Chamber Corner - November 2017

Small Business Saturday and Santa Parade fast approaching! -

by Donna Claar

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 25 as our village will be the place to celebrate and shop locally! In lieu of a hospitality tent prior to the parade this year, many local businesses will feature specials that day and/or host evening hospitality inside their business prior to the parade.

Heator Insurance will be open from 5 - 7 p.m. where you can grab a treat, peruse the new Union City post cards and pick up your Holiday Home Tour and Tea tickets.

Jack’s Grocery will feature Small Business Saturday specials during regular business hours on the 25th as well as offer cider and donut holes from 6 -7 p.m. from inside Heator Insurance prior to the parade.

New Leaf Floral is all decorated for the holiday season with perfect gift giving items and will offer wassail and scones from 4 - 7 p.m. Val Rossman of Pottery Rocks!, will be there too featuring an even larger selection of her artisanal pottery.

All Things Serenity Yoga & Event Center will be open 4 - 7 p.m. There will be a drawing for $25 off an event rental and two weeks of unlimited free yoga. Chex mix, hot tea and coco will be offered and the following vendors will be set up inside: Michigan Rocks - rock painting ideas, info, presentations and anybody can paint rocks; Society for Historical Preservation will be represented; Back and shoulder massages for $1/minute, Reiki work offered for $1/minute; Rose Denning - Young Living Essential Oil presentations, offers and goodies; and Cozy Mo with sock monkeys and carved crochet hooks.

The Whimsey and What Not Shoppe will be open 4 - 7 p.m. and offer hot chocolate and cookies to shoppers. Vintage and handmade items fill the shoppe!

Miller’s Pharmacy will be open regular business hours on Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and offer 20% off all on all Christmas and gift items!

The Thrift Shop will be open with extended hours until 9 p.m.

As more businesses join in on the #SmallBusSat event, I will update on social media to keep you up to date on the latest special offers. Whether on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, find out about our community’s happenings instantly just a few clicks away!

Don’t forget to stop in at the new Ivan Boynton Municipal Offices which includes the Union City Village Office and Police Department for their Open House from 1 - 3 p.m. Join us for a brief Ribbon Cutting at 1 p.m. along with Ivan Boynton who will do those honors. Now located at 101 South Broadway, their move is complete and this is your chance to tour the new offices!

Rounding out the day will be the Santa Parade at 7 p.m. which brings that jolly ol’ elf right into the downtown! Vehicles line up at Robbin’s Auto Value at 6:15 p.m. and walkers start from the old Putnam Funeral Home. You can still register for the parade by bringing two copies of your form to the line up. Registration forms are available from Heator Insurance, the Union City and Union City Chamber Facebook pages and the chamber web site at

Immediately following the parade Santa will visit with children and adults alike at Southern Michigan Bank & Trust. For a donation of a non-perishable food item, children can have their picture taken with Santa. Have you been naughty or nice? Be ready to tell Santa all about it!

If you have family or friends that cannot make the trip to Union City this holiday season, why not send them a post card with a “Wish you were here!” message? The chamber is selling post cards with six different line drawings that Ron Chard graciously allowed us to use. At only one dollar a piece, collect them all, send them out with glad tidings and watch for even more selections in the year to come! You can find them at Heator Insurance and All Things Serenity. Watch for other businesses to carry them soon too!

A reminder that the Society for Historic Preservation’s 6th Annual Holiday Home Tour is Saturday, December 9, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., followed by the Tea/Musical Performances at 4 p.m. at All Things Serenity Yoga Studio & Event Center. Tickets for each are $10, available at Miller's Pharmacy, Heator Insurance, and All Things Serenity.

The Green Thumb Garden Club is sponsoring the second annual Polar Bear Snow Mountain Melt. Canisters are placed at local businesses and for $1 per guess, you are invited to submit a guess as to when the pile of snow will melt! The closest guess wins half the proceeds, with the other half designated to purchase metal art representative of Union City heritage for the downtown garden beds. Let it snow!

Joining the Chamber of Commerce is a wonderful way for you to support your community’s vitality and economic health. Working tirelessly to promote our village and in support of other community organizations as well, won’t you consider joining this dynamic group of businesses and individuals for the coming new year? Contact our President Laura Legris from Heator Insurance at (517) 741-5861or myself for more information. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month March through November at 7:30 a.m at The Daily Grind.

So many heartfelt thank you’s to everyone who contributes to our community in so many ways! Merry Christmas to you and best wishes for the coming New Year!

Donna Claar can be contacted at or by text/phone at 269-317-7723.