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New Picnic Tables & Artwork Unveiled

We have some incredible new art in Downtown Bolton 🎨

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Last weekend, 4 picnic tables were unveiled at the parkette located by Riverside Grill, each complete with artwork themed around various aspects of Bolton, including the Downtown Bolton skyline! 🏘

The artwork was completed by local artist and long time Bolton resident Alessandra Vai with the assistance of her students from our special needs community: Gaby, Katie and Stephanie.

This project was a collaboration between the STEPS Public Art program and the Downtown Bolton Revitalization Task Force, who contributed four brand new picnic tables for the artwork!

The STEPS Public Art program activates public spaces through art and community engagement, and at the height of the pandemic in 2020, it launched the I HeART Main Street program to support BIAs and small businesses by providing public art in the BIA area. The BIA was keenly interested in the program and successfully applied back in January of this year.

We hope you’ll spend some time enjoying the park and admiring the magnificent work of these talented artists! ❤️

Photos by: Lucky Element Media

New Gazebo in Downtown Bolton!

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We’re so excited to share that the new gazebo in Downtown Bolton is complete and is now open to the public! 🎉

Why was this new gazebo built? The old gazebo’s age was starting to show, with rotting wood and seating that wasn’t covered 🌧

The new gazebo solves these challenges with:
✅ A safe, solid structure that is covered
✅ New landscaping & flowers (still to come) and seating
✅ A new, fresh look for the downtown core
✅ The Town of Caledon will now be responsible for gazebo maintenance & keeping it clean of garbage and debris
✅ Plenty of space for the annual Christmas tree 🎄

Thanks so much to the hard work of all the businesses & community groups who contributed to this project:

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Photos by Lucky Element Media

3 Reasons You Should Set Up an eCommerce Store & More from Digital Main Street

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The landscape of commerce in Canada has shifted considerably during the last two years, with the COVID-19 pandemic bringing about rapid changes in consumer shopping, selling and payment habits.

As businesses of all sizes make efforts to adapt to this continuing evolution, many are dipping their toes into the world of eCommerce for the first time — in fact, Square’s Future of Retail 2022 report found that 31% of retailers say the pandemic encouraged them to invest in opening their online store.

The idea of opening an online store may be an intimidating prospect for some small business owners, but there’s a strong case to be made for giving it a try. Here are 3 reasons why you should consider opening an eCommerce store.

Read more in Digital Main Street’s monthly newsletter!

Canada Day Events 2022

Looking for something fun to do with your family today? There are not one, but TWO local Canada Day events happening this year! 🇨🇦

Celebrate Caledon | Albion Hills Conservation Area

Celebrate Caledon 2022

Celebrate Caledon will be taking place at the Albion Hills Conservation Area between 2 and 10pm, and will include live entertainment, local vendors, fireworks and family fun! 🎆

Canada Day Mela 2022 | Albion Bolton Fairgrounds

Canada Day Mela 2022

Canada Day Mela 2022 will be hosted at the Albion Bolton Fairgrounds with free parking and free entry, and will feature a wide selection of performers, food and more!

CALLING ALL BUSINESSES: Midnight Madness Returns!

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Photo by Chris Millar

Midnight Madness returns this year on August 12th, 6 p.m. to midnight (of course!).

As well as a fun night for Bolton families and visitors, this is an excellent chance for businesses to showcase your product or service to the largest audience.

Your BIA is partnering with the Bolton Community Crew and other community groups to put on the event, bringing back all the favourite attractions and entertainment.

You can participate in these ways:

  • Set up a sidewalk sale outside your business, and if you can offer specials to attract old and new customers.
  • Secure a spot in another area at reasonable cost:
    • Vendors – $150
    • Nonprofits – No Charge
    • Food vendors – $300

Email boltoncommunitycrew@gmail.com ASAP so we can organize locations at the event to everyone’s best advantage.

Bolton Bicentennial Celebrations

Join us this weekend in Downtown Bolton to celebrate the Bolton Bicentennial with the Albion Bolton Historical Society! 🎉

Saturday June 4th in The Royal Courtyards will include an artisan market with over 50 vendors, a kids zone, live music, Caledon Cruisers car show, food trucks, a giant birthday cake and much more!

Sunday June 5th will feature a tribute to George Bolton at Founder’s Park on Mill St, the Town Crier, Sandhill Pipes and Drums Band, Caledon Fire Honour Guard and a Plaque Unveiling.

