More than 50 people representing 28 of Dunsmuir’s businesses exchanged business cards and talked about potential ideas at the Mossbrae Hotel during Wednesday night’s Chamber mixer.

Dunsmuir businesses came together last week to share strategies and ideas to “reestablish Dunsmuir as a destination tourism community.”

More than 50 people representing 28 of Dunsmuir’s businesses exchanged business cards and talked about potential ideas at the Mossbrae Hotel during Wednesday night’s Chamber mixer.

“Dunsmuir has experienced a roller coaster ride as a community,” said Marc Rowley, who owns the Mossbrae Hotel along with his wife, Londa. “Once a premier destination for vacationers from San Francisco Bay area, we can still observe stately edifices of the past, waiting patiently to be reimagined into contemporary ziggurats.”

People like David Edmonson, who created the popular Salt and Savour sauerkraut that has become popular in the north state, joined the chamber saying, “I want to get more involved.”

Ron McCloud, proprietor of Dunsmuir Hardware noted the new energy, which is important for a successful chamber.

There have been recent changes at the chamber. Interim President Cindy Foreman said the mixer is a good way to help building relationships with the different businesses in town.

Chamber interim acting executive director Luann Krahn-Wiegele said they will host open mixers at different businesses over the next months so the hosts have a chance to show what they have and what they do.

The lobby of the Mossbrae Hotel has a motif that honors the past but has become contemporary. The art on the walls is changed monthly.

“We are developing our confidence as a community,” said Rowley. “We have people with new ideas, people with experience and tradition. I think we’re bringing this all together. What is difficult here is that we don’t have a lot of capacity for new businesses on Main Street. Dunsmuir has so many assets and potential which is what brought us here.”

The mixer drew in new members from Etna and the Dunsmuir community. The next mixer in April will be hosted at Siskiyou Arts Museum.