Dan Gemus

Local real estate office giving back through country concert



By RTT Staff


A local real estate office is giving back to the Windsor-Essex County community through a country music concert in April.

The Dan Gemus Real Estate Team is hosting “Country at Heart,” featuring the music of Adam Butcher as well as Ashley Lynn & The Spurs. It will be held at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery April 22.

“The Dan Gemus Real Estate Team is always looking to give back to the community that’s been so great to us,” explained Gemus. “The last three years, our team hosted a huge indoor charity yard sale. Those events raised over $25,000 over those three years. But, as fun as those events were on the day of the sales, people didn’t see the hundreds and hundreds of man hours spent by the members of our team to collect and organize the items. The team had even purchased a tractor trailer to help store the collections!”

Dan Gemus concert

Gemus said after much discussion, the team decided to change focus this year to an event that would raise even more funds and not require as many man hours along the way.

Thus, the “Country At Heart” event was born!

“We all love supporting the large charity galas throughout the year. Our goal for this event was not only to have that large event but to have more of a relaxed party feel,” said Gemus. “’Country at Heart’ is basically a large country bash! Jeans and cowboy boots are encouraged! Chicken and ribs will be served off of a 22-foot barbecue grill. It will also feature a backed potato bar, smores bar, candy table and tons more!”

Gemus added: “We have an amazing group of super caring members on the Dan Gemus Team. Everyone is always looking to lend a helping hand anytime we hear of someone in need. Hosting a yearly event is something that we all look forward to every year!”

The real estate team decided to donate its proceeds from the concert to the Windsor Regional Hospital intensive care unit because “we were looking to support a cause that touched as many lives as possible. We also wanted a cause that didn’t have any other large fundraiser events hosted for it on a regular basis. My wife Nicole also happens to be an RN in the ICU department. The unit is always looking for extra equipment etc. We thought it was a worthwhile cause!”

Butcher will play an acoustic set during the VIP sponsor cocktail portion along with the first hour or so of the regular event. Later in the evening Ashley Lynn & The Spurs will headline the party.

“They’ll have everyone up and dancing on their feet all night long!” said Gemus.

Sprucewood has room for 250 guests and Gemus said it is anticipated the event will sell out soon after tickets go on sale to the public March 6. He said guests are expected from all over Windsor-Essex County.

“We would like to thank all of our amazing sponsors. This event couldn’t have happened without every single one of them,” Gemus added. “We started planning this event knowing we were working with a very aggressive timeline for this first annual event. The sponsors stepped up in a huge way and it’s so much appreciated!”

If anyone is interested in sponsoring the event or wanting more information they can call the Dan Gemus Real Estate Team at 519-566-5565 or visit the event website at www.countryatheart.ca.

Duby’s Home Centre donates to Habitat for Humanity



By RTT Staff


The renovations and expansion that is occurring at Duby’s Home Centre is benefitting Habitat for Humanity.

Staff from Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex were at the Ramsay St. home improvement store Friday morning picking up a wide range of older but very usable supplies including lamanent and hardwood flooring, ceramic tiles, deck stains, cleaners, sundries and other materials. Owner Dan Gemus said they are looking to make room for more merchandise at the store but wanted to make sure they gave the old items to a worthy cause.

“The donation to Habitat for Humanity was our way of helping out the community and unloading stuff that’s been there for a long time,” said Gemus.

Duby’s Home Centre made a donation last week to Habitat for Humanity. From left: Becky Young from  Habitat for Humanity, Alyssa Beaudoin and Tim Reaume from Duby’s and John Trach from Habitat for Humanity.

Duby’s Home Centre made a donation last week to Habitat for Humanity. From left: Becky Young from  Habitat for Humanity, Alyssa Beaudoin and Tim Reaume from Duby’s and John Trach from Habitat for Humanity.

Gemus estimated the value of the donated material to be at least $2,000-$3,000.

“We’ve been doing a lot of cleanup and remodeling,” he added.

The upstairs of Duby’s will be completed in about a month or so with Gemus stating it will feature windows and doors, cabinetry, vanities, plumbing fixtures, tubs, trim, lighting, siding and more. He envisions Duby’s as “one-stop shopping” for home finishing needs, adding flooring, window coverings and paint remain.

The reorganization of merchandise has led to Duby’s having to be “creative with space” and also led to the Habitat for Humanity donation.

Work on the exterior of the building should get underway in the spring, added Gemus, with that including new siding, windows and signage.

11th annual Santa Claus Parade hitting Amherstburg streets this Saturday night



By Ron Giofu


The Amherstburg Santa Claus Parade is this Saturday!

The parade starts at 6 p.m. and runs the same route as it has in recent years, with parade check-in at Sandwich St. North and Texas Road with the parade itself starting at William St. and heading south on Sandwich St. to Richmond St., turning down Richmond and heading west to Dalhousie St. before heading north on Dalhousie St. and finishing at Toddy Jones Park.

The 2016 Santa Claus Parade is Nov. 26. Pictured is a look back at the 2015 parade.

The 2016 Santa Claus Parade is Nov. 26. Pictured is a look back at the 2015 parade.

The parade is presented by the Windsor Parade Corporation, which is headed by Maggie Durocher and Dave Grimaldi.

“We’re excited,” said Grimaldi. “It’s Maggie and my hometown. We’re always excited to bring the show there and kick off the Christmas season.”

Grimaldi estimated there are nine bands that will be part of this Saturday’s parade, including three bands from the United States. The band Renaissance was part of last Saturday’s parade in Kingsville, with the roughly 125-student band being a hit, said Grimaldi.

