With a couple of
million visitors every year, it’s safe to say that Indiana Dunes National
Lakeshore has put Duneland firmly on the map.
what the Duneland Chamber of Commerce thinks.
At its annual State
of the Chamber and Awards Luncheon, the Chamber named the National Park
Service (NPS) and the not-for-profit National Parks Conservation Association
(NPCA) as this year’s recipients of its Putting Duneland on the Map Award.
Chamber Board Chair
Scott Mundell presented the award to National Lakeshore Superintendent Paul
Labovitz and, representing NPCA, Michael Shymanski.
Among other things,
Mundell took note of the Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm at the National
Lakeshore, which provide “a glimpse of Northwest Indiana’s settlement
history”; the Century of Progress homes in Beverly Shores, which have been
listed on the National Register of Historic Places and are “a unique and
historic attraction to Duneland”; and the more than 2 million visitors who
every year spend time in the “spectacular” 15,000 acres of the National
Folks who went
ahead and pardoned Strack & Van Til’s dust during its recent renovation were
probably delighted with the final result.
As was the Chamber.
year’s Business Renovation Award, on behalf of the grocery, was Jason
“Serving up the
freshest produce with their new ‘eat fresh, eat local’ program, they exceed
customer expectations every day, by bringing customers the finest quality
products at best value,” presenter Jim Staren said of Strack & Van Til. “And
they’ve recently remodeled the entire store, expanding the grocery aisles,
adding a sushi bar, and many more new features that make grocery shopping a
‘want to’ instead of a ‘have to.’”
State of the
Earlier in the
luncheon--held as usual at Sand Creek Country Club--Mundell spoke briefly on
the State of the Chamber, where business is booming.
“Our membership has
grown by 60 this year,” Mundell said. “Duneland TODAY magazine just
published its largest issue, with more advertisers--and more positive
feedback--than ever before. The European Market has simply exploded. More
and more members are using our ChamberMaster software to augment their web
presence, and our Ambassador Committee is the largest and most vibrant to