Almonte Featured on Shopify — Of Course I am Jealous

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Author’s Note- I went out for 5 hours today and this story was already in today’s line up. When I got home I had no less and I kid you not, over 30 emails and Facebook PM’s wondering if I had seen this article. Thank you to all that took the time to email me.

 

Saturday, April 16th, 2016.

I read this great article about Almonte in The Millstone last night and felt very sad why we, the town of Carleton Place, cannot pull our knickers up, roll up our sleeves and do the same.

Here are just some of the quotes from the article:

READ MORE HERE ON THE MILLSTONE

“Vision is critical,” Amy says, “people must believe there is a path forward and commit to finding it together.”

“The community needs to understand their local assets,” says Deborah, “what is driving the economy right now and who their entrepreneurs are.”

“We have seen communities discover amazing things by reaching out to their entrepreneurs – opportunities to transition a strong local business from a retiring owner to a young person in the community; artisans who are interested in moving into downtown buildings to create gallery, studio and retail space; agri-entrepreneurs who are seeking larger markets and opportunities to do more value-added production.”

“Secret Sauce“—In the past 10 years, Almonte has successfully created a self-supporting ecosystem of retailers, driving tourism and building the foundation for a self-sustaining future.  What’s Almonte’s secret and how can other local communities achieve the same.”

 

 

Does Carleton Place have 10 years to create the same success as Almonte? If your town can’t get its act together to accept help or seek opportunities, should outside businesses spend any of their limited time in ours?   Believe me, it’s a self-service world, and the best solutions really come from INSIDE our town limits.

Do you want Carleton Place to be saved?  Begin to save it yourself, as best you can. Your combined tiny steps will lead to smaller achievements, and then bigger successes. Of course there will be failures, too, along the way. Other people will squash your best ideas, and the opposition will drive you bananas. That’s part of what it takes to succeed. But it matters that you personally take even a tiny step to make your town a better place to live.

 

comments

Debbie Moldowan-Peake–
I would shop in town if they stayed open past 5!! I work in Ottawa and when I get home all the business are closed so I am forced to go to the big box store.
When Home Hardware was on main street I loved going in there as a kid, walking around until I found just the right thing…smiles. As I got older and owned my own home I hated going into the new location because they NEVER had anything in stock. You had to order it and wait. Canadian Tire in town is the same…when you see something in the flyer they usually never have it.
I would totally support local business..the ones that I do currently support know I go in and browse and when I find something I purchase if not I was in and had a visit. As for the other ones that I do not frequent…the reason STAY OPEN PAST 5-6!!!
There is nothing here for entertainment. There is no fine dining in town. No stores open late but the box store…what are we to do??? Shop, entertain and eat somewhere other than CP.
The town council members should be more worried about these issues instead of trying to buy as much property as they can to sell to new builders.
Tom–
You need a serious attraction on Bridge Street, that people actually need to go there. No one has any reason to be on Bridge Street. There are banks, (can be all done online). All the stores are only go if you want types. Hairdressing salons, restaurants, real estate offices, specialty and second hand stores. Imagine the traffic increase if you had to go the old Timmies location, if it was turned into the new Service Ontario office. Maybe a new walk in clinic somewhere farther down the street.
The town councillors, the BIA, the Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development people, all the consultants and planners we hire, and on and on it goes, need to find out what it would take to put a grocery store on the Town Line side of Carleton Place. In their infinite wisdom, the Lanark County Housing Authority is talking about revamping their projects on the Townline, Joseph and Pattie Drive. Granted most of the driveways have much better modes of transportation, but for the ones who don’t, they shop at Mac’s Milk.
Can all of the people involved not see the problems? Baby steps to start but someone needs to start.

Related Reading:

Thoughts About Carleton Place- by Wesley Parsons

Do we Really Have to Live in Generica?

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. You need a serious attraction on Bridge Street, that people actually need to go there. No one has any reason to be on Bridge Street. There are banks, (can be all done online). All the stores are only go if you want types. Hairdressing salons, restaurants, real estate offices, specialty and second hand stores. Imagine the traffic increase if you had to go the old Timmies location, if it was turned into the new Service Ontario office. Maybe a new walk in clinic somewhere farther down the street.

    The town councillors, the BIA, the Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development people, all the consultants and planners we hire, and on and on it goes, need to find out what it would take to put a grocery store on the Town Line side of Carleton Place. In their infinite wisdom, the Lanark County Housing Authority is talking about revamping their projects on the Townline, Joseph and Pattie Drive. Granted most of the driveways have much better modes of transportation, but for the ones who don’t, they shop at Mac’s Milk.

    Can all of the people involved not see the problems? Baby steps to start but someone needs to start.

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