Hundreds of shoppers discovered what’s new in Olde Town Stoney Creek during a BIA outreach event last Saturday.
Rosa Sorbara, of Rosina’s Sweet Creations, was among the newest additions to the downtown streetscape for the first Saturdays in the Creek event.
Sorbara, and daughter Cristina were serving up freshly baked miniature cupcakes to introduce themselves to the community. The family business is set to open during the next two or three weeks at 53 King St. E. It will share a building with another new business, Homestyle Kitchens and Baths.
“We looked at a lot of places and they were nowhere near the kind of community atmosphere we have here,” said Rosa Sorbara.
Other recent additions to the BIA rolled out the welcome mat on Tuesday, including Sprinkles Ice Cream Parlour, Candy Shop and Toy Store, as well as Yellow Iris Gift Shop.
The first Saturdays in the Creek featured local artists, food, live music and a vintage car show, supported by participating businesses from Second Street North to Rosedale Drive.
Parkermanns Fine Tea Co. co-owner and BIA member Sara Parker said the event is designed to create “a new culture of community spirit” in Olde Town Stoney Creek, while also encouraging community members to support local businesses, merchants and organizations.
Stoney Creek fine artist Josh Tiessen had a display of work in front of Stoney Creek United Church. Tiessen’s King Street studio gallery was also open for the day.
“I like this local downtown area and it’s exciting seeing people coming down and discovering our local downtown Stoney Creek,” said Tiessen.
Candidates for the upcoming municipal election also capitalized on the steady foot traffic to introduce themselves to Ward 9 voters. Marie Robbins, a former Stoney Creek BIA business owner, and competing candidate Cam Galindo were busy interacting with shoppers.
Connie Behie, from the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce, was impressed by the turnout and congratulated merchants on the inaugural Saturdays in the Creek.
“They can’t believe how many people they’ve seen on the street,” said Behie.
Saturdays in the Creek is slated to continue on the second Saturday of each month. The next event is planned for Aug. 9.