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A Short Chat with Our Sister DBIA's in Cobourg and Kingston

Here at the Brockville Downtown Business Improvement Area, we are constantly on the lookout for things to do in Brockville to improve and empower our community. One way we do this is by looking to our Sister DBIA's for inspiration. We're pleased to have recently had the opportunity to speak with the Cobourg DBIA and Kingston DBIA.

Paige from Cobourg DBIA

We had the privilege to talk to Paige from the Cobourg DBIA, which represents more than 250 thriving cafes, restaurants, shops, and services. 

What is the best part of Downtown Cobourg? - "The best part about our Downtown is its mix of heritage and longevity, with new businesses joining regularly."

 

What is the biggest challenge you face as a DBIA? - "Since our downtown is diverse in its sectors and what it has to offer, it is ensuring that we have the best intentions for all business."

 

What is your next exciting development? - "We have been working closely with the Town and secured a spot near our Town Hall, which is a very central and well-known location. This will allow the DBIA to work closely with Tourism to promote our Downtown."

Michaela from Kingston DBIA

We are also grateful for the opportunity to speak with Michaela from the Kingston DBIA, which includes more than 700 businesses that come together to create the vibrant and thriving community.

What is the best part of Downtown Kingston? - "Year-round there are always so many people out on the streets, shopping in our eclectic mix of shops, enjoying our patios, taking in the outdoor spaces by the water, and participating in our various events."

 

What is the biggest challenge you face as a DBIA? - "Street cleanliness and garbage has always been a challenge. We meet with a group from the City of Kingston bi-weekly to discuss clean/safe issues."

What is your next exciting development? - "We are very excited about a development that has been proposed in downtown Kingston. The “Capitol” is an approximately 16 storey building that will bring hundreds of new residents into the neighbourhood..."

Brockville Downtown Business Improvement Area

We would like to thank both Paige and Michaela for taking time to speak with us. As sister DBIAs we share a lot of goals and obstacles, providing opportunities to learn and grow.

For more information on things to do in Brockville to help improve and empower, please contact the Brockville DBIA today!

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Reward Yourself with a Trip to a Spa in Brockville

Now that the calendar shows September, trees are starting to show their colour and kids are back in school, it is time to take in all the natural beauty Brockville, Ontario, has to offer.

After all the yard work prepping for the season, back to school shopping and activities your family went through over the course of the summer, you could probably use a bit of R & R. Thankfully, the spas in Brockville have you covered.

 Brockville Downtown Business Improvement Area’s Recommended Spas

Aquala Day Spa

Summer is coming to a close and fall is right around the corner. That means you can expect to see some exciting seasonal promotions out of Aquala Day Spa in the coming weeks, so make sure to stay tuned! You'll likely love what you see. 

Aura

Aura recently completed its renovations and now offers a brand new fresh look and a growing staff to better accommodate your individual needs. So, stop on by and check it out. You may just find special savings to help celebrate and kick off the brand new look!

Heavenly Touch

There's nothing like the perfect massage. It helps reset your mind and work out the stress of your daily life. At Heavenly Touch, you can experience exactly this. Of course, there is so much more than just massage services available. It is a completely organic spa, so all materials, oils and products used and offered are 100% organic.

Plus, you can relax with the oxygen bar. If you've never experienced an oxygen bar before, you owe it to yourself to try. With the clean oxygen, clear of toxins and other debris found in the air we normally breathe, you'll be amazed as to how your body feels after the service. Best of all, walk-ins are welcome!

Mint Wellness

Looking to soften up those knots and tone your body? Maybe you have a warm weather vacation planned and you want to look great for it. Whatever the occasion, Mint Wellness is now offering hot rock massages and additional fitness classes. 

The weather is starting to turn cool, which means it is time to break out the pumpkin lattes and a trip to your local spas in Brockville.

So whether you decide to schedule it while the kids are at school or fit it into a shopping trip to Downtown Brockville, there is a spa service with your name on it. Visit us if you´d like to relax or stay fit.

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Upcoming Events at Brockville Restaurants & Stores

As the calendar rolls into October and storefronts slowly begin to take down the "back to school" displays and put up fall foliage and Halloween decorations, now is the perfect time to look at the exciting events and shopping activities coming. Here are a few our Brockville Downtown Business Improvement Area team wants you to know about.

