Highlighting a positive trend that bodes well for our community

I have noticed a trend developing in our community, and I want to draw attention to this trend in the hope of encouraging support and fostering future growth. There is a cool cluster of local businesses in our community, and many of the new businesses contributing to this cluster are owned and operated by local woman.

Just to name a few examples (my apologies if I am missing any businesses) from the past year plus: BRIEMAKESSPACES (Brie Gallagher), Canadian Shield Ceramics (Donna Michelle Mercier), Creative Nest Studio (Diane Petainen), Discover the Canvas (Katrina Thibodeau), Feeding Your Soul Cafe (Mary Greenwood), Golden Child Kitchen (Angela Caputo), J.Caroline’s (Jane McGoldrick), Lavish Salon (Olivia Braido), Powder Room Beauty Bar (Elise Millard), InSPAration Float Centre (Stacey Lampe), Rasoi – The Indian Kitchen (Neeta Marwah), Ivory Lane Collective (Amanda Carchidi), Scott Coffee Co. (Sarah Huckson), Shabby Motley (Ashleigh Sauve), The Healing Loft (Anne-Marie Caicco, Sarah Fratesi and Sheila Paluzzi) and Vibe Eatery & Juice Co. (Kristy Rachowski).

As the Mayor of Sault Ste. Marie, it is important for our City to see new businesses open and contribute to our local economy and our community as a whole. As the father of two young girls, it is great to see these role models emerging as they are providing Sault Ste. Marie’s next generation with numerous examples of what can be achieved right here in their hometown.

I want to thank Anne-Marie, Angela, Amanda, Ashleigh, Brie, Diane, Donna, Elise, Jane, Katrina, Kristy, Mary, Neeta, Olivia, Sarah F., Sarah H., Sheila, Stacey and all of the many fantastic local business leaders for taking active roles in our community and I encourage people to support them. A strong culture of entrepreneurship is vital to the health of our economy, and as a community it is important to support our entrepreneurs as they will help us become a more vibrant and prosperous community.

In addition to the economic benefits successful local businesses provide, they do so much more for the community as a whole. Local businesses and their owners provide support for important local causes, initiatives, teams and charitable organizations. They can serve as a gathering place and they help develop a sense community identity.

I wish the above mentioned businesses much success, and I once again encourage people to support them and all of businesses here in the Sault.