By Angelica Blenich
Without a doubt everyone is happy when the sun is shining.
With winter being a distant memory and the arrival of summer just a week away, you can see an extra bounce in people’s steps and notice their smiles shine just a little bit brighter.
Yes, the seasons have officially changed and we are now experiencing an extra bustle on the streets, lineups at the Farmers’ Market and Canada Day gear lining the store shelves.
The Haliburton Village BIA is looking forward to the return of a more normal summer, which includes new businesses on our main street, familiar events making a comeback and much more.
Perhaps you’ve noticed one of the sure signs that summer is coming, the instalment of the beautiful downtown banners along Highland Street, Maple Avenue and York Street. The banners are a BIA project in conjunction with the municipality of Dysart et al. and a number of local not-for-profit organizations. This year the banners once again have local artwork on display, created by a talented group of individuals who call the Highlands their home.
You may have also noticed the return of our popular downtown street patios, outside a few eateries. And of course the beautiful bridge flowers and hanging flower baskets are back and were hung with great care by a dedicated group of volunteers.
After a few tumultuous years for retail brought on by the pandemic, it’s heartwarming to see a number of new businesses open their doors on the main street.
Have you had a chance to check out Tipples North on Highland Street? Here you will find an amazing shop with gelato, cocktails and more with a laid back and retro vibe! And down the street is Haliburton Liquidation, a great location for bargains and something for everyone in your family! With clothes, appliances and more, it’s a stop you won’t want to miss.
Other changes on the main street include an expansion at Castle Antiques and the welcome addition of ACM Designs to the downtown, relocating from their previous home on County Road 21 to 7 Dysart Avenue.
However with every new chapter there is also one that closes and after many, many years on our main street it is with sadness we say goodbye to Cindy’s clothing store. The ladies fashion boutique was a mainstay on Highland Street for a long time and we wish the owners well as they head into retirement and enjoy the next phase of their life.
Last, but not least, the BIA is excited to announce the return of the popular summer event Midnight Madness! Set to take place on July 29 in partnership with the Haliburton County Echo, the downtown street party will see tradition return with sidewalk sales, live entertainment, food and refreshments and much more. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information as the date approaches.
Until then we hope you have a happy and safe Canada Day and great start to your summer!