HALTON HILLS, ON – The Downtown Acton Business Improvement Area (DABIA) continues its revitalization with another business having opened early in January. The Co-operators Group Limited relocated to new premises in the 8 Main St. North plaza (unit 4). This brings the total business openings in the last eight months to nine.
The other most recent opening was on December 1, when the Plant Society Kitchen, located at 37 Mill St. East held its grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony. Plant Society Kitchen is a unique vegan cafe/restaurant offering catering, cooking classes and more.
These latest business openings highlight an exciting eight months in historic downtown Acton, which included the launch of a new logo and website for the DABIA in late June, a new BIA general manager in July, and the opening of seven new shops and services over the summer and fall including: Ambition Performing Arts Studio, Helson Law Office, JV Computer Repair, Oh Behave Canine Pawellege, One Stop Medical Clinic and Pharmacy, TicToc Watch and Clock Repair, and World of Work Wear.
“The economic prosperity of downtown Acton is a key priority of the Town’s economic development strategy. The Town and BIA collaborate closely to advance business growth and contribute to the vibrancy of the area,” said Mayor Bonnette.
Downtown Acton has also been host to numerous events, including the highest-ever turn out for the Leathertown Festival in August, Culture Days and Doors Open in September, the newly-envisioned Halloween celebration, Haunted Hills, and remarkable attendance at the Legion on Remembrance Day to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
The 2018 year closed out with revitalized/repurposed Christmas décor and LED lighting, which provided over $60,000 of decorative value to the downtown space. This environmental approach will save the BIA over $17,000 over the lifetime of the new LEDs.
“As the Council representative on the BIA Board, it’s been extremely gratifying to see the very positive and tangible rewards of the proactive work being done by Town staff and the organization’s manager,” said Councillor Michael Albano. Adding, “Business growth occurs by diligent effort, not happenstance.”
Damian Szybalski, Manager of Economic Development, Innovation and Culture with the Town agreed. “We are impressed by the new energy shown by the Downtown Acton BIA, demonstrated through refreshed and re-imagined events,” he said. “We are very proud to partner with this organization.”
The positive changes are continuing into 2019. Work is underway now for a number of other service business openings in 2019, including food service and health-related services.
About the Town of Halton Hills
The Town of Halton Hills, with a population of approximately 60,000, consists of two urban centres, Georgetown and Acton, the Halton Hills Premier Gateway employment area, three hamlets – Glen Williams, Stewarttown and Norval – and several smaller settlements. Halton Hills has long been recognized for its natural beauty, active agricultural community, high quality of life and proximity to major centres, including Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto. The Town is ranked as one of the top small communities in Canada by a national magazine.
About the Downtown Acton Business Improvement Area (DABIA)
The Downtown Acton Business Improvement Area was formed in 1977 to help beautify and promote the historical downtown. We strive to distinguish Acton as a premier shopping, dining and cultural destination in the Town. We are committed to our members, the Town and the residents of Halton Hills to ensure that the downtown continues to offer a positive experience for everyone. For information on stores, events and parking visit downtownacton.ca. Follow Downtown Acton on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at @DowntownActon
Founded in 1993 the DABIA is a front-line agent of the Town of Halton Hills, helping to develop and strengthen the downtown business community. Downtown Acton is home to over 100 unique businesses and restaurants that offer a wide assortment of products and services to suit your daily needs. Shop local. Shop Acton. It’s Worth the Drive.
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