I don’t get too many Saturday mornings to go out and explore but did so recently. My pal Nancy and I started with breakfast at Sol Kitchen where we enjoyed local, homemade and fresh food. Then we dropped in to the new Daisy Market pop-up store to check out this refillery concept. Next stop was the Collingwood Olive Oil Company to stock up on my favourite Mission Fig Balsamic (honestly, I could just drink the stuff!). We tried to drop into the Collingwood Farmer’s Market but it was so packed that parking was nowhere to be found so we headed south to Lucia’s Country Market between Wasaga and Stayner off Highway 26. Lastly, we popped over to Black Angus Meats in Thornbury for some beef bacon and buffalo jerky. Every one of the places we visited was a small, privately owned business in town and all are thriving.
Martin Rydlo, the director of business development for the Town of Collingwood, said there is something in the fabric of the area that seems to “spark entrepreneurship.” Truer words were never spoken.
CFIB again named Collingwood as the #1 place in Ontario to start a business We are recognized as an emerging Tech hub and, every time we turn around, there is another new business opening or expanding.
What drives this entrepreneurial spirit? I suspect it is a perfect trifecta of optimism, opportunity that comes with community growth and, the desire to live in a community that offers a lifestyle so many people covet.
Just some of the recent new businesses in town include:
- Vo2 Sports; a sporting goods retail store that focuses on endurance sports
- Black Bellows; a craft brewery building a new brewpub downtown
- Georgian Bay BioMed; a large scale cannabis production facility
- DaisyMarket; a plastic-free refillery in Collingwood and Thornbury
- Sherwin Williams; a new paint and décor store opening behind Starbucks on First Street
- The Nest; a new home décor shop at the corner of Hume and Hurontario
There are new businesses proposed such as the new Water Cable Park I wrote about previously and, small businesses that are doing well and expanding to new locations such as:
If you enjoy keeping up with new businesses and places to explore in the Collingwood area, be sure to watch the local business section on this blog for more.