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Great food • Prom� • Contests

February 25 - March 10 # Ta s t e O f B r a m p t o n Visit

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DISCOVER DOWNTOWN BRAMPTON Celebrates the shops, restaurants and businesses in Downtown Brampton PUBLISHER Downtown Brampton BIA EDITORIAL Karolina Weglarz DESIGN Treehouse Creative PHOTOGRAPHY Custodio’s Studio Inc FEATURE COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Captured by: Custodio’s Studio Inc DOWNTOWN BRAMPTON BIA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chair – Peeyush Gupta, The Wee Smoke Shop Vice Chair – Kristina Romasco, Dolcezza Custom Cakes Secretary – Rick Evans, CCV Insurance Treasurer – Zeeshan Majid, City of Brampton Marketing & Events Team Co-Chair – Grettel Comas, Baci Gifts Marketing & Events Team Co-Chair – Fernando Russo, Rucareal Ltd. Director – Joe Asensio, JN Asensio Realty Inc.

WELCOME FROM DOWNTOWN BRAMPTON

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owntown Brampton will soon be transforming into a spring oasis, with the March equinox on its way. With the sun shining longer and warmer temperatures in the air, the gardens of Gage Park will be bursting with a multitude of vibrant colours.

Springtime in Downtown Brampton is always filled with fun activities

Director – Herman Custodio, Custodio’s Studio Inc.

to keep you and your family entertained all season long. Whether

Director – Carrie Percival, The Brampton Academy of

you’re looking to take in March Break activities at PAMA or a show

Martial Arts

at the Rose Theatre, there is always something new to discover in

Regional Councillor – Rowena Santos (Wards 1 & 5) Regional Councillor – Martin Medeiros (Wards 3 & 4) DOWNTOWN BRAMPTON BIA STAFF

Downtown Brampton. If you’re looking for places to help keep your 2019 resolutions in

Executive Director – Suzy Godefroy

check, Downtown Brampton is home to a variety of health and

Marketing & Events Specialist – Andrea Magana

wellness destinations to get your body moving and nutrition in check

Administrative and Membership

this year. For those looking to get in shape, try a 30-minute Reformer

Services Coordinator – Teagan Pecoskie-Schweir

Pilates workout at the AMA Dojo, sign up for ballroom or Latin dance

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classes at the Art of Dance Centre, or get your steps in with a nice walk

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around the downtown core and Gage Park. For those looking to explore the culinary offerings of Downtown Brampton, Taste of Brampton is back for its fifth consecutive year from

FOR ADVERTISING AND SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES PLEASE CONTACT:

February 25 – March 10. Drop into one of twenty foodie destinations

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prices, each showcasing Brampton’s cultural diversity and talented

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participating in this year’s event to sample delicious meals at special chefs. Springtime adventures await you in Downtown Brampton this season!

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range of dental services, making your smile their number one priority. Stepping foot into one of the many dental offices will leave you feeling relaxed and at home from the moment you walk in, ensuring a comfortable visit for each member of your family.

he beginning of a new year often challenges people

Adam Chow Family and Cosmetic Dentistry provides treatment

to commit to better lifestyle habits. Eating better,

based on your individual needs and goals and strive for a

exercising more, and going to sleep earlier tend to

personalized approach to each patient. Whether you are

be top of mind for many people, however, there is

looking for preventative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative

no better way to start off a new year than with clean and cavity-

dentistry, or implant dentistry, Dr. Chow and his associates will

free teeth. The importance of dental health has been taught to

help you with all your dental needs.

us since childhood, however, as life gets busier, visiting your dentist twice a year may become a task that is often overlooked.

The Brampton Denture Clinic offers the latest techniques and materials to help you achieve the smile that you always wanted

Did you know that Downtown Brampton is home to over ten

and offer patients complimentary consultations with their

dental offices? Some of these include My Smile Dentistry,

knowledgeable staff.

Dentistry at 8 Nelson, Brampton Dental Group, Shoreham Dental, Dental Centre, Queen Street Smiles, Brampton Denture Centre, Dr. Littleman Dental Office, and ParkPlace Dental.

