Many immigrant-run shops and restaurants in Centretown once catered to their own niche communities, but now other Canadians are increasingly frequenting their businesses.
They call them parachute kids — children of immigrant families who are left in Canada, while their parents live overseas.
Walk down any major street in Centretown and chances are you’ll find a shawarma shop. But is there a shawarma war?
An optimistic report by the Royal Bank says Centretown small businesses will become more diverse over the next decade as immigrants and visible minorities take advantage of business openings, but some Centretown small businesses see a tougher road ahead.