Chamber Weekly Updates – January 15, 2021

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2021: A Year of Reflection and Hope

2020 was a year of many unprecedented events. As we move into the new year, take a moment to reflect on the past year and be grateful for the little things. Don’t let any negativity from the past year determine your future, but instead discover the lessons and apply them to achieve success.

2021 will be a year of positivity and optimism. As a collective, we must BELIEVE in ourselves, others, and our community. Getting better starts with a clear and positive mindset. First establish this within yourself and then spread the joy to others. If you falter or have a set back, allow yourself grace, dust yourself off and get back into the game. After all, we are the “City of Champions”.

We can accomplish great things this year by uplifting each other, supporting our local businesses and engaging in the community. Let’s first reflect and then look to the horizon of hope.

That’s when we become unstoppable!

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves”
William Shakesphere

Dr. Danielle R. Franklin
Chairperson 2021


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About Presbyterians

Presbyterians believe in the sovereignty of God, the authority of Scripture, salvation by grace through faith and the priesthood of all believers. Our salvation comes through faith in Jesus, God’s only Son and gift to us, and is not the result of our own good works. It is everyone’s job – ministers and everyday people – to share this Good News with the whole world. That is also why the Presbyterian Church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and lay people, men and women alike.

What is distinctive about First Presbyterian?

FPCD has a vision to be a congregation that reflects the city of Duncanville. Candice, a recent new member along with her husband, reflects on that vision: “You have no idea what an impact you made for our family during my first visit to FPCD . . . . Your vision was to become a congregation that represented the diversity of our community. Your vision touched my heart profoundly. I wanted my family to become part of that vision.” We invite all people to join us who want to embrace and celebrate our cultural, ethnic, and generational variety.

FPCD also has a mission to bring people together. We held our first musical and storytelling event called “Festival of Hope” in 2013, a fun afternoon in Armstrong Park with booths for businesses and non-profits. We raised $52,000+ for Duncanville Outreach Ministry. We have organized many other concerts, often involving other churches, businesses, local schools, and city government. These events created many positive relationships and we found that the sum of what we can do together is so much greater than any of us can do on our own.

Reaching Out Brings People Together

FPCD has also sponsored Community Conversations to bring people together to build a strong sense of neighborliness. We have organized a Community Chorus. In 2018 the Duncanville Community Chorus was invited by Distinguished Concerts International, NY to sing Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall! We took 18 singers to New York City, including two Duncanville High School students.

Each new adventure is just around the bend and we invite anyone with a willingness to grow in faith and serve our neighbors to join us!

Website: www.fpcd.org


VIRTUAL
Morning “Meet & Munch”

Wednesday, January 20th
Time: 8am – 9am
Sponsor: Tommie Rains – Ambit Energy

$50 Olive Garden Gift Card drawing
Let’s make some connections!

Host: Jennifer Pennebaker, Chair

Please use your name as you join the meeting!

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Meeting ID: 830 4230 9676
Passcode: 752381


”DUNCAN SWITCH STREET MARKET IS THIS SATURDAY”

The 3rd Saturday comes early this month.
Saturday, January 16th
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

MAINTAIN 6-FEET DISTANCE
WEAR A FACE MASK
CARRY HAND SANITIZER

Duncan Switch Street Market at Main and Center Streets on the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Chamber Weekly Updates – January 8, 2021

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“Looking to 2021”

2020 was a year like none that we have ever seen.

Covid-19 changed our lives and lifestyles. We had to miss family gatherings as well as annual events we were all so used to attending. 2020 affected everyone in different ways. Some struggled financially, some had health problems and some folks lost loved ones to this horrible virus. But some folks found that things actually brought about good in their lives.

As we start 2021, we find ourselves still in the middle of the pandemic but we can possibly see an end in sight. We need to continue to stay safe but we are able to look forward to a better year. Remember to be kind to each other and just a simple smile could change someone’s life. Thank God for your blessings and the future brings hope.

