BIA seeking memories of Scott Street

In preparation to celebrate the downtown core’s 100th birthday later this year, the local Business Improvement Association wants people to tell them about their favourite memories of Scott Street.
BIA co-ordinator Patti Anderson said yesterday the idea for a birthday can be traced back to 1905, when the previous centre of commerce in town—on Front Street—burned to the ground.
Businesses subsequently relocated on Scott Street.
Anderson noted the BIA wants to know about the public’s fond memories of Scott Street to help it plan for a celebration, where it hopefully can bring back some of those memories for everyone to enjoy.
Anderson said such a memory might involve a particular business, or perhaps an activity or a promotion.
For instance, there was a BIA promotion nearly two decades ago in which people had to collect keys and try to open it. The correct key opened the lock on the chest, which contained fabulous prizes.
“We really want to see what people want to come back,” said Anderson.
While details on the 100th birthday celebration still are being worked out, Anderson said the activities likely would be slated for mid-June.
Those with stories they want to submit can fax them to 274-0370 or mail them to: Downtown BIA office, 235 Scott St., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 1G8.
In related news, Anderson said the BIA is planning several other events throughout the year, with the next one being an Easter promotion slated March 21-26.
During that week, downtown shoppers can pick an Easter egg at a participating Scott Street business and get a chance to win a prize.
Anderson said there’s a chance to win a prize at each participating store, and that the various businesses also may be offering other specials related to the Easter egg promotion.