The Town of Orangeville would like to congratulate each of the following small businesses for receiving a My Main Street non-repayable funding contribution of $10,000 to support its main street business.

The following businesses were recipients:

  • The Village Refillery
  • Branching Out Support Services
  • The Thistle & Rose Pub
  • SONA Skin Studio
  • The Craft Pizza Bar & Italian Kitchen

The contributions from the Local Business Accelerator program will allow each of the businesses to support findings from the market research provided by My Main Street to drive economic growth and attract new customers to its business and the entire downtown community.

The Village Refillery is moving to a larger location. The funds will help increase inventory levels, broaden product lines and assist with renovation costs. The Village Refillery is a store where customers can refill their clean reusable containers with products they use every day, such as dry goods and cleaning products. The Local Business Accelerator program is helping owner Bruna Rissi transform her business into a fully functioning grocery store.

Branching Out Support Services is expanding its services by launching a new division. The CommonFare Kitchen offers kitchen skills and food workshops, and produces and sells a granola product line. Owner Kim Van Ryn received assistance from My Main Street to help quantify the value and potential of the business’s granola line, which is now the main component of this social enterprise’s business. The production and sale of the granola employs neurodiverse community members, and Van Ryn has ambitious plans for the future.

New to Orangeville, the Thistle & Rose Pub owners Bill and Deborah Perrie applied for the program to help renovate the pub’s front and back patios. The funding helped breathe new life into these areas, and the Perries created a welcoming outdoor dining space to complement the recently renovated interior. The patio renovations increase the pub’s seating capacity by 70%, creating a healthy boost to sales during warmer days of the year.

The market research provided by the Local Business Accelerator program helped Sarah Wick, owner of medical esthetics spa SONA Skin Studio, further investigate the values, demographics and behaviours of her target market. The data available helped justify and support the purchase of a new piece of technology that will deliver maximum results to SONA’s target market.

The newly opened Craft Pizza Bar & Italian Kitchen has quickly become a popular addition to downtown Orangeville’s dining scene. The timing of the Local Business Accelerator program was ideal to help owner Paul Fuda open the doors to his Italian fresh food, quick-serve restaurant. The market research assisted Fuda in understanding demographics and statistics of the downtown community that were tailored to the restaurant industry. Fuda used the funding to purchase and install a walk-in cooler and commercial kitchen wares.

The My Main Street, Local Business Accelerator program is delivered by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario with an overall Government of Canada investment of $23.25 million, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), to support the recovery and strength of main streets and local businesses in southern Ontario.

On behalf of these businesses, the Town of Orangeville would like to thank the Government of Canada, FedDev Ontario and the Economic Developers Council of Ontario for supporting our local businesses.