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Brickwood Boutique

Brickwood Boutique is celebrating one year in business on the second floor of the Indie House on Broadway. Offering a unique selection of women’s clothing & accessories, we think Brickwood Boutique is worth the climb! Stop by from 10:00 – 6:00, Tuesday through Saturday, or visit their Facebook page to see what they offer.

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Women in Business

In the last 30 years, the number of women with full-time jobs in the U.S. has increased by more than 10%, adding $1.7 trillion dollars to the GDP, while the number of women-owned businesses has also grown to 9.1 million. 

Locally, there are approximately 2,400 businesses in Cape County and more than 1,000 of them are owned by women. In line with this, Cape has recently seen a surge in the number of groups and events for women in business.

The Chamber launched the Women’s Network last year which has seen incredible success. They are doing a Power Hour networking event on April 5. United Way has the Women United group, the Flourish Women’s Summit is put on by the Southeast Missourian, Zonta Club has overseen the Women of Achievement for many years, and finally, the University is hosting the Power of Women Luncheon on Wednesday, March 29. I’m sure I have missed others, but the point is, there are many groups and events like this. They are adding so much value to our business community and it’s just really great to see.   

We are actually welcoming a new women-owned business to Cape this week. Brickwood Boutique cuts their ribbon on Friday, March 31, in the Indie House at 605 Broadway. 

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Business leaders and site selectors make decisions about where expansions will occur. Just imagine the number of factors they are considering and the number of locations that might fit. Think about buying a new car…all the options you have when you start. Make, model, color, new, old. Do you want an SUV, do you want a car, V4 or V6, is gas mileage important, is space important…the list goes on and on.

For a business, the list is far greater, they are looking at the cost of building, access to labor, ability to transport goods and many other issues. Internally they will determine what is most important to them so they can eliminate regions. For instance, some businesses may decide cost of building is the most important thing and they simply can’t be in a region that is at a high risk for earthquakes. When we receive the application from that business and check the box indicating our earthquake zone, we are immediately eliminated from consideration. No questions asked and nothing we can do. There are countless things they consider and the Cape area has to line up well with their needs to move to the next stage.

Once we’ve made it through with a business, we sometimes have an opportunity to meet face-to-face. We feel really good at that point because we have a strong community with a lot to offer. In fact, many businesses that decide to move to the Cape area have some sort of tie to the community. They know someone who has spoken highly of the region or they work with a business here. Those connections, connections with all of you, make a real difference in recruiting businesses. It’s all of us who shape southeast Missouri’s story and you never know who is listening.

If you know of any business that is considering moving to the Cape area, we would love to talk with them. Contact us at 335-3312 or

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When disaster strikes, there is one little known organization that helps things run smoothly behind the scenes.  

In light of recent storms, I wanted to share some information about a local group: The Community Organizations Active in Disaster or COAD. This group has representatives from community and faith-based organizations such as Red Cross, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, hospitals and more. They meet regularly to talk about topics most of us just ignore…the what do we do if scenarios. And I have to tell you, as someone who has the privilege to sit in on these meetings, it is both terrifying and incredibly reassuring.

However, it’s most encouraging to see them in action. When the Perryville tornado hit, the COAD was activated, helping support the emergency manager with tasks like volunteer management, donation management, sheltering and feeding victims. In fact, our COAD was so effective in their role, the leader of the affiliated state-wide organization said we should be a model for other communities throughout the state. So to all the organizations and individuals that make up the COAD, THANK YOU for your work.  

The local COAD is led by Kyle Schott, regional director of the Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri.

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Safe House for WomenSafe House for Women—a local refuge, outreach center, and thrift store dedicated to ending domestic violence—is celebrating 25 years in Cape Girardeau community. Over the years, they have expanded and grown substantially with future plans to expand further. Stop by 230 North Spring Street to check out their thrift store or call their 24/7 crisis hotline, 1-800-341-1830, if you are in need of help.
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Lutheran Family and Children’s Services has announced the date of their annual Kentucky Derby Party.  The event will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017, at the new Jackson Civic Center.  Doors will open at 6 pm.  Dinner, catered by 2 Sides Grillin’ will be served at 6:30 pm, the Run for the Roses Horse Race will kick-off the night’s entertainment at 7:20 pm, followed by Perryville’s own American Rock band, The Tungsten Groove. 

            The Kentucky Derby Party is one of only two annual fundraisers held by LFCS, and has become a favorite among local supporters, according to Michelle Ramsey, LFCS Regional Development Officer.  She says, “This year’s event brings with it several changes from those in years past, including the venue, the food, and the entertainment.  We took a long hard look at the event and decided that the Kentucky Derby Party was a great event, but in need of a major makeover in order to help us raise the funds our organization needed to bring in.  With a new venue, and offering a catered meal, along with the well-known and loved area band, our hope is that we will exceed all of our fundraising expectations.” 

