The Carleton Place Food Menu Challenge

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Photo by Linda Seccaspina–The gals at St. James Gate in Carleton Place

Gary Dike Belcourt posted a valid argument today on the Carleton Place Restaurant And Retail Review Facebook page  

Why are so few of our local businesses absent from an online presence– especially the restaurants. This is a new day and age folks, and people want the information at their fingertips on their electronic devices. If not, there they will go somewhere else.

Giving your small business an online presence means more than simply putting up a little website with your company’s address and phone number. It means setting up a virtual version of your business, with a welcoming, informative website, a Facebook page and Twitter account. In this electronic era, more people search online for the products and services they need as opposed to searching through a phone book. Ignoring this important potential marketing platform is akin to saying, “I don’t need any new business.”

The Internet encompasses a much larger area than the few miles local to your business’ office or store. Your Web presence reaches out to everyone who passes by your virtual doorstep, which could include people from right next door or in another country. Depending on your specific industry and offerings, this could open up a much wider customer base than relying on face-to-face interactions would.

Carleton Place resident Ted MacDonald wrote many pieces to get the word out, but we need more. Lisa Strangway has worked hard to set up the Carleton Place Social Scene on Facebook as the place to go for information about upcoming events, and especially the place you will get information  about local emergencies. So we could do the same thing as the CPSS setting up the  Carleton Place Restaurant And Retail Review Facebook page  as place to go for menus.

My challenge to you is: when you eat at a local restaurant take a picture of their menu or ask for one and scan it. Send it to me at sav_77@yahoo.com and I will put it all together. I in turn will send it to the Carleton Place Restaurant And Retail Review Facebook page so they can keep it as a document so it will always be handy.

So why should we take the time to do this? Because we care, and if no one else is doing it is NO reason why we shouldn’t. Why? Because we love our town-that should be enough. There should never be the word ‘can’t’ in our vocabulary.

 

A very important comment was added today by Wes Parsons:

Where is our Economic Development Agent? Instead of twenty different restaurant website addresses and another ten links on reviews and feedback, why don’t we have one town portal with an Eats and Drinks category that connects us to all our local businesses? It would be handy to have this all organized and I think this falls under that person’s job function.

PLEASE NOTE:

St. James Gate

Jaime Duchemin –St. James Gate has a website that includes our full menu and you can book a table with the touch of a finger. You can also join our page on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram to stay updated with our latest events, weekend dinner features and specials.

 

 

Here are some of Ted’s stories about Carleton Place eateries

Good Eats Survey of Carleton Place Restaurants — Thanks to The Ted Report

The Carleton Place Ale Trail — What “Ales” You Asks The Ted Report?

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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  1. I see that the town is starting an Instagram page. It irritates me somewhat that they use their Twitter and Facebook accounts so little. Even if there’s no bog news, they could post something weekly.

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  2. Where is our Economic Development Agent? Instead of twenty different restaurant website addresses and another ten links on reviews and feedback, why don’t we have one town portal with an Eats and Drinks category that connects us to all our local businesses? It would be handy to have this all organized and I think this falls under that person’s job function. (It’s kinda why I applied for the job in the first place)

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    • Wes… don’t get me started– That is just too easy isn’t it? Ask me why I took the Farmer’s Market website unner my wing after it was left to flounder a few years ago. I don’t get paid for any of this. I do it because I care.. and so do you.. So many unanswered questions.. I am going to add your comment.

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  3. Hey Linda and Wes! This is a great idea and the town is currently working on developing a new tourism website which will address this issue and provide residents and tourist with all the great restaurants Carleton Place has to offer. Feel free to contact Nicole Guthrie at 613 257 6222 or email her at nguthrie@carletonplace.ca for more information. We welcome your assistance.

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