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Chamber House Slow to Catch On

Sunday, February 22, 2015 @ 9:21 AM

Prince George, B.C. – Chamber House is slowly picking up steam. chamber

Created by the Prince George Chamber of Commerce out of their own office space, it was billed as a place where members can warm up, enjoy a hot beverage, watch Games’ events, or even work remotely.

“We’ve had a little less traffic than we were hoping for,” says CEO Christie Ray. “We’re getting a handful (of people) per day, though Thursday picked up a bit so it was somewhere around maybe 10 and we actually had close to 20 people on Friday.”

So why the lack of traffic?

“I think concerns over parking could be part of it. I also think that the business community has put aside these two weeks to be involved in the Games and everybody has odd hours because they’re trying to fit their work in but also trying to go to events.”

Chamber House - Photo courtesy P.G. Chamber of Commerce

Chamber House – Photo courtesy P.G. Chamber of Commerce

Ray adds mother nature may be the biggest factor though.

“We promoted Chamber House as a place initially to come warm-up and have a hot drink and the weather is gorgeous and warm. People want to stay outside in the sunshine, they don’t want to go anywhere to warm up.”

But despite the slow start she’s still pleased with how things have gone.

“Overall we’re really happy and glad we did Chamber House. People are making some great connections and it’s really providing some benefit to people.”

Chamber House will remain open the second week of the Games. Its hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday and noon to 9 p.m. on weekends.


The irony, in yet another Chamber of Commerce event, is delicious. They can’t even draw their own members, never mind visitors, to their little pavillion, and they wonder why the COC is often ridiculed?

How I tire of potshots. Just pure laziness and sadness. Thanks to the C. of C. staff and members for stepping up and working as hard as you can to better our community, and to contribute to these amazing Canada Winter Games. It’s a great time to be living in PG and awesome to see how happy our visitors are, as well as all of the fantastic volunteers etc.

As per usual you have people who find fault in everything. Games are great. Once in a life time PG event and people have to complain about it. Going to watch hockey today.. I am sure it will suck and both teams will lose…lol

Or maybe you just aren’t aa popular a spot as you think you should be?

Don’t know why the Chamber should be surprised with the low numbers. Half the restaurants and motels in Prince George are experiencing low numbers, and are losing money.

Ooops. Shouldn’t have said that, it will be considered as negative, even if it is true.

But they have TV and hot beverages. You can’t just find those anywhere.

Its not cold outside. Offer cold beer and the numbers will go up.

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