Heard on the Street January 2018 – Garage Door Theatre Opening
Walkerville entrepreneur Mary Lambros is planning an April opening for her latest venture — the Garage Door Theatre on the site of the former Monarch Mattress building at 1519 Wyandotte Street East. When complete, the fully-renovated building will include an artists’ café, reception area, retail spaces, artist workshops and a small theatre. “The theatre area will be small enough for young playwrights to stage their work without having to use the larger Walkerville Theatre across the street,” says Lambros who also owns the larger venue. Lambros is planning a repair and rebuild on the Monarch site, a part of which was damaged in a fire last May. “It’s been a long process working with the city, but we’re close to being on track again,” adds Lambros. The two theatres will be hosts of Windsor’s annual “Fringe Festival” July 19 to 29. New Art Deco-inspired signage has been installed at the Walkerville Theatre including digital sign boards advertising upcoming events. Lambros recently closed Lorelei’s, a successful fine dining establishment, which has been replaced with NOLA’s, a Louisiana-style restaurant (read more on this new eatery in our feature story in this issue, link below).
Elsewhere in Walkerville, new owners are continuing to step in when businesses close. The Thirsty Butler pub is taking over the former Pleasance Trophies building at 1565 Wyandotte Street East, Hodge-Podge Attic, a vintage clothing store, has moved into an empty space at 1580 Wyandotte Street East, next to Klueless Cupcakes, and Origins Global Village has already moved into the former City Cyclery building at 553 Lincoln Road.
As many as 450 delegates at this year’s “Ontario Tourism Summit” at Caesars Windsor are expected to pump as much as $750,000 into the local economy during the two day event. It’s the premier provincial industry-wide business conference for Ontario’s tourism industry designed to share the latest trends, new ideas and best practices, as well as providing networking opportunities. Gordon Orr, Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, says, “it gives the local tourism sector an opportunity to showcase what it has to offer to a receptive audience, which will take that message back to communities across Ontario.” Local suppliers and partners will also have an opportunity to showcase their unique attractions to delegates from across Ontario during a opening-night reception and a marketplace area, which will run for the two full days. The summit will run October 23 to 24.