One local nanaimo business owners reason (s) for voting no on the new event centre – isn

As a business owner who has spent the last 8 years in the heart of downtown Nanaimo, I have recently read and listened to people use the argument that the new event centre will revitalize our downtown. Cinnamon roll recipe without yeast or butter My concern is, for one, where have you been? and two, in the name of revitalizing downtown Nanaimo, is this event centre the way to go? Greg Badger from Funk Your Fashion , Photo credit Ashley Anthony

1.) We’ve needed a massive marketing campaign, attracting both sides of Nanaimo downtown, letting everyone know what’s actually downtown. Cinnamon roll recipe without buttermilk Much of the North end of Nanaimo for instance has very little idea what’s downtown. Cinnamon bread recipe no yeast I hear it on a constant basis from the North end stragglers that they are shocked and surprised when finally making it downtown for one reason or another.

For instance, they are often unaware that we have most of the best restaurants in Nanaimo. Cinnamon bread recipe yeast Two Chefs Affair, Food Koma…..

(the Award winning) Gabriel’s, SukkhoThai, Aladdin’s, Firehouse Grill, Minnows, Asteria’s Greek, The OldCityStation Pub, Gina’s Mexican Cafe, the Modern Cafe. Cinnamon raisin bread recipe without yeast The list goes on and on. Homemade caramel pecan cinnamon roll recipe Also, our selection of Coffee bars – Bocca’s, Mon Petit Choux Bakery, Serious Coffee and the Vault Cafe; which btw hosts open mic nights for local artists and musicians, which the downtown community is filled with.

Homemade cinnamon roll icing recipe We have unique, independent fashion downtown instead of mall store product. Easy cinnamon bun recipe homemade There are tattoo shops, music stores, 5 banks, 2 radio stations including the community supported CHLY Radio, vintage shops, pubs and bars, hair, nail and tanning salons, pizza joints, (even a homemade cinnamon bun joint), live music, galleries, an amazing sea wall……….the amenities are numerous, but unfortunately all too unknown.

2.) We’ve also needed a massive marketing campaign to inform all the people of Nanaimo that our PARKADES DOWNTOWN solve the ‘still present’ notion that there is no parking downtown. Homemade cinnamon roll waffle recipe We still hear this complaint on a regular basis. Cinnamon roll recipe without yeast or buttermilk Our city has not done enough to inform Nanaimo and our surrounding communities that, for instance, we have two underground parkades directly under the Conference Centre. Cinnamon roll recipe no yeast or milk The hourly rate is about a buck an hour and there are almost 1000 heated and security guarded parking spaces in these 2 parkades alone.

A big part of the parking problem is that WE LACK SIGNAGE IN ALL INCOMING DIRECTIONS TO DOWNTOWN THAT WOULD GUIDE VISITORS AND MORE IMPORTANTLY ALL UNAWARE CITIZENS OF NANAIMO TO THE AVAILABLE PARKADES. Cinnamon roll recipe no yeast or baking powder NOT ONLY THE 2 BELOW THE CONFERENCE CENTRE BUT SEVERAL OTHERS FOR INSTANCE THAT ARE CLOSE AND CONVENIENT TO THE CHARM OF OUR OLD CITY QUARTER AND ALL THAT IT HAS TO OFFER. Simple cinnamon roll recipe The argument I’ve received is “it’s just not that easy to put up a sign, there are guidelines and….”. Simple cinnamon roll recipe no yeast Well if it’s hard then get to it. Homemade cinnamon roll icing with powdered sugar Doesn’t change the fact that they are still needed.

As a visible example that you can see for yourself, on Commercial Street there currently is 1 sign and 1 sign only sorta hinting that there’s extra parking somewhere. Cinnamon roll glaze recipe with powdered sugar It doesn’t say anything specifically about any underground parkades, it’s just one small sign with a letter P and an arrow. Giant cinnamon bun recipe The kicker..…our 1 and only sign is only visible from one direction because a crosswalk sign sits eye-level in front of one side. Giant cinnamon roll recipe One shitty little sign.

3.) Another crucial element missing downtown which requires time and money but has incredible benefits to downtown and to Nanaimo as a whole. Giant cinnamon roll cake recipe Having a CONSISTENT (eventually traditional) street market downtown every 2 or 3 weeks, closed off to cars, and filled with fun activities, amazing local artists, great food and non-mall fashion. Cinnamon buns bread machine If done well, it will spread quickly through both word of mouth and advertising. Cinnamon roll recipe with yeast Nanaimo is one of the only bigger cities on Vancouver Island that doesn’t have a large, regular downtown market. Cinnamon roll recipe easy no yeast We don’t have to re-invent the wheel. Cinnamon roll recipe easy Victoria, Duncan, Parksville, Quallicum Beach are just a few great examples of vibrant, thriving, and successful street/farmers/artists markets that happen regularly and they are known to draw people downtown on a REGULAR BASIS THROUGH OUT MOST OF THE YEAR. Low fat cinnamon rolls recipe easy Something we are sorely missing in Nanaimo. Cinnamon roll recipe easy to make We have relied far too long on the same handful of 1 day events which do not build community being once a year each. Best cinnamon roll recipe with cream cheese frosting Non-tourist season downtown is a very difficult time as a small business. Cinnamon roll recipe with cream cheese icing We live in a town of malls that are protective of their sheep.

4.) Next issue, which is reaching a critical point, is the increased drug trade, security threats and crime rates downtown. How to make cinnamon roll frosting without cream cheese This past year has been the worst year for drug addicted related theft at our store and it has gotten to the point where we don’t bother calling the police any longer because it takes too long for them to arrive and all that ever happens is I give one more statement.. Cinnamon bun glaze without cream cheese It’s gotten so out of hand that I’ve been in physical altercations with people caught stealing from us because I’m not certainly not going to let them get away with it. Cinnamon bun icing no cream cheese Greg Badger from Funk Your Fashion , Photo credit Ashley Anthony

5,) Another missing piece that would help the community feel downtown that needs money and resources is finally beautifying Diana Krall Square. Cinnamon bun icing without cream cheese Spend some money getting rid of the ‘prison yard’ feel. Easy cinnamon roll recipe pillsbury Maybe drop beautiful green moss down the walls to start with.

6.) I won’t spend much time mentioning the Jean Burns (aka ACME) Building or the abandoned A+B Sound Building because the city leadership can’t do anything supposedly. Easy delicious cinnamon roll recipe Well……FIND a solution once and for all. Easy cinnamon roll recipe using canned biscuits It would be an excruciatingly long awaited removal of 2 massive eye soars that should not be allowed to highjack our city like they have.

7.) Finally, use money and resources to get a hotel built for the conference centre. Moist cinnamon roll recipe The building is basically useless without it. Best cinnamon roll icing recipe You want to talk about revitalizing downtown?? ……..before you convince us to build another building that is agreed will operate at a loss……..revitalize downtown Nanaimo dramatically by FINDING someone to build the hotel. Cinnamon roll recipe cream cheese frosting The gain in tourism would be in the thousands of both people and revenue instead of the continual losses and 3 month shut downs year after year.

Listen, I love sports…..especially hockey…..and I’m very familiar with WHL. Fluffy cinnamon rolls without yeast I’m also a Social Worker by trade and understand the importance of having an event centre to build community. Cinnamon roll icing with powdered sugar That said, I still had to (pre)vote no because of the more important needs I’ve shared above.

Share this if you agree….curse me if you don’t…..thanks for reading.

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