            This years’ Kentucky Derby Party is being held on Cinco de Mayo, so the organization has named it, “Derby de Mayo.”  According to Ramsey, it will have many of the same events as previous years, but some Mexican flair will be added.  “Of course it wouldn’t be a Kentucky Derby without Mint Juleps, Mimosas, but this year we’ll be offering Margaritas and Sangria in addition.  Attendees will be able to purchase the traditional Derby drinks with Derby Dollars, which will be exchanged dollar for dollar at the door.”

            “Of course, no Kentucky Derby would be complete without Kentucky Bourbon Balls.  Fortunately, we are blessed with our wonderful friends, Robert and Mary Gentry, owners of The Corner Store, located on Broadway who will be set up at the party with their famous Kentucky Bourbon Balls available for purchase- they will be donating a percentage of their sales that night to LFCS,” said Ramsey.

Ramsey says the Kentucky Derby Party will still feature their Run for the Roses Horse Race, which is one of the big attractions of the night, as well as a large part of this fundraiser.  The organization sells local businesses a horse, which they get to name.  A video production company produces a horse race, complete with a voice-over calling the race, naming the horses as they run.  The race is then shown on a large video screen at the event.  Leading up to the race time, attendees of the Kentucky Derby Party can place bets on the horse they hope to win with Derby Dollars. This year the bets that are wagered will all benefit the Older Adult Programs for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia offered by LFCS.   The Run for the Roses will take place at 7:30 pm, with prizes being awarded from those who placed their bets.

            “It’s so much fun to watch everyone get into the race, cheering on their chosen horse and seeing their reactions as the horses run,” said Ramsey.  “It’s all in fun, of course, but everyone really gets into it,” she added.  

            No Kentucky Derby Party would be complete without the southern flair displayed by the attendees, and this one is no different.  “Of course you see some of our guests in full Derby attire- big hats, the dresses and suits, “said Ramsey.  “But others will come in everyday attire too,” she added.  According to Ramsey, there will be prizes awarded for the the Best Derby Hat, Best Dressed Gal, Best Dressed Guy, and Best Dressed Couple. 

            Reserved tables of 8 are available now at: or at the LFCS office, located at 3178 Blattner Dr in Cape Girardeau.  Thru March 31st, all table reservations will receive a bonus of $20 in Derby Dollars.  Individual seat reservations will be available April 1st

            Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri is a non-profit, statewide social service organization providing counseling, adoption, crisis pregnancy assistance, child care and mentoring services to the community. With offices in Cape Girardeau, St. Louis, Columbia and Springfield, LFCS touches the lives of more than 22,000 individuals annually. The services provided by LFCS are open to everyone regardless of race, faith, national origin, gender or age. Although Lutheran based, more than 85 percent of families served are non-Lutheran. For more information, visit
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On March 7, 2017, Element 74 celebrated a big milestone in the history of their organization by cutting the ribbon on a recent expansion. They started in 2000, founded by Chris Edmonds as sole owner and operator. From the beginning, Element 74 built their brand around providing exceptional customer service.

Over the years, they have continued to add employees and have been consistently dedicated to employee development, experiencing very low turnover rates.

Company growth has demanded expansion of staff. In fact, in the year 2016, they grew 20% alone, going from 15 to 20 employees and have continued to add. They now sit at 22 employees with no signs of slowing down.

In order to accommodate the new employees, Element recently expanded their facility from 2,200 to just over 3,500 square feet.  In the beginning, they serviced clients in Cape…now they work with clients internationally.

Their mission is to partner and collaborate with businesses and organizations to achieve their goals through smart digital solutions, while establishing lasting relationships built on trust and success.

Aside from all this, Element 74, Chris Edmonds and so many of their employees have been and continue to be dedicated to the Chamber and to Cape. Whether it’s service on a local board, hosting a Southeast student for a job shadowing experience or the many other things they do, Cape is very lucky to have them.

Here’s to continued success and growth! 