Past Events

The summer and spring were a rousing success when it came to activities and bringing the community together. Brockville restaurants jointed together for the Spring into Flavour event in March. With specials on meals throughout the day (from March 22 to the 26), it proved to be a fantastic opportunity to get out and sample the fine dining opportunities downtown Brockville has to offer. 

Sidewalk Sales in both May and August brought even more members from our community together, all to shop at the local storefronts. Everyone from Brockville restaurants to clothing stores took part in the events, which were used to not only kick off the summer season but to call it to a close. Now, we have to look forward to the upcoming activities fast approaching. 

What's to Come?

With the cooler weather comes a host of fun-filled events. While we all get settled back into our school time routine, Thanksgiving and Black Friday will come out of nowhere. There are going to be some exciting sales and activities to go along with it.

Each of the local shops will put on their own sales, and we’ll have our noses to window displays to see their new looks. Of course, to go along with the different local shop sales, downtown restaurants will make sure shoppers and people-watchers alike do not go hungry. So stay tuned for the different sales and specials each store will announce. 

Remember to Shop Local

If there is one thing Downtown Brockville likes it is shopping local. There are truly unique storefronts, restaurants and boutiques throughout downtown, each of which provides something a little different.

Many of the items for sale are handmade or locally sourced, and so not only does this mean the products are quality, but every single purchase supports our neighbours and friends.

So, the next time you are in need of an item or hungry for delicious food, we want you to consider coming to downtown Brockville and to experience what makes it such a beautiful and unique location in Ontario. Come and see the excitement for yourself today.

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Brockville Downtown Business Improvement Area Announces Established Turn-Key Business for Sale

Brockville Downtown Business Improvement Area, dedicated to helping small businesses thrive, has announced that a well-established turn-key business is for sale in downtown Brockville.

Brockville, ON - August, 2017 - Brockville Downtown Business Improvement Area announces a turn-key business for sale in the historic downtown area of Brockville.

 

  • Located in the beautiful area of the 1000 Islands and backed by the St. Lawrence River, New York Restaurant sits in the center of the main downtown street at 19 King St. West and is surrounded by shopping and attractions. The second and third floors boast breathtaking views of the river and surrounding area. Its location places it right in the middle of one of the area's main tourist hubs on the main Ontario corridor. 

  • As the area's oldest running Chinese restaurant, the New York Restaurant has been voted Best in Town on a number of occasions throughout its 85 years in operation. Its history of success makes it a great turn-key business for those who would prefer continuing with the well-established restaurant.

  • This location is licensed for up to 130 people, with ample private and public parking in the rear as well as parking on the main street for customers. An easily accessible loading dock allows for smooth deliveries.

  • 19 King St. West boasts 4,000 square feet on the main floor, including a full kitchen and has been renovated inside and out, including recently the front windows. The second and third floors offer 7 to 8 bedrooms with washrooms that would make great meeting rooms or office space for rent in Brockville. The building is heated with a gas hot water boiler.

  • The building, land, and business contents are all included in the sale price of $675,000. This is the perfect location for the right person. Those interested in learning more about the property are encouraged to contact James So directly.

 

Contact:

Chris Wiltshire

(613) 360-7972

 

For more information on this or other office space for rent in Brockville, please visit: www.DowntownBrockville.com/turn-key-businesses.php

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Downtown Brockville Starts the School Year off Right

With school starting up, now is the time to take advantage of all the great opportunities in Downtown Brockville. From looking towards the future, saving those loonies, and keeping your wardrobe fresh, here's how Downtown Brockville events caters to youth.

Explore Your Future Career Options 

Whether you are looking for ways to improve your resume and job experience to help you land your ideal job after university, or you are interested in starting a business, there are many options available in Downtown Brockville. From career counseling providers to job placement agencies, students can explore future careers and gain valuable experience.

Take Advantage of the Many Student Discounts

As students, you know how important it is to save your hard earned money. Many Downtown Brockville businesses offer valuable student discounts off of products and services you use every day. Simply show your student card to take advantage of these discounts. In fact, many local area schools provide discounts on those student cards, helping you save even more.

