Downtown Brockville Blog

December 2018

The Quick Guide To Gyms In Downtown Brockville

Healing Arts Centre & Yoga Studio

While the yoga studio is the mainstay of the Centre, it has been their intention to open their doors to groups and individuals wanting to explore and practice alternative or complementary forms of health care.
They have been overwhelmed by the positive response and feedback they have received from their clients. They like to think of the Centre as a kind of bridge where people interested in complementary or alternative health care can experience yoga and related activities in a safe and welcoming environment. They will continue to put forth a variety of venues within the alternative health field that will allow the individual within this community to educate themselves in becoming healthier happier people. Check out their website


HUA Fitness Centre

HUA Fitness Centre is a powerlifting gym and physical fitness centre that is suitable for all ages and experience level. Located at the corner of King Street West and John St, HUA's great location is available to service clients from all parts of town, especially those in the midtown and in the downtown core. There are many amenities that this facility has to offer:  Equipment, consisting of 3 lifting racks and platforms, rowing machines, accessory workout machines, a treadmill, bikes, free weights, a surround-sound stereo, open room for cardio, power sleds, core workouts, and more! Access to free classes that are age and ability specific which may focus on muscle strength and/or fat burning. Complimentary membership parking. HUA is home to Popeye's Supplements Brockville, giving members the ease of having Popeye's supplements and other products being sold all under the same roof as their gym HUA has a very welcoming and encouraging environment that has been the key to the physical and mental success for many youth and adults in our community. Heard. Understood. Acknowledged. HUA! Check out their website.


Peak Performance Training & Nutrition

Peak Performance is a private personal training and nutrition coaching studio with open gym times available to their members! They offer a functional strength style club with varied hours and on-site trainers. We offer several fitness classes at various times throughout the week and day. Check out their website.


RD Athletics - Therapy & Training

Looking for some guidance with your training? Ready to take it to the next level? Looking for a gym with an intimate community atmosphere that provides high-quality programming?

RD Athletics is proud to be Brockville’s only semi-private personal training facility. This means that a smaller number of (very friendly) members will be training during any given block, but each with their own individual program which is designed and taught by the RD Athletics staff. This ensures proper exercise selection and execution by each and every client.

Individualized programming is included in membership and each new phase is taught to you by one of our certified staff. It's like personal training without the hefty price tag! Plus...personal training is available if that's more your style. Join a fitness community that is passionate, determined, and supportive. Check out their website.


Studio 44 Yoga

“Yoga For You”
With more than 10 styles of yoga offered through our studio, we have something for everyone!
We offer a variety of yoga styles, yoga teacher trainings, and diverse body-mind workshops. Our goal is provide the highest standard of yoga teachings. We have dynamic classes for the Beginner yogi to the Advanced student. With more than 10 styles of yoga offered through our studio, we have something for everyone! YOGA FOR YOU! Check out their website.

Tall Ships Landing Club

More than just a gym, the Tall Ships Landing (TSL) Club is the perfect place to unwind, meet with friends, or spend some time during your stay. With a wide variety of activities available, you are certain to find something you will enjoy. 
The Fitness Centre allows you to workout while looking out over the St. Lawrence River. This space will give you a picturesque view from sunrise to sunset. The custom ceiling is a photograph taken by Ian Coristine and illuminates when the lights are on to give you the feeling that you are gazing up the mast of the Fair Jeanne. In addition to the nautilus equipment and free weights, the fitness centre also includes a salt water infinity lap pool, dry sauna, outdoor hot pool and splash pad.

The lobby greets you with a wood ceiling around the chandelier, which is from the library of Parliament. The library was the only building that didn’t have damage from the fire of 1916.
Gather some friends for a game of billiards and listen to your choice of music on the system.
In the piano room lounge among the bookcases and delight yourself with one of the many nautical-themed books and games.
If you are planning a small social event, you can reserve the Wicker Room for $125 (plus applicable taxes) per day. It accommodates up to 50 people and offers a small kitchenette for your use.
The Terrace is an outdoor space that rivals all others. With 3000 square feet of riverview terrace, gas barbecue, shuffle board and fire pit – it is dockside living at its best. Take part in the activities on the terrace or cozy up in a Muskoka chair and sit back and relax. Check out their website.


Thousand Island Martial Arts

Dedicated to sharing the values and spirit of the martial arts with our children & community. Check out the many great benefits of participation in the martial arts. Already convinced? join the TIMA Family today. They offer classes for adults and women's only classes! Check out their website.

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18 Last Minute Gifts You Can Buy Downtown

1) Skincare and bath products because everyone's got skin. 

There's a huge selection of luxurious products for all skin types downtown. Majority of them are also organic, and Canadian / locally made. Men's products available too!
Check out the selection at Heavenly Touch Spa and the River Lily Boutique

2) Get them something as classic as you having an entire year to shop but still doing it last minute.

