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Visit Elora & Fergus Ontario

Come and shop, dine and stay in the wonderful communities of Elora and Fergus Ontario. Nestled on the banks of the famous Grand River, our two communities offer something for everyone! Come on out and see what all the fuss is about! and

A joint venture of the Elora and Fergus Business Improvement Areas, Elora/Fergus Tourism and Centre Wellington Economic Development.

Tivoli Films Inc. is a full service video production company that conceptualizes, develops and produces captivating video content for clients of all sizes. Learn more on their website, and find them on facebook.

Elora Featured in The Toronto Sun

Thanks to journalist, George Bailey for his mention in The Toronto Sun’s ‘Five best small-town downtowns in southern Ontario’.  Follow the link to read the article on The Toronto Sun website.

CTV news – Elora Mill Redevelopment

Change is on the way for an Elora landmark that has sat vacant for more than three years. Watch the video and read the article on CTV News.

2 Beautiful Elora Videos from Tivoli Films Inc.

Local video production gurus, Tivoli Films Inc. (Fergus, Ontario) have been kind enough to lend us two beautiful videos created in Elora. Currently tucked away in our event postings, we wanted to take a moment to shine the spotlight on them, and the two annual events they captured so wonderfully.

First we have Elora’s annual Soap Box Derby, held on Dominion Day.

Last but not least, our annual Horse and Hound Parade.

Tivoli Films Inc. is a full service video production company that conceptualizes, develops and produces captivating video content for clients of all sizes. Learn more on their website, and find them on facebook.

The Elora Tarot Project

September 13, 2013, 7:00pm – Nov 3rd – Wellington County Museum and Archives

Elora, Ontario has always attracted artists. The natural beauty of the deep gorge formed at the convergence of two rivers and the historical underpinnings of the village are an inspirational environment in which to create. This is a fantastic community in which magic regularly occurs!

Tarot enthusiast Shelley Carter invited 65 local artists to join a project and create 78 tarot images using their own individual style and medium. The artwork was then published as the Elora Tarot Deck.

These extraordinary cards can be used for tarot reading of course, but the deck is also a mini art gallery featuring the work of remarkable group of artists and the art scene in Elora at a particular point in time.

The Elora Tarot Exhibition continues at the Gladstone Hotel, Jan 6th to 13th, 2014


June 2013 Newsleter

Welcome to the latest issue of your newsletter. We have some great articles and news for you about the upcomming busy Summer Season contained below, so catch up with what’s going on in town! Your BIA ALWAYS wants to hear from you! Please feel free to drop into our office at 9 East Mill Street, telephone us at 519-846-2563, or email us at

Grassland Sunday Music Series

The Grassland Sunday Music Series will be kicking off its inaugural season at the new Green Space on the corner of Mill and Metcalfe Streets this June. The free music series runs every Sunday from June 16th to August 11th. A wide array of local musicians will perform each week between 2-4PM. The performer schedule is currently being finalized and will be released soon.

For more information, contact Grassland coordinator Haydn Watters at

Art In The Open

Elora’s Plein Air Event. Monday, August 5, 2013 10am-6pm (Rain date Sunday, August 11th). Elora has always been known as a destination for the arts and this year, Art in the Open will be no exception to the talents one will witness. Artists from all areas of Ontario will be creating original works while at their easels on the sidewalks of Elora. The amazing architecture and scenery will be made timeless at the hands of these artists. A silent auction of works will be open to the public from 5-6pm in the Elora Green space. Also, this year, Art in the Open plans to give back to the community by donating a portion of sales to the ongoing costs of the Green space! This promises to be a spectacular event for all ages to enjoy!

Elora Interpretive Site

There will be a new look coming to East Mill early in the Summer! The previous Penhaligan’s store, located at 10 East Mill, is going to have its front windows made over as a photographic collage for the public to get to know the history of the village of Elora.

Images are predominately from the Elora BIA district, including both people and places. There will be a small guide to all the photos (so you know what each one is) as well as a brief written history of the town. This is a joint project by Centre Wellington Hydro, The Wellington County Museum & Archives, Fergus-Elora Tourism and the Elora BIA. Watch for it coming soon!

