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“Doin’ the local thing” initiative keeps downtown Ottawa businesses open later

Posted by wlpo on April 30, 2015

A thriving nightlife scene is a key component to any successful downtown. The city of Ottawa will take a step towards achieving that goal Friday.

About a dozen downtown Ottawa businesses will remain open until eight p.m. on the first Friday of the month, starting this Friday night and running through December. The effort is spearheaded by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director Boyd Palmer.

Palmer says the restaurants downtown are thriving, but once people finish eating, there currently isn’t much else to do. With stores open later, it will give people an additional thing to do and keep them downtown longer than simply eating.

While the initiative is only planned through December, Palmer hopes the businesses get positive feedback and extend and expand the late-night hours in the future.

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