The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


January 20, 2014

Tickets on sale of Chamber of Commerce dinner

GROVE CITY — Tickets are available for the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner on Wednesday.

The popular event will begin at 6 p.m. with a social time and the program and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Legacy Banquet and Conference Center with businesswoman Mary Jo Palmer as speaker.

After living in the Pittsburgh area; Denver and Fountain Valley, Calif., Palmer returned to Grove City in 1998 to what she missed most: the benefits of living in a small community. She also discovered a new vision, or perhaps gave into an inner calling, to be a small business owner, following in her father’s footsteps.

Mary Jo was born and raised in Grove City and is a graduate of Grove City College with a degree in sociology and minor in psychology.

After graduation, she held a variety of social work positions, with almost 20 of those years as the director of admissions and social services at Orchard Manor Inc. in Grove City.

She and her husband Ed have been the Olde Town Grove City Farmers’ Market managers for the past five years, receiving the Townie Award in 2011.

Mary Jo met Lisa Pritchard, her business partner, while volunteering as the market manager. They found they had common work ethics, believed in community and enjoyed the creative process. Thus, b’gifted was envisioned and became an Olde Town Grove City business and Chamber member.

Mary Jo’s father, Frank Bryer, has a long history as a businessman in Grove City as well as owner of Bryer’s Home Furnishings. One of seven children, Mary Jo often worked with her father and other family members. As co-owner with Lisa Pritchard of b’gifted for two years on South Broad Street and a member of the Olde Town Organizational Committee, she experienced the hard work and dedication it takes to succeed. Through discussions and dreams of those who have carried on a family business through the generations, it is apparent that dedication, hard work, and pride in family and community are common and natural to these owners. Attendees will also hear the stories of Tom Burdick of Burdick’s Men’s Clothing, Doug McMullen of McMullen Travel and Tours, and Frank Bryer of Bryer’s Home Furnishings and will meet the graduates of Leadership Grove City 2013.


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