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City of Barrie Right-of-Way Notice

Theatre Block Development (55 Dunlop St W) Lane reduction The Barrie Waterfront Development project at 55 Dunlop Street West has […]

Downtown Barrie BIA Membership Meeting

Downtown Barrie BIA Membership Meeting April 6, 2022 at 5pm Attention Downtown Barrie BIA Members: You’re invited to a virtual […]

City of Barrie Wayfinding Strategy: Public Survey

The City of Barrie is working with Cygnus Design Group to improve the city’s wayfinding signage system. What is ‘wayfinding’ […]

City of Barrie Wayfinding Strategy: Business Engagement Survey

Hey BIA members! The City of Barrie is working with the BIA and Tourism Barrie to reach out to businesses […]

Request to City Council to Create Small Business Subclass for Commercial Tax Relief

On January 15, 2022, the Downtown Barrie BIA Board of Management submitted a request to Barrie City Council to create […]

Financial Supports for Businesses

Financial Supports for Businesses Financial Supports Update (February 9, 2022): Small businesses that are subject to closure under the modified […]

Hot Cocoa Trail Social Media Kit

Hot Cocoa Trail Social Media Kit The Hot Cocoa Trail is back in Downtown Barrie! This event will run every […]

☀️ 🍂  Autumn in the City  🍂 ☀️ Fall in love with downtown Barrie. It’s Autumn in the City and […]

Annual General Meeting: November 1st, 2021   Attention Downtown Barrie BIA Members! You’re invited to the virtual Annual General Meeting […]

Open Air Dunlop 2022 – How to Activate Your Storefront

Open Air Dunlop 2022 – How to Activate Your Storefront Open Air Dunlop is in full swing and proving to […]

Open Air Dunlop Continuing to Support Downtown Businesses

For Immediate Release: Thursday, July 28, 2021 (Barrie, Ontario) Open Air Dunlop Continuing to Support Downtown Businesses The interest and […]

Message from the Executive Director (July 9, 2021)

July 9th, 2021 Good afternoon, BIA Members, What a summer we’re having so far! Open Air Dunlop seems to be […]

UPDATE: Open Air Dunlop Begins Saturday, June 12 in Downtown Barrie

For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 10, 2021 (Barrie, Ontario) Open Air Dunlop Begins Saturday, June 12 in Downtown Barrie With […]

Open Air Dunlop 2021 – Social Media Kit

Open Air Dunlop 2021 – Social Media Kit Open Air Dunlop returns Saturday, June 12th and we want you to […]

Welcome New Executive Team

Welcome New Executive Team!   The Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) would like to extend a warm welcome to its […]

Downtown Barrie to kick off summer with Open Air Dunlop on Saturday, June 19

For Immediate Release: Monday, May 31, 2021 (Barrie, Ontario) Downtown Barrie to kick off summer with Open Air Dunlop on […]

BIA Board Support for Proposed SCS Location

Downtown Barrie BIA Board of Directors Support Proposed SCS Location On Thursday, April 15, 2021, the Downtown Barrie Business Association […]

Bright Spots in Downtown Barrie

Bright Spots in Downtown Barrie 💚 The Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) has partnered with the Barrie Police Service, the […]

Downtown Barrie BIA partners with community leaders on Bright Spot project

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 (Barrie, Ontario) Downtown Barrie BIA partners with community leaders on Bright Spot project […]

Barrielicious returns for its longest-ever event beginning April 9th

Barrielicious returns for its longest-ever event beginning April 9th For Immediate Release Monday, March 17, 2021 (Barrie, Ontario) Barrie’s premiere […]

Downtown Barrie BIA Responds to Decision to Place Simcoe-Muskoka in Grey/Lockdown Zone

Downtown Barrie BIA Responds to Decision to Place Simcoe-Muskoka in Grey/Lockdown Zone For Immediate Release Monday, March 1, 2021 (Barrie, […]

BIA working collaboratively to facilitate safe consumption site – Simcoe.com

BIA working collaboratively to facilitate safe consumption site, director says Barrie Advance Thursday, February 18, 2021 Simcoe Muskoka’s opioid crisis […]