Brockville Public Library Perks Program

Did you know your library card does more than let you borrow books and media from the Brockville Public Library? The BPL perks program provides additional valuable discounts on local area products, services, and even select Brockville events. When shopping in Downtown, show your library card at select businesses to take advantage of these money saving offers.

Update Your Wardrobe with all that Money You've Saved

After you've taken advantage of the money saving discounts, freshen up your wardrobe for the coming school year at any one of the great retail shops in Downtown Brockville. Whether you are looking for the perfect back to school outfit, or something great for the upcoming Brockville events, there are options for every style and budget. 

Brockville Events to End the Summer Right

To help bring the summer to an end, Downtown Brockville will be hosting its annual Red Hot & Blue Rockabilly Weekend Aug 30th starting at 10:00 am. The Red Hot & Blue Rockabilly Weekend its:

The 1st Canadian Rockabilly Festival!

- A weekend of music

- DJs from Canada, the United-States and Europe

- International bands

- Jive classes

- Saturday night Jive Contest

- Vintage market

- Closing night wrap up party


Between the many ways students can save money, and the career advancement opportunities, Downtown Brockville has something for everyone. So grab a double-double and come see the excitement for yourself today.

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6 People You Should Know in Downtown Brockville - Part 2

Welcome back!  We're continuing to look at some of our most influential thought leaders and entrepreneurs who are responsible for the amazing Brockville restaurants, shopping, and cultural experiences that make our downtown so great.  

Here are three more of the great people we have to thank for Brockville's downtown revitalization. 

Meeting the Movers and Shakers of Downtown Brockville - Part 2

4. Peter from The Brockville Arts Centre

The historic Brockville Arts Centre is the heart of our local live performance scene, as well as showing plenty of great films.  It's a classic venue that both locals and tourists alike love to experience.

  • What is the best part about having a business in Downtown Brockville?

The downtown is the heritage core and heartbeat of Brockville. The awesome historic buildings never cease to impress me.

  • How do you and your business contribute to the community?

For over 150 years the Brockville Arts Centre has been the arts and cultural hub of our community and a huge economic engine for our downtown.

  • What new or innovative project are you working on at your business?

My dream is to have a revolving restaurant and nightclub on top of the BAC flytower with a glass elevator. The view from the top of the BAC flytower is breathtaking. An IMAX theatre in our rear parking lot is also on our bucket list. (Think BIG!)

5. Brandy, from The Brockville Public Library 

Our local library is a true treasure, originally founded more than 150 years ago.  It's gone through a lot of changes over the years, including a period of being a Carnegie Library, but it's always been one of the most important parts of the city.

  • What is the best part about working in Downtown Brockville?

Going for walks on my lunch break! I love to pick up a perfect bite to eat from one of the cafes or Brockville restaurants (Tait’s, Boboli, Fudgery, Maphins) and then taking in the amazing scenery by the river at Hardy Park or Blockhouse Island. It’s always amazing and gorgeous even in the winter!

  • How do you and your organization contribute to the community?

The Library provides space, support, and services. We are a free place for people to just be. We try to help promote a healthy strong community through providing support for local people, arts, culture and community service organizations, and grassroots groups in pursuing their goals. For example, we are partners with Every Kid in Our Community and we run a drop-in group for LGBTQ youth and their allies. We also provide essential services like printing, faxing, and scanning, research help, computer training, meeting space, free Wi-Fi, and public computers… the list goes on.

Oh yeah, and we have books!

6. Meg, The Executive Director of the DBIA

Of course, we can't forget about Meg, our Executive Director at the Downtown Brockville Improvement Association.   Meg understands the ins and outs of making the Downtown alive and vibrant. She has been at the helm of the DBIA for over two years, and during this time has seen vacancies decrease, increased attendance at Downtown events, and helped in beautifying the heart of the city even more!

If you are going to be starting a business in downtown Brockville, Meg is the person to call on for all the help and advice you need!

There you have it.  Six of the people who've helped ensure we have such great Downtown Brockville restaurants, events, arts, shopping, and more.  So, the next time you see Ida, Anne, Helen, Peter, Brandy, or Meg - give them a big thank you!

