Pair of inner-city businesses ‘thrilled’ to receive city grants

“It will be a new look to accompany the new owner,” said Natasha McDonald, owner of The Kitchen Shop on Main Street, which received a $ 5,000 grant.

The City of Orillia has awarded approximately $ 6,000 in grants to two new downtown projects as part of the third and final promotion of the 2021 Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (DTCIP) grant program.

“The Downtown Tomorrow Grants Program helps local businesses make investments earlier and larger than they might otherwise be possible,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. “Through this grant program, small independent businesses can increase their presence in Orillia and become real landmarks in our community.

The DTCIP program includes financial incentives designed to stimulate development in the heart of the city. The third and final reception of applications closed on October 29, 2021. Grants awarded at the end of December 2021 include facade improvements for two local retail businesses.

In addition to the projects that align well with the CIP evaluation criteria, both projects represent new business leaders in the city center; one the owner of a new store and the other the new owner of a long-standing business.

The grants awarded during the third wave concerned properties located at:

  • 70 Mississaga Street East – $ 5,000 (The Kitchen Shop)
    • The Kitchen Shop, a long-standing business in Orillia that changes ownership in 2021, is revitalizing the facade of the building. This includes resurfacing the front façade material, creating a new sign and replacing two doors.
  • 11 Mississaga Street East – $ 938 (DWN chocolate)
    • DWN Chocolate is a new downtown retail business that opened in July 2021. As a new business, DWN Chocolate is adding a new sign and vinyl graphics to the top of the window in order to to increase brand identity and attract residents and visitors.

“I am very grateful to receive this grant to beautify my store front not only to make it more eye-catching in the city center, but also for customers to visually see where the store is located, especially with the sign of storefront in progress, ”said Natasha McDonald, owner of The Kitchen Shop.“ It will be a new look to accompany the new owner. ”

“I am delighted to receive financial support from the City of Orillia to help increase the visibility of my downtown business,” said Dawn Nita, owner of DWN Chocolate. “DWN Chocolate is only one year old and fortunate to have great support from the community. “

For more information on the DTCIP grant program, contact the Business Development Division of the City of Orillia at 705-325-4900, or visit


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