Keizer Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Christine Dieker, Marketing Director Stephan Wurzburg and board member Erick Peterson at their new office. (KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox)

Of the Keizertimes

An information center on local businesses and attractions is now open on weekends at Keizer Station.

The Keizer Chamber of Commerce’s new office and visitors center at 6075 Ulali Drive NE, Ste 102 will be open seven days a week, said Executive Director Christine Dieker. Existing staff will man the facility, which doubles as the chamber’s office, during normal business hours. Volunteers will direct visitors on weekends.

“We want this place to be our interpretative center for the Keizer area and the greater Willamette Valley,” Dieker said.

It gives the chamber plenty of room to spread out as it looks to enhance visitor services: The new space is 1,800 square feet, more than double the space in their former digs inside the Keizer Heritage Center on Chemawa Road.

Dieker said the move to Keizer Station makes sense as a way to funnel and direct potential customers into the core Keizer business community, she said.

“We’re trying to be a gateway into all that’s special in the Keizer area,” she said.

A conference room is available for members to reserve and use. And a back area will be used for wine tastings and product sampling.

“Hops, irises, hazelnuts – all those wonderful products we have out there,” Dieker said.

Area agriculture will be highlighted with a mural, Dieker added. Other murals will point out local historical landmarks and people, like Thomas Dove Keizur “blazing the Oregon trail,” she said. The Kalapuya tribe of Native Americans will be the subject of another mural, Dieker said.

“Our direction at first is to highlight Keizer’s historic presence and … how much Keizer is part of Oregon’s history,” Dieker said.

Debuting next month will be an electronic kiosk that’s part of the iRIS: Information Referral Internet System. It will be used to direct people to area events and businesses. An app for iPhone and Android is forthcoming, said chamber marketing director Stephan Wurzburg.