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STORE 54 – Hits the mark! (Posted On: Saturday, April 12, 2008)

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Truly a gem of a shopping experience, Store 54 offers jewellery, fashions, artwork, photography and accessories all made by up and coming entrepreneurs.  Store 54 is what you might call an entrepreneurial springboard, giving young business owners an opportunity to bring their products and passion to market.

Painting the picture
When you walk into Store 54 you would swear you’ve entered a hip boutique in Toronto’s fashionable Queen Street West district. Inside, the stores’ young entrepreneurs have tastefully displayed their merchandise on shelves and

racks set off by just the right lighting and music to set the mood for a relaxed shopping experience. As you browse, you’re greeted warmly by spirited merchants.

The concept
The concept behind Store 54 is to provide a unique retail space to showcase the talents of young local entrepreneurs who are keen to try their hand at going into business for themselves. Store 54 participants, who are between 15 -29 yrs, are given upwards of 4 months to develop their business idea. Mentor programs, business plan development and training in various business topics are offered as part of the complete package.

Most importantly, it provides an opportunity for grass-root economic and sustainable development for Collingwood’s downtown and slows down the ‘brain drain’ of local talent. ‘It’s a feel-good proposition in which everybody wins’.

 ‘A great opportunity, it gave me the courage to do something I would not have been able to do on my own’ - Cathy Day (Store 54 participant)

Why shop at Store 54?
Our pitch to shoppers is simple, by supporting your young local entrepreneurs you help to slow down the ‘brain drain’ of local talent. At the same time, you can shop locally for one-of-a-kind items. It’s a feel-good proposition in which everybody wins.

Unique products and services created for you by young local entrepreneurs.
For a one a kind shopping experience don’t pass up the opportunity to visit Store 54, located in the heart of Collingwood store 54 offers fashion and active wear, gift baskets, Jewellery, framed photographic prints, framed decorative wall art, organic baby clothing and much more….

What they are saying about us?
‘This is a great concept; the entrepreneurial skills developed will help the participants for the rest of their lives.’ - Neil Thane

‘In my opinion this is an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs to experience their dream and make it a success.’ - Sandra Cooper, Deputy Mayor (Collingwood)

‘I am very impressed by the professional atmosphere of the store.  Very chique and modern.’- Dawn Smith

Store 54
54 Hurontario St
Collingwood, Ontario
L9Y 2L6
705. 446.1182

Store 54 - 2008 winner of the OBIAA - Ontario Business Improvement Area Association and TABIA - Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas Award for Social Initiatives


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