Parking in Ladysmith – Friendly Reminder

With the installation of the NEW signage for the downtown public parking lots, we want to make sure that YOU and YOUR customers have easy access to and know about free downtown parking options.

We would like to ask that all business people, owners and employees please park in the designated parking lots and not on First Avenue and side streets.

As part of the ‘Try Ladysmith First’ promotion and to encourage downtown shopping we must ensure that there is available parking adjacent to the businesses where customers are shopping and doing business.

Ease of parking is directly related to customer traffic in our stores and businesses, the more easily a customer finds a parking spot near their intended destination, the more likely they are to patronize that business. And we can always use happier customers and more business!


Drop by the Chamber of Commerce office to pick up a copy of this poster, or contact Diane at the Development Services Office (250-245-6415) and they will deliver one to your business.

Featured Business: Renee’s Soup & Sandwich

Renee and staff
Home-cooked meals

Open at 5 a.m., they specialize in home cooked meals, offering all day breakfast, have daily lunch specials, soups, sandwiches and a variety of desserts.

They are known for their “Mile High Lemon Meringue Pie”, cheesecakes and cinnamon buns.

When are you open?

Open Monday through Saturday, from 5 a.m. till 4 p.m.!

What other businesses do you use in town?

49th Parallel Grocery, Pharmasave, Bouma Meats.

Lemon meringue pie
Best pie in town!

What inspired you to start your business?

I wanted a place of my own and I love to bake.

What is your business philosophy?

Good food,  friendly service and happy customers.

What is the secret to your success?

Home-cooked food and great staff.

Visit them at 720 1st Avenue or call on 250-245-4198.

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With your membership, you get 3 FREE professional photos per year, which we use to feature your business, put into our Facebook page, and include in our email news. Order yours today »

Photos must not be used outside of this website unless you have permission from 49th Parallel Printers.


Old Tyme Christmas 2016 – Coordinator, Volunteers & Sponsors Needed!

Image courtesy of Michael Dean.

For this year’s event, we are looking for volunteers to assist with various tasks. Please let us know if you can help – we’d love to hear from you!

We are looking for sponsors to help cover some of our costs, including coordination, horse and carriage buggies, supplies, marketing, insurance and other incidentals.  Any sponsor will be promoted on our marketing material. If you would be willing to help us put this event on by sponsoring, please contact Teresa  at 250-245-2277.

We are also looking for a Coordinator. This position is a paid, short-term contract that co-ordinates the businesses for OTC and reports to the Events Committee. Work begins in September and finishes the day after the OTC event, and can be done any time that the businesses are open. For more information, please contact Leslie Parent at 49th Parallel Printers on 250-245-1200.

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What is the Purpose?

The purpose of the “Old Tyme Christmas” is to host a community event that is family friendly. To encourage residents to wander around, bumping into old friends and making new ones. And to visit their local businesses and “shop local” during the busy Christmas season as well as highlight the town of Ladysmith as a shopping destination within the region.

What does the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association do?

We promote the event through local advertising, our website, eNewsletter and Facebook page, posters, as well as print a promotional map of all the locations where events are happening and distribute them through schools and town. There will be 2 horse and carriage rides by donation, child minding provided by Oceanview Church, visits with Santa in his house, choirs singing, a nativity scene, a candlelight walk and the Elf on a Shelf campaign.

What can you do?

We encourage businesses to host an event. In the past there has been popcorn given away, hot chocolate stations, crafts, in-store specials and so much more. Be creative… what can you do that will bring in people and expose them to your business at the same time? Give them a reason to come back! Please put your thinking caps on now.

This is open to all downtown businesses, with the exception of the Elf on a Shelf campaign. We would appreciate your membership as it would allow us to do more events like this. Please consider joining the LDBA, you can join online.

Elf on a Shelf (member only benefit) is a treasure hunt! We provide you with an elf for your shelf and community members come in to find it. This year we will be placing a sign “Find an Elf on a Shelf in this business” on your doors, to make it easier for elf hunters to know which businesses are participating. We will also be providing treats to hand out to kids for finding the elf. If you would like to donate treats please let Laura know. The elf on a shelf campaign is an opportunity to showcase your business to the community – perhaps to people who haven’t been in your business before.

We are also asking business to stay open late until 8pm on December 9th & 16th. If we build this up year after year, we will all be more successful at keeping people in town to shop. Sign up for late night shopping with Laura and be included in our marketing.

Summer Photo Contest – July 18

We are looking for your best photo of downtown Ladysmith!

Please send your photos to photos [at] ladysmithwaterfrontgallery [dot] com and include your name and phone number.

Photos must be 300 dpi, a photograph you have taken, and are willing to let the LDBA use, clearly tells a story, either landscape or portrait.

Deadline: Midnight, July 18th


  • 1st: dinner for two at a downtown restaurant (value $50)
  • 2nd: Gift certificate valued at $25,to use at a downtown business of our choice
  • 3rd: Gift certificate valued at $20 to use at a downtown business of our choice

Try Ladysmith First!