21May/08

A personal note from the author

I want to welcome everyone to the Lakeland Chamber’s new blog. It has become a project close to my heart. Personally I have followed the local blogging community for over a year. I am excited to now be actively involved in it. For those of you who are new to blogs, this blog will be a little more informal than traditional forms of communication that you have received from the Chamber. I am excited to bring this to you for a number of reasons. Those include being able to, 1) provide more timely information to our members, 2) be active in a bustling local online community, and 3) provide a fairly open arena for issues to be addressed.

With that being said, we are a chamber of commerce and our mission is to be the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where businesses can prosper, and we attempt to do that equally across our 2,100 member businesses.

I look forward to meeting new people, and developing this as a new and open form of communication from your local chamber.

21May/08

April Small Business of the Month – Silvermoon Drive-In

Silvermoon Drive-In Theatre
4100 US Highway 92, W.
PO Box 1528
Lakeland, FL 33802-1528
863/682-0849


The light of the silvery moon is still shining bright on the Silvermoon Drive-In Theatre as it celebrates its 60th birthday this April. On April 14, 1948 the Silvermoon Drive-In, located on U.S. Hwy. 92 W. in Lakeland, opened with the promise of family entertainment at very affordable prices. Today the Silvermoon continues to fulfill those promises with affordable first-run movies on two screens, seven nights a week, and even a flea market and swap shop on the weekends.

Silvermoon Drive-In was the first drive-in theatre to open in Lakeland, and it is the only one remaining, and one of only a few left in Florida. With a beautiful flashing neon sign and marquee that still attracts the attention of those traveling along US. Hwy. 92 W. today, Silvermoon has a refreshment center that offers handmade and homemade pizza and many other delicious selections. You can enjoy listening to the movie through your car radio, or if you want to feel nostalgic they also have in-car speakers available.

The Silvermoon is owned and operated by Harold Spears who began his movie theater management career in 1954, and today is the President and CEO of Sun South Theatres, who also own and operate the Joy-Lan Drive-In Theatre in Dade City. At the Silvermoon 70% of attendees are regulars, and some drive great distances to enjoy the drive-in movie experience. In the early days of drive-ins most attendees were teenagers, today it attracts a cross-section that spans from teenagers and young families to retirees and all folks in between! Mr. Spears’ corporate philosophy of delivering the very best entertainment experience at the most reasonable cost is evident as Silvermoon Drive-In Theatre continues to thrive and remains a landmark people love to frequent. Happy 60th Birthday Silvermoon Drive In-Theatre!

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the Silvermoon Drive-In Theatre as the Small Business of the Month for April.

Nancy Cattarius (Hall Communications) & Harold Spears (Silvermoon Drive-In)
15May/08

The Lakeland Chamber Blog

Lakeland, FL – The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce that it is launching its blog. The Chamber hopes that the blog will increase awareness, and timeliness of its information to its members and the community at large. The blog address will be http://blog.lakelandchamber.com . The Chamber is excited to be joining the growing community of informed citizens that is generating a greater sense of place here in the Lakeland area. We look forward to your interest and thoughts.

For more information please contact:

Aaron J. Bates
Vice President, Communication
Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce
abates@lakelandchamber.com
863-688-8551 ext 237

Or

Angela McLacklan
Administrative Assistant, Communication
amclacklan@lakelandchamber.com
863-688-8551 ext 242