Rockin' in Bridgeburg

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Rockin' in Bridgeburg

It won't be long before the streets are lined with thousands of visitors for the second hosting of the Taste of Fort Erie, an all-day event showcasing local cuisine and featuring live music from popular artists from noon until 11:00 pm. The event offers lots to do and see where participation is key especially for the little ones in the no-cost kids zone. Plan a full day of family fun experiencing the arts, entertainment, food and lots of vendors. Get acquainted with new business owners and get reacquainted with old friends. Jarvis Street was packed from before the official opening until close last year. The Taste of Fort Erie is not to be missed! Come on out on Saturday, September 17 and get a taste of what Bridgeburg is all about.

The premier Taste of Fort Erie held in September, 2015 was a huge success and brought more than 7000 visitors to downtown Fort Erie.

The premier Taste of Fort Erie held in September, 2015 was a huge success and brought more than 7000 visitors to downtown Fort Erie.

You don't need to wait for the Taste of Fort Erie to find something to sing and dance about. Music and Performance Niagara has opened its third location right here in Bridgeburg. They are building a 170 seat performance hall at 87 Jarvis Street and they need your help to raise funds to make our children's dreams come true. No donation is too small. Donate anonymously or have your name put on their Supporter Wall. You get some nice perks if you donate $25 or more. Donate a little extra to get VIP passes to their Rock N' Roll Gala and Grand Reveal to be held Sunday, September 18. Corporate sponsorship is also welcome. Music and Performance Niagara Fort Erie opens September 12. Contact them for registration details. Visit their website to learn more about all the wonderful things they do and how your children can benefit.

Donations are being accepted to help Music and Performance Niagara build a 170 seat performance hall at 87 Jarvis Street. Give a little... help a lot!

Donations are being accepted to help Music and Performance Niagara build a 170 seat performance hall at 87 Jarvis Street. Give a little... help a lot!

It wasn't that long ago that the Bell Tower Sanctuary rocked you at a sold-out show featuring Sloan. The historic venue is now under new ownership as the Bell Tower Community Arts & Entertainment Complex and promises to get you up and dancing. They also have spaces for rent that are ideal for artists, designers, stylists and those seeking professional office space. Beginning September 1st the venue will host Trivia Night on the first and third Thursday each month (19+ licensed event with cash bar and snacks). On Friday, September 16 the kids can dance their socks off at the Back to School Teen Dance Party from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. On Friday, September 23 from 9:00 pm until 1:00 am you can relive the 80's at their 80's Community Dance. This is just the beginning. The Bell Tower Community Arts & Entertainment Complex has a vision to host community dinners, dances, concerts and various "theme nights" to satisfy every type of crowd.

Now under new ownership by a vibrant group of entrepreneurs The Bell Tower Community Arts & Entertainment Complex is fixed on energizing the community by offering a continual stream of public events.

Now under new ownership by a vibrant group of entrepreneurs The Bell Tower Community Arts & Entertainment Complex is fixed on energizing the community by offering a continual stream of public events.

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Business After Five Hosted In Bridgeburg

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Business After Five Hosted In Bridgeburg

This month's Chamber of Commerce BA5 event is being hosted at Regional Limousine, 207 Jarvis Street by the Bridgeburg Station Downtown Business Improvement Area Association. Chamber members please RSVP to ensure enough food and refreshments are made available. Members of the Bridgeburg B.I.A. who are not yet members of the Chamber of Commerce may RSVP and sign-in as guests of the Bridgeburg B.I.A.A. The event runs from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and will be follwed up with live music and appetizers at Old Bank Bistro beginning at 7:30pm.

 

 

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Bridgeburg Springs Forward

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Bridgeburg Springs Forward

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.

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Earth Day Cleanup

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Earth Day Cleanup

The executive members of the Bridgeburg Business Improvement Area Association were in full attendance along with many much appreciated volunteers to pick, pull, pluck and sweep whatever detracted from the natural beauty of our magnificent downtown. The business of cleanup was underway promptly at 9:00am and continued until the job was complete. Jarvis Street is prepped and ready to shine for business on Monday morning. The Earth Day Cleanup volunteer event is the B.I.A.'s way of participating on Earth Day and promoting an attitude that stimulates regular cleanup. When our streets, sidewalks and business entrances are clean and clear of debris it tells consumers that we are interested in servicing them to the best of our ability, that they are welcome and we have prepared. It also tells investors we are actively looking out for our own and each other's best interests by working together to present a business district worthy of investment and patronage. It's yet another "little thing" that works along with other campaigns that in combination have helped the district to re-grow. More and more business owners are making contact and working with their B.I.A. Association with a view to help protect their investment by sharing their observations and ideas so that targeted programs can continue to be created to further stimulate the revitalization effort. The Earth Day Cleanup is a conspicuous event and the few drivers who happened to visit Jarvis Street early this Sunday morning drove slowly and watched the volunteers with obvious approval and maybe even a little excitement. Some stopped and shared some kind words. The B.I.A. Association is looking forward to seeing even more business and property owners participating next year. Until then it is hoped that we all do our best to keep our downtown as clean and safe as the volunteers left it today. Thank you to everyone who participated! Bridgeburg B.I.A. Chair, July Brady had this to say, "It was so great for Pro Lawn and the Youth Advisory committee to reach out to us, and spend the day on Jarvis Street volunteering their time. Also, we couldn't have done it without the help of Sierra, Willem, Izzy and Mia! Great job everyone, the street looks fantastic!".

