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A Grand move for the chamber, for now

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When Cottonwood Law Group and Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce re-open after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, they’ll do so in each other’s former place of business.

The building at 120 N. Main St. that housed the Chamber office was purchased by Joshua and Courtney Boehm for their law practice. Previously remodeled to accommodate a law practice, the new digs will be a good fit for Cottonwood Law.

The Boehms opened Cottonwood Law at 107 E. Grand St. in July 2016, a space that allowed for just a lobby/reception area and a combination office and conference room. The new space is more roomy.

“The biggest thing is that it will give our clients some more privacy,” Joshua Boehm said. “We’re going to have separate areas. We’ll have a reception and waiting area, I’ll have an office, there will be extra work space, and we’ll have a dedicated conference room. When we have bigger groups, whether it’s family or others, there will be more space to accommodate everyone.”

Moving along with the Boehms will be their young son, Declan, who had a small desk in the old office.

“He won’t have his own office,” Boehm said. The desk will likely find a home in a workroom.

The added visibility of a Main St. location is an extra bonus, but owning the building is an even greater benefit.

“It allows us to get to a place that has the security and space to stay there for as long as we want or need,” Boehm said. “We love Hillsboro. The community has been good to us, and this allows us to continue to serve our clients in a way they should expect.”

Boehm said the new office would open Monday. Clients may experience a wait when calling before multiple lines are installed that afternoon, but they will still be able to get through by phone, Boehm said.

Chamber vice-president Cynthia Fleming said she was pleased to have Cottonwood Law move into the building.

“It’s a wonderful space for them,” she said. “I’m happy they were able to acquire the building.”

However, news of an impending sale sent the Chamber scrambling for a new home of their own.

“Just looking around town at what locations were available, we didn’t want to go off the Main-Grand corridor,” Fleming said.

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A deal was struck to move into the vacated Cottonwood Law office on Grand St. on a short term basis, and Chamber staff and members started putting some items in storage and prepping others for the move.

The Chamber plans to re-open Nov. 29, Fleming said. People won’t be able to buy Chamber bucks until the office re-opens, Fleming said. Ticket sales for the Down Home Christmas concert will continue at Hillsboro State Bank and Emprise Bank.

“If people will be patient with us, it’s all going to work out fine,” Fleming said.

If all goes as planned, the Chamber office will be on the move again later in the spring, reclaiming a Main St. location when Grace Community Fellowship moves out of 110 N. Main St. and into its new church building on Adams St.

Chamber members have been good about helping with office furnishings, Fleming said, and may be asked to do so again when the office move back into a larger space.

“I think what we have planned is going to be sufficient,” Fleming said. “It’s more suited for what we need. Once we get in the new location it would be nice to find a small conference table. That will be decided once we get there.”

Last modified Nov. 22, 2017

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