SMDHU Opioid Information

SMDHU Opioid Information The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is an excellent resource for information on the opioid crisis including […]

A Voice for Downtown Barrie BIA Members on the Proposed SCS Locations

A Voice for Downtown Barrie BIA Members A decision will be made in the coming weeks on the location of […]

#WinterInTheCity Mystery Options with Lifeline E-Gift Card Program

#WinterInTheCity Mystery Options with the Lifeline E-Gift Card Program It’s #WinterInTheCity and all we’re asking you to do is #StayHome, […]

☀️ Open Air Dunlop ☀️ Open Air Dunlop is back for 2021! As part of the economic recovery plan for […]

Press Release: Noella Festival Tree Lot Raises $3000 for Hospice Simcoe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, December 21st, 2020 (Barrie, Ontario) Noella Festival Tree Lot Raises $3000 for Hospice Simcoe Supporting local […]

Coming Soon: Barrielicious 2021

Description: Barrielicious 2021 is coming to Barrie this April! This awesome premier food festival will be celebrating Barrie restaurants. Participation […]

Georgian College Connecting Students to Businesses

Description: Georgian College students are enthusiastic, open minded and full of the latest knowledge in their field and can fill […]

Complete Your Taxes Like a Pro

Description: Everyone in Single File! If you have tax-related questions, here is your chance to get them answered! The Small […]

Main Street Relief Grant

Ontario Supports Small Main Street Businesses with $60 Million in Funding through PPE Grant We are helping small businesses with […]

Economic Recovery Consultations

Date: Wednesday, November 18th OR Thursday, November 19th Time: 10:00am Description: The needs and challenges of Barrie businesses in the […]

Lifeline E-Gift Card

Click here to access a link to the Lifeline E-Gift Card page to purchase your e-gift cards and support local […]

Press Release: Words and Images: Public Art in Downtown Barrie

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, November 6th, 2020 Words and Images: Public Art in Downtown Barrie Supports Community Public art installations […]

Heritage Ornaments Vendors Wanted

Let us know if you would like to be featured as a participating vendor location!!! Downtown Barrie’s Heritage Ornament collection […]

Press Release: Open Air Dunlop a Safe Way to Explore Beautiful Downtown Barrie

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 Open Air Dunlop: A Safe Way to Explore Beautiful Downtown Barrie After two […]

Press Release: Barrie’s Santa Claus Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration Cancelled for 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, October 2, 2020 Barrie’s Santa Claus Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration Cancelled for 2020 The Barrie […]

Press Release: Open Air Dunlop Coming to Downtown Barrie

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 Open Air Dunlop Coming to Downtown Barrie The Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) […]

🎉  We Dig Downtown Contest 🎉 Once again, we are encouraging the public to come downtown and shop our local […]

Press Release: Donation of 600 Shield-U Face Shields to BIA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, June 17, 2020 (Barrie, Ontario) Donation of 600 Shield-U Face Shields from Molded Precision Components to […]

Press Release: The BIA’s Downtown Heroes Campaign is Feeling the Love

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, June 4, 2020 (Barrie, Ontario) The BIA’s Downtown Heroes Campaign is Feeling the Love Support for […]

Press Release: Downtown Heroes Campaign Continues to Receive Support

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, June 1, 2020 (Barrie, Ontario) Downtown Heroes Campaign Continues to Receive Support The Downtown Heroes capes […]

Press Release: Downtown Barrie BIA Launches Downtown Heroes Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, May 19, 2020 (Barrie, Ontario) Downtown Barrie BIA Launches Downtown Heroes Campaign The Downtown Barrie Business […]

Downtown Barrie’s Curbside Pickup Contest

    To show just how easy it is to order for curbside pick up, check out the video below […]

OBIAA Impact of COVID-19 on BIAs

OBIAA Impact of COVID-19 on BIAs Survey Results Our BIAs are part of the framework of the Ontario community and […]

Mother’s Day Specials

The Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) is inviting all their BIA member businesses to share their Mother’s Day specials with […]

