Small Town Victories: Commercial Growth Thrives in Virgil
Known for its quaint, small-town feel and quick access to historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, Virgil is the Niagara Region’s hidden gem. In case its charm wasn’t enough to love, the small town is becoming an even more enjoyable place to both live and visit with recent additions to its commercial landscape. From dining to shopping, read on for all things new in Virgil!
Virgil Welcomes Modern Restaurants
Bricks and Barley is a family restaurant, known for its wood-oven pizzas and craft beer selections. A stone’s throw away from the local arena on Four Mile Creek Rd., Bricks and Barley has already seen high traffic since opening in January 2019.
If you’re looking for a night out on the town with some delicious Italian food, then look no further than the Twisted Vine Kitchen and Market. Positioned beside Niaraga-on-the-Lake’s vast and endless vineyards, Twisted Vine Kitchen & Market transports locals and tourists alike to old-world Italy with its rustic and authentic feel. As another addition to the commercial landscape along Niagara Stone Road, the new restaurant provides the town with a rustic Italian experience.
Not to be forgotten is Virgil’s newest lunch spot, the Teenie Panini Bakery Café on Four Mile Creek Rd. Opening its doors in November 2018, Vigirl’s newest bakery is a conversion of the former Virgil Fire Hall. Additionally, the revitalized space is used for a short term rental apartment on the second floor.
With new food spots popping up within the town, having a local gym close by is smart business as it is convenient for an average healthy lifestyle. A new F45 gym and training facility is set to open shortly on Niagara Stone Road, in the plaza beside Silversmith. The gym is located within a multi-unit building.
Coffee culture in NOTL
The iconic Seattle-based coffeehouse chain, Starbucks, made its debut in Virgil in May of this past year. Not only does the new shop at 1630 Niagara Stone Road. give local residents easy access to their next caffeine fix, but it’s also the only Starbucks in Niagara-on-the-Lake to offer the chain new nitro cold brew coffee on tap. Virgil’s first Starbucks is in Phase two of a multi-unit retail development, opposite the former Wall’s of Virgil property on Niagara Stone Road. The former Wall’s now features a multi-unit retail building, with a further vacant parcel to the north, offering future retail opportunities. While approximately 50% of business in Niagara-on-the-Lake employ four people or less, the new addition to the area has brought 20 new jobs into Virgil. This number is set to grow as phase two continues!
The town has also welcomed a new Tim Hortons on 1561 Niagara Stone Rd. In a convenient location, this Tim Hortons has already seen great traffic with local businesses within the popular area, and the arena around the corner.
Welcome to The Grove
The Grove is a small, independent farm shop located on Niagara Stone Road. After the historic Fruit Shack closed its doors in February 2019, the Grove was born and promised to honour the original owners by continuing to sell the best in local produce. Since officially opening their doors in late July of this year, the Grove has set a very clear mission statement: they are open to provide quality foods, from in-house baked goods to produce sourced from local farms to artisans and culinary creators. The Grove takes a modern spin on the old Fruit Shack and has plans to be a popular spot for both locals and tourists alike.
The LCBO comes to Virgil
In the middle of Niagara’s wine country, a new LCBO makes it more convenient than ever for Virgil residents to support their local wineries while quickly completing their errands. With 1,185 different beverages, including 180 premium wines and spirits; 250 Ontario wines, including 190 VQA wines; and a walk-in beer fridge boasting an assortment of Niagara-brewed beers.
The store is anticipated to serve 10,450 community members, easily handling the anticipated population increase of 35% over the next 10 years. The store is located in the same plaza as the new Tim Hortons. The commercial lot has recently been fully leased by Colliers International and is now occupied by three additional local businesses.
With new retail stores and restaurants opening, the population is set to increase. Therefore, employment opportunities within the areas are also on the rise. Historically, the area has seen its greatest employment growth in the retail trade sector, a trend that appears to continue with Virgil’s recent developments.
As people flock to the Niagara Region to enjoy life in Ontario’s wine country, it is no surprise that shops and services are quick to follow to support the growing population. In a place where opportunity has always been at the forefront for business owners, Virgil is the place to be for newcomers and long-time residents. Grab a pint at Silversmith, and be a part of this growing community!
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