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6 People You Should Know in Downtown Brockville - Part 1

Brockville has been making a lot of waves lately thanks to downtown revitalization efforts.  In just a few years, the area has been transformed - there's enough downtown Brockville shopping, restaurants, arts, music, and culture to keep anyone happy year-round!  

But we couldn't have done it without some of the amazing personalities and forward-thinkers living here.  So, we wanted to highlight some of the people who made Brockville's downtown such an amazing place.

Meeting the Movers and Shakers of Downtown Brockville

1. Ida from The Sir Isaac Brock Bed & Breakfast

Situated in an amazing renovated 1820s mansion, The Sir Isaac Brock has been rated by TripAdvisor as being among the fifteen greatest B&Bs in all of Canada!

  • What is the best part about having a business in Downtown Brockville?
    Being located in the historic downtown our guests are within easy walking distance to the waterfront, the Arts Centre, shops, great restaurants and all the other attractions Brockville has to offer. We also find membership in the DBIA to be of great benefit in fostering a close-knit local business community. The central location and historic nature of the area has been a key ingredient to our success.
  • What new or innovative project are you working on at your business?
    This year we are re-branding our business to Sir Isaac Brock B&B Luxury Suites. The addition of Luxury Suites to our name more accurately describes our guest accommodations.  

2. Anne from Hang Ups Creative Picture Framing

For twenty-three years, Hang Ups has been helping locals express themselves through great custom framing, along with a widely-loved gallery of local art pieces that's considered a "best kept secret" of Brockville shopping.

  • What is the best part about having a business in Downtown Brockville?

The community, hands-down. Being able to build great relationships with our customers and other store owners, and knowing that there's an inclusive network you can be part of is a wonderful thing. Plus, the lunch options downtown are spectacular when we don't want to paper bag it!

  • How do you and your business contribute to the community?

I am pleased to say that our entire staff is active in the community; we all volunteer in various capacities. I personally help out with the Rotary Club and Palliative Care golf tournaments, as well as being involved with the DBIA. 

3. Helen from Dive Brockville Adventure Centre

If you want to go scuba diving, you go to the Dive Brockville!  Helen teaches diving, and her Adventure Centre also provides a wide variety of other nautical services like boat tours, kayaking, and snorkeling adventures. 

  • How do you and your business contribute to the community?

We volunteer for the annual breakfast every year, I'm an active member of Save Ontario Shipwrecks which has been actively developing Centeen Park. With my late husband’s memorial fund money, we have built the second set of stairs at Centeen Park being dedicated this year! I provide on-going tourist information to anyone that stops by. I attend the Beneath the Sea dive show in New Jersey and promote the City of Brockville and several local businesses at my own cost.

  • What new or innovative project are you working on at your business?

This summer we launched our 'Island Picnics' and water taxi service to city islands partnering with Manolls Fish and Chips and Cosies. We are also working on the Brockville/Morristown ferry service!

Phew!  There's so much downtown Brockville shopping, dining, and other activities to cover and so little time.  Join us next blog for another look at great Brockville entrepreneurs!

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4 Great Brockville Events Happening Downtown This August

Brockville is filled with great attractions that both locals and tourists can enjoy.  It's one of the reasons we have such a great community.  Our downtown is filled with great ways to mix, mingle, and meet new people - whether they're from down the street or halfway across the continent.  

August is going to be filled with great Brockville events and activities downtown.  Here's a taste of what's to come.

Four Can't-Miss Downtown Brockville Events in August

1. Rails to Trails Festival (August 10-13)

This year's biggest waterfront festival in Canada has to be Rails to Trails, commemorating both Canada's 150th as well as the reopening of the historic local railway tunnel.  There's truly something here for everyone, from great local music acts to the world's biggest rubber duckie!  Why?  Because why not!  

And while you're there, make sure to make time for...

2. Brockville Ribfest (August 10-13)

Just a short walk down the riverfront, the Brockville Ribfest will be going on concurrently to Rails to Trails.  This isn't just going to be one of the biggest and most mouth-watering Brockville events ever, it's also for a good cause!  Proceeds go to the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, helping Canadian youth while filling your tummy with the best in Canadian eats.

