In the Spotlight // Fitness Anywhere

Owner Kathy Judson (formerly Robitaille), is originally from Windsor, but has a long family lineage from Amherstburg. She recently moved back to the area after ten years of building her career as a Fitness Professional in England, France and Ottawa. Her husband Andrew is a Holistic Nutritionist and a Personal Trainer/Athletic Coach as well. They have recently opened their second Personal Training studio on Dalhousie St. Having played in the FA Cup in England, as well as playing and coaching competitive soccer in France, Kathy specializes in tough group training with emphasis on athletes, as well as pre and postnatal fitness. Andrew, a former professional fitness model, specializes in training athletes, older adults, injury rehabilitation, and nutrition. He creates custom lifestyle nutrition plans that use body type analysis and nutrient timing to meet any goal.

Their facility is a non-membership based establishment where “we require no binding contracts and charge no monthly membership or initiation fees”. You simply pay for the services that you need, whether it be one on one personal training, virtual training in the comfort of your home or at our studio, small group classes, or nutrition. Come in for a free consultation or try a class for free. Operating hours are by appointment so we’re there when you need us! We welcome you to make an appointment at or call 226-347-0240 or visit us at 287 Dalhousie St., Amherstburg, ON.

In the Spotlight // The Village Shoppe

The Village Shoppe/Bulk Food Warehouse is celebrating 30 years serving Amherstburg. Established in 1984 at 473 Sandwich St.S. as the Bulk Food Warehouse, the business offered a large selection of bulk foods, vitamins and supplements. Realizing that there was a need for unique, reasonably priced gift ware, housewares and home decor items in town, the product selection was expanded over the years necessitating a move to a larger premises at 13 Sandwich St. To better reflect the various merchandise offered, it became apparent that a name change was needed, thus “The Village Shoppe” was born. With unique gifts for every occasion, choose from jewelry, fashion, entertaining, birthday, wedding, religious, bereavement, and more. The Christmas merchandise is second to none (including Elf on the Shelf and the new Elf Pets Reindeer and accessories). In the Bulk Food area you’ll find fruit cake, gluten-free and all your baking needs, including a huge selection of Wilton name brand products. Shop early for best selection! Hope to see you soon. Visit us at or call 519-736-7455.

In the Spotlight // The Marsh Collection Society

The Marsh Collection Society?

Our mandate is to collect, preserve and encourage research into the heritage of Amherstburg and the lower Detroit River district.

Established in 1994 at 235A (2nd floor) Dalhousie St., this registered non-profit organization was founded in 1983 by the late Helen and John Marsh, whose family operated the Amherstburg Echo for over 80 years. It was, however, their intent that a facility to house their historical collection should be established only after their deaths, which occurred in 1986 and 1993 respectively.

What’s in the Collection?

The resource centre contains a large collection of photos, books, documents, postcards, artifacts and many more items relating to the area. An extensive library boasts several shelves of books on a wide range of subjects – church records, Canadian, ON and local history, Black and First Nations history; Marine and Military, Prohibition, Railway, WW1, 2 and 1812 – and more. Microfilm holdings include census records for Essex County, the Amherstburg Echo (1874 – 2012) and Assessment rolls. A collection of land instruments (Amherstburg and Malden) is also a very valuable resource.

What do you do there – how does one access the Collection?

There’s always someone here during regular hours to assist researchers. Perhaps you want to access genealogical records – we will also teach a beginner how to get started in documenting a family’s history. Want to discover when your older house in Amherstburg was built?  Staff can help with that. The Marsh papers contain a variety of local history subjects which can be researched.  You are welcome to sit and read microfilm – or you might just like to browse through the library. There is no admission charge or fee for the use of materials, but there is a small charge for photocopies. Check out our website at and Like Us on Facebook. 519-736-9191

In the Spotlight // Essex CFDC

Essex Community Futures Development Corporation

The Essex Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) is a community-based, not for profit organization that encourages entrepreneurship and the pursuit of economic opportunities in rural Essex County.  Services are provided with the support of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).  Key services include access to capital for local businesses, financing up to $250,000 and business counselling and referral services.

“Through our business counselling and integration of county services with the Small Business Centre and WEtech Alliance, 2013/14 was a very productive year for our organization and for the region,” said Linda Scott, General Manager of Essex CFDC.  “We were able to provide advisory services to 163 businesses impacting 1044 jobs. Moreover, through our capital investment fund, $708,775 in loans were disbursed for start-up, stabilization and expansion plans resulting in 213 jobs being created or maintained. We are very proud since our inception to have disbursed $6.9 million and created/maintained 1,304 jobs through this fund to support local businesses in Essex County.”

To contact: Linda Scott GM, 519-776-4611 or visit