Chamber Corner 11/14

Christmas Kick-Off begins Thanksgiving weekend

by Donna Claar

Christmas Window Decorating Contest

With the holidays fast approaching, including our local events with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and the Santa Parade, the Union City Chamber of Commerce is hoping to encourage folks to get festive by hosting a Business Christmas Window Decorating Contest!

Put forward your best Christmas window display by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20 and you may just win, win, win! First place is both a $25 gift certificate to Jack’s Grocery and a $25 gift certificate to Merchant’s True Value Hardware. Second place is a $25 gift certificate to Antique Salvage, Union City.

To be eligible for judging, you must register your business window by Monday, November 19 by emailing Val Rossman at Thank you for your participation! We can’t wait to see your displays!

Small Business Saturday

Mark your calendars for Friday and Saturday, November 23/ 24 as the Village of Union City will be the place to celebrate and shop locally! Many businesses will feature specials for those days and/or host evening refreshments inside their business prior to the parade on Saturday.

New this year is the Shop Small Passport! Pick up your passport card from any of the participating businesses on Friday or Saturday, November 23/24. Get signatures on your passport at a minimum of six of these participating Union City businesses on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday (11/23-24) to be entered into a drawing they have donated prizes to!

No purchase is necessary but we encourage you to support our valuable local businesses during your holiday shopping season!

Drop your passport with at least six signatures on it at the emcee stand in front of Southern Michigan Bank & Trust during the Santa Parade at 7 p.m. Saturday, November 24. Drawing for door prizes will be immediately following the parade. You must be present to win!

Passport businesses offering refreshments and/or specials for November 23/24 are:

  • The Hometown Gazette - Open Saturday 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., offering a free month with the purchase of one year’s subscription, and running a special 2 column by 2 inch black/ white newspaper ad for only $15.
  • Jack’s Grocery - Open Friday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., watch for their in-store flyer featuring great buys for SBS.
  • Miller’s Pharmacy - Open Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., offering 20% off gift items on both Friday and Saturday.
  • Merchant’s Hardware - Open Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to the end of the parade, offering free popcorn, pet pictures and a vintage style wooden ruler to visitors on SBS.
  • Vozar Insurance - Serving refreshments Saturday 6:30 - 7 p.m.
  • State Farm Insurance - Open both Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., offering your choice of a free State Farm bear, piggy or stocking with your participation in a Life Needs Analysis.
  • Whimsey and What Not Shoppe - Open Friday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. offering 10% off purchases both days on everything in the store.
  • The Bucket - Open Friday 11 a.m. - Saturday 1 a.m., offering 10% off appetizers between 4 - 8 p.m.
  • The Broadway Grille - Open Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., offering half off appetizers (excluding sampler platter).

The following three businesses will be located inside at The Hometown Gazette:

Memories Made Formal Wear - Open Saturday, 3 - 7 p.m., offering 20% off your purchase and she’ll pay your sales tax; Scarlet Barn Photography - Open Saturday 3 - 7 p.m. and Paranormal Bathtivity - Open Saturday 3 - 7 p.m.

Santa Parade and Float Contest

Santa Parade Registration 2018

Rounding out the day on Saturday will be the Santa Parade at 7 p.m. which brings that jolly ol’ elf right into the downtown!

We are excited to announce that Dr. Christopher & Associates Dental Office is sponsoring a float contest this year. First place is $100, second place is $75 and third place takes $50.

Parade line up begins at 5:30 p.m. from Robbins Auto. Float judging begins at 6 p.m. and the parade starts at 7 p.m. Parade participants that are walking start from the old Putnam Funeral Home and enter the parade after the initial police escort.

To be announced in the parade, you must register your entry. Entry forms are available at the chamber web site at or on the chamber Facebook page, under the Santa Parade Event. You can also register by sending the name of your organization, information/Christmas message to announce your entry, and your contact information to before Monday, November 19. For more information, contact Donna Claar at 269.317.7723.

Please note, there is only one real Santa. No other “real” Santa’s allowed as it is confusing to the little children. Plastic, stuffed or facsimiles are ok. We do ask that drivers of vehicles pulling floats be 21 years of age. Tossing candy is permitted if those tossing can get the candy to the curb to avoid children running out in the dark in to the street chasing after treats. Safety first!

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

The Christmas Window Decorating Contest, Santa Parade and Small Business Saturday is sponsored by the Union City Chamber of Commerce. Joining the Chamber is a wonderful way 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? Contact me for more information at 269.317.7723 or email Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month March through November at 7:30 a.m. at The Daily Grind.

The Chamber wishes to extend so many heartfelt thank you’s to everyone who contributes to our community in so many ways! Thank you for your participation in our holiday festivities. Merry Christmas to you! We wish you a joyful holiday season and best wishes for the coming New Year!

Our next chamber meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30 a.m. at The Daily Grind.

Donna Claar is a devoted promoter of Union City and its surrounding areas. She administrates several social media sites about Union City and assists chamber members with their marketing needs. She can be reached at (269) 317-7723, or Union City, MI on Facebook. Watch for posts on Twitter at @UnionCityMI and Instagram at unioncitymi.