Happy New Year

Happy New Year, all. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season, celebrating with their family and friends. Maybe even shopping local for presents and food.

Now that the Christmas season is over, don’t be surprised if some of your local merchants take their own holiday in the winter months. I’m sure they were going nonstop with all of the holiday hubbub.

However, with the new year comes new challenges.

On Monday the Badley Bridge in Elora closed. For those of you unfamiliar with downtown Elora, the Badley Bridge is one of the main routes across the Grand River into historic downtown Elora.

This means the shops on Mill Street will be taking yet another hit. They weathered the storm through road reconstruction, Elora Mill rehabilitation and the construction of a new pedestrian bridge.

While it would have been nice to see a little more time for the merchants to get their bearings and be ready for this next upheaval, let’s work together as a county and make sure they have lots of business.

Maybe this year make the extra trip to peruse shops along Mill Street. The Jack R. MacDonald pedestrian bridge is enough of an excuse. Go visit the beautifully constructed bridge and make a stop at the local shops.

We all need to work together to ensure the local economy survives.

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Pharmasave Elora Apothecary owners/pharmacists Bronwyn and Andrew Tolmie just announced the team would be opening a second location within the Trailside Medical Centre on Beatty Line. The new pharmacy will be called Pharmasave Trailside Pharmacy.

Construction of the new medical building is already underway and the pharmacy is expected to open towards the end of this year.

Owners suggest following/liking Pharmasave Elora & Fergus on Facebook and Instagram for photos and updates on the progress.

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The Wellington Advertiser recently published the fifth edition of Wellington Weddings magazine.

While it is chock-full of stories about interesting local couples and their weddings, proposals and parties, the magazine also features local wedding-related businesses.

The magazine is a great resource for not just wedding planning needs but also for large parties.

Take the cover story of Sunni Vann and Matt Trish as an example. Sunni talks about buying her dress locally at Lidia’s Brides in Fergus. She talks about the service and her customer experience.  What a great way to learn about a business from someone who has the lived experience. Also from Fergus, Savoy Culinary catered their wedding.

It’s worth a look if you are interested in local wedding and party vendors.

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