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Extreme Makeover, Chamber Edition! Lao-tzu, an ancient Chinese Philosopher once said, a journey of thousand miles begins with one step. At the Vista Chamber of Commerce, we can attest to the truth in that statement.

Over three years ago, the Chamber decided it was time to move our offices out of our cur- rent location on Washington Street and head to Main Street.

In December, that move will finally become a reality as the Vista Chamber will start 2012

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in our new home located at 127 Main St., in the historic downtown Vista.

We are very excited to be moving downtown with the many rest- aurants, theatres, murals, kite sculptures and other attractions. Our official Grand Opening will take place on Jan. 11, 2012. at 5 p.m., and we would like to invite you to come by and see our new Cham- ber home!

Our current home is an original Santa Fe Train Depot and has served us well for many years Our new home started out as an old 1950s vintage mess of construction that was done in at least two

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phases, if not three. But we have transformed the building com- pletely (thank you, Good and Roberts) and have remade it into a beautiful office space. Our extreme makeover came about due to the generosity of many of our members, and I want to thank them publicly.

First and foremost, we thank Solatube. Solatube donated more than 20 of their state-of-the-art day lighting systems to transform the building from a dungeon-like cave into a naturally lit, vibrant work space. Secondly, we thank Suzanne Broyles from Coastal Home Design Center (also located on Main Street). Suzanne spent an un- told number of hours helping us with her interior design skills to transform our blank slate into an absolute charming location that radiates a warm welcoming presence that all the community will enjoy visiting.

We have also received donations from companies such as Directed Electronics (sound system), E-World Recyclers (flat screen TVs), Ferguson’s Bath, Kitchen & Lighting (bathroom and plumbing features), United Top Quality Construction (Joel donated his time/skill to build our receptionist custom desk - which you will mar- vel at), Rouse Signs (gave us a great deal on our exterior signage), and Eckerts Moving (moved us for a steal).

I also want to thank Cliff Kaiser, of Kaiser & Associates IT Con- sulting, for his tireless work on behalf of the Chamber to keep this project moving along over the past 18 months.

And lastly, I want to thank our retiring city manager Rita Geldert for her support and leadership through the many ups and downs of this project. If you have ever done any significant remodel work on your home or business, you know that many times you open a can of worms once you start the project.

And, typically, the older the building being remodeled, the bigger the can of worms. This was certainly true at 127 Main St. Rita represented the city as our landlord and was great to work with throughout the project as issues continually popped up. So whether you are a business in town or resident of our fine community, come by and see what the Chamber has to offer you. We look forward to serving you in the coming years from our great new location!


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