BIZ VOICE: Businesses unite to help Deck the Shelves

Chatham Voice sales representative Peter Zubyk presents a cheque for $500 to Outreach for Hunger executive director Brenda LeClair. The money, to be used to purchase food for the needy, was raised through The Voice’s Deck the Shelves sponsorship campaign in December.
Chatham Voice sales representative Peter Zubyk presents a cheque for $500 to Paul Stratton, business manager for Salvation Army Chatham-Kent Ministries. The money was raised through The Voice’s Deck the Shelves sponsorship campaign in December. The Salvation Army’s $500,000 fundraising goals was surpassed Jan. 2, 2024 by just over $600.

Chatham Voice business customers teamed up recently to help local food banks in a time of need.

Titan Forklifts, Hinnegan-Piseski Funeral Home, Mamma Maria’s Ristorante, Excel Realty, Chatham Chrysler, Hyundai of Chatham, Chatham Nissan, and Sundowner Truck Accessories participated in the Voice’s Deck the Shelves promotion, combining to donate $1,000.

Half of the funds went to Outreach for Hunger, while the other half went to Salvation Army.

Dutch Market closes in Chatham

An iconic Chatham business has closed its doors.

The Dutch Market, located on William Street in Chatham has shut down.

The location, known for its variety of Dutch treats and other European specialties, as well as a top-notch bakery and cheese selection, has been around in one form or another since the late 1980s.

It began in 1987 on St. Clair Street in Chatham. Owner Charlie Huls operated the new business with just three employees.

The store grew and moved to Queen Street in 1995 as Huls imported goods straight from Europe to keep prices down on his specialty items.

He expanded to Sarnia in 2004.

In 2006, growth continued and The Dutch Market moved to Indian Creek Road, doubling the Chatham footprint.

A decade later, Huls shifted to the William Street location, the former site of No Frills. The new place featured a cafe, where customers could sit and relax and order soup and sandwiches.

However, Huls shuttered the store at the end of December. Previously published reports cite the pandemic as the primary reason of the closure.

The Sarnia location remains open, and The Dutch Market’s Internet operation remains active.

Southside/T-Bones transition

Changes are in the works on the south side of Chatham. Southside Tap and Grille is moving across the street – well, Charing Cross Road – to the T-Bones property.

T-Bones was to close Jan. 14, while Southside will stay open until Jan. 28.

The new Southside location is anticipated to re-open in February.

According to a social media post, the new location will feature new patios and volleyball courts; a family and sports oriented interior with new TVs; a new menu that will feature barbecue, steaks, pasta, fish and broasted chicken; live music on weekends; more events and promotions; and extended hours.

New real estate board announced

The realtors of Chatham-Kent recently gathered to install the 2024 board of directors.

Members include president Carrie Patrick, Ron Collins, Barbra McCaughrin, Tammy Teeuwen, Matt Bechard, Katherine Rankin, Matt Romeo, Laurie Dehaw and Rob L’Ecuyer.

In the spirit of giving back to the community as part of Realtors Care, members in attendance raised in excess of $2,100 and more than 75 bags of non-perishable food donations for Chatham Outreach For Hunger, accepted by Brenda LeClair.  A cheque donation to CMHA Lambton Kent, Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario for $3,719 was also presented to Andria Appeldoorn.

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