Chamber Growing Fast With Newest Member

LA MESA – If the rate of growth in the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is any indicator, the local economy must be picking up steam.

Over just the last few weeks, Chamber Executive Director Mary England and her team have become a roving band.

Have large scissors, will cut ribbon is their credo as they move from restaurant to computer outlet to retail specialty store opening new stores and welcoming new members.

Thursday’s event was to welcome Felicia Reed, owner of Pure Expression A Hair Studio, to the Chamber fold.

Reed has operated her business at 8356 Allison Avenue for the last three years, but decided recently that partnering with the Chamber could help her and other local businesses.

“With the gas prices getting the way they are, people want to keep things local,’’ Reed said. “We’re seeing more people who just want to get their services, their restaurants right here in La Mesa.’’

So Reed joined the Chamber, she said, to help promote her business and to contribute to the promotion of all of La Mesa.

“I don’t want to just be about promoting a few blocks,’’ she said. “I’d like to see us promote the whole area.’’

Reed has lived in this area, having been born at Grossmont Hospital, raised in Santee and now living and operating a business in La Mesa.

Reed received kind words from the offices of state Senator Joel Anderson and U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter as well as visit from England and an assortment of friends and Chamber supporters.

Miguel Rojas, owner of La Torta just next door, supplied food for the gathering. Rojas’ daughter, Natalie,
posed for a photo in which Reed tried a new use for the Chamber’s much-used ceremonial scissors.
As regular hours ended at nearby businesses, others wandered over to note the newest Chamber member, and to enjoy the cool, spring evening and Rojas’ Mexican cuisine.

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Tags: Felicia Reed, La Mesa Chamber, La Torta, Mary England, Miguel Rojas, Pure Expression A Hair Studio, Senator Joel Anderson, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter


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