Lifeline Cheque Presentation with ZuZu Fashion Boutique

We were so happy to present Tracey Baker, owner of ZuZu Fashion Boutique with her first cheque from all the […]

Lifeline Cheque Presentation with Lazy Tulip Cafe

We were so happy to present Michelle Huggins, owner of the Lazy Tulip Cafe with her first cheque from all […]

Zoom Meetings with BIA Members

The Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) will be hosting Zoom meetings with all sectors of their membership to discuss best […]

Downtown Delivery for Retailers & Food Services

We are pleased to announce our collaboration with Georgian College Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre to launch the dry delivery service NEAR.SHOP! to our […]

Mother’s Day Contest with Barrie Today

The Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) is teaming up with Barrie Today to run a Mother’s Day contest in conjunction […]

Lifeline E-Gift Card Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 1, 2020 (Barrie, Ontario) Downtown Barrie BIA Launches Lifeline E-Gift Card Program in Support of Downtown […]

Downtown Heroes Campaign

BE A DOWNTOWN HERO! 🦸🏼‍♀️ 🦸🏽‍♂️ The Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) has officially launched its Downtown Heroes campaign! Initiated […]

Food Service Safety Resources During COVID-19

The Downtown Barrie (BIA) team is working hard to share with the public which restaurants and food shops are still […]

Ladies’ Day + Date Night in Downtown Barrie

Date 3rd Thursday of the month from April until August, 2020 Location Various locations throughout Downtown Barrie Description There’s now […]

1st Ladies’ Day + Date Night – Postponed

We have decided to be responsible, cautious and prudent.  The first Ladies’ Days event will be hosted on April 16 […]

Ladies’ Day + Date Night in Downtown Barrie

Date 3rd Thursday of the month from April until August, 2020 Location Various locations throughout Downtown Barrie Description There’s now […]

Heritage Ornament Collection Preserves our History

As time seems to be moving forward faster and faster, we can easily lose track of the vast history and […]

Dunlop Streetscape Phase 1A Open House!

Date Friday, November 29th, 2019 Time Open until 8:00pm Location Phase 1A of the Dunlop Streetscape Construction Project Dunlop Street […]

Classical 102.9 FM Cooperative Buy for Downtown Businesses

Description Classical FM has created a package for downtown businesses who may be interested in targeting their unique audience. This […]

Green Your Holidays with Living Green Barrie

Date Thursday, November 28th, 2019 Time 7:00am to 8:00pm Location Barrie Public Library (Painswick Branch) Massie Room 48 Dean Avenue […]

Final Stretch of Construction for Phase 1A! Streetscape Pt. 3

Wow! Has the time flown by! Phase 1A of the Dunlop Streetscape Project is now on the final stretch. With […]

WIN BIG with the Downtown Dig!

WIN BIG WITH THE DOWNTOWN DIG! Thank you to everyone who came downtown and supported our incredible local businesses during […]

Downtown is Dirty & Loving It! Streetscape Pt. 2

The Dunlop Streetscape Project has been underway for a month now and it’s slated to transform the look of our […]

Supporting Local Despite the Dirt

Supporting our local businesses supports our local community. Downtown Barrie is full of hundreds of local businesses owned by our […]

Embracing the Grit of Spring

Ahh, the season of grit. Somewhere in between the relief that comes with the end of winter and the energetic […]

Downtown Barrie’s Creative Corridor

Downtowns are full of creativity. They are hubs of the creative class which include the arts, businesses and professions. Downtown […]

Who is Downtown Barrie?

Let’s look at Downtown Barrie from a different perspective. If I was asked who is Downtown Barrie, my best answer would be […]

Downtown Barrie is Winter’s Wonderland

Some might call this time of year “the dead of winter,” but it always amazes me how well we embrace […]

A Taste of the First Ever Curb Appeal DIY

Curb Appeal DIY: Wrap-Up A Taste of the First Evening in this Intimate & Interactive Foodie Series The first evening […]

The Hot Cocoa Trail is Back!

Your toes are like ice. Your fingers are tingling. Frostbite threatens the tip of your nose and snowflakes rest on […]