Chamber Corner November 2022

Santa Parade and Small Business Saturday

by Donna Claar

Santa Claus is coming to town on Saturday, November 26 at 7 P.M. for the

Annual Union City Santa Parade!

The parade is sponsored each year by the Union City Chamber of Commerce.

Following the parade, Southern Michigan Bank & Trust will host Santa inside the bank! Children can get their picture taken with Santa and the snapshot will be posted on a bulletin board at the bank lobby for pick up at the end of the following week.

Parade participants may begin lining up at 6 P.M. at Robbins Auto for vehicles, floats, tractors, horse drawn entries or other wheeled entries. Those walking in the parade must join in from the new Union City Senior Center and should be in place by 7 P.M. Walkers will enter the parade immediately following the UC Police Department escort. The parade will continue through downtown Union City and will end at High Street.

There will be no registering your parade entry this year. Community organizations are working hard on having a speaker system throughout the downtown but until that is in place, it is proving too difficult to have a portable system that is powerful enough to be heard. Therefore, if you have a parade entry, you may want signage to emphasize who you are so the public can know who you are or who you are representing.

The Chamber of Commerce encourages parade participants to put safety first, especially as this parade commences after dark. Those throwing candy should make sure it gets all the way to the curb to prevent children from running into the dark street. Parents are asked to keep a close eye on their children and keep them near to the curb and out of the street. Drivers in the parade must be 21 years or older and should drive very slowly and carefully.

Those entering a float in the parade are asked to remember there is only one “real” Santa. If you have a Santa on your float, it is asked that it be plastic, stuffed or otherwise imitated.

Those watching the parade are asked not to park downtown after 6 P.M. to allow for safety concerns and ease of visibility. Traffic cones will be placed downtown and citizens are asked to please respect these boundaries.

In addition to the parade, don’t forget that Saturday, November 26 is also

Small Business Saturday.

Remember to #ShopSmall and support our local independents. Watch for local businesses #SmallBizSat posters and flyers and check social media for sales and promotions being offered for this special weekend. Take a #ShopSmall selfie and post to Union City’s Instagram account at @unioncitymi to share the fun of the Santa Parade, SBS shopping and community fun! The Union City Chamber of Commerce was invited by American Express to act as a Neighborhood Champion for Small Business Saturday® 2022 and the Shop Small Movement.

The chamber wishes to thank everyone for their participation and to have a joyous holiday season! Remember to #ShopSmall and show support to our local independents!

Join:

As a chamber member, it is easy to network, share ideas and stay abreast of information locally via email and/or on Zoom. We encourage businesses and/or civic minded individuals to share their ideas, concerns, business successes and suggestions toward the economic development of the greater Union City area. We appreciate and thank you for your support!

The Chamber currently meets at All Things Serenity Yoga Studio & Event Center, 106 E. High Union City, on the second Tuesday of the month, April through September, at 7:30 A.M. You may also attend the meeting from the comfort of wherever you are via Zoom. Attendance is not a requirement of membership, but of course we hope to hear from you! Won’t you join us? Contact me at (269) 317-7723 or unioncitymi@gmail.com for more information.

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, unioncitymi@gmail.com or the Union City Chamber of Commerce and Union City, MI Facebook pages. Watch for posts on Twitter at @UnionCityMI and Instagram @unioncitymi #ChooseUnionCityMI #LoveWhereYouLive #ASliceofAmericanPie