What businesses do think would complement the Glebe?

March 1, 2017 | by glebeadmin


What businesses do you think would complement the Glebe?

You don’t have to chat long with established Glebe businesses to understand what works in the neighbourhood.

Just ask Rebecca McKeen, whose family has been operating a grocery store here since 1919. Flash forward almost a century and McKeen Metro Glebe has become a staple in the area – a steadfast grocery stop that values their loyal, long-standing customers.

“(The Glebe) is like a little town within the city. Everyone says hi, everyone knows you, everyone comes to ask how you are doing,” says McKeen.

“You have regular customers that are here multiple times a week and you get to know them, and it does have that significant community feel to it. It makes a difference for sure.”

It’s no secret that the Glebe has taken on a major transformation over the couple of years. Lansdowne is fully bumping, with over 100 days of programming every year from major sporting events to top concerts and community gatherings. The Glebe has become a destination – for sports and music fans, foodies and shopaholics alike.

Rebecca McKeen

New businesses have been sprouting up in the Glebe almost monthly – everything from bakeries, hair salons and delicious and diverse restaurants, to stunning new clothing shops and elegant jewellers.

But the Glebe still has room to welcome additional new businesses to our community, and we are calling on you to let us know what you would like to see pop up in your ‘hood.

“Everyone here is proud of what the Glebe is about and what it offers. New businesses can add even more flavour to an already dynamic destination,” says Glebe BIA Executive Director Andrew Peck.

“But we know there’s always room to strengthen and improve and we’re looking to identify what’s missing, what’s needed or what would be a great complement to the area. Last year, Imagine Glebe was a Glebe Community Association initiative that did a great job sparking this conversation.”

New businesses that have opened their doors in the last few months include Asian-fusion restaurant Makita Kitchen Bar, local jewellery studio Goldart, Hair on Second Avenue, Ichiban Bakery and Quesada Burritos and Tacos. If you ask them why the chose the Glebe as their new home, they’ll tell you the same thing: it’s the people.

“That’s what I am really looking forward to here, the community involvement. You can see it It’s very apparent here in this neighbourhood,” says Joanna Rozanski, whose father Mark started Goldart Jewellery Studio more than 40 years ago.

“I’ve never had people just, out of the kindness of their hearts, come in and welcome us. It’s been so nice. Just out of the blue, people are either curious or just want to come say hi. It’s great.”

It’s this type of spirit the Glebe’s business community is built on. Fellow businesses help promote each other, and merchants in the Glebe seem to truly know their customers on a deeply personal level – they know their kids, their families, and take advantage of every opportunity to make a lasting impression.

“It’s really important to connect with all your clients,” says Judy Richards, former owner and on-call jeweller at Davidson’s Jewellers. The Bank Street jewellery store has been serving patrons in the Glebe since 1939.

“It’s the crux of having a successful business.”

She agrees it’s easy to connect with Glebe residents because they are already so friendly, but she’s still amazed at how deep the connection goes. That says a lot for someone who has spent a large part of her life in the neighbourhood.

June Tam, right, recently opened her Ichiban Bakery here in the Glebe.

It’s much of the same at many of the Glebe’s other long-standing establishments. Step inside the Glebe Meat Market and owner Stephane Sauve will be chuckling with a customer over last week’s delicious steak dinner.

Pop in for a ‘do at Silver Scissors Salon or Ernesto’s, and if you’ve been there before, you won’t even have to tell them how short to go.

Stop in for a pint at Irene’s Pub and Lauren will ask you if you want “the usual?”

It’s these types of businesses – those who fully embrace the community – that have long lifespans in the Glebe.

We all want to enrich the Glebe even more. We want to see more businesses that understand the importance of connecting with our rich community and complement our already diverse lineup of shops and services. If there’s a unique, off-the-wall concept you’ve seen elsewhere, we want to hear of it.

If you have any additional thoughts, we’d love to hear from you. Send your ideas to info@inthglebe.ca and help us make the Glebe an even better place to shop, eat, play and do business.