“We know that people working downtown are experiencing the impact of the opioid crisis on a daily basis and want to do what they can to help,” adds Kim Dolan, Executive Director at PARN. “This initiative increases our collective response to opioid poisonings in our community and sends a strong message that people in Peterborough are prepared to step up and save lives.”
**Stickers will be available for any business that would like to display one in their window to let people know they are trained on how to respond to an opioid poisoning.
From June 13th through to the end of August, 27 retails shops in downtown Peterborough will be open until 8 p.m. every Thursday and Friday evening as part of a “Open Late ‘Til Eight” initiative.
“Shopping today is all about convenience and it’s important for our local shops to be open when it’s convenient for their customers,” says Terry Guiel, Executive Director of the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area.
“We know it’s important to be open when our customers are wanting to shop,” adds Holly Butler, manager at Iceman Video Games in the downtown. “Staying open late keeps people shopping local.”
Not only are the hours convenient, but parking downtown is free after 6 p.m. So take advantage of the extra hours, and support your local downtown businesses. Shop, and then stay downtown and grab a bite at one of your fave restaurants.
PARTICIPATING SHOPS INCLUDE…
• Bluestreak Record
• Charlotte’s Web
• Cottage Toys
• Grey Guardian Games
• Hi Ho Silver
• Iceman Games
• John Robers Clothiers
• K&C Costumes
• Lift Lock Escape
• META4 Gallery
• Minh’s Chinese Grocery
• Next Level Mobile
• Pipe Dreamz
• Ritual Apothecary
• Runner’s Life
• Running Room
• The Peace Pipe
• The Toy Shop
• Tiny Green
• Tribal Voices
• Under One Sun
• You’re Welcome
• Zap Records
Want to have your voice heard as to the future of downtown Peterborough? Join Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area on Wednesday, April 10th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Shaping Your Downtown Open House event.
The DBIA is seeking to gain valuable input from the community on the future of their work as they develop their five-year strategic plan. They need your help in finding the best path towards a strong, safe and vibrant downtown.
The Open House is Wednesday, April 10th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Peterborough Public Library (Friends of the Library Community Room).
They will be seeking your input on…
-Potential DBIA initiatives planned for the future
-Key factors affecting the success of downtown
-How you can play a role in helping downtown grow and thrive
Awesome news for Downtown Peterborough as it has now been designated as a Bicycle Friendly Business Area by Ontario By Bike—one of five in the province.
The designation was presented to the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area by Ontario By Bike at the Shift into Summer event at Market Hall on Thursday (June 14th).
The award is in recognition of the DBIA’s commitment to building partnerships that value not only the safety of cyclists but also the economic opportunity of creating a welcoming and safe environment for cyclists and cycle tourists.
“We encourage everyone to explore downtown Peterborough and I’m glad we’ve been able to make it easier to explore the heart of our city by bike,” says Terry Guiel, DBIA Executive Director.
“The real credit here goes to our businesses who see the benefits of cycling and having cyclists visit their establishments. We also have an active cycling community here and organizations like Peterborough GreenUp, B!KE, Peterborough Bicycle Advisory Committee, the City’s Transportation Division and Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism have put in countless hours toward making our community more bike-friendly.”
Receiving official bike-friendly designation from Ontario By Bike helps to promote downtown to a growing cycle tourism market and gains access to the resources and expertise of Ontario By Bike.
Downtown Peterborough is an ideal basecamp for exploring the Kawarthas by bike, as cyclists can go from city to county in no time. Riders have access to long distance road routes and trail loops with more than 300 kilometres of wayfinding signage.
**UPDATE (June 21st)** Free outdoor Wi-Fi is still definitely happening in downtown Peterborough but its launch has been delayed, the DBIA tells PTBOCanada. "We've hit a number of snags along the way that have slowed the project down, but it is still very much in the works and will launch this summer," Communications Manager Joel Wiebe tells PTBOCanada. No specific launch date is given, but they're aiming for July.