Small Business Heroes – Tom + Chee Kennesaw

The Town Center CID recognizes local companies who are reaching out, fulfilling needs, and aiding their neighbors during the COVID-19 crisis. These are just a few of their stories:

Tom + Chee Kennesaw
1200 Ernest W Barrett Pkwy NW #208, Kennesaw

Tom + Chee is a locally-owned Kennesaw franchise that specializes in creative grilled cheese sandwiches and other delicious fare. Since the pandemic began, owners Eric and Laura Hart have come up with some initiatives of their own and have helped facilitate a number of donations made possible by a generous community. Here is just some of the support that they have been able to provide:

  • Joining forces with Capozzi’s in East Cobb, owned by Adam Kessler, they participated in making lunches for kids in the community. Tom + Chee purchased supplies and then asked the community to donate. Through this, there were able to feed about 150 children.
  • Some generous customers purchased lunch to donate to police, fire, and ambulance personnel. To date, they have received $1,600 towards this effort. Locally-owned Uptown Cheapskate ran a fundraiser that matched up to $1,000 to go to Tom + Chee to continue these efforts.
  • Other customers have donated funds for Tom + Chee to prepare meals to specific groups, including nurses and doctors in the ICU at Cartersville Medical, staff at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Urgent Care Kennesaw facility, Children’s Calvary Home, and more.

Additionally, the Harts recently launched a food truck business (Gaston Street Eats) and have been bringing the truck to local neighborhoods to help lift morale and to keep Tom + Chee staff employed. “The community support for your small business has been incredible. We would not be here today if it wasn’t for the outpouring of love and support from our community, businesses and friends,” Laura says.

“This is our hometown and we are here to serve, take care of our community, and give our employees a safe place to learn and grow,” she continues. “…I can personally say it has given me hope to see how many friends and customers have stepped in to support us during these times.”

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