Polaris Dental welcomes new patients and is open on weekends, including Sundays! Located in the heart of Downtown Brampton, Polaris Dental offers comprehensive care for patients and offers

Whether you are looking to whiten your teeth, straighten your

cosmetic dentistry, as well as smile-enhancing procedures such

teeth through braces or Invisalign, or looking for veneers or

as bonding, veneers, ceramic crowns, teeth whitening, and

dentures, Downtown Brampton’s experts specialize in a wide

Invisalign.

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MASSAGE

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ew things are better after a long day at work or an

essential oils, book an appointment with the professionals at

intense gym workout than a massage. Whether

First Care Physiotherapy (247 Main St. N.) and you won’t be

you are looking for a Swedish, Aromatherapy, or

disappointed.

Rehabilitation massage, Downtown Brampton is

home to an abundance of professionals that specialize in a variety of techniques, ensuring that you leave feeling your best for the new year ahead.

If you’re looking to make an appointment with a registered massage therapist, drop into Rejuve Massage Therapy Clinic (15 Church St. E.), or the Brampton Denture Clinic and Wellness Centre (13 Queen St. E.). Both offer a friendly atmosphere in a

A Swedish Massage is the most common massage technique,

quiet downtown setting. Take advantage of their highly trained

which utilizes firm pressure on the muscles, and helps to

professionals who will leave you feeling good as new in no time.

increase blood circulation, ease tension in muscles, improve muscles’ flexibility and reduce stress. Drop into the Downtown Brampton Wellness Centre (118 Queen St. W., Suite 205) for a Swedish massage and have your massage therapist propose a personalized treatment plan for you based on an initial assessment of health history.

Hot stone massages are perfect for relaxing tight and aching muscle groups, improving circulation, and calming an active mind. Visit Bijou Nails & Spa (131 Main St. N.), Lumbini Wellness Centre (122 Main St. N.), or Purple Rain Spa (60 Queen St. E.) to book a session with a trained professional that’ll help you warm up this spring. For those looking for a

Aromatherapy massages involve natural essential oils that are

form of alternative medicine, consider paying a visit to Astra

massaged into your skin, providing therapeutic value of the

Medi Spa (210 Main St. N.) for a cupping massage. This popular

oil used. Different oils bring forth healing energies that help

massage is done by placing special “cups” on the skin, creating

to maintain balance and harmonize the mind, body and soul

a vacuum, and suctioning out air, raising the tissue into the cup.

- lavender helps to reduce stress, eucalyptus is used as an

This allows for enhanced circulation throughout the body, pain

anti-inflammatory, ylang ylang for heart health and citrus as a

relief, as well as draws out any toxins lingering in your body’s

mood enhancer. If you’re looking for a massage enhanced with

tissues.

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f one of your 2019 resolutions revolves around eating healthier and focusing on your nutrition, Downtown Brampton has a variety of shops and resources available to help you hold yourself accountable to meeting your goals.

If you’re looking for healthy meal alternatives, Trish Juice is the perfect place to pop in before work for a morning smoothie or a glass of freshly squeezed juice. Their menu is filled with drinks with fun and sunny names such as Mojito, Cuban, and Tropical Sunshine, so not only will you be fueling up with fresh and nutrient dense ingredients, but you’ll feel like you’ve been whisked away from winter’s deep freeze to a tropical, warm island. A variety of smoothie bowls, salads, and wraps are also available for healthier lunch and dinner alternatives.

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If you’re looking to fuel up after skating a few laps around Gage Park, Pita Pit and Steaming Cups Cafe are ideal spots to pop into if you’re looking for a fresh wrap or salad. With a variety of toppings to choose from, the flavor possibilities are endless, ensuring that eating healthy never gets old! Thai food incorporates healthy herbs and spices in each dish, making Freshly Thai the ideal destination to stop by if you’re looking for a meal option that is healthy, fresh, and one that will take you on a culinary journey. For those looking to take a more natural approach to their health and nutrition, Hoopers Pharmacy is worth a visit. Hoopers is more than just an average pharmacy they offer a balanced and integrated approach to health care and are the place to stock up on various vitamins, supplements, probiotics, herbal teas, essential oils, and natural medicine. They even offer private consulting, allowing you to book one on one sessions to speak with one of their trusted pharmacists or nutritionists to answer all of your healthcare questions and concerns.