Check out The jewel box and Penny's Jewellery. There's something for everyone's budget! 

3) How about a game that you can break out after Christmas dinner? 

Mario Kart, Catan, Monopoly Fortnite edition? There's literally 100's of games to choose from between these three locations:
- Chulmleighs
- Golden Age Comics
- Sequence


4) Or something to do together at a later date?

Because spending time together really is the greatest gift you can give.
Grab some passes to the Aquatarium, make your very own bottle of wine at Bodega Wines, see a world-class show at the Arts Centre or put your relationship to the test at the Escape room.

5) Get them a beautifully made sweater that will feel like a warm hug

Get them here:
- Alan Browns
- Limestone & Ivy


6) For the Snowbirds (or anyone going on vacation this holiday season) grab them something they can wear to the beach! 

Check out Ebb & Flo or the Boardwalk Landing for options!

7) These beautiful home decor items will please even the most sophisticated eye.

Try looking at: 
- Heritage Clock Shop
- Hang Ups Creative Picture Framing


8) What about a good old fashioned book?

Browse the shelves at:
- Book trader
- From Here to Infinity 


9) Help them build, or start a new collection.

Check out the Coin Hunter (which is home to gold, silver, and banknotes too).
Or Seaway Treasures which, as the name entails, is a store filled with hidden treasures! From crystal glasses to antique furniture they have it all.

10) Let's not forget about our furry friends!

Check out Healthy Pets for a new stuffy, treats that support hip and joint health, or a brand new collar so your pupper feels like a brand new dog!


11) Have someone on your list who is away? Buy them something that reminds them of home.

They'll love some Brockville swag form the Tourism office, or a nautical themed items from Dockside living.


12) What about some records or vintage clothing for the people in our lives that enjoy things a little more old school.

Check out Spitfire Records, Grizzly's Records or Sheila's Bombshell Vintage!


13) What about a gorgeous succulent or bouquet of flowers to brighten up anyone's dining room table!

Get them at
- Wild Little Roses
- Colonial Flowers


14) Looking for someone who bikes or skateboards? 

Check out Cranks for everything bike related, electrolytes, performance socks and more! Or head on over to Revolution, a shop that not only has your skateboard needs but all the trendy fashion to make them look the part too!


15) What about something a little more on the fancy side?

Try looking at:
- Prima Donna 
- Isis
- Bonita Bold 


16) Let's go back to essentials... what about underwear, socks or PJs? 

Look at Echo or Pauline's Lingerie!

17) If you know them well enough to know their size, what about these beauties?

Check out Savvy or Golden Soles

18) Or the best gift of all... one that they pick out!

Get them a downtown Brockville gift certificate that can be used at any of the above locations or almost everywhere downtown! You can purchase them from the DBIA office or over the phone until this Friday!

3 Market St. W



Didn't find what you're looking for? Send us a message via emailFacebookTwitter or Instagram and we can make some recommendations! 

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Shop Local Week: Why Choose A Service Downtown?

It's important to note when we say the word service for the sake of the below graphic, what we actually mean is there are 175 other businesses that aren't solely a retail store or restaurant/cafe. 

But you're still probably pretty shocked to find out that there are 175 other unique businesses downtown!

So here's a breakdown of what we've clustered under the term service for the sake of this blog:


Here's the top 5 reasons to choose a service downtown: 

1) There's Plenty of Selection

We're pretty lucky! Not only is there a service for all of your needs right downtown, but you'll have plenty of choices on where to go! For example there's 5 nail salons, 16 spas and salons and 27 financial institutions. You can go to the doctors, dentist, spa and bank all within the same 3 blocks!


2) The Know That Customer Service Matters

What's really nice is these services are all small businesses, which means they care about making your experience the most positive one possible whether you're getting a seaweed wrap or your back adjusted. And being in a tight-knit community, they know, first hand, most new business is generated by word of mouth!


3) They Genuinely Care About Your Well-being 

They still have that 'small town charm" where they care more about improving your life as a whole than becoming the next millionaire! I've actually had a small business owner admit to me that his goal is to make his clients no longer need his services!


4) They Also Genuinely Care About Our Community

They live, work and play here in Brockville too! The more the community thrives, the more well off their business is. Which means they take the time to give back through donations, volunteering and more.


5)  It's Outstanding Service

Being a small business doesn't mean they lack the skills or qualifications needed to get the job done! They've dotted the "i"s and crossed the "t"s on all their certifications so you're getting the best professional, accurate and safe care. From a financial plan that actually fits your needs to a mani and pedi that will last all holiday season, our businesses have top notch qualifications and take the time to make sure they're using top quality products with their customers. 


Next time you're going to get your hair cut, teeth cleaned, taxes done or beard groomed, go to someone you can trust!


Need help finding a service? Search our directory! Or send us a message via emailFacebookTwitter or Instagram and we can make some recommendations! 

