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–The Greater Miami Shores Chamber Of Commerce has moved from its longtime office on a prime corner of NE 2nd Ave.
–The new location for the office is only 50 yards away, on the second floor of the Chase Bank building (9620 NE 2nd Ave, Ste. 201).
–The entrance is the glass door directly across the street from the Expresso Mart gas station (Chevron).
–Why did they move? Here’s the word from Chamber Executive Director Megan Gerstel:
“After many years on that happy corner, we chose to move to a smaller, second floor office because we didn’t utilize most of the old space. We were occupying a prime corner, which we wanted to free up for a potential restaurant or retail business. All in all, it was a great decision for everyone, we love our new office, and we’re excited to see who moves into our old space!”
–The Chamber represents business interests in Miami Shores, El Portal and Biscayne Park and has been in operation since 1949.
–The Chamber’s 2015 annual budget was $280,000. They put on regular member breakfasts and lunch events and are behind the popular “Green Day” street fair that happens every fall on NE 2nd Ave.
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Rise News reached out to DTH editor Paige Ladisic and will update this story when she responds.
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