May 13, 2024 Weekly Digest

Chairman's Circle Members
Happenings in and around the Chamber!

Meet Our New Members and Welcome to the Chairman's Circle Hollywood Casino Aurora!

ASH Equipment Company

Connect Hearing

NetCo Investments

TRG Construction

We are thrilled to introduce Hollywood Casino Aurora as our newest Chairman's Circle member! This Penn Entertainment, Inc. location is currently in downtown Aurora with an even larger entertainment area under construction at the southwest corner of Farnsworth Avenue and Bilter Road in Aurora.

Expected to open in early 2026, the complex will have a casino and hotel with about 200 rooms. In addition, the property will feature a full-service spa, high-quality bars and restaurants, approximately 10,000 square feet of meeting areas and an event center. Welcome to the Batavia Chamber of Commerce!

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

All are welcome - please join us!

Thursday! Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Zen Loft Collective: 103 E. Wilson St., 2nd Floor, Batavia at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 16

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Fox River Boutique: 10 E. Wilson St., Batavia at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Rookie's Patio: 1996 S. Kirk Road, Geneva at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 31

New Date! Please Re-register.

Join us on Wednesday at the new Geneva Winery in Batavia!

No registration is necessary; come by to check out this beautiful new addition to downtown Batavia and learn about the great things that our spotlighted nonprofit, Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley, does.

Fore! 50th Annual Golf Outing Takes Place in Early June

Don't delay...round up a foursome or simply sign up and we will pair you with a fun partner. Sponsorships are still available, contact Patti Anselme for information and reserve yours today!

Get Your Batavia Community Flag!

Are you seeing a brightly colored red flag with a windmill pop-up all over Batavia and wonder where to get them? The Batavia Community Flag is available for purchase online and can be picked up at our office, 106 W. Wilson Street. Available are a 3’ x 5’ flag for $50, a garden-size flag with stake for $35 and stickers for $5.

Looking for Teachers' Gifts?

Give them Chamber Bucks! Batavia Chamber Bucks are gift certificates in denomination of $10 and can be used like cash at more than 115 participating businesses. You can purchase Batavia Chamber Bucks by stopping by the Chamber office at 106 W. Wilson Street, Ste. 15. to pick them up. These make great gift ideas for anyone on your list and keeps our money local!

Any Batavia business or Batavia Chamber of Commerce member can accept them. To be added to the list, give us a call at (630) 879-7134.

Congratulations to Bloom 'n Learn!

The Batavia Chamber of Commerce was thrilled to celebrate Bloom ‘n Learn Tutoring, Classes & Discovery, a Batavia Chamber member, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, May 7. A life-long educator, Karen Jensen Smeets, opened her tutoring business at 336 McKee St., Batavia. Batavia Mayor Jeffery Schielke presided over the celebration with Ms. Jensen Smeets.

After a career teaching in public schools, Karen Jensen Smeets launched Bloom ‘n Learn to offer private tutoring for people of all ages and abilities. In addition to tutoring, she offers play-based enrichment classes and day camps, including an upcoming series at Abbey Farms in Aurora this summer. More information about Bloom ‘n Learn, plus upcoming classes and camps can be found by visiting the website You can also check out their Facebook page or contact Ms. Jensen Smeets directly by calling (630) 677-0225.

Congratulations and Welcome to the 2024 Batavia Boardwalk Shops!

The Batavia Chamber of Commerce was delighted to celebrate the opening of the 2024 Class of Batavia Boardwalk Shops with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, May 10. The cluster of tiny shops on the southeast corner of Wilson and River Streets in Batavia houses 10 independent businesses as a business incubator project of Batavia MainStreet and the City of Batavia. 

The Batavia Boardwalk Shops are regularly open on Friday through Sunday. The fifth year’s shops and their owners are Bewitching Brews, Jennifer Farley; Big Bear Sunglasses, Rick Stiles; Home & Garden Provisions, Laura Allessi; Home Run Hot Dogs and Lemonade, Joseph Orto; Jodi Mac Sweets & Treats, Jodi MacDiarmid-Nasser; Morbid Mementos, Kelly Naughton; NeighborsgridShop, Anyssa Volarath-Nerja; Scout & Gem, Stacy Miller; Seapeak Style, Grace Schultz; and Since Seventy Five Supply Co., Nick DeCarlo. 

Batavia Mayor Jeffery Schielke presided over the celebration along with Beth Walker, Batavia MainStreet executive director, and the shop owners. Among the well-wishers were State Representative Maura Hirschauer, Anthony Isom, City of Batavia economic development manager; Lori Botterman, City of Batavia communications manager; as well as several Batavia alderpersons.

Regular hours for the Batavia Boardwalk Shops are Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 p.m. – 4 p.m. through December 22, 2024. Find out the latest, including special hours or popup shops, by following their Facebook page,

Upcoming Business & Community Events

Learn to Meditate: 3 Week Series

Beautiful: The Carole King Story at The Paramount Theatre

Community Acupuncture

Yoga Nidra Series

Room for Growth: A Lunch & Learn Event for Mental Health Awareness Month

Meditation with Sound Bowls to Sync Energy System

The Eagle Has Landed! Ages 6-8 & 9-12

2nd Annual Honey Fest at Abbey Farms

Music Fest and Pork BBQ Dinner

Countryside Clays for Kids

Noteworthy Acoustic Concerts: Dave Rudolf

Introduction to Kayaking Level 2

Alzheimer's Association Spouse's Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Women's Circle

Full Moon Meditation

Free Community Supper

Walk, Run and WIN 5K/10K

Fox Valley Jazz Big Band presents "The Modern Big Band"

Kayak Rescues and Recovery

Ancestral Healing & Clearing Family Patterns

Monthly Coffee Club - Brian Olson - Financial Advisor with Edward Jones

Roots and Shoots! Ages 5 - 10

WellBatavia Festival

Check out the many more events posted on our Community Calendar!!

Platinum Members

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City of Batavia

Batavia Public Library

Batavia Public School District 101

Batavia Park District

Batavia MainStreet

Batavia Parks Foundation

Area Code: Batavia

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