YXE downtown metamorphosis

Build it and they will come, at least Saskatoon’s City Council hopes so.

As they endeavour to bring a new downtown arena to fruition it’s worth noting the changes that have already taken place in the core.

And how the new arena will only thrive in it.

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Well worth the price of admission

You can’t beat the smell of fresh popcorn or the big screen presentation of a movie in a cinema.

Movie theatres like all entertainment venues have struggled to hang on during the unending global turmoil of the pandemic.

Will they ever get back to business as usual?

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Can a grocery store in a district with too few residents work?

The current Saskatoon downtown population is 3,106 individuals according to eHealth Saskatchewan which is down from a high of 3,331 in 2020.

With this limited population base, Saskatoon has struggled to attract a downtown grocery store.

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Time was up for Continental Hotel

Saskatoon’s beleaguered former Continental Hotel has met with the wrecking ball.

The Continental Hotel had been in in operation since 1967 before they officially closed their tavern in 2007.

It only took a few hours to erase the storied history of the building.

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Buy yourself a dream

What if you have a vision but no money to implement it?

This a common thread points of all start-ups.

There is a spate of miniseries on streaming services right now regarding high profile business struggles that I think are worth checking out.

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Advice from the business trenches

The North Saskatoon Business Association (NSBA) hosts an annual event called Lesson’s I’ve Learned wherein they invite local business leaders to share their journeys.

There are takeaways every time I attend.

Sometimes the ones that resonate the most with me come from unlikely folks.

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Farmers’ Market could make a comeback to Riversdale

The City of Saskatoon doesn’t appear to be moving quickly but they are progressing with discussions to reopen a farmers’ market in its previous location.

The announcement came out publicly during this week’s City Council on Monday, August 30th despite negotiation in play since February 2020.

So who is the mystery tenant?

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Every toy (store) has a story

Rumours of the impending demise of the Canadian Toys “R” Us stores has been swirling since their U.S. parent filed bankruptcy in September 2017.

At that time it wasn’t widely understood that the Canadian stores were separate of this filing and, in fact, somewhat profitable along with the other 1,600 stores around the globe.

News of a recent sale of the 81 Canadian stores speaks to the long-term viability of the toy retail franchise.

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Permanent pandemic practices for the good

Saskatchewan has entered step three of our reopening plan and most restrictions from public health orders have been lifted.

But does that mean we should all go back to business as usual?

I think there are a few pandemic measures we could all just continue with.

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Prairieland won’t be saddled with losing bet

Administration at Prairieland Park has disclosed they have endured ongoing losses at Marquis Downs over $500,000 annually during the last five years prior to the pandemic. 

With no place to relocate, this will effectively end professional horse racing in Saskatchewan.

There seem to be a lot of mistruths circulating about whether or not Prairieland has the authority to discontinue the sport on their site.

You bet they can.

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