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Batavia Chamber of Commerce Celebrates the Reopening of the Community with a Ribbon Cutting

Jun 26, 2020 12:29PM ● By Anita Malik

Opening a business is always a reason to celebrate. Reopening a business after a forced shut down due to a pandemic is an even bigger reason to celebrate.

After working with and listening to their members during this spring’s shutdown, Batavia Chamber of Commerce understood how important the move to Phase 3, and now Phase 4, of the Restore Illinois plan was to the local business community. It seemed natural that a ribbon-cutting celebration was due.

“We put out the word to our members that we wanted to welcome them back with a reopening ribbon cutting,” said Margaret Perreault, president, and CEO of the Batavia Chamber. “We received a great response and moved the idea forward.” 

Chamber staff members Patti Anselme, special events coordinator, and Shirley Mott, communications and membership coordinator, recorded a representative group of businesses unfurling the ribbon at each of their locations. Finally, Mayor Jeffery Schielke and Margaret Perreault had the honor of cutting a ribbon as an official reopening of Batavia and the greater community.  Batavia Access Television (BATV) assisted with editing and some recording.

 The short video can be viewed at

“We hope this video is a reminder that the local business community needs the public’s support,” Ms. Perreault stated. “Enjoy viewing some of our business owners, but more importantly, visit them, order online, or endorse them with a positive testimonial. Give them a much-needed boost and relish what our community has to offer!”

The businesses in the video are mostly from Batavia. They are (in order of appearance in the video): Bulldog Nutrition, Briana’s Pancake House, Wilson Street Tavern, Six + Cypress, Bocaditos Café, The Tea Tree, The Salt Escape, River’s Edge Bar & Grill, Black Cactus Print House, Foltos Tonsorial Parlor, Paula’s Couture Consignment, Healing Arts Metaphysical Center, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, K. Hollis Jewelers, Two Bostons – The Store for Happy Pets (Geneva), State Street Jewelers (Geneva), Reel Pro Video, Red Hive Market, Oak + Swine, The Book Shop, Daddio’s Diner, J DeCarlo Salon and Spa, and Funway Entertainment Center.

 About Batavia Chamber of Commerce:

 A local business-centered organization, the Batavia Chamber of Commerce sponsors or is involved with several annual Batavia events, including the Annual Mayor’s Breakfast, Citizen of the Year/Ole Awards Event, and much more. The president and CEO is Margaret Perreault. Membership and information about upcoming Chamber and community events are available online at or by calling (630) 879-7134.