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Chatham's Davis Family Passes Along a Tradition of Giving

Jeff Davis and his family at gazebo this past holiday season Credits: Chatham Community Services
Jeff Davis and his family in Chatham gazebo he helps decorate from years ago Credits: Chatham Community Services

In a tradition that has spanned decades, Jeff Davis and his family celebrate their Chatham pride by giving back.

Best known as the owner and operator of Specialized Auto Craft, Jeff reflects on his 43 years of business ownership and the importance of supporting the community that supports him.

Early in his career, Davis noted the lack of festive décor along Main Street during the holiday season. Through his work with the Chamber of Commerce, arrangements were made to line the street with holiday trees donated and decorated by local merchants. Jeff supplied the barrel planters for the trees and a tradition was born!

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But winter is not the only time that Jeff offers support. Emergency responders are another focus. His Specialized Auto Craft team offers detail services to the Emergency Squad, Police and Fire Department vehicles in preparation for the Fourt of July parade. Gold leafing that originally decked the Emergency Squad vehicles was applied by Davis, as well as the new chevron striping on the fire vehicles.

Now an active member of MyChathamNJ, Davis assisted in the resurrection of the Borough’s antique car show during the 2016 Fishawack Festival.

This winter in Chatham, holiday white lights twinkle, wreaths are hung and street side planters are filled with greenery and bows in the business district by volunteers. Davis funds the decorations for the gazebo holiday tree, something that he’s been doing with his wife Debbie and daughter Amanda for nearly 30 years.

Davis isn’t going anywhere, but ownership of the business is being transitioned to the next generation. Amanda’s husband, Jeff Zalis (aka Jeff Junior) will be taking over and he, Amanda and their son, Jeff, are eager to continue the traditions that Jeff (Senior) started.

Continuing his community-mindedness, Davis is not done giving to Chatham. His next project is to partake in the Adopt-a- Space program, adopting Ogden Street with plans to maintain the area. He feels the Chatham community should be supported, whether it be financially, with time or with talent. He’s still going to be a very big support and asset to Chatham for years to come.

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