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Farmers Bank hosts last coffee in downtown building

Dozens show up for Chamber Christmas-themed event

By Rick Kennedy, managing editor
The Hope Hempstead Chamber of Commerce’s weekly Community Coffee at the downtown 200 East 3rd branch of Farmers Bank took on a special significance Wednesday as it attracted both dozens from the community as well as a number of Farmers Bank officials.
It marked the last such coffee event inside the legendary and majestic 200 East 3rd building hosted by Farmers Bank itself; by this time in 2019, Farmers will be established in a new facility, almost directly across the street, at 201 East 3rd.
It was almost a going away party for Farmers as such as visitors marveled at the Christmas decorations and gigantic Christmas tree placed in the center of the building, and spoke fondly of the facility while enjoying a buffet-style spread provided by Sheba’s on the bank’s second floor.
The building was spectacular in its seasonal decorations and lights, and there were plenty of photos and selfies being taken.
Looking around as Farmers employees had assembled around the big tree in the rotunda area, Hope Market President Paul Ball looked around and said, “There’s a lot of memories here; it has been a long time.”
Chamber director Beckie Moore said, “Today kicks off a month long of Christmas Community Coffees. People are always excited to participate in the Christmas coffees and celebrate this time of year. Today, here at Farmers Bank, Sheba’s has catered, so that is always a highlight, so people are excited about that.”
And fittingly, the host of the next Chamber Coffee will Hempstead County, currently located at the S. Washington Courthouse, but will eventually be the new occupants of the 200 East 3rd building that Farmers Bank will be vacating.
With the old Hempstead County Courthouse hosting the Christmas coffee next week, Moore said the final coffee event will be Steve Lance’s office at Lance Real Estate.

Hope Market President Paul Ball (left) speaks with other Farmers Bank employees during the Chamber Community Coffee on Wednesday. (Rick Kennedy photo)
Food was aplenty on the second floor of the Farmers Bank building in downtown Hope on Wednesday. (Rick Kennedy photo)
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