WALKERTON – They came; they saw; they shopped. And ate cupcakes. And entered draws. And enjoyed the music. And talked to friends and neighbours they haven’t seen in months.
The BIA, with support from the Municipality of Brockton, welcomed everyone back downtown as the area entered a modified step three of the province’s reopening plan.
Paulette Peirol, community development for Brockton, said about 300 people took advantage of the sidewalk sales, special promotions and fun.
“It’s an exciting day,” said Mayor Chris Peabody.
He noted it’s the first time in 16 months that he’s been able to get out on the streets and chat with people, and listen to what they have to say. Having that sort of “barometer” is important, he said. The lockdown served to cut him off from people – even when they were out, they didn’t want to stop and talk.
Friday was different. The weather was good, the streets were busy, shoppers were everywhere and everyone was happy to be out and about.
“It’s great to see the stores open, great to be downtown today,” the mayor added.
The most exciting part of the event was visiting favourite shops and knowing the downtown business community is not only still around, but vibrant as ever and ready to thrive.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times