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  • So long street.life! This year, the Chamber Collaborative takes the celebration inside to Jimmy's on Aug. 4

    It’s been held on Four Tree Island, the Shoals Steamship Company Dock, Chestnut Street outside the Music Hall—and even at the salt piles — but this year—the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth’s annual business awards celebration will take place INSIDE at Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club.  

    This highly anticipated event, dubbed Summer Detour 2022 presented by Service Credit Union, and formerly known as street.life!, is a celebration of the local business community. Its name is not only a play on the detour taken from its traditional outdoor venues, but also a tribute to getting the job done—even when your route takes a turn or two! 

    Hosted by the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth, the seriously exuberant celebration will take place on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5-9 p.m. at Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club—the Seacoast’s hoppin’ new music and celebration venue that opened Sept. 30, 2021. 

    Cash bar cocktails and delectables will be enjoyed and an awards portion of the evening including the one surprise award—the Building a Better Community Award, will be bestowed upon their recipients. The awards ceremony aims to honor the Portsmouth business community and Chamber members who contribute to its success. Awards include-- the Volunteer of the Year, the Collaborator of the Year, the Small but MIGHTY Business of the Year, the Big Business of the Year. 

    As guests treat their discerning palates to heavy appetizers (among lighthearted banter), Crown Jules will set the scene for eating, drinking, mingling and networking. Crown Jules is steeped in the essence of Motown, soul and music that has been heavily influenced and molded by that sound. They deliver a high energy, danceable mix of classic and soon to be classic songs to the stage. 

    The Chamber’s biggest fundraising event of the year, Summer Detour is a highly-attended gathering for local businesses and members of the Portsmouth community. Born in 2012 when members dined al fresco in the middle of Pleasant Street, it has been met with enthusiasm from Chamber members and non-members alike, coming from all corners of the Seacoast to celebrate the love of Portsmouth. To learn more, and to purchase tickets for the annual celebration, visit portsmouthstreetlife.com.  

    The Chamber is thankful to its sponsors: Presenting Sponsor, Service Credit Union; VIP Reception Sponsor, Mass General Brigham: Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. Additional sponsors include Auger Building Company, Granite State Minerals, Eversource, Sheehan-Phinney, First Seacoast Bank, Bangor Savings Bank, Newburyport Bank, Partners Bank, R.M. Davis, and CIT, DF Richard Energy, Global Technical Talent, Northeast Delta Dental, Stinson Associates CPAs, The One Hundred Club, From Vine to Wine, Stoneface Brewing Co., Centrus Digital, Kennedy Gallery & Custom Framing and more to be announced shortly. Creative sponsorship from Buoy Creative, Darci Creative, JBC Communications, Mintleaf Marketing and Spin Off Productions. 

    The Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth celebrates its 105th year as a Chamber. Learn more about the Chamber at www.PortsmouthCollaborative.org.