by John Barclay

In her Annual Report to members of the BIA on Wednesday, November 15, Deb Wilson (Chair) highlighted the growth of several existing businesses and the growing number of new businesses that established themselves downtown this year.

This year, Downtown Kemptville saw the expansion of Array Hair Studio, the Dill Flower Studio and Voice2Net, and welcomed many new businesses, including the professional engineers of ISI Controls Inc.; Setanta Solutions Inc, another professional IT service; Exit Realty By Design and the Integrated Business Solutions Group.

The new growth downtown hasn’t all been just professional services, however. We’ve seen new investment downtown – new owners of the mixed martial arts studio (formerly Tekken MMA), new owners of the Brewing Oasis, as well as new owners of the South Branch Bistro (formerly the Branch Restaurant) and the Clothier Mills Motel on Clothier Street. The Bowen Approach is now located at 3 Clothier, and Get Cronk’d, a new fitness business, opened at 9 Clothier at the beginning of the year. GlowSport – Kemptville, The Glow Entertainment Company, opened at 29 Clothier Street East.

By the Prescott Bridge, both 10A and 10B Prescott are now occupied. This location, Hustle & Heart, also serves as the downtown address for Willow & Rose and Nowtaskr. The Prim Shed at 419 Rideau Street, and New Energy Kreations renovated a showroom at 132 Prescott, have greatly improved the streetscape of that section of Prescott.

There’s more to come in the months ahead, too. That’s why the BIA wanted to take a breath and pause to celebrate the ongoing revival of downtown on December 1 with Four Grand Openings and Two Open Houses in one day. Below is the schedule for the afternoon.

Kemptville Kids Pediatric Therapy Services, 200 Prescott Street: 12:00 noon (Ribbon Cutting). This is a new business launched by Kim Bennett (a Speech-Language Pathologist) and Kimberley Smalridge (a Pediatric Physiotherapist) through the Kemptville Pop-Up Shop Program. It is a one-stop pediatric therapy centre for children and their families to access needed speech and physical therapy services locally.

Richardson Hair Design and 2bu Artistry – Grand Openings & Shared Open House, 201 Prescott Street: 1pm (Ribbon Cutting); Open House 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Stephanie Richardson (Richardson Hair Design) and Megan J. Roberts (2bu Artistry) took over the space previously occupied by the Array Hair Studio to service their growing clientele with hair and make-up services and products.

Posh Plum Decor – Grand Opening & Open House, 207 Prescott Street: 1:30 pm (Ribbon Cutting); followed by an Open House until 7pm. Posh Plum Decor is located in the historic former Carnegie Library, lovingly restored by the owner, Ann Shafer. It carries a wide variety of unique gift items, shabby chic home decor and displays original works by talented local artists.

Deb Wilson, Chair, Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area, believes the pop-up shop idea is perfect for Downtown Kemptville: “Innovative ideas like Pop-Up Shops help bring together building owners and those wishing to launch businesses. It is even more worthwhile since is it being conducted in partnership with local business-minded businesses who care deeply about the future of our downtown.”

Come celebrate the ongoing revival of Kemptville’s downtown on December 1!

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