The building at 193 Queen Street was originally constructed by Otto Seegers in 1967 as Chatham’s first donut shop. The building immediately stood out because of its unique hexagonal shape and glass walls. Eight massive wooden beams at each corner of the building support the exterior walls and the roof which explains the donut shop’s unique shape. For a short period of time in the 1970’s, the building was leased to The Baker’s Donut Shop’s Limited and then to Davey’s Fabulous Foods Ltd. Otto Seegers took back the property in 1974, running a series of restaurants until the building sold to Murray Duff enterprises in 1980.
Over the years the building was renovated and the glass walls were replaced with white brick. The building has been used as a restaurant, an insurance office, a health center and now a law firm.
In 2017, Jon renovated and expanded the size of the building. A new roof was constructed over the hexagon and the usable office space was more than doubled. The hexagon still exists and remains visible from inside the staff wing of the building. As part of the renovation, we made the building accessible to people with disabilities. We have two handicapped designated parking spots; a barrier-free entry to the building (including automatic door openers); and wheel-chair/walker friendly meeting rooms and washroom facilities. We have six client meeting rooms which allows us to follow COVID-19 cleaning protocols between sets of clients.
We have many clients with very, very fond memories of “the donut shop” and we love hearing your stories and seeing your pictures of “our building”. Over the years, clients have brought us photos. If you have photos from bygone days of our building, please stop in with a copy that we can add to this collection.