Annapolis Natural Foods has been selected as the winner of the Beautification Makeover in Annapolis Royal.
The Annapolis Digby Economic Development Agency recently coordinated the formation of a group of local businesses that volunteered their services to select and assist one local business in its beautification efforts.
The beautification efforts began last week with a colourful paintjob, eye-catching planters, updated flowerboxes, a new bench, and other improvements on the way, including enhanced signage.
The concept behind the beautification initiative was to encourage local businesses to become committed to beautification, with the point being made that beautification is not an expense, but a business investment.
This was a lead recommendation coming out of a report prepared by renowned tourism development consultant Roger Brooks, who conducted research in the area last year. The full report is available at www.annapolisdigby.com under the tourism tab.
“As each business does its best to beautify its storefront, Annapolis Royal will become even more pleasing and attractive to visitors and residents alike”, said ADEDA economic development officer Joy O’Neill. “This means more dollars will remain in the community, benefiting all businesses.
“What is amazing is how quickly all of these improvements were pulled together through commitment and teamwork and the transformation which has taken place over the past week is inspiring.”
The local businesses contributing to Annapolis Natural Foods makeover were Thexton’s Greenhouses, horticulture materials; Todd Graphic, signage and graphic design; Catfish Moon, aesthetic design; and
Annapolis Home Hardware, bench accents.
“The partnering businesses deserve kudos for their enthusiasm and community mindedness,” O’Neill said.
The program was created to attract potential customers and create a pleasing ambiance for them when they visit the town.
The ADEDA organizers said that there are specific guidelines which have been proven to work, and you can learn about them by checking out the Brooks Report
Interested businesses can borrow a DVD set of the Brooks presentation and learn how to increase revenues while beautifying their business.