Post by Glen Gower, Owner & Editor of Ottawa Start.
On December 6, over 20 shops, restaurants and services in Stittsville are teaming up to promote “Support Local Stittsville”. It’s a day to encourage residents from inside and outside of the village to discover the range of unique local businesses in the area.
Each of the participating businesses are pooling resources to cross-promote each other’s services on Saturday. Many are also offering special deals and discounts.
Stittsville’s right in the middle of a big change. For decades it was a quiet village just past the Kanata suburbs, best known for the weekly Sunday flea market. Now home to over 25,000 people, it will grow to more than 70,000 in the next few decades.
This growth has both a positive and negative side for local businesses. On the plus side, population growth brings in a broader customer base. On the negative side, a lot of the new commercial development in the area is in the form of big box chain stores, which can pull customers away from smaller shops and traditional main streets.
There’s no Business Improvement Area for Stittsville, despite a few attempts in the past decade to get one going. A Community Design Plan for the village’s historic Main Street has stalled, leaving the traditional commercial strip with a few boarded up buildings and many empty lots.
Still, talk to most Stittsville business owners and they’ll tell you that business is pretty good. They’re just finding a challenge to get the word out to the broader community.
A few of the participating shops include:
Covered Bridge Brewing: They’ve been open for almost a year on Iber Road, just a couple kilometres south of Canadian Tire Centre.
Gaia Java Coffee Company: Run by a pair of local owners who met while singing in a barbershop quartet.
Ivan’s European Deli: A second-generation family business on Stittsville Main Street.
Kungfu Bistro: Widely regarded as having Stittsville’s best eggrolls.
NeXT: After cooking delicious food at some of the world’s finest hotels, chef Michael Blackie has put down roots on Hazeldean Road.
PlayValue Toys: Formerly on Carling Avenue, this is one of the coolest toy stores in the city, with trampolines that you can try out and lots of hands-on displays.
Walkerworks Picture Framing: Amy and Jim Walker met in high school in Kanata in the 1980s and are now raising their family in Stittsville.
Tracy’s Art Studio: Tracy’s been doing workshops and lessons for kids for years, and recently opened a new art studio with her own original work.
These are just a few of the great local businesses participating this Saturday. Click here for the full list.
If you still think “flea market” when you hear the word “Stittsville”, maybe it’s time to trek out this Saturday and see how this little village is changing!