For over 150 years, the Buchanan Area Chamber of Commerce has welcomed businesses, residents, and visitors to a community that is proud of its history and excited about its future. The Chamber is a catalyst for building a strong sense of community by sponsoring major events that bring people together. It encourages economic growth and industry innovation by providing its members with a variety of business resources.
The Buchanan Area Chamber of Commerce provides leadership in promoting the spirit of the community through increased communication and cooperation among businesses, organizations, and individuals in order to enhance the growth, prosperity, and quality of life in the area.
When downtown Buchanan lost its last hardware store, Tracy & Dave Dippo and family opened the new Redbud Hardware in the fall of 2002. Conceived in the belief that every small town needs a good hardware store, Redbud Hardware has become an integral part of the community. Even “Peat” the dog is typically on duty playing the ambassadorial role of greeter at the door. In 2020, Redbud Hardware was recognized by Moody on the Market with a 15 under 15 (employees) award for outstanding small businesses.
Tracy holds a Masters in Art from the University of Notre Dame and uses her talents in the store and in the community. Tracy served on the DDA board for 8+ years, the Buchanan Preservation Society Board, the Downtown Advertising and Promotions Committee, and led the creation of a mural at McCoy Creek Trail that tells the story of Buchanan’s industrial history.