UXBRIDGE: After months of hard work from its numerous entries, the Uxbridge BIA awarded the top prize in its ‘Win This Space’ competition to Trailspin Outdoor Sports on Thursday, March 6, at the Uxbridge Music Hall.
The contest to find Uxbridge’s newest entrepreneur was put on in partnership between the Uxbridge BIA, Durham Region Economic Development and Tourism, and the Business Advisory Centre of Durham. After launching in August, the contest received 55 entries over 55 days, and between November and March, whittled down the entries to the Top Five, who were featured in video presentations before a large crowd gathered at the Uxbridge Music Hall for the live finale last week.
“It has been a really exciting initiative, and the more we talked about it, the more people jumped into it,” said BIA Chair Don Andrews. “It’s all about partnerships, and really showcases what we can do when we work together.”
Partnerships were at the core of the winning entry, Trailspin Outdoor Sports, which will cater to a wide-variety of outdoor enthusiasts, and began as two separate entries before the participants decided to team up in the hopes of bringing this exciting new business opportunity to Uxbridge.
“My partner Fred Seemann and I came into this together, since we’re both mountain bike racing officials,” Trailspin co-owner David Horyn told The Standard. “As we went through the workshops, we saw there was another bike shop (headed by Vince Borg) and who better to team up with? So, we worked on a super proposal.”
According to Mr. Horyn, Trailspin will not be limited to a typical bike shop.
“We’re not just looking at biking. We also enjoy cross country skiing, and it’s a great opportunity to bring in cross country skiing equipment, snowshoes and other winter sports gear. As well, we are looking to bring in skateboards and scooters since there is a great demand in the community with the new skatepark in town,” added Mr. Horyn.
There was stiff competition for the Grand Prize, with four other dynamic entries taking centre stage at the finale. Rounding out the finalists in the ‘Win This Space’ competition were A.K.A A Kitchen Available, a rentable commercial kitchen spearheaded by Angela Nickle, Alexander Computer Service from Kevin Alexander, which was the 54th entry received, Sorella Weddings and Events submitted by sisters Amy and Ashley Stevenson and the Second Wedge Brewing Company, a micro brewery led by Joanne Richter and Rob Garrard.
The quality of entries added to the suspense for the eventual winners, as Mr. Horyn explained.
“The 20 minutes after the video presentations, before the winner was announced wasn’t as bad as the week leading up to the finale. I was a little nervous, but still felt really good about our chances.”
The operators expect to be able finalize an Uxbridge location for their store very soon, and Trailspin hopes to open their doors for a soft launch by April 1, and according to Mr. Horyn, the store will, “hopefully be fully stocked and ready to rock by May 1.”
In the meantime, local residents can connect with Trailspin through a recently-created Facebook page.
Going forward, the group hopes to build on Uxbridge’s standing as ‘The Trail Capital of Canada’ and become a destination point for outdoor enthusiasts from near and far.
“We want to be a destination and bring people to town to enjoy our great trails and offer excellent, professional service,” said Mr. Horyn. “We’re all very excited about this opportunity.”