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Tag: Downtown Belleville

Bay of Quinte Entrepreneur: Melissa Brant

Melissa Brant, owner of She's High on Vibes poses with art of a turtle, leaves and trees painted on her chest.

An interview with Melissa Brant of She’s High on Vibes in Belleville. Personal pronouns. She/Her Briefly describe your business. She’s High on Vibes offers unique meditation, movement and art classes for the purpose of spreading joy in the community for both youth and adults. I am a certified reiki practitioner, life coach and hula hoop instructor. My experience and knowledge allow me to deliver a fresh, fun new experience for the community in order to raise our energy individually ...

Building Businesses Step By Step in Downtown Belleville

Seven masked people standing behind a table piled with takeout boxes.

ALNOOR LADHANI MEANS BUSINESS How does a Toronto-based chiropodist come to operate a five-business multi-plex in downtown Belleville? According to Alnoor (Al) Ladhani, the answer is simple: it’s in his blood. “My parents were always in business,” chuckles Ladhani, whose family originally hails from Uganda. “They did some factory work when they first came here, but after a while they went back into business because they like to be independent.” At first, Ladhani’s plans in the Bay of Quinte ...

Young Entrepreneur: Kaya Pereira

Kaya Pereira, owner and curator of the Bazaar Artisan Market in downtown Belleville.

An interview with Kaya Pereira of Bazaar Artisan Market. Describe your business. Bazaar Artisan Market is designed to create a clear and meaningful path for artists to sell at the price point they want, in an engaging shop. Artisans receive a dedicated sales area of 3-4 feet and 100% of sales revenue on their one-of-a-kind products. What brought you to the region? I was born and raised in Belleville. I moved away and was drawn back to town because ...

Makin’ It Work: The Brake Room

A man in a grey hoodie standing in front of a wall of tools.

Over the past four years, The Brake Room has fostered a customer base interested not only in cycling and coffee, but community.

This interview is part of a series chatting with local business owners, artists, organizers and people in our community who are learning to adapt during COVID-19. It has been transcribed (with edits for length and clarity) from our Instagram Live interview. Adam Tilley – The Brake Room What is work looking like for you right now? It’s been a crazy eight weeks. We’ve gone through interesting waves. It started with a lot of uncertainty; the first couple of weeks, ...

The Vile Bodies to play Rockfest 2017

The Vile Bodies is a lo-fi rock and roll revival act with its roots in Belleville’s Downtown. I met with band members Rory Kyte, Elliott Gould, Mike Faires, Chandler Betteridge, and Dylan Hendrick during a band practice to discuss what the region has meant to them. M: You’ve all left the area at one point or another and ended up coming back. What is it that’s brought you back to the Bay of Quinte Region? VB:  Dylan started living here ...

Moon Sugar for Rockfest 2017

Quinte West locals Moon Sugar describe themselves as a Party/Dance band. I sat down with the group in their practice studio, a quaint house located in Carrying Place to talk about their experiences with genres, Rockfest, and the region they call home. M: Tell me a little bit about how you guys ended up in this current group/genre? MS: A few of us went to high school together. Sean has a recording studio here, so when the other fellas came to record ...

Last Chance Marie on Music in the BOQ

Last Chance Marie has been making music in the Bay of Quinte region since 2007. After a temporary pause for post secondary education in New Brunswick, the group has reassembled with a tweaked roster and a new rehearsal space: a Church that Tayson Ingersoll, the band’s lead singer attends. I met with them there to get their perspective on how the region has evolved, and to find out where bands go to eat on the Bay. M: Having the experience ...

Shop Spotlight: Funk & Gruven

If you’re looking for the A-Z on unique home décor, Mike Malachowski is the person to see. Malachowski has owned Funk & Gruven A-Z in downtown Belleville for the past 17 years, when he moved to Picton from Toronto. Anything and everything in the way of furnishings can be found in his shop – an eclectic mix of decorative and art pieces. “My criteria for buying are defined by a piece’s quality, utility and inherent beauty,” says Malachowski. He’s ...

Downtowns are key to helping a community grow and prosper

By Jim Barber – Bay of Quinte Living Council In the not-so distant past, in the days before mass transportation, superhighways, mass-market retailers and the internet, the hub of commercial and social activity of most Ontario villages, towns and cities was its downtown. All manner of goods and services were obtained in downtowns – food, clothing, hardware and other necessities. Most business transactions with banks, or insurance companies or lawyers took place downtown. Downtowns were where folks went for ...

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Bay of Quinte Region is an alliance of interdependent communities, bound together by a common history, shared economy, and the water that surrounds and defines us. We hope to welcome you soon.