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Thursday, March 23, at 7:00 p.m., the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will host the first Red Light Night of this season with the topic "Break the Binary” featuring Rane Belling Rane Belling is a Senior at Southeast Missouri State University. Their major is Communication studies, with a double major in social work and autism. Rane is the President of the campus organization, PRIDE, and a mentor in the LGBT Resource center, as well as serving as an RA for the past three years. Rane will be discussing and shedding light on society’s mislabeling of gender identity as exclusive to either male or female. They will be performing a spoken word piece and use visuals to convey to the audience their struggle to fit into society’s gendered boxes. Specifically, Rane will share how the use of pronouns can be extremely important to someone’s identity; an aspect of everyday life that most don’t consider important, until confronted with a term that conflicts with their true self. Dropping a “she,” “he,” “her” or “him” doesn’t typically get a second thought in everyday conversation, but it’s time to reconsider the pronoun. Art and identity are often interconnected. The relationship between pronouns and identity was expressed through a public art event held on the campus of Southeast and hosted by the LGBT Resource Center. This event encouraged those that walked by to add their handprint to the wall, sign, and write their preferred pronouns. By taking part in this event, the participants pledged to be conscious and supportive of all gender pronouns and the individual’s choice to define their own. Rane will share how this event came to be and why the LGBT Resource center chose the act of mark making with one’s own hand as their form of expression and to shed light on this important topic. Red Light Night is a series of after-hours discussions on controversial and taboo topics within the arts. Red Light Night sessions are presented by guest lecturers and panelists at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in Downtown Cape Girardeau on select Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. Please note, topics are intended for a mature audience and discussion is welcomed. Join other arts supporters in controversial discussions during Red Light Night. The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri is located at 16 North Spanish Street in Cape Girardeau, MO. Galleries are open Tuesday- Saturday, from 10am to 6pm.

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Chris Stapleton boldly introduced himself to the public at-large in 2015 with the release of his breakthrough debut album, Traveller

Released in May 2015 on Mercury Records Nashville, Traveller initially debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart with more than 27,000 albums sold, making it one of the best-selling first weeks by a debut country artist in 2015. It’s also currently the top selling country album of 2016 and second best across all genres (only surpassed by Adele). Moreover, the album continues to receive extensive critical acclaim and has landed Stapleton bookings on multiple national TV shows including recent appearances on Saturday Night Live and CBS News Sunday Morning. 

Chris Stapleton won “Male Vocalist of the Year” and “Music Video of the Year” (“Fire Away”) at The 50th Annual CMA Awards. This marks Stapleton’s second consecutive Male Vocalist win and his first for Music Video. The two new awards cap off a series of breakthrough years for Stapleton since the release of his now certified RIAA double platinum solo debut album, Traveller. The breakthrough album has gone on to receive multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM awards and continues to consistently top the Billboard Country Albums chart—over a year since its May 2015 release on Mercury Records Nashville.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO-- Thursday, March 16, at 7:00 p.m., the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will host the first Red Light Night of this season with the topic "More Than Surviving” featuring visual artist Dave Carter.

 Dave Carter was born July 11, 1951, in Kirksville, Missouri. From an early age, Dave was interested in visual arts, as well as literature, history, writing, and music. Following a four year enlistment in the United States Navy, he enrolled in college intent on becoming an artist and a writer. During the next two years, Dave developed a proficiency in drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography at Northeast Missouri State University. In 1979, Dave moved to Hannibal, Missouri to pursue a career in producing and promoting the arts by selling his art work and judging school, county, and regional art shows.  He returned to Kirksville in 1982 to resume classes and conduct community art seminars in the region.

In December of 1984, Dave was the victim of a head-on auto accident that resulted in significant head injuries. After a five year recovery period, he was able to return to college in 1990. In May of 1992, Dave completed his BFA in Studio Art, from what is now Truman State University. For the next fifteen years, he worked as graphics manager for a sign company. Following a sixteen year hiatus from fine art, Dave and his wife, Dr. Sally Carter, opened "dave's studio- Visual Art Services in February of 2011 in Kirksville, Missouri. His wife having accepted a position at Southeast Missouri State University, the Carters moved to Cape Girardeau during the summer of 2014. Since then dave has participated in numerous group shows, had several solo exhibits, and has been a featured artist/speaker at various events.

The core of Dave's talk will focus on how visual art/painting helped him to overcome the physical, mental, and spiritual crisis of his head injury 30 years ago—and how those injuries currently impact his work. To quote his artist statement: "On the one hand, I enjoy producing traditional paintings of land and seascapes, portraits, and wildlife--surface considerations of what is pleasant to the eye and comforting to the spirit. On the other hand, I am moved by a desire to produce larger, abstracted works of strident colors and bold design—efforts to tickle the eye and stimulate the soul with something unexpected."

Red Light Night is a series of after-hours discussions on controversial and taboo topics within the arts. Red Light Night sessions are presented by guest lecturers and panelists at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in Downtown Cape Girardeau on select Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. Please note, topics and discussion are intended for a mature audience.

Join other arts supporters in controversial discussions during Red Light Night. The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri is located at 16 North Spanish Street in Cape Girardeau, MO. Galleries are open Tuesday- Saturday, from 10am to 6pm.

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