Town celebrates long-standing businesses at Old Town Hall

Mississippi Mills’ 1st annual Long-standing Business Recognition Event an enjoyable night for all

By Jill McCubbin

On 20 October 2016, in celebration of national “Small Business Week”, at the Almonte Old Town Hall, a large crowd gathered for the 1st annual Mississippi Mills Long-standing Business Recognition (and Appreciation) Event. Business owners, family and friends, including members of Council and the Community and Economic Development Committee, and members of the public, attended a casual – yet elegant and friendly – event to show our appreciation for businesses that have achieved 25, 35, 50 and 65+ years in operation.

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Mississippi Mills is a thriving community of small business people and family-run businesses. The long-standing business recognition event was created to let these businesses know their community recognizes and thanks them for their contribution to the growth and successes of Mississippi Mills. The evening included introductions and presentations from the Mayor and other Councillors to the recipients of “years in business” pins, certificates of recognition, and “years in business” stickers (for business’ windows). Brian Hargreaves, a professional photographer working in our municipality, was on hand to pictorially document the evening.

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There are so many long-standing businesses across Mississippi Mills still to be recognized in the 25, 35, 50 and 65+ years in business categories. It was just not possible to celebrate every long-standing business in just two and a half hours. In order to honour every deserving business in our municipality, a similar event, honouring approximately 30 businesses each year from every category, will happen every October. Early each fall, the Community and Economic Development Committee will promote the event and request suggestions for recipients be sent to the committee – as locating every long-standing businesses across our municipality is also a big endeavour. This year the committee included every suggestion received, although a few of those business that were contacted weren’t able to attend this year’s event – they will be honoured next year. The municipality is maintaining a list of long-standing businesses to celebrate in upcoming years.

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The 2016 event was in part sponsored by Valley Heartland, Community Futures Development Corporation. The municipality thanks Valley Heartland board member, Louise Heslop for her contribution to the evening. Stacie Lloyd, Regional Economic Development Officer at Valley Heartland, was the key note speaker for the evening. Desserts and coffee and decor for the event were all provided by local businesses. Thanks to Equator Coffee, Baker Bob’s, Don’s Meat Market, Robin’s Nest Tea Room, Sweet Cheeks Bakery, Jessica’s Syrian Food,  Prior Engagements, and Acanthus florist for your contributions to this wonderful, inviting evening.

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The 2016 long-standing businesses recognized are the following:

25-plus years

  • Almonte Chiropractic (25 years) – Dr. Mark Herman and Dr. Jaye Carlson
  • Almonte Natural Foods (28 years) – Johanne Polis
  • Almonte Veterinary Services (25 years) – Dr. Ross Goodman
  • Coady’s Car Care (28 years) – Doug Coady
  • Culandubh Kennels (25 years) – Laurel Cook and Ross McLaughlin
  • Levi’s Home Hardware (33 years) – Tom and John Levi
  • Whitehouse Perennials (29 years) – Suzanne Patry and Bruce Trites

35-plus years

  • Branje Metal Works (35 years) – John Branje
  • Couple’s Corner (48 years) – Wayne Lockhart
  • Linda Lowe Daycare (40 years) – Linda Lowe
  • Mills Community Support Corporation (41 years) – Karen Milligan, current board president
  • Mississippi Veterinary Services (36 years) – Drs. Larry and Nancy Caven
  • Mount Pakenham (35 years) – Clifford family
  • Nicholson’s Sundries (40 years) – Cathy and Bill Nicholson
  • Paddye Mann Clothing (38 years) – Paddye Mann
  • David Michael Ltd. (42 years) – Larry Woermke
  • Ron’s Pumping (40+ years) – Ron Lindsay
  • R&S Tool and Die Co. (44 years) – Don Downey
  • Almonte Redevelopment Group (35 years) – Stephen Brathwaite
  • The Hub (42 years) – Andrea Bird, current Hub president

50-plus years

  • M Downey Excavating (53 years) – Mervin Downey
  • TimRob Holsteins/Harshell Enterprises (57 years) – Harold and Shelley McPhail
  • Munro’s Garage (55 years) – Roy and Brent Munro

65-plus years

  • Barr Bus Lines (66 years) – John Barr
  • Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush (156 years) – Shirley Fulton-Deugo and Scott Deugo
  • McCann Auto Repair (96 years) – Stewart, Tom and Rob McCann
  • Scheel Furniture (70 years) – Marc Scheel
  • Spring Valley Farm (92 years) – Sheila and Lois James