Chamber Corner 6/24/2020

Chamber businesses navigate COVID19

by Donna Claar

Chamber businesses continue to operate to the best of their abilities during this unprecedented time of dealing with the Coronavirus Pandemic. The general rule is facial masks recommended or required and social distancing of six feet between customers expected. Below are a few updates to local member businesses.

BCCASDV/Kim Hemker:

The Branch County Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence will again be at the All Things Serenity location on Tuesdays from 9 A.M. - 5 P.M. every week.

Jack’s Grocery:

Open 8 A.M. - 6 P.M. Now accepting bottle returns from 8 A.M. - 4 P.M. with a $20 limit.

Edward Jones, UC - Brendan McCarthy:

Virtual and scheduled appointments available. Please do not visit if you feel unwell or have felt unwell in the past two weeks. Social distancing is practiced and hand sanitizer is provided to use as you enter/leave the office. Office cleaned between appointments.

Heator Insurance, Laura Legris:

Monday – Friday, 9 A.M. - 4 P.M. Surfaces/handles cleaned between visitors. Masks worn when in close contact with visitors. If you are sick, not feeling well, coughing or sneezing, we request you wear a mask when in the office or use one of the resources listed: Call 517-741-5861; Email: Laura Legris at, Barbi Johnson at or Mike Moldovan at or use mail slot to right of handle/sliver vent opening. Place payments/personal information in an envelope)

You can also go online with most of the companies and pay direct. Auto Owners or call 800-288-8740; Progressive or call 855-347-3939; Wolverine or call 800-733-3320 ; Foremost or call 800-532-4221 ; Aegis Or call 800-233-2160; American Modern or call 800-543-2644

DOVE Ag Services, Inc/Sandy Silsby:

Doors now open. Plexiglass installed at counters. Doing business over phone w/orders called ahead. Using different protocols for loading/unloading product. Customers must run own equipment. This is their busy season; no layoffs; have found truck drivers. Uncertainty remains where agriculture and their business will eventually fall as they have already been impacted by the closing of meat processing plants.

Lighthouse Funeral & Cremation:

Masks optional. The state currently restricts to 10 people inside building at a time. This allows for visitations as normal, however the number of people in the room at any one time is monitored. Having ceremonies inside with only 10 people is very difficult. We can now have up to 100 people at a ceremony outside. Updates provided as restrictions are lifted.

American Legion/Ralph Gottschalk:

Next meeting Wednesday, July 8 at The Bucket Restaurant, 7 P.M. Wear mask to enter until seated at your socially distanced table inside.

All Things Serenity/Paula DeJongh:

Closed at this time due to weather, bugs, prior commitments. Will reassess reopening deck for open air classes in July. Will post pop up classes as bugs/weather permits. Offering on-line classes through Facebook - Yoga Practice with Paula; $20/mo, included in $50 Unlimited Package!

Arleen’s Accounting & Tax Service:

Operating as normal, masks not required but can be worn.

Broadway Bar & Grille:

Sunday - Thursday 11 A.M. - 8 P.M., Friday/ Saturday 11A.M. - 9 P.M.. Masks recommended but not enforced. All tables six feet apart for social distancing. We must seat all guests. Patio is open. Most employees wear a mask unless health reasons don't allow (anxiety/ asthma/etc.)

BCCASDV/Kim Hemker:

The Branch County Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence will again be at the All Things Serenity location on Tuesdays from 9 A.M. - 5 P.M. every week.

Pottery Rocks/Val Rossman:

Art in the Yard event in Battle Creek, September 12, to be determined July 1.

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. Contact her at (269) 317-7723, or the Union City Chamber of Commerce and Union City, MI Facebook pages. Watch for posts on Twitter at @UnionCityMI and Instagram at unioncitymi. #ChooseUnionCityMI #LoveWhereYouLive #ASliceofAmericanPie