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Downtown Kingston merchants to offer outdoor shopping Saturday

While it isn’t the official Princess Street Promenade experience, it’s certainly the closest event to it Kingston has seen since the start of the pandemic.  Tomorrow, Saturday, Jul. 10, 2021, Princess Street will be closed to vehicles while downtown Kingston merchants participate in a day-long on-street shopping experience. From 10

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Meals in Market Square and other new activities as Kingston enters phase two of reopening

Similar to that of last summer, the Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Area (BIA) has once again organized ‘Bistro at the Square,’ allowing residents to order meals from some of their favorite downtown restaurants while enjoying the sights and sounds of summer in the city. According to the BIA, the bistro

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Love Kingston Marketplace: do Kingston businesses love or hate it?

After months of being cooped up during lockdown, Friday, June 11, 2021 couldn’t come any sooner for most Ontarians. It is the day we are able to have a small semblance of ‘normal life’—dining outdoors under patio umbrellas as well as doing some non-essential shopping. Last year, the City of

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Love Kingston Marketplace launches for 2021 season

The City of Kingston and its partners, Tourism Kingston and the Downtown Kingston! Business Improvement Area (BIA), have announced the official launch of Love Kingston Marketplace (LKM) 2021 this spring. The reimagined LKM 2021 has expanded on last year’s plan to support local downtown businesses and hopes to hold outdoor

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DK! announces Marijo Cuerrier as new Executive Director

The Downtown Kingston! Board of Directors has announced the appointment of their new executive director Marijo Cuerrier. She is only the second executive director of the Downtown Kingston! Business Improvement Area (DK! BIA). Cuerrier steps into the role on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, coming from her most recent role as

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Local love, local concerns as Tourism Kingston lights up downtown core

Chilly pedestrians walking along the streets of the downtown core over the past months have been warmed by the glow of neon hearts hanging in the windows of local businesses, but the initiative that brought these signs to the community has raised some questions even as it raises spirits. The

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IN8, Frontenac Heritage Foundation finally agree on Capitol Condos

The Frontenac Heritage Foundation and Building Kingston’s Future Inc. have finally given their blessings to The Capitol condo project. The appellants along with IN8 Developments out of Kitchener-Waterloo, the group responsible for The Capitol, have agreed on the matter after a long-standing dispute. The dispute was centred around the height

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Kingston Police Mounted Unit seeking donations to continue tradition

The Mounted Unit of the Kingston Police has been a popular sight downtown for more than 20 years. A group of community partners has launched a campaign aimed at ensuring the tradition of mounted police continues in Kingston well into the future. Murney is the current Police horse that patrols

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City Council meets for second night of budget deliberations

The City of Kingston’s Treasurer and CFO Desiree Kennedy said she was disappointed by the lack of uptake in the municipal public budget engagement process that took place last fall. Overall, 397 people participated in an online survey that ran from October 19 to November 9, 2020. Approximately 60 people

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Minotaur wins Window Winter Wonderland competition

After three weeks of voting, and a downtown tour by the judges, Minotaur Games and Gifts, located at 78 Princess Street, has been declared the winner of the Downtown Kingston! Window Winter Wonderland competition. In a release from Downtown Kingston! (DK!) dated Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, Marilyn Doherty from DK!

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Downtown merchants say concrete barriers were a ‘waste of parking space’

The City of Kingston completely altered the landscape of downtown Kingston streets during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Love Kingston Marketplace, in partnership with the Downtown Kingston! BIA and Tourism Kingston, was designed to provide more space for pedestrians and businesses in the downtown core. “The City is reimagining parts of

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Two hours of free parking in downtown lots every Saturday until Christmas

Downtown Kingston! has partnered with HonkMobile this holiday season to offer shoppers two hours of free parking in surface lots. According to a release from Downtown Kingston!, starting tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, and running every Saturday until Christmas (Dec. 5,12,19), Kingstonians can use the promo code “BIATWOHOURFREE” to receive

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