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AMA PILATES STUDIO

FITNESS T

he new year pledge to lose weight is a predictable one, with gyms filling up with people vowing to shed some pounds in time for beach season. Setting fitness goals is a great way to motivate yourself to lose a few pounds, however it is important to make sure that these goals fit your lifestyle and are ones that you will actually stick to. Downtown Brampton has a variety of different destinations available to get your body moving and help you achieve your fitness goals. If you’re looking to get a quick workout before your way into the office or as a way to decompress on your lunch break, AMA Pilates Studio is the perfect place for you. Pilates are a unique

and effective method of strength training, with emphasis placed on breath, alignment, control, and form. The AMA Dojo offers 30-minute Reformer Pilates classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and lunch hours, as well as Pilates Mats and Props class on Tuesday. For class times and details, please visit: http://bramptonpilates.com Another way to burn some calories and get your body moving this spring is by signing up for dance classes at the Art of Dance Centre. Spice up your evenings with ballroom or Latin dance lessons. Whether you sign up for private or group lessons, this is the perfect way to have fun while you exercise.

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David-Andrew Gentlemen Clothiers ON THEIR RETIREMENT!

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fter 41 years of outstanding service in the downtown core, business owners David and Moe have chosen to retire. As we say goodbye to their 30 Main Street North location, we would like to acknowledge their over forty years in business. Their friendly faces will be certainly missed in Downtown Brampton however we sincerely congratulate them on their successful business.

Downtown business owners thank you for your dedicated contributions to the downtown community and will continue to cherish the fond memories, coffee chats and friendships. Our staff and board of directors wish you all the best on your retirement!

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BRAMPTON’S EDUCATION IS OUR PRIORiTY. • Programs available in: • Business Administration: Accounting, Economics, Human Resources Management, and Marketing • Finance and Economics • Co-op, experiential learning and research opportunities • Post Graduate Certificate in Business Take a closer look at algomau.ca/schoolbe

Samantha Emerson 4th Year, Bachelor of Business Administration


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Mental H E A L T H

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id you know that Downtown Brampton is home to a variety of counselling facilities? Counselling services, such as Eastwood Psychologists (44 Main St. S.), Healing through Play (60 Queen St. E.), and Inspiring Solutions Psychotherapy (10 George St. N.) are available in the downtown, allowing individuals in the community that want to make positive changes in their lives to have the resources and aid to do so. Regeneration Outreach Community has been serving the homeless, those at risk of homelessness, and those living in extreme poverty in Brampton since 2011. Regeneration nurtures both the physical and spiritual needs of their guests through a variety of programs. These programs include breakfast seven days a week and hot lunches every Monday and Wednesday, health care, clothing, laundry and shower services, as well as Life Skills classes, board games, and daily prayer meetings. For more information on how to get involved or volunteer, please visit: regenbrampton.com The John Howard Society of Peel-Halton-Dufferin has been serving the Downtown Brampton community since 1979, offering a variety of services that prevent crime through research, community education, and the promotion of systemic change and restorative services to individuals. Services available in the Downtown Brampton facility include employment counselling and job searching, group programs designed to reduce the risk of relationship violence, housing help, and free access to the internet and computers. For more information, please visit: johnhoward.on.ca

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Events D I S COV E R D OW N TOW N B R A M P TO N

WACKY WEDNESDAYS RETURN BY POPULAR DEMAND Every Wednesday in March Stephan’s Furs

KARAOKE Every Wednesday 7:00PM – 12:00AM Pos Bueno Mexican Restaurant & Bar 905-455-7005

JOE’S JAZZ JAM Every Friday at Wendel Clark’s 289-864-5990

SALSA BACHATA DJ Every Friday 9:00PM - 2:00AM Pos Bueno Mexican Restaurant & Bar 905-455-7005

LIVE MARIACHIS Every Saturday 9:30PM Pos Bueno Mexican Restaurant & Bar 905-455-7005