“Lord, we thank you for your continued blessings. Help us to be kind and friendly to our friends and neighbors. Thank you for keeping us safe and I pray that everyone has a better year in 2021..”
Amen

Steve Martin
President/CEO


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Descuento 75%

Address: 915 Gemini Ave,
Duncanville, TX 75116
Phone: (972) 342-9811

Hours:
Monday10AM–6PM
Tuesday10AM–6PM
Wednesday10AM–6PM
Thursday10AM–6PM
Friday10AM–6PM
Saturday10AM5PM
Sunday- Closed

Name brand and designer products at up to 75% off retail prices, all for you. It’s what we do.

From humble beginnings to where we are today, our mission remains the same; to provide our customers with name brand and designer products from major retailers at wholesale prices, prices at up to 75% off what would be found in retail stores. In 2002, Jaime and Betty Salazar began purchasing merchandise from major retailers at liquidation prices with the goal of passing on those savings to members of the community. The news spread, friends were made, sales increased, and just like that, the Descuento Corporation was born. With more and more community members wanting to see what Descuento 75% had to offer, Jaime and Betty outgrew their garage and the need for warehouse space and a storefront became apparent. God provided and Descuento 75% found a home, our current location at 915 Gemini Avenue in Duncanville, Texas. And we aren’t done yet. We are constantly exploring opportunities for growth and ways to offer you, our customers, more opportunities to save.

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VIRTUAL
Morning “Meet & Munch”

Wednesday, January 20th
Time: 8am – 9am
Sponsor: Tommie Rains – Ambit Energy

$50 Olive Garden Gift Card drawing
Let’s make some connections!

Host: Jennifer Pennebaker, Chair

Please use your name as you join the meeting!

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 830 4230 9676
Passcode: 752381


“DUNCAN SWITCH STREET MARKET IS ONLY A WEEK AWAY”

The 3rd Saturday comes early this month.
Saturday, January 16th
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

MAINTAIN 6-FEET DISTANCE
WEAR A FACE MASK
CARRY HAND SANITIZER

Duncan Switch Street Market at Main and Center Streets on the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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FOR THESE TRYING TIMES

Chamber Weekly Updates – December 30, 2020

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“Bye Bye 2020”

This year has been one that no one has ever seen before.

2020 has affected everyone in various and different ways. Some people have lost their jobs, several businesses have been affected financially and we have had to change our lifestyles drastically. Others have been sick with Covid-19 and several have lost their lives to this horrible virus. It has been a crazy year but if you are reading this then you should bow your head or get on your knees to pray and thank God for what he has done for you. Don’t just think of yourself. Think of all the people that have been affected by 2020 and reach out to share a kind word, do a good deed and help someone who is not as fortunate as you. Looking to 2021 be nice to folks as you don’t know how fragile their life may be at this particular time. Just a simple smile, a phone call or even a text could change someone’s life forever.

“Lord, I want to say Thank You for all of the blessings you have given to myself and others. I pray that everyone has a better year in 2021. I ask you God to comfort our sick and grieving, watch over our military and first responders, and to protect our healthcare workers. Bless every one of them for their service and keeping us safe.”
Amen

Steve Martin
President/CEO



“DUNCAN SWITCH STREET MARKET”

We want to remind you about the Duncan Switch Street Market
Saturday, January 16th
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

MAINTAIN 6-FEET DISTANCE
WEAR A FACE MASK
CARRY HAND SANITIZER

Duncan Switch Street Market at Main and Center Streets on the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Duncan Switch Street Market – Saturday, January 16, 2021

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

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Chamber Weekly Updates – December 23, 2020

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“Merry Christmas”

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” – Bob Hope

This is one of my favorite quotes about Christmas. Bob Hope was right; we don’t have to wait for Christmas to love others. The true meaning of Christmas is the Birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. While we should never lose sight of that, I believe Christmas is for Kids! Children see things in the purest ways. They do not see color, ethnicities or differences in people. They ”Love” everyone unselfishly and without reservations. Let’s all act like kids this year. I hope and pray that America can find that simple love for each other and for our still great country this Christmas.

