Store Of The Month May 2024

Our Story

Henry & Eve Ramaker immigrated from The Netherlands two weeks after they were married.  They landed in Montreal where they stayed for 1 year and then moved to St. Catharines.

Henry began his retail career at Dominion Grocery Store where he worked his way up from box boy to eventually Store Manager.  Henry was with the company for 16 years in total, all the while wanting to be his own boss someday.

Finally in 1975, he learned that the Dutch store on Vine St. in St. Catharines was for sale.  Mom & Dad sat my brothers and I down and asked if this was something that we would also like to do.  As kids we loved the idea!  Who wouldn’t?  All the Dutch goodies that we had grown up with at our fingertips, available to us any time!

Ramaker’s Imports was born in October of 1975.  A family owned and operated business, Henry ran it with his whole heart and soul, treating all of his customers like family.  And most of them are still shopping here today!  He instilled a work ethic in us that still goes on, 49 years later.  In 1985 Ramaker’s moved to its location on 579 Ontario St. in St. Catharines, where we still are to this day.

We strive to give our customers what they are looking for at a fair and decent price.  Our biggest sellers are of course our many varieties of Gouda Cheese and our huge selection of bulk candy, (approximately 120 bulk bins).  We also stock many varieties of cookies and baked goods along with the ever-needed Dutch soups and vegetables.  We are kept busy in our deli slicing all of our different meats and cheeses so that they are always fresh.

We hope to be here for many more years to continue serving our customers in the ways that our father has taught us!  Come in for a visit, tell a few stories, and don’t forget to sign our guest book.  Chances are, you might just find something here that you can’t find anywhere else!

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Ramaker’s Imports

579 Ontario Street

St. Catharines, ON L2N 4N8

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