ART COLLAGE WORKSHOP Friday, February 22, 2019 from 7-10pm Friday, March 29, 2019 from 7-10pm Friday, April 26, 2019, from 7-10pm Beaux Arts Brampton Entrance from Vivian Lane, RSVP req., 905-454-5677 We look forward to seeing you there! Tickets are $25 available at www.beauxartsbrampton.org/events

TASTE OF BRAMPTON February 25 – March 10 Taste of Brampton not only features awesome food specials, but it has a ton of opportunities to win some great prizes. Visit www.aTasteOfBrampton.ca

ROCKIN CRYSTAL EVENT & SALE Saturday March 2nd 10am-1pm Brampton Denture Clinic and Wellness Centre Cost: FREE | 905-459-7442

For more event details visit: DowntownBramptonBIA.ca

OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH THE BRAMPTON FOLK CLUB Friday, March 1, 2019 from 7-10pm Friday, April 5, 2019 from 7-10pm Beaux Arts Brampton Sign-up at 6:30pm We will be offering an open stage for musicians to sign up for 15 minute sets sign-up starting at 6:30 pm. This is a Pay-What-You Can event, with a $5 recommendation for non-performers. For more information, visit www.beauxartsbrampton.org/events

BLENDING WISEWOMAN Sunday, March 3rd The Scented L’Air Cost ranges from $20-25 plus HST (material fees) 905-216-8766

SOUND JOURNEY WITH GONG, CRYSTAL BOWLS, FLUTES AND DRUM Tuesday March 5, 2019 from 7:30-9pm Tuesday March 19, 2019 from 7:30-9pm Tuesday April 2, 2019 from 7:30-9pm Tuesday April 16, 2019 from 7:30-9pm Tuesday April 30, 2019 from 7:30-9pm Brampton Denture Clinic & Wellness Centre Cost: $25 | 905-459-7442

MAKING BATH SALTS WITH ESSENTIAL OILS Thursday, March 7 The Scented L’Air Cost ranges from $20-25 plus HST (material fees) 905-216-8766

LOVING SELF BLENDS Wednesday, March 13 The Scented L’Air Cost ranges from $20-25 plus HST (material fees) 905-216-8766

12TH ANNUAL OPEN JURIED FINE ART SHOW, RECEPTION Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 2-4pm Beaux Arts Brampton Juried by Lynne Schumacher, Curated by Regan Jane Hayward Beaux Arts Gallery is pleased to exhibit its 12th Annual Open Juried Fine Art Show. For more information, visit: beauxartsbrampton.org/current-exhibition

SPRING CLEANING March 18th to 23rd Stephan’s Furs 25% off fur or leather cleaning

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR DEPRESSION AND STRESS Tuesday, March 19 The Scented L’Air Cost ranges from $20-25 plus HST (material fees)

WOMEN'S CIRCLE WITH MARILYN Wednesday March 20th from 5-7pm Wednesday, April 24th from 5-7 pm Brampton Denture Clinic & Wellness Centre Calling Forth the Wise Woman Within; Creativity is giving yourself permission to see things differently! Cost: $20 905-459-7442

DRUMMING MEDITATION WITH TRIZ Friday, March 22, 2019 from 7-8pm Friday, April 12, 2019 from 7-8pm Brampton Denture Clinic & Wellness Centre Cost: $25 or $15 with potluck contribution 905-459-7442

PAINTER’S OF NIGHT Friday, April 12, 2019 from 7-10pm Beaux Arts Brampton An all-night painting fest at Beaux Arts Brampton! Come together to immerse yourself in art, culture and interesting people. The price is $10 per non-member and $7 per member. Tickets available at www.beauxartsbrampton.org/events

DOWNTOWN BRAMPTON EASTER EGG HUNT Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 11am-1pm, Details coming soon!

FASHION FOR THE CURE Sunday, April 28, 2019 Restyle Beauty Boutique: Location: J red & Co. Brampton, ON Tickets are $75 and include a fashion show, raffles, door prizes, and luncheon A portion of our proceeds will go to WellSpring Cancer Centre!


