dash and a Christmas concert


POSTED BY TIM EBERHART ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2016

Singer Victoria Griffith Pictured: Victoria Griffith.

The 57th Annual Rainsville Christmas Parade will start at 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 10. Lineup will start at 3 p.m. The Santa Dash, a fun run or walk of a little over one mile, will lead out the parade at 4 p.m.

The free Christmas concert with Victoria Griffith and her live band will be held at 6 p.m. at the Tom Bevill Enrichment Center.

There will be a float contest for non-commercial entries with a top prize of $500 for the top entry.

Visit the parade page for parade entry form, details and updates.