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Royal LePage Binder real estate officially opens Amherstburg office

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Royal LePage Binder Real Estate has officially opened its new branch office in Amherstburg.

Located at 65 Sandwich St. N. at the corner of St. Arnaud St., this new office will, according to a press release, “enable us to provide comfortable and efficient services to our sales representatives, clients and customers in the community as well as new team members.”

Royal LePage Binder Real Estate first opened an office in Amherstburg Aug. 1, 2011 with their Amherstburg team having grown to 12 sales representatives.

“We’re thrilled with it,” franchise founder and broker of record Frank Binder stated. “It’s been a work in progress. We’re excited to be here.”

Renovations took roughly two months to complete and Royal LePage Binder Real Estate is happy to be in the north end of town.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo cuts the ribbon to officially open the new Royal LePage Binder real estate office at 65 Sandwich St. North.

“We are excited about the prospects of growing in Amherstburg as the town grows,” said Binder. “It’s a great community. We want to be part of that. We felt we had to be here.”

Royal LePage Binder is the sole occupant of its new building and has parking for its customers, he added.

The real estate company has offices in Windsor, Tecumseh, Kingsville and Leamington and total sales team of 150 sales representatives and brokers.  Binder has been in the real estate industry for 43 years.

Royal LePage is a Canadian real estate franchise serving Canadians for over 100 years and now have over 17,000 sales representatives coast to coast. The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is dedicated to raising funds to assist women’s shelters across the country. Locally, Royal Lepage Binder Real Estate has raised over $400,000 over the past 17 years for the foundation. Their 2018 Golf Tournament raised $30,000, at Pointe West Golf Club with 100 per cent of the funds directed to the Hiatus House.

“We are proud of the services our sales team provides, and our involvement in the various communities we serve in Windsor Essex County.  This expansion speaks to our confidence in the local real estate market and to our continued commitment to serve the great community of Amherstburg,” said Binder.

 

G.L. Heritage Brewing Co. holds official ribbon cutting ceremony

 

By Jolene Perron

 

A local craft brewery is honoring their heritage, and supporting tourism in Essex County with their new business.

Described as a small family owned and operated brewery in rural Essex County, G.L. Heritage Brewing Co. is owned by Dwayne Grondin, his wife Jen, his brother Greg and his wife Cathy. While it’s been open for approximately five weeks, they had their official ribbon cutting and opening over the weekend.

“The business is loosely based on my father’s business,” explained Dwayne. “In 1977 he opened up G.L. Heritage Motors in Amherstburg here right by town hall. We have kind of followed his spirit of entrepreneurship and decided to open up a little business of our own. The whole idea of the August 13 grand opening date was that, that was their grand opening 40 years ago.”

Brothers Greg (right) and Dwayne (left) gave Mayor Aldo DiCarlo a tour of the brewery before the ribbon cutting ceremony over the weekend.

Brothers Greg (right) and Dwayne (left) gave Mayor Aldo DiCarlo a tour of the brewery before the ribbon cutting ceremony over the weekend.

Dwayne explained his father and a fellow employee at Ford’s left and decided to open their own business. The logo they came up with for their craft brewery is based on a photo that they as children remember hanging on the business wall. It was his father and his company partner shaking hands at their grand opening on August 13, 1977. Their logo is the silhouette of those two people.

The land the craft brewery is on is family land, which has been in the family for 150 years. They had five acres of barley planted on site, which has been harvested and will be sent for testing over the next few weeks, and the team is hoping to have it malted and used in a seasonal beer later this year or early next year.

“We thought we’d make another stop, a different stop, there are a lot of wineries, and the growth of the area is doing really well,” said Dwayne. “The distillery is down the road, we wanted to add something to this area. We started brewing about 18 months ago, creating recipes, trying it out on family and friends. It came down to the four recipes we’ve opened with and we’ve had a lot of good feedback so far.”

 

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo cuts the ribbon to offically open G.L. Heritage Brewing Co. last Saturday.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo cuts the ribbon to offically open G.L. Heritage Brewing Co. last Saturday.

