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Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-17 SHREDDING THE BLUES Shelton Mayor Gary Cronce plays guitar at the grand opening Saturday night of Jim's Productions Studio. Journal photo by Jim Johnson By LLOYD MULLEN said, she will sit down with that person. She will ask Iloyd@masoncoun com about his or her situation and goals. "We would try to see what features of our mem- bership would benefit them," Rowland explained. There's a new type of energy in North Mason Coun- "Would it be beneficial to hold an open house? Would ty, according to North Mason Chamber of Commerce it help if they could speak at a breakfast or luncheon President Stephanie Rowland, and it's positive, and establish credibility?" "What we are witnessing in our area is a new en- Sometimes, Rowland said, business owners are so ergy about the economy," she said. "There seems to be busy with their heads down trying to do work they a new influx of planning for future ideas. New people need help in the marketing department. are participating in our chamber." "We can help with that," she said. Membership in the North Mason Chamber is on Marketing for the chamber, Rowland said, is like the rise as is involvement in the community, Row- a large pie. land said. "Sometimes something might become vastly pop- "They're hearing good things about our communi- ular, say, for example, we have MYNO (My North ty, and they're seeing the things that we're doing and Mason Chamber), which is our Facebook group," she the involvement in the community, and they want to said. "That is set up for members to communicate. be a part of it. Them seeking us out says a lot to me," We're not seeing people using that to communicate. Rowland said. One of the things I'm hearing from my members is The North Mason Chamber has nearly 280 mem- they don't have time to spend on Facebook, so I look bers, according to Rowland. That number has been for other ways to help them to communicate. The fact on the rise since she took her position nearly one year that it's not immensely popular right now doesn't ago. ~ bother me. They know it's there if they want to use "Our chamber, especially in a rural area, is a hub it as a tool." for our community," she said. Rowland's greatest achievement this past year, During the past year, Rowland said she's seen she said, is her In the Loop digital advertising TV highs and lows in the business community, screen at the Belfair Licensing Office. If one of Rowland's members isn't doing well, she "We have 18 businesses that advertise there. It's a Journal photo by Kathy Brooks North Mason Chamber President Stephanie Rowland sits at her desk early last week. members-only opportunity," she said. "We serve more than 40,000 people in that office a year. People come in physically." For more information on the North Mason Cham- ber of Commerce, go to northmasonchamber.com or call 275-3046. BUSINESS BRIEF '"'IMewh" re-"s+ere yoga profit organization that trains yoga teachers, munity and to expand our services as a registered The studio, located on West Cota Street, held school affiliated and approved through Yoga Alli- di ff g an open house celebrating its new accreditation, ance," a news release states. stu o to o er trainin Oct. 14. For more information onyoga certification, go The studio will start its six-month, 200-hour to joonbugyoga.com or call 556-6205. Joonbug Yoga recently became a 200-hour reg- yoga-teacher training program tomorrow. istered yoga school through Yoga Alliance, a non- "We're so excited to share this with the corn- Compiled by reporter Lloyd Mullen