All you need to do is take a casual stroll down the broad sidewalks of Jarvis Street and you can't help but notice the welcome changes. New businesses are opening their doors. Old buildings have new faces. There are beautiful hanging flower baskets opposite proud banners, modern garbage receptacles to promote clean streets and walks, and best of all sturdy benches to encourage the community to sit down together and reacquaint. You can almost feel an energy permeating the district. From increased visitation and volunteerism to sponsored streetscaping elements we are able to measure the community's desire to work with the local Business Improvement Area Association to make Bridgeburg the place to be and to do business.

The signs of growth abound online and offline. Bridgeburg Station has set a course for success. First stop finds a new name and logo design. The Bridgeburg Historic District introduces its banner as a modern adaptation of the historic mark. Next we click through to a professional website highlighting the benefits of visiting and doing business in Bridgeburg. An active Facebook page promotes local businesses and lets us know there's lots of support from the community. For those not online or just passing through there is a large billboard on Garrison Road at the International Gateway Plaza that lets everyone know Bridgeburg means business. Bridgeburg also presents a rustic farmer's market every Tuesday from 11:00am to 4:00pm until Thanksgiving, the successful Halloween Trick or Treat (October 31) and Bunny Hop (the Saturday prior to Easter) events that welcome the community's children downtown, and the beloved Santa Claus Parade (Saturday, November 21 at 12:00pm). The first annual Taste of Fort Erie will showcase local cuisine against a backdrop of live music, attractions, displays, kids zone, over 80 local retailers and a licensed area for refreshments. Mark Saturday, September 26 on your calendar and spend the day from noon until 11:00pm celebrating Fort Erie's entrepreneurial spirit. Visit Bridgeburg District online at bridgeburgdistrict.com and also check out www.tasteofforterie.com.

The Bridgeburg BIA Association wants to encourage members to keep informed about campaigns and events designed to promote their business. Participation can introduce new customers to your business as well as introduce new products or services to potential customers. New ideas and attendance at general meetings is also encouraged. Members and the public are invited to offer a helping hand through volunteer opportunities. By working closely with your local BIA you can help to make your location a destination.

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