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Local businesses optimistic, hopeful they will bounce back

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Like most small business owners, Rebekah McCracken had no idea her popular Hamilton Creek ladies clothing store in downtown Lindsay would be closed for so long to the general public.

Yet closed her store remains, since March 17 when the province declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19.

At first, she took it as a great opportunity to do a few renovation projects around the store that she had been putting off – even getting her kids involved.

“With that out of the way,” she tells the Advocate, “I turned my focus on brainstorming new ways of connecting with my customers.”

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What’s up downtown? Time to show our retailers how much we support them

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What’s up downtown? Time to show our retailers how much we support them
This brand new downtown will be something to be proud of. Photo: Sienna Frost.

This is the time of year that seems like winter will never end. Since the rush of the holiday shoppers ended in January, and with various types of winter weather being heaped on us over and over again, it’s difficult for most to be motivated to spend much of their time outside.

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BIA concedes challenging years ahead but lots to celebrate, too

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Kawartha Lakes CAO supports many ideas in new Green Party municipal plan
Lindsay's downtown is under reconstruction for two years. Photo: Roderick Benns.

Absent at a recent BIA meeting were the angry rants and finger-wagging at business leaders and city officials that one might have expected, given the looming major downtown reconstruction. Instead, the tone and atmosphere was mostly buoyant.

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Parking enforcement: Wayne English has his eye on Lindsay’s downtown core

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Wayne English. Photo: Jamie Morris.

It’s a Monday, a few minutes before 10 am, and I’m standing outside the Bylaw Enforcement Office, where I’m to meet and then tag along with Wayne English.

As the church bells peal, Wayne, who’s been chatting with Bulk Food store-owner Dan Burns across the street, approaches, hand outstretched.

He’s hard to miss: his red golf shirt and baseball cap are emblazoned with “Parking Control” and “LDBIA Community Liaison,” and a chunky electronic device is strapped to his waist. Sunglasses, black shorts, and dusty and well-worn-in walking shoes complete his outfit.

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Lindsay Downtown BIA sparks successful ‘shop local’ holiday passport program

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Melissa McFarland and Charlie McDonald of the Lindsay Downtown BIA.

On November 16, 2018, the Lindsay Downtown BIA launched the Holiday Passport program, to encourage both the local community and visitors to take advantage of everything downtown Lindsay has to offer during the holiday season.

Running for six weeks, the program drew to a close on December 20, with a draw for massive gift baskets. In the weeks before, the Lindsay Downtown BIA’s marketing committee pounded the downtown sidewalks, pitching the idea to the local merchants, who almost unanimously supported the idea.

Each merchant was provided with a stack of blank passports and a unique stamp, and the promotion kicked off the weekend of the Santa Claus parade – the unofficial start to the holiday season. Instantly appealing to the local residents, the passport provided an incentive for shopping local during the holiday season.

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