Downtown Brockville Blog

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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