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#MeetDowntownBrampton: Parkplace Dental Centre

#MeetDowntownBrampton: Park Place Dental Centre


What do you love most about running a small business?
I feel very privileged to have had the ability to surround myself with a dedicated team that gives my practice the type of environment that makes me happy to go to every day. With my chosen coworkers by my side, we strive to provide advanced quality care to our patients.

What inspired you to open your business?
I’ve wanted to be a dentist from a very young age. After graduating from University of Toronto in 1982, Brampton was the best place for me to start my practice. It was a fast growing community with affordable housing and great conveniences. I made the right choice! Today, my group practices are still growing, we see kids at Park Place Junior, General Dentists 4 Kids and adults here at Park Place Dental Centre. I have been able to grow my dental implant practice within the dental office. This has made me very happy.

What do you love most about our city/ downtown?
I love the vision our city planner has for the downtown; the future plans are great for the development of our multicultural city. My wife Mary and I raised our kids here and enjoyed the recreation centers, racket ball courts and overall community feeling. My friends and I now enjoy taking walks with our wives in our great park system. I feel very lucky to live and work in Brampton.

– Dr. Emil Svoboda, ParkPlace Dental Centre, in downtown Brampton since 2010.

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#MeetDowntownBrampton: Fanzorelli’s Restaurant and Wine Bar

#MeetDowntownBrampton: Fanzorelli’s Restaurant & Wine Bar

What do you love most about running a small business?
The freedom to make the decisions that will enhance my business.

What inspired you to open your business?
I started at Fanzorelli’s in Feb 2011 as a server, and left in Oct 2014. After being promoted to manager, the former owner approached me to buy the restaurant, I seized the amazing opportunity with both hands and haven’t looked back ever since! .

What do you love most about our city/downtown?
Brampton offers a variety of cultures and therefore offers everything to suit us all. So many people are involved with making this restaurant an even better place and that is truly encouraging as a business owner. .

– Sabena Coulter, Fanzorelli’s Restaurant & Wine Bar, business owner since 2016. @fanzorellisrestaurant

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#MeetDowntownBrampton: Perpetual Bazaar

#MeetDowntownBrampton: Perpetual Bazaar

What do you love most about running a small business?
Meeting the people of Brampton. We enjoy sitting and chatting with our customers. Knowing that we are helping senior citizens and disabled in our community to stay involved, keep their minds and fingers active and reminding them that they still have valuable skills to offer. In 2019, we will be celebrating our 45th anniversary as a retail business in downtown Brampton.

What inspired you to open your business?
Originally founded in 1974 by a group of citizens out of a church basement to be a support to the senior citizens of our community, the Perpetual Bazaar has grown through much hard work and dedication into the retail establishment that is located on Brampton’s Main Street today. Everything in our store is hand-made by senior citizens or people with disabilities. We have 200+ vendors, many of whom possess 70+ of experience in arts that are becoming increasingly in demand while harder to find in this day of mass produced throwaways. We are well known for our quality products and novelty items ranging from simple bookmarks to heirloom quilts and just about anything in between. If we don’t have it on the shelf, there is a good chance we may know just where to get it made. We are still a community based registered charity, our Board of Directors and staff are made up entirely by volunteers from the community.

What do you love most about our city/downtown?
The friendly people – sometimes they come in to buy, sometimes to ask advice on them crafting hobbies, sometimes just to chat – and if we have helped make their day just a little brighter it makes us feel good as well. The sense of history – there is still character downtown, a mix of the old with the new, not yet overpowered by cold, impersonal glass and steel. The sense of community with activities such as the farmers market, special downtown events and gathering places like Garden Square or Gage Park. .

– Jane Matthew (Vice President) and Kat Pechmann (President), Perpetual Bazaar, in downtown Brampton since 1974.

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