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I recently had the pleasure to meet and welcome Hector of European Savouries to Dresden's downtown business community. Hector operated a similar shop in downtown Toronto when he decided to slow down his life. After some research Hector, his wife and three children made the move to Dresden.
He's happy to report that his family and his business are both doing well and that he appreciates life in a small town.
His European Savouries are absolutely delicious and his customer base continues to grow with new visitors to his shop on a daily basis. I suggest you check his menu board shown below or better still stop in his store to sample a taste of Europe right here in downtown Dresden. To quote customer Mark, "The pastizzis are delicious flaky filled pastries, available with meat or without. Great for a snack or meal. Also, try the Tropical strawberry soda from Ecuador. Sweets are good too (I like the almond cookies)". To place an order call, Hector, at 416 233 9063. The store opens at 8:30, Monday through Friday, closing at 6 pm. and is conveniently located next door to My House Restaurant.
Located in the heart of Dresden, Kimberly’s One-of-a-Kind offers one-stop shopping for painted furniture, home decor items, vintage finds, unique gifts, and supplies for your own up-cycling projects. The business is owned and operated by Kimberly Reid, with the help of her husband Marc, and her father Ron White, a semi-retired cabinet maker and furniture finisher. Kimberly began up-cycling and selling furniture pieces on consignment and from her home and workshop in Wabash, an historic former schoolhouse (itself an ongoing up-cycling project) affectionately named PeaceAcre. In early 2018 she opened a store in rented space at Connie’s Country Store in Dresden under the name Kim’s Refines, establishing a viable retail outlet for her finds and projects. Later that year, Kimberly and Marc had the opportunity to purchase their current location at 444 St. George St. in Dresden’s historic commercial core, a nineteenth-century property listed in the Chatham-Kent Municipal Heritage Register. With its local historical significance and Italianate and Renaissance Revival architectural features, the Reids knew they had found the perfect location for Kimberly’s One-of-a-Kind, which opened for business in January of 2019. As the Christmas gift-giving season approaches, you’ll want to check out the ever-changing selection of unique pieces at Kimberly’s One-of-a-Kind. Kimberly also offers a full line of Fusion Mineral Paint and supplies for creating your own personalized gifts and decor. Store hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10 to 5 and Saturday from 10 to 3. THE CHATHAM-KENT MUNICIPAL HERITAGE REGISTER Historical Significance: This commercial block was the core of nineteenth century Dresden. It was where most of the town’s goods and services were purchased. The block would have included grocery, hardware, men's/ladies’ wear stores among other things. Few blocks in Chatham-Kent have more collective historical significance than this one. Architectural Significance/Description: This group of buildings include a number of styles and interesting details. However, Italianate and Renaissance Revival architectural features are the most dominant. The arched windows, cornices, brackets, dentil and quoin brick work are among the best examples used on a commercial block in the municipality.
Mild2Wild Hydrographics Of interest is the hydrographics business Norm brought with him from London. Hydrographics is the art of making things go from mild2wild by branding your car, toys and other favourites, that then become unique to your tastes. To learn more stop by to visit with Norm at Hank’s Auto and be sure to tap a visit to their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mild2wildhydrographics/ you’ll find lots of photos there. Mild2Wild Hydrographics is located with Hank's Auto Body 136 St. George Street (0.36 mi) Dresden, Ontario N7M 3P2 (519) 683-2011 Let your imagination run wild with hydrographic ideas like the ones shown below...
Hank’s Auto Body has new owners. Norm and Tash Burridge bought the business, buildings and property from John Veenema two months ago. Norm has over 30 years experience in the trade, the past 12 years as owner /operator of a body shop in London. “Ours was a big shop with lots of employees and a fast paced life,” said Norm. The opportunity to slow things down came when I learned that Hank’s Auto Body, a family owned business since 1961 was for sale. “My partner Tasha and I knew this business would fit perfectly into our lives,” so we bought it smiles Norm. His partner Tasha works in Wallaceburg at Community Living. The couple and their children live in Chatham. From our freshened up shop, Hank’s Auto Body, still family owned, will provide excellence in collision repair and classic car restoration. You’ll find Hank’s Auto Body on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Hanks-Auto-Body-107672227258228/ however, be sure to visit them at their downtown Dresden location for free estimates and friendly conversations with Norm or phone 519-683-2011. Mild2Wild Hydrographics. Also of interest is the hydrographics business Norm brought with him from London. Hydrographics is the art of making things go from mild2wild by branding your car, toys and other favourites, that then become unique to your tastes. To learn more stop by to visit with Norm at Hank’s Auto and be sure to tap a visit to their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mild2wildhydrographics/ you’ll find lots of photos there.