With its rich history, booming businesses, and growing neighbourhoods, the Town of Tecumseh is vibrant with possibility. These “business spotlights” are designed to take you wandering through new businesses, or ones that you may have forgotten about! Whether you’re a resident or visitor, we hope to keep you falling in love with the small-town charm of this little nook of Windsor-Essex.
This week’s business spotlight will definitely tempt your taste buds and showcase a couple of fantastic programs for artists and photographers of all skill level, and a great way to get the best bang for your buck when buying local thanks to the Tecumseh BIA.
Georgia Rae’s Hot Chicken
Southern Flare in Tecumseh
When it comes to picking your poison, at Georgia Rae’s Hot Chicken, you’ll have to choose wisely. Though their scrumptious southern fried chicken looks – and can be – tame at times, the spice range reaches all the way up to XXX hot! No matter if you’re a fan of mild or spicy, Georgia Rae’s will have something just right for you.
Previously known as Vine & Ash, Georgia Rae’s was born of the pandemic. Since Vine & Ash was mainly high-end, in-person dining, Head-Chef Ryan translated that experience into takeout. Initially, he experimented with a rotating menu, but the day the Nashville-style Hot Chicken Sandwiches hit the menu, it was game over. Windsor-Essex was asking for more of their homemade spicy paste, more crispy chicken, and just more!
Now Georgia Rae’s is here, and she’s got some more Nashville-style Hot Chicken sandwiches for you, Tecumseh. Grab the sandwich alone or make it a full southern meal with collard greens, coleslaw, fries, or potato salad.
And don’t forget to pick: mild, medium, or XXX hot – how brave are you?
Georgia Rae’s Hot Chicken, 13430 Tecumseh Rd. E
Homestyle Delicatessen & Bakery
Homestyle Cooking On-The-Go
The smell of freshly baked bread will tempt you to walk into Homestyle on Manning, but you’ll stay for the delicious variety their store has to offer.
Amongst Homestyle’s goods you’ll find delicious meals to get you through your day. Pick up a made-to-order sandwich that’s filled with quality meats or cheeses from around the world, a piece of spinach pie or a chicken fatina, or grab from their selection of fresh salads. And you don’t want to skip out on their homemade tiramisu or cannoli; when European-style cookies are on the menu, there’s always room for dessert!
Need a little extra hand with dinner? Choose from a rotation of “Heat and Eat” meals like cabbage rolls or lasagna for supper as well as other favourites. You can also shop Homestyle’s grocery items which include made-to-order baskets and charcuterie boards for your next intimate gathering.
Homestyle on Manning’s delectable meals bring you all the comfort of homemade cooking, with the ease of grabbing takeout. So, go ahead, visit the bakery hungry! You won’t be leaving empty handed.
Homestyle Delicatessen & Bakery, 1695 Manning Rd.
Serving the Taste of Home
Rasoi takes us beyond the simple definition of “kitchen” – they bring innovation into the cooking space, preparing dishes with creativity, passion, and tradition.
When finding the vision for her own restaurant, Rasoi owner Sandra looked back on her lifetime of flavour and culture. She pulls ideas from her hometown of Hyderabad (India), where they’re famous for curries and street food; then, she enhances her recipes with the exotic tastes she acquired while living in Kuwait. This melange brings us a taste like no other.
With fresh ingredients and vibrant spices at its core, Rasoi brings a fusion of tastes that expand on recipes that have been passed down for generations. Rasoi isn’t just a place where food is cooked; Rasoi is a feeling. It’s warmth, comfort, and discovery all rolled into a dish.
Rasoi serves us the taste of home.
You can find Rasoi’s mouth-watering dishes at their location with grab ‘n go meals, take out, or catering options. You can also find Sandra and the Rasoi family every Saturday at the Downtown Windsor Farmer’s Market starting in May.
Rasoi, 12150 Tecumseh Rd. E.
Best Bang For Your Buck When Shopping Local
The Tecumseh Dollar program promotes Tecumseh BIA Business Members and helps attract visitors and residents to shop, dine and play in the Town of Tecumseh. Best of all it gives you the opportunity to get the best bang for your buck when shopping local. All three businesses featured above are among those that accept Tecumseh Dollars.
Tecumseh Dollars, offered through the Tecumseh BIA, come in $10, $20, $50 or $100 denominations, with a 20% discount on the purchase of $50 or more!
Tecumseh dollars can also be won through contests, special events or as door prizes at various community events. Examples include “Tina the Tecumseh BIA Llama (Bunny) Virtual Easter Egg Hunt,” which kicked off today (Mar. 22) and runs all week, and the 15th Gallery Without Walls Banner Contest.
Tecumseh Dollars are offered in limited quantities each month and sell out fast. The next bundle will be available starting on Apr. 6, 2021.
Full details about Tecumseh Dollars, including how to buy them and a list of participating businesses where they can be redeemed is available at: http://tecumsehbia.com/tecumseh-dollars
Tecumseh BIA Gallery Without Walls Banner Contest
Creative Citizens Can Showcase Their Creations High Above The Streets of Tecumseh
A Gallery Without Walls, in its 15th year, is an exciting initiative brought to you by the Tecumseh BIA. Local artists and photographers of all ages are invited to submit their paintings, drawings and photographs with the chance to earn bragging rights for having them placed onto banners and hung high above the town from street poles from June to November. This incredibly colourful and unique town streetscape will be enjoyed by the local community and visitors alike.
In addition, those who have their creations selected will receive Tecumseh Dollars, and a picture of their banner along with their name listed on the Tecumseh BIA website.
Submissions will be selected based on those that best match this year’s theme, “superheroes.”
So get out your pencils, paints or camera and show the Tecumseh BIA what your interpretation of a Superhero is! It could be your favourite Comic book character, an inspirational figure in your life or a real-life, hard-working superhero in our community!
Deadline to enter is Fri., Apr. 2, 2021.
For details visit: http://tecumsehbia.com/gallery-without-walls-2
Eyes On Tecumseh Business Spotlight Sponsored by the Tecumseh BIA
Let’s get out and show Tecumseh some love! If you visit any of these establishments thanks to this business spotllight, feel free to tag @eyesonwindsor and hashtag #TecumsehBIA and #EyesOnTecumseh!
This installment of our recurring Tecumseh Business Spotlight, “Eyes on Tecumseh” has been generously sponsored by the Tecumseh Business Improvement Area (BIA).
Tecumseh BIA, 12122 Tecumseh Rd. E. Unit 2, http://tecumsehbia.com
More Featured Tecumseh Businesses
To see more businesses featured in the Eyes On Tecumseh Business Spotlight Series visit: https://eyesonwindsor.com/category/eyes-on-tecumseh/
Article by Alley L. Biniarz
Alley L. Biniarz (she/her) has her hands in a dozen different endeavours – she is a writer, a singer, a farmer, an environmentalist, and everything in between. She loves to write about local businesses and is passionate about everything Windsor, Ontario. Alley also uses her journalistic voice to bring awareness to environmental and feminist causes, and to help connect her community with each other. When she’s not writing, you can find Alley tending to her garden or at her shop, “Grown Lady Garments” – a curated collection of sustainably and ethically made clothing for women. You can find her work on LinkedIn or connect with her on social @abeaans | @grownladygarments