Last week I met with Gillan Alton and Rich Wigmore of Elora Fitness to talk about Tour de Elora, a stationary bike-a-thon to raise money for Grand River Regional Cancer Centre. 

The inspiration behind Tour de Elora is Gillian’s battle with, and ultimate victory over, breast cancer and her desire to give back to the centre that helped her through her treatment.

But the bike-a-thon will also serve as a grand opening celebration for Elora Fitness. The gym opened last December, but Gillian, Rich and co-owner Taylor Rawson have not yet had an official grand opening. So they’ve chosen to do it in conjunction with the bike-a-thon. What a smart idea! 

Sure, they could have had the traditional ribbon cutting with snacks and a come-and-see type event, but to pair the opening with a fundraiser for a cancer centre that has impacted all of the owners in a personal way is smart. The event will have people remembering the business for years to come.

Also, what better way to celebrate a new gym than with a bike-a-thon? 

I think the decision to pair the grand opening with the bike-a-thon is a true reflection of the owners and their values. 

Congratulations on almost one year in business, Elora Fitness, and I hope the Tour de Elora brings in a lot of money for the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre this year and for years to come. 

For more information about the Tour de Elora visit

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Another new eatery has opened in Elora. 

The Handsome Devil Bistro is located at 146 Metcalfe St. in Elora. 

For more information call 226-384-1000.

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A new dance studio has moved into Palmerston. 

Illustrated Movement Dance Academy is offering recreational and competitive dance instruction at 155 James Street in Palmerston.

For more information email or visit

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Midtown Auto Repair owner and technician Will Gimblet is celebrating 20 years in business. 

Midtown Auto Repair is located at 254 George St. in Arthur. 

Midtown Auto technicians have over 50 years of combined experience.

Gimblet was the Local Business of the Year from the Arthur and District Chamber of Commerce in 2011.

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A Drayton flower shop is celebrating its first anniversary. 

Blooms on Main is a family owned and operated flower shop that serves Drayton, Moorefield, Rothsay and Palmerston.

The flower shop offers floral arrangements and gifts. 

The business is located at 28 Main Street East and can be contacted by calling 519-638-7723 or visit  

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