Check out the full schedule of events, map and list of vendors / participants 👇

Taste of Bolton – Looking for Food Vendors!

The First Annual “Taste of Bolton” event is taking place three nights this summer and we would love for you to be part of it at no charge to you!

  • Friday June 17, 2022 | 6pm-10pm
  • Friday July 15, 2022 | 6pm-10pm
  • Friday Aug 19, 2022 | 6pm-10pm

Located at the Royal Courtyards (18 King St E) in Bolton, we invite you to be part of this exciting event and showcase and sell your best to the community!

  • Food can be purchased from 6-9pm.
  • Live music 7-10pm.

Food Tents/Food Trucks are also welcome to come and be part of the evening free of charge! The food tents and food trucks will be located in the parking lot directly beside the Courtyard.

Highlight and sell your best appetizers, entrees, deserts at the event. All local restaurants, food vendors and shops are welcome to partake in any or all of the evenings.

Those attending the the event will be able to purchase food and enjoy. “Live” local music and a Cash Bar will be located in the Courtyard.

Space is limited, so be sure to book your spot today, as it is first come first serve! For question and/or to reserve your dates, please RSVP to: tasteofbolton@gmail.com. Please let us know if you will be participating no later than June 1st.

We look forward to you bringing our community a “Taste of Bolton!’

Move your business forward at QuickBooks Connect & More from Digital Main Street

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Are you ready to move your business forward? Join us virtually, for free, on June 1-2 to hear visionary entrepreneurs present insights for small business success, learn about the latest QuickBooks innovations, and attend breakout sessions with industry experts.

Join serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Michele Romanow (Instagram, Twitter) and human connections expert, Riaz Meghji (Instagram, Twitter) on the virtual main stage. Digital innovation expert Amber Mac (Instagram, Twitter) will lead this exciting conversation about the secrets to success. Learn more practical insights for your business from our QuickBooks leaders and partners.

 Discover the possibilities ahead. Register now for QuickBooks Connect.

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Cyberattacks are on the rise and cybercriminals pose a real threat to you and your business.

Surprisingly, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) like yours are a huge target. Fact is, attacks on small businesses increased by 424% in 2020 alone – and the COVID-19 pandemic and increase in nation-state attacks have escalated this problem even further.

A cyberattack can destroy a business. This is why Mastercard created the Mastercard Trust Centre – to help you defend your critical assets, your business, and your reputation through online access to trusted cybersecurity education, resources, and tools.

The Mastercard Trust Centre provides resources and more to help you safeguard your business.

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15 TikTok Statistics You Need To Know (2022)

TikTok, the Chinese-owned app formerly known as musical.ly, is hard to avoid these days. Now owned by parent company Bytedance, it’s one of the fastest-growing social media apps in the world. So, whether you’re thinking about starting a TikTok marketing strategy in 2022 or looking to finetune an existing one, there are certain TikTok statistics that you need to know.

Knowing TikTok facts like the number of users the platform has and its demographics can help guide you towards crafting an effective and successful strategy.

We’re here to get you well equipped, so read on to learn about the top TikTok stats all marketers need to know this year.

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Spring & Summer 2022 Events

May 6

Cinco de Mayo Festival
Humber River Centre (Old Fire Hall), Downtown Bolton
Presented By: Stage Academy Theatre Association & The Bolton Community Crew

May 14

Outdoor Concert & Caledon Cruiser Show
Bolton Canadian Tire Store Parking Lot
Presented By: BVRA & Caledon Cruisers

June 4-5

Bolton Bicentennial Celebration
Downtown Bolton
Presented By: The Bolton 200 + 1 Bicentennial Committee

June 10

Theatrical Circus & Magic Event
Albion Bolton Fairgrounds
Presented By: Stage Academy Theatre Association & The Caledon Seniors Centre

June 11

Italian Heritage Day
Albion Bolton Fairgrounds
Presented By: The Bolton Italian Cultural Centre

August 12

Midnight Madness
Queen St & King St, Downtown Bolton
Presented By: Stage Academy Theatre Association & The Bolton Community Crew

June 17, July 15, August 19

Taste of Bolton
Royal Courtyards, Downtown Bolton
Presented By: BVRA & Downtown Bolton Taskforce