MailChimp Workshop

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Your BIA is hosting a MailChimp workshop at the Desert Rose on Wednesday, July 10th, from 7pm to 9pm. Come on out and see how you can improve your on-line marketing at this interesting and FREE event! Please RSVP your intention to attend by emailing Fred Gordon at  

Elora Sculpture Project Launches Third Season

We’re pleased to announce that The Elora Sculpture Project has entered its third exhibition season.

For 2013, one new site has been added giving us a total of ten. This year’s selected sculptures show a broad range of subjects, colours and materials. You’ll find works in clay, glass, wood, steel, aluminum, mixed media, stone and bronze. About half of the participating artists live in Elora or Fergus with others coming from Alma, Belwood, Morriston, Proton Station and Uxbridge. The works will remain on display until October. After two years being funded solely by the Elora BIA, the project has now received additional financial support from Noecker Travel and Secure Insurance.

Riverfest Runs Again

The 2013 edition of Riverfest will run again in Bissell Park, Saturday August 17th, 2pm, rain or shine! Eclectic indie rockers Born Ruffians, legendary Celtic fiddler Ashley MacIsaac and experimental pop star Rich Aucoin will headline the show, which will also include performances from the renowned sessional guitarist Kevin Breit, who will be joined by the Upper York Mandolin Orchestra, Guelph-based folk band Lowlands, songstress Alanna Gurr, alterna-funk collective The Boo Radley Project and Elora-based rockers The Shawn Connerys.

Riverfest Elora is an all-ages licensed event. Wine, beer and food will be available for sale, provided by local restaurants and shops. Lawn chairs and blankets are highly encouraged.

Tickets for Riverfest are $40 in advance or $45 at the door, free for children under 12. Tickets go on sale on Saturday, June 15th. They will be available for purchase online at, on the Riverfest Elora Facebook page and in-person at the Shepherd’s Pub and Box Social in Elora, the General Store in Fergus, and The Cornerstone in Guelph.

New Website Up & Running

We are pleased that after much hard work, your new BIA website is up and running: The site boasts a lot of features, both seen and “behind the scenes.” Most importantly, we are now working on getting the user interface set up. This is a program whereby each merchant will be able to access and change the information about their own company, without having to contact the Administrator to do so. For those who are computer-challenged, though, the option to have the Administrator look after your page for you remains. Please review the site at your leisure and as always, your feedback is most welcome.

Around Town

New Merchants to Town: Please wish a big welcome to:

  • Krajewski Gallery (Elora) Elora Mews, Unit 8, 45 Mill St. West. 1-226-384-2030 Paintings, prints & photographs by Alex & Anna Krajewski, and other Canadian Artists.
  • Random Joy Design Elora Mews, Unit 7, 45 Mill St. West.  519-820-5841 Sisters Erin & Rachael McCarthy design and create their own one-of-a-kind fashion accessories.
  • Avalon’s Secrets 82 Metcalfe Street. 519-846-2737 Mandi O’Sullivan provides Tarot card readings, aromatherapy, incense, jewellery, home décor – and more!

Merchants Moving:

  • Medusa – Turned to Stone Elora Mews, Unit 3, 45 Mill St. West. 519-846-0800 Jennifer Bateman’s rock shop has moved into the Elora Mews from previous location on Metcalfe Street.
  • The Chanticleer Shop Elora Mews, Unit 9, 45 Mill St. West. 519-846-8796 Owner Paula Armstrong has relocated her beautiful decor shop within the Mews.
  • Moving: Owner Terri Allan will be relocating Sweet Trash Vintage Salon to 65 Metcalfe Street, and will be open on July 6th.
  • Owner Jody Wylde is moving Peared Children’s Clothing & Toy Boutique. On August 2nd its new location will be 102 Metcalfe Street.

Your BIA office and site visits

Just a reminder that the Elora BIA office is located at 9 East Mill Street (in the Elora Welcome Centre). It is open every Friday from 9am to 1pm, and also by appointment. Emails and phone messages are checked daily. 519-846-2563. Your Administrator, Fred Gordon, is working this summer at visiting all the businesses in the district in person. He will be collecting data on your business to make sure that our files are current and up-to-date.

The New Elora BIA Website!