3. Downtown Funfest (August 19)

As if Rails to Trails weren't enough, just a week later we've got another great festival - Downtown Funfest on King St.   It's a day long street party, running from 9am to 4pm, full of music, shopping, and great family activities.  The shops will be running specials, and it'll be full of activities for the kids to enjoy.  Also, make sure to check out the great local farmers' market!

4. Red Hot & Blue Rockabilly Jam (August 31-Sept 3)

Rounding out August and heading into September will be one of Brockville's signature music festivals - the Rockabilly Jam!  This celebration of down-home Canadian culture doesn't just feature four straight days of DJs and live bands.  It's also a celebration of history, including a vintage market, car and clothing shows, and special exhibits at the nearby Brockville museum.  At Rockbilly Jam, you can go retro in a big way!

We're super-proud of our local culture here in Brockville, and we hope you can be a part of it.  Please contact us for more information about upcoming events!

 

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4 Great Ways to Explore Downtown Brockville This Summer

Summer is a wonderful time to get out and see what your area has to offer. Whether you are a native looking for great Stay-Cation ideas, or are an out of town visitor looking for wonderful Brockville shopping opportunities, these four ways to explore will have you feeling like a kid again.

  • Bicycles 

Bikes are a fantastic way to explore Downtown Brockville! Not only are they a quick and healthy way to see the many great sights we have to offer, but they also help reduce pollution and keep our area cleaner. Downtown Brockville has been certified as a bike friendly business area by Ontario by Bike, so bring your wheels, rent a set from the Dive Centre, or buy the perfect bike from Cranks Bicycle Shoppe today.

  • A Segway

These two wheeled rides will have you feeling like a kid again as you zip around the Downtown Brockville area. A Segway is a wonderful way to get around and see the many sights and shops. This summer, the coastal resort, Tall Ships Landing, will be offering Segway tours of the area, allowing you greater opportunity to explore, discover, and enjoy your Downtown Brockville!

  • Walking

Walking is not only good for you, it's good for the environment and the community. The next time you crave a bit of Downtown Brockville shopping, leave the wheels at home and stretch your legs instead. Throughout the area, small historical markers line the path, taking you on a self-guided tour. Brockville Tourism offers guided tours, such as Ghosts Walks, which allow you to see a side a Brockville you may not have seen before. Another option is to swing by the Brockville Museum, where they host a couple of great tours as well.

  • By Water 

Located on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, Downtown Brockville offers visitors breathtaking views via the water. 1000 Islands Cruises, for example, offers both high speed and relaxed cruises around the area. For a closer look at the water's beauty, consider swinging by the Dive Shoppe to rent Canoes, Kayaks, and paddle boards. The Dive Shoppe also offers charters to the many islands which are great for picnics, snorkeling and more!

Visit Downtown Brockville Today!

Why wait? Grab your bike, lace up the sneakers, getting your feet wet, and see the wonderful Downtown Brockville area. For more information, please contact Downtown Brockville today!

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The 6 Types of Office Space for Rent in Downtown Brockville

Small businesses make up the bulk of Downtown Brockville and office space for rent in the area provides ample opportunities for other small businesses to set up shop and grow with the rest of the community. Situated on the bank of the St. Lawrence River, Downtown Brockville not only provides great shopping, but also beautiful views and rich history.

Combined with the supportive community, Downtown Brockville's many rental options are perfect for nurturing your business.

  1. Rent by the Room or by the Building

If you've ever dreamed of owning a small used bookstore, thrift shop, flower shop, or any type of small business, you will find the perfectly sized location to meet your needs. Whether you need just a single room to display your products, or the whole building for storage and display, Downtown Brockville has what you need. 

  1. Combination Property

Many buildings in the downtown area boast both residential and commercial uses, allowing the small business owners to supplement their business income by renting out the apartments on the top, while running their business on the ground floor. 

  1. Professional Office Space for Rent

First impressions can make or break customer confidence and loyalty. By inviting potential clients to a well-kept, quaint office in the beautiful Downtown area, you can better ensure that they will be confident in your services or products, while maintaining your productivity.

