Atrium Café to become a community kitchen in downtown Port Huron

The St. Clair County Community Foundation is purchasing the Atrium Café in downtown Port Huron and is launching a network of community kitchens for entrepreneurs.

The Atrium Café & Ice Cream Parlor will be transformed into the Atrium Kitchen as part of the Thumbcoast Kitchens project, which will allow food truck owners, chefs, caterers, bakers and other food entrepreneurs to rent the space and access more large markets with their business.

“This is what we need,” said Daysha Woodley, an entrepreneur from Port Huron who will manage the day-to-day operations of the Atrium Kitchen.

Woodley started his Daylicious Drinks and Treats business during the COVID-19 pandemic and said people are facing hurdles in growing their business when it comes to space. This kitchen and others in the network are something that a lot of people will be able to use.

Port Huron resident and entrepreneur Daysha Woodley, who will manage the day-to-day aspects of the Atrium kitchen, poses for a portrait outside the building on July 29, 2021.

“I am excited about this project because I know firsthand the need for community kitchens here in our region,” she said. “So being a part of it all and providing a place to use for aspiring entrepreneurs is an absolute joy. It is one thing to believe in yourself, but having a well-known and appreciated team such as the Community Foundation believe in their abilities and are confident in their abilities is a dream come true.

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