The Detroit School of Performing Arts and band from River Rouge, Michigan are also scheduled to attend, he said.

There are six equine units scheduled to be part of the parade, with the Canadian Cowgirls set to be near the front opening the parade.

“Those are always crowd pleasers,” he said of the equine units.

The individual communities also are a big part of each parade, Grimaldi noted.

“Each parade is made by the community entries,” he said.

There is around the same number of entries this year as there have been in past parades and the uniqueness and personal touches to the floats add to it.

“We always look forward to seeing the local entries,” said Grimaldi.

Grimaldi estimates it takes about one hour and 20 minutes for it to pass any one location.

“Amherstburg has a unique quality about it,” said Grimaldi, though noting while Amherstburg set the standard, other parades “are working hard to match it.”

Many come from outside of Amherstburg just to watch the local parade, he added.

The organizers hope for strong crowds in the downtown core, believing the infusion of local restaurants could bolster attendance in the area.

A local real estate office is also helping out as the Dan Gemus Real Estate Team is raising canned goods and non-perishable food items for the Amherstburg Food Bank. Their float will be collecting goods along the parade route, with Gemus adding that canned goods, non-perishable items and monetary donations are also being accepted at his Richmond St. office up until the parade as well.

Local real estate team recognized by industry colleagues


By Jonathan Martin

A local real-estate team has made its way onto Real Estate Professional Magazine’s list of the top-performing agencies in Canada.

Dan Gemus of the Dan Gemus Real Estate Team said he can only guess why REP Magazine chose his company out of the thousands of others in the country.

“We’re one of the largest in the area,” he ventured. “We also do things a little differently here.”

Gemus said he keeps full-time media marketing specialist on-staff, broadcasts a show on a local radio station every Monday and approaches customer service in a “unique way.”

Dan Gemus, Andrew Paper, Courtney Bondy, Lisa Vandermuren and Joyce Blackmere pose for a photo at Dan Gemus Real Estate Team headquarters in Amherstburg.  The team was listed as one of Canada's top real estate companies by Real Estate Professional Magazine.

Dan Gemus, Andrew Paper, Courtney Bondy, Lisa Vandermuren and Joyce Blackmere pose for a photo at Dan Gemus Real Estate Team headquarters in Amherstburg. The team was listed as one of Canada’s top real estate companies by Real Estate Professional Magazine. (Photo by Jonathan Martin)

Recently, Gemus began offering lifetime discounts at Duby’s Home Centre for those who have worked with his agency. He said his team has also made videos highlighting local wineries.

“It’s just our way of working in some value-added,” he said. “The community has been good to us. We like to give back.”

Gemus added that he adds a “charity fund” into his budget so he and his team can hand a cheque to local non-profits each year.

“The name recognition is there,” he said. “But that’s not why we do it.”

Nonetheless, the Dan Gemus Real Estate Team has been recognized. The group has been featured in publications before, but according to Remus, being featured on REP Magazine’s list is the most prestigious acknowledgement his company has received.

“It’s definitely surreal,” he said. “Sitting at my desk, opening it up and seeing my name there beside some of the biggest names in real estate, it’s just fantastic. I’m very blessed.”

Duby’s Home Centre looks to expand with other home service partnerships



By RTT Staff


Duby’s Home Centre is looking to expand with other home service partnerships.

The downtown Amherstburg store has seen its paint store quadruple in size and the business, now owned by Dan Gemus, has also hired two new employees.

Gemus said that Duby’s is looking to be a location where people can come for pretty much anything they need for their home upgrades and projects.

“I’m ready to move to the next step of my vision for a one stop shop for anything home related in Amherstburg,” he said. “Already being the go to place for flooring, paint and window coverings, we want to take it to the next level and offer a location where someone can find all home building and remodeling materials.”

Some of the home services Gemus stated Duby’s is looking to partner with include electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling, roofing and siding, drywall services, cabinetry, home security, windows and doors, waterproofing, landscaping, pools and spas, shed, and home health services.

“Customers are always shocked at how large the building is once they walk in,” Gemus stated. “With thousands of square feet of unused showroom space available it only makes good sense to offer as many home services as we possibly can for our area residents.”

Local realtor Dan Gemus has purchased Duby’s Flooring and Decorating and changed the name to Duby’s Home Centre. He plans on growing the business and keeping as much business as he can in Amherstburg.

Dan Gemus is continuing to try and keep business in Amherstburg with a new initiative at Duby’s Home Centre

Gemus is hopeful to save Amherstburg residents a trip to Windsor or another municipality and allow them to get what they need locally.

“Aside from going to Windsor or calling a company directly to hope they can make it out on your schedule there really isn’t a place in the county that one can go to find a showroom with all of these services,” he said. “At the same time, it’s not always feasible for these businesses to spend money on store fronts. Partnerships such as this one will allow those companies to have showroom space while drastically cutting back on cost and taking advantage of the customer base already established by Duby’s and the other services also on site.”

Gemus said that some of the benefits for the businesses that will be involved include on-site staff to assist customers.

“Just like a shopping mall, someone coming in to purchase flooring or paint will likely benefit from being able to look at sinks, toilets, lighting displays, heating and cooling options etc.,” he added.

Duby’s Home Centre is located at 269 Ramsay St. and can be reached at 519-736-4021 or via e-mail at info@dubys.ca. Their website is www.dubys.ca. Duby’s Home Centre is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.