“Lord, I ask You to grant us peace. peace in our homes, peace in our churches and peace in our hearts, especially when it feels like the world all around us spins out of control. May God comfort our sick, watch over our military and first responders, protect our healthcare workers and bless each and every one of you.”
Amen

Steve Martin
President/CEO


“Christmas Shopping”


Duncan Switch Street Market at Main and Center Streets on the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Chamber Weekly Updates – December 18, 2020

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“Thank You”

Several months ago we did a Social Media Campaign with our local businesses. These were photos of businesses holding signs that said “We Are Open” to show everyone in our community that they remained open during the pandemic. The citizens responded and truly helped these businesses during this crazy and trying time.

Our local businesses now wish to say “Thank You” for your support and to ask that you keep supporting them to help them survive 2020 and move forward to better times in 2021.

Please see the businesses pictured below. These two simple words, “Thank You” coming from the owners and workers of these businesses is a special message from them to you.
With everyone’s help, we can make their season bright!

I personally want to say “Thank You” to everyone who has continued to shop local with our businesses and restaurants during 2020. I truly appreciate you.

Steve Martin
President/CEO

(A special Thank You to FASTSIGNS for providing our sign.)

“We are in the same waters but not the same boat.”
We will all get through this “together”!


“Christmas Shopping”


Duncan Switch Street Market at Main and Center Streets on the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Merry Christmas
Enjoy your shopping Spree!
But make sure you stop and visit our Market Vendors


FOR THESE TRYING TIMES

Duncan Switch Street Market this Saturday – December 19

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Duncan Switch Street Market at Main and Center Streets on the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“DUNCAN SWITCH STREET MARKET”

We want to remind you that the Duncan Switch Street Market is this Saturday, December 19th from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

(The forecast is partly cloudy and 58 degrees)

MAINTAIN 6-FEET DISTANCE
WEAR A FACE MASK
CARRY HAND SANITIZER

Officer Ben Luna will be our Officer this Saturday.

This is a Christmas Market and great for shopping. We have our regular vendors plus new vendors.

Come out and enjoy the fresh air, do some last minute Christmas shopping, eat some BBQ, funnel cakes, Burgers, Nachos and so much more.


Some of our Market Vendors

2 Studs 1 Stone
American Karate Academy of Duncanville
Arpero Gallery
Bacon My Day
CERT
Crafty Mari
Darlene Will
Edwards Signs Service
Elite BBQ
Esme’s Badazzled Chicas
Faithfully Kreated by Liz
Genesis Signs & Desings
Jane Moore Agency – Farmers Insurance
Jesus and Me
Jesus and Me
Minty Dental
Nina’s Hispanic Art & Craft
Paisley Fern Boutique
Providence Preserves
Pynk Pit BBQ
Scentsy
Tenselense Concessions
The Confectionist Factory
The Sheet Guy
Vee’s Smelly Candle Shop


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Chamber Weekly Updates – December 11, 2020

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“Christmas Time”

We are only two weeks away from Christmas. This year our Christmas Celebrations will possibly be much different than in years past. We may not be having large family gatherings as we normally do but we can still Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

2020 has taught us that the simple things in life such as spending time with family and friends is a precious gift. Christmas is for the kids and as we get older along with Covid-19 this year, we now really appreciate the simple things in life.

I also want to say “Thank You” to everyone who has continued to shop local with our businesses and restaurants. With tighter restrictions in place, they need us now more than ever. Do what makes you feel safe and comfortable but please continue to Shop Local! More “Thank You’s” are coming.

Steve Martin
President/CEO

“We are in the same waters but not the same boat.”
We will all get through this “together”!

Be sure to check out the latest updates on the website


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“Christmas Shopping”

We are a family owned and operated restaurant, serving the finest cooked to order, New York Italian Classics, using only the freshest ingredients.
Est 2011

Roma’s Italian Bistro
100 S Main St.
Duncanville, TX 75116
(972) 863-9330

Website

Delivery Hours

Monday – Closed
Tuesday
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Pickup Hours

Monday – Closed
Tuesday
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

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COOKIES WITH SANTA DRIVE-THRU EVENT

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
150 E. HWY 67 DUNCANVILLE


Virtual Morning “Meet & Munch”

Wednesday, December 16th
Time: 8am – 9am
Sponsor: Sherry Kennedy
PROforma A-Z Specialties

$50 Roma’s Gift Card drawing
Let’s make some connections!