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Shop Local Week: 7 Fun Things To Do Downtown

1) Aquatarium

The Aquatarium is constantly putting out new programs teaching locals and tourists about the majestic St. Lawrence River! Their newest program "Aquarist For A Day" is a half-day program that lets you experience what life is really like caring for the animals at the Aquatarium. The Otter experience takes you up close and personal with otters Oliver Ivy, Brock, Boldt, and Lawrence by feeding them, looking after their habitats and participating as a trainer in one of their presentations! Or get fishy with them and learn about aquatic animal diets, analyze water chemistry and complete a tour of their workspaces behind the scenes. You may even get to feed a fish or two! 

Pre-sales start now and if you're looking to get in over March break book now


2) Museum

Discover our incredible history in the home of Brockville's past: the Museum! Their permanent exhibits like "From Carriage to Car" or "Brockville's Rail Story" are so action-packed that there is always something new to discover! While they're rotating exhibits offer fun new history on Brockville from topics like the 1998 Ice Storm to their current temporary exhibit "Pieces of Brockville" that explore why some older buildings have disappeared from our streetscapes through the pieces that remain.

Fun fact did you know the museum also has a huge database of virtual exhibits online? Check it out here.

3) Dive Brockville Adventure Centre

You probably know this more commonly as the dive shop for good reasons! From beginners to the most advanced divers they organize trips and have the gear you need to make the most of your diving time in Brockville. But did you know they also do kayak, canoe, snorkeling and bike rentals? They'll give you ideas and maps on where to go as well so if you're biking around Brockville, or paddling out on the river, you'll be sure to see the best sites! They even arrange for Island picnics where a water taxi will take you to enjoy a delicious lunch on the islands!


4) Brockville Arts Centre

There is always an incredible show to see at the Brockville Arts Centre! Whether it's an outside organization, the operatic society or SLC performing, the shows are something you'd expect from a big city! Check out this month's shows like A Celtic Family Christmas or A Big Band Christmas here!


5) The Library

If you haven't discovered that the library is home to more than just books, you're missing out. Movies, TV shows,  Geocaching kits, fishing rods.. they have a lot more for rent than books! Drop in and discover their kids space, teen zone or virtual reality for hours of entertainment. Or check out their events calendar for great happenings like Pints & Page, Craft & Chat or ErlyON Play & Learn

6) Phoenix Bar

Or more commonly known as "The Bird". Enjoy a classic night of dancing and good company downtown. You can even stop by the morning after to try out their impressive Breakfast!

7) The Bar 

Celebrate 2019 at The Bar's New Years Eve bash! With a buffet starting a midnight, you'll ring in the new year with good company, live music, and full stomachs!

And of course, once the warm summer weather returns you can add these awesome activities to the list:

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Shop Local Week: Eating Local

It's day 4 of Shop Local Week and we're talking about eating local!


There are 38 places to eat (more if you count the snack corner
at Golden Age Comics & Collectibles). 



There's a pretty good variety too! Indian, Thai, Chinese,
Shawarma, English, American... we've got it all!



We also have your choice of coffee shops whose lates or
sweet treats will rival any big box store.



Don't let the term "cafe" fool you though. Our cafes are also home
to killer lunch options from classic soup & sandwiches to
chili burritos! 



You may think you have to dress up to eat local but 71% of
downtown restaurants offer takeout which means you can
enjoy outstanding local food in the comfort of your own home!



If you're looking to feed a family we've got that covered too!
With select restaurants offering frozen meals to go. Just pop it
in the oven or microwave and presto! A delicious home-cooked
meal your kids or guests will think you spent hours making. 



There's also the added benefit that local restaurants spend 3x
more money locally than chains. And like we've said, the more
money that is spent locally = more money that
stays local = a better economy.


But when it really comes down to it, why should you eat local? 
Because the food is

Hungry yet? We are! Check out all the places to eat Downtown here on our directory. Or send us a message via emailFacebookTwitter or Instagram and we can make some recommendations! 

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The 101 On Shops In Downtown Brockville


Happy Shop Local Week Brockville!

In the first of four blogs this week we're taking a look at the incredible shops that are right in Downtown Brockville! Did you know there are over 60 stores downtown?



And it's not 60 cookie cutter stores either.

60 unique stores all carrying different, incredible products. 



Which means there's something for everyone...

  • Partner ✔️
  • The hard-to-please mother-in-law ✔️
  • Kids ✔️
  • Dog ✔️
  • The inevitable work Secret Santa exchange (and it won't be a lame gift that someone will eventually throw out either)✔️



But hold on...

we're even sweetening the deal by providing FREE gift wrapping when you buy from a downtown merchant! Just show us a receipt and leave it with us! 


We're so fortunate to have such a wide shopping selection right in town!  With so many stores though, you may not know where to start so here's our directory that divides the shops by category. Or feel free to send us a message via email, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and we can make some recommendations! 


Happy Shopping! 

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