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Posted Aug. 02, 2011, at 5:13 p.m.

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New home for Chamber

BANGOR — The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce and the city of Bangor have announced an interim plan for the relocation of the Chamber’s offices to make way for a new arena and convention center in Bass Park.

The Chamber, which has had its headquarters in Bass Park since 1982, has moved on an interim basis to a city-owned property at 208 Maine Ave., near Bangor International Airport. The Chamber will lease the property for $1 for the year and assume responsibility for paying the operating costs of the location. These terms are similar to the arrangement the Chamber and the city had at the Bass Park location.

“The important thing is that we get out of the way and get this arena and convention center project moving,” said John Porter, president of the BRCC.

Bangor City Manager Cathy Conlow said city officials have been working hard since voter approval of the arena project May 4 to make the site ready.

“We’re glad we were able to find something that works for the Chamber on relatively short notice,” said Conlow.

City and Chamber leaders will now turn their attention to developing a permanent headquarters for the Chamber in coming months. The hope is to find a suitable location downtown.

“It makes the best sense for us to be part of the incredible transformation that is occurring on the Main Street corridor and in Bangor’s downtown,” said Porter. “I see our relocation as a chance to add to the revitalization of this area.”

Added Conlow: “The Chamber is a vital organization in this city, and this move is really an opportunity for all of us to further our economic and community development goals.”

Christmas Tree Shops

BANGOR — Christmas Tree Shops has announced the opening of its third Maine location at 46 Springer Drive. The 30,000-square-foot store offers home furnishings, housewares, food, gifts, paper goods and seasonal products at bargain prices. It is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.

Founded in 1970 as a Christmas gift shop on Cape Cod, Christmas Tree Shops has grown into a shopping destination for bargain hunters. With season after season of merchandise and deals, the company offers unique and exclusive merchandise and brand-name goods at bargain prices.

Christmas Tree Shops also has stores in Augusta and South Portland. The company is based in Union, N.J., and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.

New art gallery

VERONA ISLAND — Collins Galleries held its inaugural opening on Aug. 2 by hosting several area artists.

The Verona Island gallery offered bold plein air oil paintings by Jane Gilbert, fauvist watercolors by Paul Trowbridge, op-art oil paintings of fruits and veggies by Bruce Collins and watercolors and fiber art by Lee Collins.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 92 East Side Drive, overlooking the Penobscot River. For information, call 479-3300.

Grand opening

VEAZIE — The Veazie Veterinary Clinic will mark the grand opening of the Veazie Animal Wellness and Rehabilitation Center at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, with tours of the facility at 1522 State St.

Doctors and technicians will be on hand talk about the new facility and the advanced care it offers pets in central, eastern and northern Maine. The center neighbors the Veazie Veterinary Clinic.

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