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Downtown Woodstock
is Open for Business!

 

Follow the buzz in this edition of the
Downtown Woodstock BIA newsletter!

October 21st, 2020
BIA Hours of Operation
Dalton Beseau is the Administrative Assistant. He will be in the BIA Office during the following hours:

Monday:          9:00am - 12:00pm 
Tuesday:         Closed
Wednesday:   9:00am - 12:00pm 
Thursday:       1:00pm - 4:00pm
Friday:            Closed 


Manager Virginia Armstrong will be out of the office on indefinite leave. BIA Board Chair Judith Fleming will be handling all communications until her return. 

Appointments are available upon request. 
Social Media Contest
in
Downtown Woodstock!


A Chance to Win a $100 BIA Gift Card
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Follow our social media accounts and share this promotion and campaign with all of your friends and customers! 

🚨Downtown Woodstock BIA is supporting the BIA District Businesses by offering a chance to win a $100 gift card from any Downtown Woodstock Business! 

Let your customers know that if they win, they can choose where their gift card comes from! 

Your customers can support your Downtown Woodstock Business, by following these steps ⬇️

Step 1: Take a selfie at their location enjoying their product/service (even with an employee if it’s a business that doesn’t ‘sell’ anything!). 

Step 2: In the comments of our social media post, share your picture with the hashtag #OurDowntownWoodstock and give a shout out by tagging (or naming) the company.

**For an extra ballot, share the post!**

It’s THAT easy! 

Winners will be drawn at random twice monthly and announced on the Downtown Woodstock BIA Facebook & Instagram pages so make sure to follow our social media pages to find out who won (our previous winners can be seen above)! 🤞 No purchase is required to participate.

➡️The next draw will take place on October 21st ⬅️


Future draws will occur on November 4th and November 18th, 2020! These draws will run until the end of 2020. 

Encourage your customers to post and share selfies at your place of business while visiting #OurDowntownWoodstock!


NOTE: ***Our BIA District is from: Beale Street to Mill Street on Dundas Street, including Hunter, Princess, up to Oxford St. and Bay to Main Streets.***
Christmas in Downtown Woodstock

Promotions for the Upcoming Holiday Season
Christmas season is fast approaching! The Downtown Woodstock BIA would like to organize a number of promotions to encourage more people to come Downtown during the holiday season. 

As a Downtown business, would you be interested in participating in any of the  following promotions this holiday season? 
 
(1)
Ding Dong the Tax is Gone: a 2 or 3 day promotion in mid November: Each participating business would offer customer’s products/services - TAX FREE!   

(2)
Festive Friday’s:  Instead of Black Friday Sales , we would have Festive Friday Sales! Each participating businesses would offer a sale on special items, or a promotion on a service , maybe extended hours, etc. on a few selected Fridays during the month of November/December

If you could kindly respond to this e-mail with your feedback, that would be highly appreciated! We would like to know: 


(1) Are you interested in participating in these promotions?
 
(2) Do you think the promotions would be beneficial in generating additional traffic for the Downtown? 

(3)Is there a promotion you would like to see in addition to the above promotions and implemented in the BIA District? 


We look forward to hearing from you!

 
Downtown Woodstock Co-Op Advertising

Holiday Promotions with Heart FM
Our first round of co-operative advertising with Heart FM went extremely well! As such, we would like to do something similar for the upcoming holiday season!

Please contact the BIA office at info@downtownwoodstock.ca if you are interested in this initiative.

We have a number of spots available for Downtown Businesses so please let us know ASAP...first come, first serve! 
Help Us Keep Our Downtown Clean!
Please clean-up your storefronts every day to help us beautify and keep our Downtown clean!

As the temperature gets cooler, wet leaves and snow will soon grace our streets. We would like to remind our Downtown businesses to keep your storefront areas cleared of dirt, leaves, ice and snow so that your cliental can safely enter your business.

