Chamber of Commerce unveils renovations at open house
Photo by Michelle Williams
The Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce officially opened its newly renovated offices on Beach Street in Vineyard Haven at an open house Tuesday evening attended by business owners and chamber officials.
The chamber office, located adjacent to Five Corners opposite the Tisbury fire station, was designed to resemble traditional visitor centers with a new reception area, display units, and digital information screens. The walls are filled with display units offering places to eat, drink, play, and stay.
In 2011, the Chamber of Commerce provided information for 400,022 visitors to the Vineyard. "You can imagine how much business comes from that," executive director Nancy Gardella said, motioning towards the business pamphlets along the walls.
Ms. Gardella said the idea to renovate came about during her interview for the position nearly six years ago. "It was this sad, old, little house. It didn't have the Vineyard aesthetic," she said.
For years, Ms. Gardella said she was "nagging" the board of directors to renovate the building, and last summer, they found a way to do it, through refinancing the building.
Renovations began in January of this year. The project cost totaled approximately $200,000.
Contractor Adam Hayes completed the renovations. Mark Hutker, Phil Regan, and Nelson Giannakopoulos at Hutker Architects developed the building plans.
"Mark's assistance was invaluable," Ms. Gardella said. "He was running designs over on his lunch hour, and constantly answering a million questions."
Representative Timothy Madden attended the open house and thanked all involved with the project.