Not unlike the seasons the face of Bridgeburg keeps changing. It's been a long time since the local community has been able to find fresh produce and baked goods downtown. Last year that trend took a dive when the Bridgeburg Business Improvement Area Association introduced a farmers market in the municipal parking lot near the top of Jarvis Street. The market's success prompted a separately run indoor market that filled the void during the time the farmers market was closed for the cold season. The farmers market will be open again every Tuesday from 11:00am until 4:00pm beginning this Tuesday, May 17 until October. Residents and downtown employees will be delighted to learn the ready-to-eat lunch concept that was popular at the indoor market will also be available at the farmers market. Get it fresh. Get it local. Make the Bridgeburg Rustic Farmers Market your shopping and lunch time destination every Tuesday. Enjoy extended hours one day only this Tuesday, May 17 when the farmers market stays open late to welcome Fort Erie business owners to Bridgeburg for this month's Chamber of Commerce Business After Five event. When the market is closed you can treat your sweet tooth or enjoy a specialty coffee and snack at The Savoury Bean just across the street, fill up with a delightful sandwich at Sub Culture next door, or dine with a view of the river at Bridgeburg Family Restaurant. Just steps away on Central Avenue Niagara Samosa Factory and JP Neapolitan are ready to satisfy those special cravings.
The farmers market isn't the only thing bringing more people downtown. The new building façades and streetscaping elements provide a much improved view and welcoming atmosphere. New businesses continue to open and more established businesses have been appreciating the rewards of improved marketing. The large investment at Fate Salon & Spa testifies to the expectations foward-thinking business owners have for Bridgeburg. The small building that hosted this salon as far back as 1969 (formerly operated as Reno's by Vince Salvatori's father) has been transformed into a modern and elegant complex offering a second-to-none salon and spa experience. Spa services are provided by Atrium Spa, a well established and widely respected local spa. People are also talking about the completed renovations at Bridgeburg Family Restaurant and also at Sub Culture. Big events like the Taste of Fort Erie which returns this year on September 17 play a great part in promoting the district. Diversified food options and live music go great together. Of course, there's live music at other times downtown. Sloan was live in concert at a sold out show at the Bell Tower - Sanctuary this past Sunday. The Alley Bar has lined up some popular bands, and Spencer MacKenzie will be playing at the Old Bank Bistro on May 17 at 7:30pm. You could start a whole new branch of bookmarks to keep informed of what's going on downtown or you could just follow Bridgeburg District on Facebook and never miss a beat.
Sloan rocked Bell Tower - Sanctuary on Sunday, May 8 to a sold-out show.
Bell Tower - Sanctuary is a collective of like minded people, groups and businesses that are working together to develop a centre of creative activity that will lead the resurgence of downtown Fort Erie (Bridgeburg Station). The Centre is focused on arts, entertainment, recreation and creative start up businesses working in collaboration.
The Bell Tower - Sanctuary's mission is to create a centre that will bring people together to enjoy all types of activity. Their goal is to be a hub of energy for the community, to make it stronger and more vibrant.
The centre is modeled after and operated by the very successful Sanctuary - Centre for the Arts. The first Sanctuary was opened in Ridgeway, Ontario in 2010.