We need all Downtown businesses to do their part in keeping our Downtown clean and clear!
Downtown Woodstock BIA Beautification Committee
Would you like to lend a hand in cleaning up #OurDowntownWoodstock. 

We are currently looking for individuals to serve on the Downtown Woodstock BIA Beautification committee. If interested, please e-mail the BIA office
(info@downtownwoodstock.ca) for more information. 
New Mural in
Downtown Woodstock
The Downtown Woodstock BIA Board of Directors and the Downtown Woodstock BIA Beautifications Committee want to provide a huge thanks to Corryn Bamber for her amazing artwork, time and talents and for helping to beautify #OurDowntownWoodstock.

Anyone passing along the west end of Dundas Street will be greeted by a new eye-catching piece of art. A new mural between Habitual Chocolate and Dee-Lights Bakery and Fine Foods – the site of the long demolished Capital Theatre – will give locals a new view heading either way on Dundas Street.

The Downtown Woodstock BIA Board of Directors and the Downtown Woodstock BIA Beautifications Committee look forward to bringing you more projects in the future to help beautify the Downtown.
PPE Kits for
Downtown BIA Businesses


Signage, Hand Sanitizer, Disinfectant Spray and Masks
The BIA is currently in the process of creating and delivering FREE PPE kits for Downtown BIA Businesses! We hope to have these kits distributed to everyone in the next few weeks. 

These kits will offer the following PPE products: 
 
  • Hand sanitizer
  • 50 Disposable masks
  • 1 bottle of disinfectant spray
  • 1 BIA max-capacity window decal
  • 2 BIA social distancing floor decals
  • Laminated COVID-19 Signage
Parking Extensions
in
Downtown Woodstock
Downtown Woodstock BIA Board of Management sent a request to Woodstock City Council, asking for time extensions for on-street parking and short-term municipal lots in the BIA district.

Woodstock City Council supported the request unanimously!

So parking spots on Dundas Street and in short-term municipal lots will now have three hours of 📢FREE📢 parking until January 14, 2021.

All FREE municipal lots located in the BIA district now have 3 hour FREE parking. These changes are NOT applicable for municipal PERMIT parking lots or PRIVATE parking lots. For a list of all parking lots and whether they are permit or free, please see:
https://www.cityofwoodstock.ca/en/residential-services/municipal-parking-lots.aspx.

Given the current situation with COVID-19, we hope this will encourage individuals to shop, dine, work, and play in the Downtown core; helping BIA Businesses make-up for lost business and to help revitalize Downtown Woodstock. 💰

#OurDowntownWoodstock #shoplocal #supportlocal
FREE Downtown Woodstock Shopping Bags
The Downtown Woodstock BIA has FREE plastic shopping bags available for Downtown merchants.

Please contact the BIA office at
info@downtownwoodstock.ca if you would like some of these bags and please indicate how many you would like!
Meet Your BIA Board of Directors
All Downtown Woodstock BIA Board of Management meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in attending, please e-mail the BIA office for the invitation link. 

The next Board of Management meeting will be taking place on
November 5th at 8:30am. All meetings are recorded and the minutes are available through the City of Woodstock website. 

Your current volunteer BIA Board of Management, Board of Directors are as follows:

Judith Fleming (Chair): Lilybear Dance Boutique
Steve McGregor (Vice Chair): Your Neighbourhood Credit Union
Fadel Zabian (Treasurer): Zabians Menswear
Ron Fraser (Council Representative): City of Woodstock
T.J. McNamara (Director): Crabby Joes Tap & Grill
Melanie Burns (Director): Scout HR Solutions & At The Office
Philppe Lehner (Director): Habitual Chocolate
Ryan Shelton (Director): Wilson and Markle Jewellers
Mark Ellis (Director): Forshire Group Inc. & Ironworks Kitchen

NOTE: Currently, we have TWO board positions open for the Downtown Woodstock BIA Board of Directors. If interested, please e-mail the BIA office at
info@downtownwoodstock.ca for a nomination form. 
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