Back in March, Beach residents were asked by the Beach BIA to take part in a survey to determine how the community felt about the quality and quantity of businesses along the Queen Street strip.
The survey was part of a unique BIA initiative which hopes to be proactive about encouraging businesses to move into the area.
The survey focused on six areas: restaurants, groceries, clothing and accessories, professional services, miscellaneous goods and miscellaneous services. The survey yielded 324 replies, primarily on-line.
Survey results suggest that while Beachers love their (many) coffee houses, many feel that Queen Street needs more fine dining establishments.
People who filled out the survey felt that the area had a number of good specialty food shops, but were not satisfied with the quality of local supermarkets.
Under clothing and accessories, many of the respondents thought that there was need for more clothing stores.
Under professional services, it is no surprise that there was a call for more doctors in the community, and still less of a surprise to learn that many people feel that the Beach has too many real estate agents.
Pet supplies did well under miscellaneous goods but many said that a furniture/appliance store is needed.
People who took the survey believed that the Beach lacks entertainment and culture, but not nail salons.
The complete results are online at beachbia.com/surveyresults. And congratulation to Lee Beard who won the $25 draw and donated her cheque to the East End Refugee Committee.