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Fire at flea market building causes $500k in damages

At approximately 10:25 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, fire broke out in the two-storey building located at 28 Bath Road. The building, which formerly housed the Olde Circle Flea Market, a bingo hall, and a cooking school, along with other retail outlets, quickly became engulfed in flames. Kingston Fire

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Lionhearts Hometown Heroes campaign raises over $141k in a month

Lionhearts Inc. was the beneficiary of a recent fundraising campaign called “Hometown Heroes” which ran throughout the month of June. This successful $140,000 campaign was boldly led by matching donations from the Department of Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University and Kingston Health Sciences Center (KHSC), and the Springer Group of

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Emergency medical staff pledge $35k to say ‘thank you’ to Lionhearts

Members of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University and staff from the Emergency Medical department of Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) have pledged $35,000 of their personal funds to The Covid-19 Street Project, a local food relief program. “We are incredibly grateful that the community has really rallied

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The State of… Williamsville’s Main Street (Part 3 of 3)

In our final snapshot of downtown Kingston, we turn our gaze to the ongoing revitalization of Williamsville’s Main Street. This section of Princess Street, spanning from Division to Bath Road, has been the subject of a major study, debate, and  fiery controversy over the past few years. One of the

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The State of… Downtown Sidestreets (Part 2 of 3)

Since publishing last week’s snapshot of lower Princess Street, and comparing those results against what we’ve recorded in years past, it’s abundantly clear that our downtown’s main thoroughfare has a higher number of vacancies and a staggering number of new contenders slash relocations. In fact, the number of vacancies observed

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Radison to Receive Multi-Million Dollar Reno and Name Change

Delta Hotels and Resorts announced its expansion in Eastern Ontario with a new property, the Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel slated to open in spring 2013. Situated in the heart of Kingston’s historic downtown core, in a prime waterfront location, the hotel will offer spectacular views of the harbour and Lake

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The State of… Williamsville’s Main Street (Part 3 of 3)

In our original three-part series that focused on upper and lower Princess Street, as well as neighbouring side streets, we took a snapshot of new development and also documented long-standing vacancies. Two years later, we revisited this topic of conversation, while it has proven to be as divisive as any

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The State of… Upper Princess (Part 3 of 3)

Late last December we launched a three-part series which documented vacant storefronts, recent relocations as well as new businesses in downtown Kingston.  In part one we combed lower Princess Street from Ontario to Division, highlighting unfortunate closures such as S&R and Downtown Kingston Sports, as well as positive growth including

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The State of… Downtown Sidestreets (Part 2 of 3)

Last week we introduced the state of…Lower Princess Street, which sparked an unbelievable debate and received a record number of comments regarding the downtown business-scape.  Kingstonist’s readers weighed in on the cost of rent, the normalcy of vacant storefronts, as well as who owns property downtown.  In episode two, we

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The State of… Lower Princess (Part 1 of 3)

With this week’s announcement that Downtown Kingston Sports is set to close up shop after 112 years of dutiful service, the Limestone City’s core is set to lose another iconic fixture.  In this case, high taxes, the recession, as well as competition from big box outlets and online competitors, are

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