On site to cut their ribbon was Amherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo. He said he didn’t know he liked beer, until he tried craft, and now he has a soft spot in his heart for craft breweries. He said it’s something he has been bragging about since before they opened their doors.

“To have this in town of Amherstburg is just amazing,” said DiCarlo. “Not just on a personal level, but on a town level, especially the town’s future level, it fits in beautifully to what we do in the town of Amherstburg. Our tourism is our function. Their logo, their family history, their family in the town of Amherstburg, their business in the town of Amherstburg, it’s just everything that Amherstburg stands for – family, community and business, all working together for the benefit of our region. It’s an amazing business to have here.”

Currently, the brewery is only offering tasting and retail at their location from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. They just released their canned beer at the beginning of August, and every weekend gets a little bit busier. They’ve also been able to get their beer into a couple local restaurants, including Shooters in Harrow, the Beacon Ale House and Lord Amherst in Amherstburg, and The Blind Owl in Windsor.

For more information on their brewery, visit glheritagebrewing.ca, look them up on Facebook or pop by their location at 8728 Howard Ave., just north of Malden Community & Cultural Centre.

Ribbon cutting held at SoupR Salads

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

One of Amherstburg’s newest eateries is officially open.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at SoupR Salads, with the newest restaurant specializing in – as the name suggests – soups, salads and wraps. Mayor Aldo DiCarlo officially cut the ribbon along with owners Eduard and Greta Kristafi.

Greta said they offer healthy food for their customers.

“We come in every morning and make everything fresh,” she said.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo stands between SoupR Salads owners Eduard and Greta Kristafi during the official ribbon cutting of one of Amherstburg’s newest eateries. SoupR Salads is located at 111 Sandwich St. S., in the new commercial/residential building at the corner of Sandwich St. S. and Fort St.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo stands between SoupR Salads owners Eduard and Greta Kristafi during the official ribbon cutting of one of Amherstburg’s newest eateries. SoupR Salads is located at 111 Sandwich St. S., in the new commercial/residential building at the corner of Sandwich St. S. and Fort St.

This is their third SoupR Salads location, with the other two being in Windsor. One is in the Devonshire Mall and the other is near the University of Windsor. In total, they have been in business for nine years.

“We’ve been living in Amherstburg for a few years now and we decided to bring it out to our town,” said Greta.

The new Amherstburg location has been welcomed by the community, she added.

“It’s been good,” she said of the response from the public. “We are very happy with the way things have started.”

SoupR Salads is located at 111 Sandwich St. S., in the new multi-unit residential/commercial building at the corner of Fort St. The phone number is 519-713-9229 and the hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12-6 p.m.

Ribbon cut for new laundromat

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

The ribbon has been officially cut for the town’s laundromat.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo joined owner Luigi DiPierdomenico and his staff at the Amherstburg Laundromat, located at 131 Gore St., last Thursday evening where the mayor cut the ribbon. DiCarlo called the new laundromat a “good investment in the town” and said the DiPierdomenico family’s investments “speaks volumes” about their commitment to Amherstburg.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo (left) cuts the ribbon at the Amherstburg Laundromat. At right is owner Luigi DiPierdomenico.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo (left) cuts the ribbon at the Amherstburg Laundromat. At right is owner Luigi DiPierdomenico.

DiPierdomenico said he recalled hearing complaints about the former laundromat, which stood on Sandwich St. S. just south of Simcoe St. After the land was sold and redeveloped into what is now the WFCU property, people were concerned about the lack of a laundromat.

DiPierdomenico said he decided to build a laundromat himself and while the original plan of building one next to the car wash was too high, he eventually helped redevelop the former Custom Cleaners building on Gore St. and put the laundromat there.

The laundromat has double and triple loaders, a snack machine, Wi-Fi, a soap dispenser and an ATM, he said, noting it was roughly a $350,000 investment to gut the building and turn it into a laundromat.