SHOWCASE FOR BUSINESSES — Abby LeMasters, owner of Tri B’s Coffee Shop, invited several women owned businesses from the Toronto area to offer their wares and information about their services within her business and outside on Clark Street. There was music from the Two Friends Trio.
TORONTO — Abby LeMasters, the owner of Tri B’s Coffee Shop, wanted to bring attention to the many new local businesses launched by women, and she did it in a big way by inviting all of them to gather inside her business and outside it on Clark Street on Oct. 15.
The coffee shop’s opening on North Fourth Street in January occurred about the same time as that for Meraki Made, a custom-made clothing shop just down the street, and their owners shared business cards for each other with their visitors.
The effort at cross-promotion, while not extensive, reflected a willingness among many small business owners in the Gem City to help each other, said LeMasters.
“All of of us supporting each other is super important. It’s going to benefit everyone,” she said, adding she hopes to hold similar events for each season next year.
With the cooperation of city officials, a small section of Clark Street was blocked and a stage set up for live music from the Two Friends Trio.
Among many with booths on the street was the REC Fitness, a physical fitness center opened by Korey Clegg within the Karaffa Recreation Center at 1307 Dennis Way in 2020 but was forced to close soon after because of the pandemic.
Crystal Wickham, one of three instru …