New initiative hopes to draw new businesses to Gananoque and area

Window decal with 3D rendering on the storefront at 167 King Street East, Gananoque, as part of the Make a Life, Make a Living initiative. Image via the Corporation of Gananoque,

The Town of Gananoque and Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands are hoping to draw business owners and entrepreneurs to their municipalities through the new Make a Life, Make a Living Storefront Vacancy Initiative.

The first installments of this project can be found on the main streets of Gananoque (167 King Street East) and Lyndhurst (415 Lyndhurst Road, Lyndhurst). At these currently vacant storefronts window decals have been installed, 3D renderings of what potential storefronts could look like have been placed on the windows, a QR code is in place to draw people to the Town of Gananoque and Township websites in order to learn more about starting a business in our region, according to a release from the municipalities.

“This initiative has been designed to help people imagine what their storefront could look like. We want potential and current business owners to imagine their own products and their own company in that storefront, in the hopes that it will draw more business to our main streets,” said McKenna Modler, Rural Economic Development Project Coordinator.

“We have an incredible group of passionate businesses owners, this project will also help to highlight what our communities have to offer by increasing traffic and awareness of our current storefronts,” Modler continued. “We want to fill our main streets, attracting new and current residents or visitors to our areas promoting growth in our communities.”

Interested individuals are invited to stop by the storefronts and scan the QR code to learn more about starting a business in Gananoque and Leeds and the Thousand Islands Township. More information can also be found on the Invest in Gananoque website.

During the next few months, the municipalities plan to increase marketing for the Make a Life, Make a Living storefront initiative. They hope to bring more attraction and visitors to Gananoque and the Township, according to the release. This project is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs.

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