Dee'z Delicious Dogz stand opens in Brussels
BY DENNY SCOTT
Dee Hodgson has been impressed by the support her business, Dee’z Deeliciouz Dogz, has received since opening in Brussels last week.
The hot dog cart, which is located on the village’s main street in front of Don Montgomery Autobody Collision and Restoration, opened up just last weekend after Hodgson had spent years operating the cart and, before that, working in a food truck in St. Thomas.
“I worked for my boss in St. Thomas, who had a chip wagon, from 2007 up until 2018 and, for four years, he had this cart and I ran it at the Home Hardware in St. Thomas,” she said. “At the beginning of 2018, he found out that his chip wagon was doing really good business and he didn’t need the cart. He offered it to me and I bought it off of him and set it up in St. Thomas in the [summers] of 2018 and 2019.”
Hodgson met Christopher Bank, a tattoo artist in Brussels, through Facebook, and Hodgson moved to Brussels afterwards to set up her hot dog cart there.
The shop sells hot dogs, jumbo hot dogs, beef burgers, polish sausage and a mild Debrecener sausage, she said.
“I opened [April 10],” she said. “That was my first day here. I’ll be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday until the May 24 weekend, when we’ll look at expanded hours.”
Hodgson said she has been surprised how many people have come out in the cold weather for a hot dog, saying her business is busier in Brussels, which has just over 1,000 people, than it was in St. Thomas, a city of nearly 40,000.
“My business has been double what it was in St. Thomas,” she said. “Brussels is such a small town and the people are amazingly great.”
Hodgson has family in the area, so she knew she was moving to a more rural area, but she didn’t expect the kind of patronage she has received. She said some of that is tied to people wanting to support local businesses, which has become a priority during the pandemic.
Speaking of COVID-19, she said that, aside from it taking a little extra time to get her licence approved by Huron East due to the pandemic and having some signs printed, the pandemic hasn’t proven to be much of a hindrance for her to open up.
“I had to put up COVID signs to tell people to keep six feet apart and wear masks in line,” she said. “I didn’t need plexiglass as we have a six-foot distance due to a table in front of the actual cart creating distance.
“Getting my permit was a lengthy process,” she said. “I had to find a place that I would be allowed to set up, and they’re so busy with COVID, it took longer to get the permit through, but that’s understandable.”
Aside from her spot on main street, Hodgson said she wants to do special events locally, like birthday parties, events, baseball tournaments or fairs.
For more information, look for Dee’z Deeliciouz Dogz on Facebook or call 226-373-2298.