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Organization of the Week: Railway City Tourism

In 2013, the city decided it was time to increase tourism services that would be available year-round. This sparked the creation of Railway City Tourism, St. Thomas’s own service organization dedicated solely to providing information, creating and marketing local events, and working with tour groups to engage visitors and keeping people informed of opportunities in the community.
The organization was built from the ground up, lead by the efforts of tourism coordinator Megan Pickersgill. Pickersgill is a St. Thomas native with a museum and economic devel-opment background who returned home from working in Nova Scotia to take on this position. Pickersgill describes the service as “your portal to discover what to see and do in St. Thom-as”. This includes the goings on of our downtown businesses. If you have a special event, sale, or promotion of some sort coming up, Railway City Tourism is happy to assist with marketing that occasion free of charge. Everyone is welcome to contact, be it in person at their office or next time you see their tent out in the city, by calling, emailing, or on one of their many social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter).

Christmas Window Winners

Congratulations to the following businesses:

1st place winner – Wind and Willow receiving $300
2nd place winner – Diamonds and Toads receiving $200
3rd place winner – Winston’s Fashions receiving $100

In addition, each winner also received 2 tickets to the afternoon reception to the January 24th Sports Spectacular event and we thank Sean Dyke for making this donation to the winners

Home and Garden Show 2012

The 2011 St. Thomas Home, Garden and Outdoor Living Show held at the Timken Centre this past spring was a huge success.  The 2012 show will run from March 29th to April 2nd.  As a DDB we have the opportunity to take exclusive use of The Doug Tarry Room at the Timken Centre.  It can be divided into 16-20 booths and includes a small community and entertainment area.  We can make this area the “Place to Be” for show visitors.  So far about 13 downtown businesses, as well as our own DDB, have agreed to be part of this project but we need you to make it a success.  If all booths are reserved the cost can be substantially reduced to $400 from the normal cost of $470.

Idea for our Downtown St. Thomas area include a grand banner entrance that can’t be missed, a music and entertainment schedule, floral displays, free samples of food and beverages from downtown restaurants, special business promotions and lots of give-aways including our famous DDB shopping bags.

But you must act soon!  Please contact Earl Taylor at 519-670-9223 or Sherry Chambers at 519-631-1966 immediately to reserve your space.

 

Accessible Public Service

A notice to all business owners:

From Jan. 1, 2012, Ontario employers will need to provide employees with disabilities with emergency response information that is tailored to the employee’s needs, if the disability requires it.

The Accessibility Standard for Employment will help organizations support and keep more skilled employees. It will make accessibility a normal part of finding, hiring and communicating with employees who have disabilities.

Business owner, for all the information to make sure you are compliant come January 1, 2012 please see: http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/accessibility/customerService/Under20_Tools.aspx