Host: Jennifer Pennebaker, Chair

Please use your name as you join the meeting!

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 830 4230 9676
Passcode: 752381


Duncan Switch Street Market

Saturday, December 19th
Come Join Us!

Duncan Switch Street Market at Main and Center Streets on the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Chamber Weekly Updates – December 4, 2020

Winding Down on 2020

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“Precious Gifts”

Time is one of the most precious gifts that God has given us. The past is something that we learn from and the future is something that we look forward to. But the greatest gift is the time we have today and it is considered the “present”.

2020 has been a very challenging year. It has taught us that the simple things in life such as spending time with family and friends is a precious gift and one that we haven’t been able to share.

I hope and pray that you all make plans for a Safe Christmas Season. Thanks to God for helping us getting us through life in 2020. What a gift!

Steve Martin
President/CEO

“We are in the same waters but not the same boat.”

We will all get through this “together”!

Be sure to check out the latest updates on the website


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“Christmas Shopping”

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Knick Knacks opened its doors in November 1992 as an antique and craft mall by Sam and Kathy Jones. Their son Bryan Jones and his wife took over family business until September 2017 when Knick Knacks was bought by Richard and Sarith Abramowitz. Richard and Sarith are thrilled to continuing the legacy, and building upon the success, of the Jones Family.

Knick Knacks will continue to be a vibrant and active showroom of antiques, vintage collectables and home decor. Richard and Sarith intend this to be a place of family, friendship and fun! Their adult children, Louis and Annie, are eager to participate in making Knick Knacks a success.


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KNICK KNACKS
215 W Camp Wisdom Rd #8
Duncanville, TX 75116
972.283.9007
info@knickknacks.com

SHOPPING HOURS

Monday – 10 to 6
Tuesday – 10 to 6
Wednesday – 10 to 6
Thursday – 10 to 7
Friday – 10 to 7
Saturday – 10 to 7
Sunday – 12 to 5

“MAY THOSE WHO ENTER OUR DOORS AS STRANGERS LEAVE AS FRIENDS”

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2020 Virtual Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

Duncanville Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony - Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 6 p.m. at http

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Duncan Switch Street Market

Saturday, December 19th
Come Join Us!

Duncan Switch Street Market at Main and Center Streets on the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Vendor Application


COOKIES WITH SANTA DRIVE-THRU EVENT

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
150 E. HWY 67 DUNCANVILLE


FOR THESE TRYING TIMES

For These Trying Times - "May this season remind you of the hope, joy, love and peace found in Christ." Romans 15:13

Chamber Weekly Update – November 25, 2020


We Always Have Something To Be Thankful For

“THANKSGIVING”

Thanksgiving may seem very different this year. It may be a challenge to celebrate with friends and family as in past years. Each and every one must make the choice of how to be together either with their whole family or a few. No matter what choice is made, please respect each other’s decisions to do what is best for their family. Also this year it may be more important than ever before to let your friends and family know that you’re still thinking of them. Make sure they know that you’re thankful for their presence in your life even if you can’t be with them.

2020 has been a challenging year and none like we have ever seen before. But we still have a lot to be thankful for. You may have gone through some rough times, faced new challenges and may have even suffered a loss of a family member, but we still have Blessings from God that we sometimes take for granted. We are not promised the future so enjoy the present and all that is around you.

I hope and pray that you all have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving. I myself give “Thanks” to God for having each and every one of you in my life in 2020.

Steve Martin
President/CEO

“We are in the same waters but not the same boat.”
We will all get through this “together”!

Be sure to check out the latest updates on the website


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City View Tacos
419 S Main St Duncanville, TX
(972) 780-6188
We continue taking orders by phone, at our walk up window and temporary drive thru.
You can also view our updated menu on our Facebook page


“It pays to read the whole weekly update”

Last week we added a line that that said “Thank you for reading to the end.”
Seven people replied YES and were entered into a drawing.

Jerry Frazier (CPA) was the winner of a $25 Gift Certificate to City View Tacos. (Our Spotlight Business of the Week)

Be sure to read your Chamber Weekly Updates as they may pay off with future prizes.


Duncan Switch Street Market

Saturday, December 19th
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