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eStyle Beauty Boutique has a fresh new look and feel! Located in the heart of Downtown Brampton, at 59 Main Street North, ReStyle Beauty Boutique has and always will be a family run boutique that offers contemporary consignment fashion, locally-made gifts and beauty services. As the owner of Rapini’s Restaurant for 15 years, Evie O'Malley has always had a passion for community and bringing people together whether that be over food or fashion! As a motherdaughter team, Evie and Emma O'Malley wanted to introduce something unique to the downtown core, so they opened a consignment boutique - something that Brampton had never seen before! Consigning allows customers to recycle their goods and receive 40% of the selling price. ReStyle accepts only the best quality consignment items making it worthwhile for the consigner and a shopping destination for the community!

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In October of 2018, Evie's daughter and Emma's sister, Jennifer O'Rourke, joined the team. Jennifer brought onboard beauty expertise and introduced make-up services, microblading, and innovative skin care as a way to diversify ReStyle's business and welcome in new and old customers. Evie has always dedicated her time and resources to raising money for local charities that support women. On April 28th, ReStyle Beauty Boutique will host their 18th Annual Fashion for the Cure Event, to raise awareness and funds for Wellspring Chingacousy Cancer Centre. This amazing event at J.Red & Co. will include a fashion show, food and drink, and some amazing prizes. This event primarily raises funds for an important cause, but is also one that celebrates the power of women and the importance of friendship. Evie, Emma and Jennifer share a passion for making women feel beautiful inside out. ReStyle is a place where all people can come together and feel at home and part of the family.


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INVESTING FOR THE FUTURE

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hether you’re looking to pay off student loans, save to purchase your dream home, or are simply looking to become better at managing your finances, Downtown Brampton is home to a variety of financial institutions that can help make your goals become a reality this year. One effective method to save some money is to open up or contribute funds to a Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA). A TFSA is a way for people to put away money into a savings account, which remains tax-free throughout their lifetime, allowing individuals to grow their wealth over a long period of time. Another investment option is a Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs). This is similar to a TSFA, as it helps you boost

your savings tax-free, however RRSP contributions are capped at 18 per cent of the earned income reported on your tax return from the previous year. RRSP contributions also generate a deduction when you file your income tax return, while TFSA are not tax-deductible. When deciding what the best course of action is for you when it comes to investing your money, your best bet is to book a consultation with one of the many financial experts located in the downtown core. Choose from a variety of financial institutions, such as TD Canada Trust, BMO Bank of Montreal, CIBC, RBC Royal Bank, Scotia Bank, IG Wealth Management and Trust, or the Business Development Bank of Canada and educate yourself on how to better manage your finances.

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Insurance Finding an insurance provider doesn’t have to be stressful or tricky. By doing some research and asking the right questions, you’ll be sure to be left with a policy that is right for your family and not one that you will regret a few years later. Leave it to the professionals in Downtown Brampton to take care of your needs and give you piece of mind that you and your loved ones are being looked after in the best possible way.

Another option for insurance in Downtown Brampton is CCV Insurance & Financial - one of the largest independently owned insurance brokers in Ontario. For over forty years, they have been offering insurance services for personal, business, life and financial requirements, with the promise to provide choice, expertise, and commitment to build long-term relationships with their clients.

Goodison Insurance and Financial Services has been serving the Downtown Brampton community for 80 years, offering trusted and affordable insurance from some of the best companies in Canada. Whether you’re looking to insure a newly purchased vehicle, choosing the right home insurance for you and your family, or are looking for tenants or a commercial insurance, leave it to the award-winning professionals that promise a pleasant and hassle-free experience with no hidden fees or easy to miss fine print.

Wiesner Insurance has taken pride in providing quality and personalized service to its clients for over 25 years! Wiesner embraces the latest technology available in the industry and its enthusiastic staff will ensure you are receiving the best premium and coverage possible, whether you are looking to protect your commercial, personal, or financial interests.

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Finding a reputable broker that you can trust is easy when you put your trust in the hands of the professionals located in Downtown Brampton.