The B.I.A. board of directors was represented by Chair, Julie Brady (Regional Limousine) and family, Vice-Chair, Katie Miller (Sun Life Financial) and family, Treasurer, Mike Daigle (Fate Salon & Spa, Bridgeburg Gentleman's Shoppe), Secretary, Stephen Passero, and Director, Gail Spear (The Old Town Treasury). Mike doesn't appear in photos because he's the one behind the camera. Gail and Jack repaired and re-affixed the Bridgeburg Station sign that was damaged in a wind storm last year. Special thanks to Brian McCooey (McCooey's Bicycle and Vacuum), Susan Jovanovic and family, Bob and Savannah Brown, David Faber, Dana Feiertag, Andrew Miller (Pro Lawn Landscaping) and son, Shanna Ingram and Mayor Redekop's Youth Advisory Committee.

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Heart of Bridgeburg Beating Strong

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Heart of Bridgeburg Beating Strong

Fort Erie's downtown saw many welcome improvements last year and the trend continued uninterruped this year and continues still. More benches and garbage receptacles have been placed on Jarvis Street to accommodate increased traffic. Donations to offset the cost of street furniture are recognized with plaques to memorialize loved ones of the benefactors. Many residents got to welcome Global Astronomy Month with a fresh view of the heavens thanks to Dark Sky friendly LED street light fixtures. The replacement of Central Avenue Bridge is expected to be complete before mid-July. Note the bridge will be closed to all traffic beginning April 18 and re-opened for motorists only on April 25 until the new bridge is in place. Detour via Niagara Blvd.

The expansion of Fate Salon at 31 Jarvis Street is nearing completion. The first week of May will reveal the new build and welcome Atrium Spa to the Bridgeburg business community. The combining of Fate Salon and Atrium Spa in one location brings full service salon and spa to downtown Fort Erie. Fate Salon will also have a dedicated barbering section for its male clientelle and continue to expand its wet shaving and bearded lifesytle products. History buffs will be delighted to learn the original building first opened as Reno's Salon in 1967 has been incorporated into the design of the new building. Vince Salvatori took over his father's salon in 2002 and rebranded and renovated to introduce his concept of elegance and style for the next generation. The current project will complete Vince's vision of a second-to-none salon and spa.

Sub Culture at 95 Jarvis Street has re-opened after renovations and offers fresh subs, wraps and tacos much to the delight of local residents and downtown employees. Across the street at 102 Jarvis Street The Savoury Bean specializing in coffee, breads, honeys, and specialty desserts is another welcome addition to the district and will undoubtedly become another success story. Bridgeburg's indoor market hosted at the old Station 2 fire hall now owned by Regional Limousine has been satisfying taste buds and appetites for freshness every Tuesday from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. As the warmer weather returns the indoor market will draw to a close and the Farmers Market will revive in the municipal parking lot at the top of Jarvis Street between Sub Culture and Royal Town Diner on May 17. The Farmers Market will be open rain or shine every Tuesday from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm until October 25. There is potential for even more diversity in offerings now that electrical service can be provided to vendors for refrigeration and heating.

There's a lot of work going on in Bridgeburg but there's a lot of fun to be had, too! You don't have to wait until the 2nd Annual Taste of Fort Erie on September 17 to experience some great live music. Guilty Pleasures will be playing at the Alley Bar on Friday, April 15 at 10 pm.

Sloan will be playing at the Bell Tower Sanctuary on Sunday, May 8. Doors open at 8:00 pm. Show begins at 8:30 pm. Tickets available online at https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/14942/ or in person inside Fate Salon, 96 Jarvis Street and Brimstone Brewing Company, 209 Ridge Road.

During their twenty-five-year career Sloan has released 11 LPs, two EPs, a live album, a Greatest hits album and more than thirty singles. The band has nine Juno Award nominations under their belts. They are known for their shared songwriting responsibilities and the fact Sloan is still performing with the same line up. Their success (Twice Removed) has made Sloan one of the most popular Canadian bands.

During their twenty-five-year career Sloan has released 11 LPs, two EPs, a live album, a Greatest hits album and more than thirty singles. The band has nine Juno Award nominations under their belts. They are known for their shared songwriting responsibilities and the fact Sloan is still performing with the same line up. Their success (Twice Removed) has made Sloan one of the most popular Canadian bands.

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