The Holiday season is officially here! A time when everyone is looking for the perfect gift, warming up with a rich cup of hot chocolate, and cherishing the time with family and friends. This time of year brings communities closer and open hearts with the spirit of giving. We’ve kicked off the most magical time of the year with Downtown’s Joy & Lights weekend that included the traditional Tree Lighting, Starlight Shopping, Joy Book Kick Off, and Santa Claus Parade. Thank you to all the businesses who stayed open late and participated in all the fun! We hope everyone is enjoying the OBIA Better Together Task Force’s festive winter décor and the massive, merry & bright tree in front of Town Hall! We were excited to see all the beautiful holiday windows throughout downtown and the little bit of snow we recently received helps to set the stage for this year’s holiday shopping season!
2023 Holiday Joy Book!
It’s Joy Book Season! This year’s campaign is in full swing and that means your customers have an amazing chance to win BIG in Downtown Orangeville. Customers pick up a Joy book at participating businesses get a stamp for every $10 spent at a participating business. Remember to double stamp for your customers on December 13th and on December 26th (Boxing Day) (2 stamps for every $10 spent). If you haven’t opted into the Joy Book program, it’s not too late! Simply email Eve at email@example.com any time to join in! You can find out more about how the program works here:
Early Bird Draw – Friday, December 8th
4 Prizes of $150 Downtown Dollars
Grand Prize Draw – Friday, January 5th
2 Prizes of $250 Downtown Dollars & 1 Grand Prize of $500 Downtown Dollars
Are you OPEN?
As holiday shopping continues to pick up and the giving season excites customers to go out and find the perfect gift you may consider extending your hours! Staying open late is a great way to catch the attention of customers after they see a show at Theatre Orangeville or have dinner at one of the many wonderful restaurants in Downtown Orangeville. Please let us know if you have extended hours or if you will be open on Sundays before Christmas and we will help spread the word! Deadline to be included in the extended hours posts is Thursday, December 7th! Check out this article from Orillia about staying open later and extending hours to promote shopping local: https://barrie.ctvnews.ca/downtown-orillia-stores-extend-hours-one-day-a-week-to-encourage-shopping-local-1.6664620
Creating a delightful downtown atmosphere is a group effort and our members play a big part in helping to maintain our streetscapes. Downtown Orangeville has fortunate to have the BIA’s Better Together Task Force who donate their time to help decorate our streets for the seasons, making Downtown a lot more delightful for everyone. We are also very fortunate to have two businesses in our downtown community that set an incredible example because they are always attentive to their storefronts, no matter what the weather. Thank you so much to Jill Sproule from Sproule’s Emporium & Mrs. Korsten from Korsten’s Jewellers! These wonderful ladies go above and beyond to show their customers that they care. You’ll see them shoveling or sweeping large areas in front of their stores year-round and being extra attentive to make their storefronts beautiful and accessible for the community
Winter is Here!
The first big snow of the season has fallen, and we are looking forward to all the winter fun this season. To ensure Downtown customers are safe and feel welcome we like to remind everyone to keep their storefronts beautiful an accessible to all! The Town of Orangeville is responsible for basic maintenance such as the winter sidewalk snow plough that makes sidewalks passable, but its business owners that are responsible for keeping entryways clean and safe for customers.
A few things you can do year-round to keep your business attractive and welcoming:
- Shovel your entryway and the strip between your façade and the sidewalk.
- Shovel pathway(s) through the snowbank so your customers have safe entry from the street to the sidewalk. The best location for these snowbank passways is between parking spaces at the at (or close to) the parking space lines
- Salt outside entryways throughout winter
- Pick up litter/garbage whenever you see it
- Pull weeds in tree pits before they get big and unsightly
- Sweep your entryways and frontage regularly
Keeping Downtown clean and tidy is a combined effort and ultimately by doing your part it creates more pleasant experience for your customers and a better atmosphere and standard for everyone. Mochaberry Coffee & Co. is a tremendous example of a downtown business that prioritizes safety and does a fantastic job of clearing snow in front of the café all winter long. Kudos to Troy & his team!
Tip: If shoveling (especially the snowbank passways) and salting is started at the very beginning of the winter season, it will make it easier to maintain throughout the snowy months. It will also show YOUR customers that Downtown Orangeville business owners really care! We know you care about your customers (and staff’s!) safety, and we know you value your customers, so let it show this season!
Starting in early 2024, we will be starting a streetscape champion program, which will include winter Snow Shoveling Showdowns and monthly Spring/Summer/Fall Clean Sweep Day’s to continuously encourage clean, safe sidewalks. Stay tuned for more details!
FREE OBIA Night Theatre Orangeville - RSVP Today!
We want to thank all our members for their enthusiasm, participation and effort this year, we know it hasn’t been an easy one! We will be getting together for our annual OBIA Night at Theatre Orangeville on Tuesday, February 20th at 7:30pm for a fantastic show, Doris & Ivy in the Home (see a brief description of the show below. Join us for some food and drinks (on us!) and good times! RSVP by contacting Eve at firstname.lastname@example.org. ). Enjoy some laughs and snacks on us! It's easy to book your seats, just RSVP by contacting Eve at email@example.com. 2 FREE tickets per business to start. Can’t make it to the show yourself? Feel free to give the tickets to staff, family, friends or customers!
As we get closer to the date, we may be able to offer extra tickets to interested businesses, so let us know if you are interested in a few extras and we will add you to our wish list.
Doris & Ivy in the Home Written by Norm Foster, Feel-good comedy
Retired prison guard Doris Mooney has just moved into Paradise Village, a retirement home in Canmore, Alberta. She quickly befriends Ivy Hoffbauer, a former champion skier who’s taken aback by Doris’ cheerful brashness. Rounding out the trio is dapper Arthur Beech who has designs on Ivy. Love, gossip, and sex behind the compost heap, this is Norm Foster at his hilarious best!
Orangeville Winter Farmers’ Market
The Winter Market attracts over 600 shoppers every Saturday inside Town Hall from 9 am – 1 pm! We hope that Winter Market shoppers are making their way to your business before or after their visit to the market. For the month of December, Market shoppers will receive Joy Book stamps for their Market purchases.
Please note that the Winter Market will NOT be held on Saturday, December 30th.
OBIA Office Holiday Shutdown
As usual, the OBIA office will be closed over the holidays from Friday, December 22 thru Tuesday, January 2nd. We will be checking email periodically during this time and will respond to time sensitive inquiries only. If your inquiry is urgent and require immediate assistance, please call 519 942-0087.
Joy Book Early Bird Prize Draw – December 8th, 2023
Joy Book Double Stamp Day! – December 13th, 2023
Joy Book Double Stamp Day! – December 26th, 2023
Joy Book Grand Prize Draw – January 5th, 2024
OBIA Night at Theatre Orangeville – Tuesday, February 20th, 2024
Fork It! – Starting in January
Details coming soon.
OBIA Annual General Meeting
Date & Details coming soon.