The Heart of our City committee conducted its annual report to city council, detailing the challenges Downtown Lethbridge has faced in 2018. Although the committee highlighted negative perceptions towards the downtown core, it also touched on some of the new entrepreneurs who have set up Downtown.
“We’re going to see newer entrepreneurs. We’re starting to see a younger demographic of business owners coming into our Downtown. It’s not your traditional businesses that we’re seeing. (We are) seeing more in the creative sector, more information technology sector, more in those kinds of start-up or co working port. It’s not your traditional business model,” says Committee Chair Dawn Leite
“For us, it was always Downtown. We didn’t even think of other places. It wasn’t an option for us. Whether or not, it was to help revitalize it, and get new businesses here… get more attractions downtown. For us it was, this is where we need to be,” added John Pogorzelski, co-owner of Good Times Comedy Club and Entertainment
Stonefire Pizza will open its doors Downtown next week. COO, Paul Wolsey of the Neapolitan Pizzeria wants to include the vibrancy of Downtown today, while acknowledging the cities rich history. The building, on 7th St S. was originally built in 1963.
“I love this building because it was Lethbridge’s first mall. A mall back then of course was a strip mall. It had a common entrance where you could go through the three businesses, and the original three businesses were Lil’ Darlins which was a children’s store, and then there was Southern Stationers which was a real household name for many years here in Lethbridge, and also Hoyt’s Hardware which was another staple business that was here for many many years.”
Tuesday May 7, is the grand opening for Stonefire Pizza Company. They will be participating in Tastes of Lethbridge for that week too.