Pandemic passion: Freedom Boat Club sees spike in memberships as Ottawans look local this summer
A boat club company is seeing increased interest and new members because of COVID-19 restrictions on travel for its two operations in Ottawa.
With a smile? Step 3 of reopening in Ontario is angst ridden for servers
As Ontario enters Step 3 of reopening, servers in restaurants will be facing customers indoors for the first time in months. It’s a bit scary.
Food trucks count on customer loyalty as patios and the province reopen
Food trucks have actually survived the pandemic and public health restrictions quite well. Now they face a the reopening and are counting on customer loyalty to continue to thrive.
Restaurant owners cautiously optimistic about summer as patios open to customers
Restaurant owners in Ontario are expressing cautious optimism the province reopens after a difficult third wave of the pandemic.
Parkdale Night Market has become a welcome ‘lifeline’ for local distilleries and breweries
The line for craft beers and seltzers at Dominion City Brewing Company just kept getting longer as the sun set on the Parkdale Night Market Wednesday. The market has been a staple in Hintonburg since 1924. But the market’s first night market opened last week, giving vendors more opportunities to reach customers. Parkdale now also hosts a variety of local…
Thrifting entrepreneurs find Instagram a good fit for finding customers
A surge in vintage and thrift shopping builds a business plan for those with an eye of pre-loved clothes.
COVID consequences: No barks, all financial bites for pet boarding businesses in Ottawa Valley
Pet boarding services in the Ottawa Valley have fewer pets and more difficult decisions to make during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sweet success: Next chapter begins in Syrian family’s chocolate business
Peace by Chocolate, a successful Nova Scotian business — built by a Syrian refugee family — is officially expanding this week.
Party time: Event planners adapting to the changes caused by COVID-19
With a pandemic, physical distancing restrictions, and most of life moving online, event planning and entertainment businesses have made some big changes this year.
Already hurting, Byward Market businesses gird for more COVID-19 restrictions
Businesses in Byward Market have been suffering from the lack of foot traffic due to the pandemic.
Some light in dark times: Photographer’s body-shaped candles promote positivity
Charlie Baze is a boudoir photographer from Kitchener Waterloo, Ont., recently launched an online business selling body-shaped candles to compensate for the lost income caused by the pandemic lockdown.
Pandemic at the market: Positivity keeps vendors going during uncertain times
Life during the pandemic has been difficult for everyone, including small business owners trying to stay open amidst the ever-changing rules.