  1. Retail Space

Store fronts boasting a variety of fun, adorable, and unique items are iconic within Downtown Brockville. The retail space for rent allows you to beautifully display your items and entice shoppers into your store.

  1. Services Space

Salons, nail artists, tattoo artists, and instructors are all welcome within the business community of Downtown Brockville. Many rental properties in the area have the required features for many service centered businesses. Whether you are dreaming of opening your own salon, or if your dance school has outgrown your current building, downtown Brockville has the perfect option for you.

  1. Restaurants

No downtown area is complete without a selection of mouthwatering eateries. Rental properties with commercial kitchens, such as what you would expect for a cafe or family restaurant often include commercial grade appliances, reducing startup costs, and expediting opening day.

No matter your business, there is the perfect office space for rent in Downtown Brockville. To learn more, or to see listed properties, please contact Downtown Brockville today!

 

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Five Downtown Date Night Event Ideas in Brockville

Downtown Brockville is the perfect place to go if you’re looking to impress a new date or create a magical evening! Whether you’re looking for the classic “Dinner and a Show” date night or a unique way to spend time with that special someone, Brockville’s events and locations will have something for you!

Dinner

The first part of many date nights is going out to dinner; Downtown Brockville has a whole assortment of restaurants available for your liking. Brockville offers fancy restaurants, family restaurants, all the way down to restaurants that are perfect to go to if you’re looking for a quick bite to eat. Take a closer look at the restaurants Downtown Brockville has to offer.

Shows

After going to dinner, it’s show time! Brockville Arts Centre offers a whole assortment of entertainment and always has events available. These Brockville events range from movie screenings, live music, shows for all different tastes, trivia nights, and performing arts.

Drinks and Dessert

You can end your date by going out for drinks or dessert (or maybe even both). You can choose from a wide variety of locations to visit, and grab a sweet drink with your date in Downtown Brockville.

Spa Day

A spa day is the perfect way to relax with each other. Taking you and your date out to a spa day is a fantastic way for the both of you to pamper yourselves and bond. Looking for a spa to choose in Downtown Brockville? Click here to see your spa and salon options!

Book Stores

Looking for a unique date idea for that special someone? Go check out our Brockville Public Library and browse books together! Bonding over books with a fellow book worm is a great way to bond and learn more about each other; also, if you bring your library card with you, you can use your card at participating restaurants to get a discount on your meal when you go out to eat. You can also visit one of our great bookstores for even more reading options!

Visit Downtown Brockville Today

Downtown Brockville is filled with vibrant small businesses and people that are certain to make any date a hit. Contact us today for more information on Brockville events!

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Brockville Shopping Makes Prepping for Prom Ten Times Easier!

Prom is a very stressful event, especially if you’ve never been to prom before! There are so many different details that you have to plan and as the date gets closer, you may run into some last-minute problems. That’s okay, because Brockville shopping has you covered, no matter what special request you may have!

Dresses and Formal Wear

If you’re a female, dress shopping is the hardest part about prom. You have a specific idea of what you’re looking for in a dress, but pricing and fitting make that dream difficult. Brockville shopping has many prom dress and formal wear shops scattered throughout Brockville, giving you many opportunities to find your perfect dress or tuxedo!

Accessories

Whether you’re looking to add some sparkle to your dress or looking to add to your tux, finding the perfect accessory for your prom night won’t be a problem. Jewelry, shoes, makeup, and shapewear are all items that you can pick up at special shops in Brockville! No matter what your price range may be, you can certainly find the perfect accessories to add some flare to your prom night!

Floral Accessories

Want to surprise your date with a bouquet of their favorite flowers? Or maybe you just want to purchase your date a corsage or a boutonniere? Whatever your request is, Colonial flowers is here to make your prom night just a little bit less stressful. No matter if you’re on a last minute floral run or you’ve planned weeks ahead, the floral shops at Brockville shopping have your back.

Hair

If you’re looking for a last-minute trim, coloring, or an up-do, Brockville has you covered. There are many, many hair salons, and barbers all around downtown Brockville that are certain to give you an amazing experience. Just make sure that you call ahead of time to make an appointment so you can be served without a rush!

If you’re looking for more help planning your Brockville shopping for prom, contact us today!

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