Downtown Guelph & The Community Band Together Keeping Businesses Open and People Safe

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Daytrippers and Locals Enjoy downtown Guelph’s Huge Extended Patios & Shopping

Hey neighbour, can I borrow a cup of sugar? There are many wonderful examples of people coming together in difficult times, and one such story can be found on Wyndham St. in the heart of downtown Guelph.

As pandemic restrictions started to lift, NV KITCHEN + BAR and its neighbour, popular student haunt Frank & Steins, were eager to begin serving customers again.

Fortunately for Frank & Steins, they had a large area for a patio where they could keep the taps flowing. Unfortunately, it was more challenging for them to keep the kitchen running in this new format.

So, the owners asked NV if the restaurant would be interested in serving clients on Frank & Steins patio. They agreed.

“Everybody is helping everybody, giving up territory and giving ample consideration,” said Marty Williams, Executive Director of the Downtown Guelph Business Improvement Area (BIA). “They are seeking out creative ways to work together and keep the lights on.”

Brothers Brewing & Ale House Patio Downtown Guelph
Brothers Brewing & Ale House Patio Downtown Guelph

On a stroll through downtown you will find many stories of Guelph businesses working together to beautify the downtown and capitalize on the sidewalk patios and car-free streets.

You will notice the nicely decorated safety barriers designed to entice the public in for a meal, a shopping trip, or a long-overdue styling appointment.

Some shops are organizing events to help Guelph residents and visitors de- stress and discover more of the city’s vibrant downtown.

The customers may be lounging and relaxing, but the business owners and the BIA are keeping busy staying on top of the latest COVID-19 regulations and news to ensure customers stay safe and businesses can remain open.

“While there’s a lot of emphasis on patios right now, they have a season and we have to be ready for the fall and what’s coming next,” Williams noted.

Whether it’s time for a spa visit, a shopping trip, or a sip on the patio, visit downtownguelph.com to plan your visit.