Looking back at 2014, and ahead to the new year

Winter has finally arrived and the cold temperatures are sure to slow things down in the neighbourhood. Like many business owners and operators, we live in the Beach and know that most of us just want to escape the cold chill of the lake and stay warm inside our homes. However, this is the time of the year when businesses need your support the most. Please keep The Beach Village businesses in mind when you need milk, school supplies, a gift, new shoes, the perfect dress, or a dinner out.

At the BIA we find ourselves at the beginning of our planning season for the year.

In 2014 we established several annual events including the Spring Fling Sidewalk Sale, Movie Nights in The Beach Village, Halloween on Queen, our popular Spot the Nutcracker Contest, and Kew Gardens Warming Stations. 2015 is lining up to be just as exciting, especially with the Pan Am Games around the corner.

This February will mark our eighth annual Family Sunday in the Beach event. Since the Family Day holiday was introduced in 2008, the Beach Village has embraced this day, and was the first BIA to hold a community event on this weekend. This day is made possible by generous support from business event sponsors who see it as an opportunity to connect with their customers in a fun and friendly way.

Family Sunday in the Beach takes place on Sunday, Feb. 15, from noon to 4 p.m. and admission is free. There is something for everyone along The Beach Village strip and you can get from one end of the street to the other by catching a free ride on a vintage trolley.

We invite you to come and experience ice sculpture carving demonstrations, the travelling figure skating show by Glisse on Ice, the West Coast Lumberjack Show, bouncy castles, music, warming stations and more!

The objective of these events is to promote The Beach Village as an attractive and enjoyable place to be, and the work is done by our BIA board which is made up of business members and property owners who volunteer their time. We meet monthly to discuss what can be done to encourage people to visit the area, hopefully to the benefit of businesses.

Our goals can only be met through the volunteers that help at our special events. We’re grateful for the support from local high school students over the last year, and the connections we’ve formed with the community.

Events are a fun way to interact with the people from the neighbourhood and you’re bound to bump into someone you know. If you’re interested in helping at any one of our events, we invite you to contact our office at 416-693-2242.

We look forward to sharing the exciting plans we’ve got for 2015. Happy New Year and we hope to see you down in The Beach Village to celebrate our warm and welcoming community with friends and family on Feb. 15.

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