It’s been a while in the making, but our new improved website is finally done! is the official homepage of the Business Improvement Area of Elora . A website dedicated to helping you find your way around “Ontario’s most beautiful village” and all the wonderful things to do, places to stay, shop, eat and so much more.

Besides a fresh new design, we’ve added features such as the Merchant Map, which plots all the BIA members on a full-screen Google Map. Note to Merchants: To ensure your listing is correctly plotted head over to Google and create a page for your business where you can help Google plot your business correctly.

Find out everything you need to know about upcoming festivals and events on our new Event Listing and Calendar pages. And our News section features articles from Elora merchants and important announcements from us here at the BIA.

  • If you have an Elora event you’d like to share, head on over and Create an Event.
  • If you have Elora related news to announce, scoot over here to Create an Article.

Merchants now have control over their content and we’ve enhanced their pages to include more information such as; a map, photo gallery, business hours, news and links to social networking websites.

Last but not least, thanks to all the photographers; Peter Veraldi, David Wilcox, Dan Johnston and Renee Makino (from Elora Mews) who graciously allowed us to use their work. And if YOU have a great photograph of Elora to share, be sure to head over to the Gallery and upload it (bottom of page). We’ll display your work, a link or any credit information you provide.

Oh! and don’t forget to Like us on Facebook for even more things to do in Elora.


Penhaligan’s Retirement

After 19 years in Business, Nancy and Philip Jardim have decided to take retail retirement.

From their beautiful red-brick shop at 10 East Mill, they purveyed to amateurs and professionals alike, a fine array of gourmet products and kitchen ware, assembled from around the globe.

Opening first in Fergus in 1994, they later moved to their East Mill location in Elora in 1998, and quickly gained a reputation for the breadth of their collection – Utensils, English & French pottery & china, Wusthof & Laguiole knives and many unique items not available elsewhere.

The inspiration for their shop came from an interest in cooking and the utensils used , which stemmed from Nancy’s Swiss training ,and also with Philip’s fascination with knives!
The name Penhaligan’s was decided for the shop because it reflects Nancy’s Cornish heritage.

Together, Nancy & Philip grew their business to become a destination shop for people from all over Ontario, and beyond. In addition, Philip served on the Executive of the Elora BIA for 4 years.

Much to their surprise, at the end of October, 2012, they received an unsolicited offer to purchase their location. After some negotiations, they agreed to a sale and decided to let this become their retirement.

“The last couple of years have been slow for us all here in Elora with the closing of the Elora Mill, so we look forward to better days with its re-opening, and wish you all a good year and continuing prosperity in Elora.”

The Penhaligan’s store is now closed. However, you can’t take it out of them! The couple continue to sell their wares on-line, via their website, at, and you can reach them at 519-846-2572.

We thank Philip for his work on the BIA and his tireless efforts to promote the shops on East Mill Street. We wish them both much success, happiness and relaxation in their hard-earned retirement!

Welcoming “Mooney’s Curds & Whey Cheese Shop”

Mooney's Curds and Whey

The Elora BIA welcomes “Mooney’s Curds and Whey” Cheese Shop to the Elora Mews at 45 Mill Street West (beside Chanticleer).

The owner, Carmen Mooney, is no stranger to the area, having operated several restaurants and food shops in Elora and Fergus over the years.  Mooney’s Curds and Whey offers a wide choice of interesting and flavourful cheeses from near and far – perfect for holiday entertaining.  In addition, she carries a varied selection of coffee and tea, jams, and oils and vinegars.  Carmen makes fresh sandwiches and homemade snacks on the premises and is happy to put together a cheese tray or gift basket for any occasion.

Mooney’s Curds and Whey can be reached at 226-384-1941

Welcoming “Sweet Distractions” Candy Shop!

Sweet Distractions Candy Shop ExteriorThe Elora BIA welcomes “Sweet Distractions” Candy Shop to the Elora business district. Owners Eva Lochner and Paul Richardson have created a colourful candy shop that will make you feel like a kid again the moment you walk through the door.  Jelly beans, lollipops, fresh fudge, licorice – just about every kind of candy you can name from all over the world is artfully arranged throughout the store.

Sweet Distractions also offers gift bags and baskets as well as wedding and party favours.

16 Mill Street, Elora.

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