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LEGAL SERVICES

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id you know that Downtown Brampton is home to over 10 legal services? Places like Stephen A. Holmes Barrister & Solicitor, Aviron Law Professional Corporation, Kania- Buttigieg Professional Corporation, Barbara J. Byers Barrister & Solicitor, Davis Webb LLP, Abel Law, Ritchie J. Linton, Rutman & Rutman, Michael J. Walsh Barrister & Solicitor, Lawrence & Stevenson LLP, Crawford Chondon & Partners, and Fortis Law have been helping clients get the assistance they need for a variety of different situations that they encounter. Life is unpredictable and sometimes personal injury lawyers are needed to help get you the justice you deserve. Consult with the experts at Gillis Injury Law or Hillier & Hillier Personal Injury Lawyers to help you deal with any serious personal injuries that you may encounter, such as slip-and-fall accidents or hospital malpractices. Their experts will help get you access to the care and rehabilitation that you need, as well as assist with medical and financial needs. Prouse, Dash & Crouch LLP have been based in the heart of Downtown Brampton since 1948! With over 50 years of experience, they offer a variety of services, such as business law, personal injury law, family law, real estate law, criminal law, as well as employment law, offering a comprehensive, yet personalized approach to each client seeking advice and representation.

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Finally, having a will is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family. With a will, you can be rest assured that your property and assets will be distributed as you wish and to who you wish once you pass away. By booking a consultation with one of the many law firms available in Downtown Brampton, you and your family will be well-prepared for anything life may throw your way.


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As seen in The Globe & Mail; Scent Savvy customers can experience bespoke hand pour vegan wax candles, Whiff Loves with scents averaging $15 to $36 that vivify the colours of a room, and instill a certain vibe. THE SCENTED L’AIR 29 Queen Street East

The Arts of John Cutruzzola- feature texture and dramatic color and light that express a sense of presence and emotion. - Paintings that look beautiful in any home or office space. www.theartsofjohncutruzzola.com THE ARTS OF JOHN CUTRUZZOLA - BACI GIFTS 37 Queen Street West Deluxe Cutting Board and Cheese...This exclusive gift can make you look great at any time of the year when visiting someone or hosting your own party! We also do Corporate Baskets BACI GIFTS 37 Queen Street West

Unique, common and rare crystals now available for those gem and mineral lovers BRAMPTON DENTURE CLINIC & WELLNESS CENTRE 13 Queen Street East


DOWNTOWN IS HAPPENING • • • • • • • • • • • •

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PEEL COUNTY COURTHOUSE, JAIL AND REGISTRY OFFICE

THE DOMINION BUILDING

Heritage owntown Brampton is home to many historic buildings that tell the story of Brampton’s diverse and vibrant heritage. Taking a walk through the downtown core, you may not notice that the buildings you pass by on your way to work every morning or the buildings you stop in to get your morning cup of coffee have such a rich history behind them, however there are many stories behind the bricks and beams that hold these buildings up. The buildings known today as the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) were once the Peel County Courthouse, Jail and Registry Office. This group of historic buildings located along Wellington Street is one of the most significant public building complexes in Ontario. The jail opened in 1867 and was often filled with men and women serving time for petty crime, as well as dangerous offenders and served as a shelter for the homeless. The jail and the courthouse were both designed by Toronto architect William Kaufmann and while the jail closed in 1977, it has been transformed into a cultural hub, recording the rich stories of Peel’s past and present. PHOTOS COURTESY OF PEEL ART GALLERY MUSEUM

THE MILL

The Mill, located at 60 Queen St. E., was originally built as a planning mill and ash factory, before being sold at the end of the 19th century and converted into a woolen mill. The second building that is now adjoined to the main building was constructed in 1910 and acted as a warehouse. Products made in the “Brampton Knitting Mills” were made for soldiers in the British military during the Boer War, as well as the Canadian military during WWII. Today, the building is home to Tracks Brew Pub and a variety of local businesses. The Dominion Building, which is home to the Queen and Main Starbucks, is one of Downtown Brampton’s most prominent landmarks. This historic building housed Brampton’s post office and customs house, and in later years was the home of the Police Department. The building was constructed in heavily textured stone, with the domed clock tower added on in 1914. Next time you’re in Downtown Brampton, make sure to spend some time marvelling at the architecture, as well as embark on a walking exploration tour of some of the city’s historic buildings to learn more about Brampton’s past.

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