The One-way is a popular dining and shopping destination. The Start It Up campaign will help a new business get started in the City. From now until July 11 the public can cast their votes as the contest is narrowed from five to three contenders. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Public invited to weigh in on new business for Langley City

Voting for Start It Up contest finalists closes July 11

For anyone who likes to eat, drink and relax, the Downtown Langley Business Association offers both a choice and a challenge — help narrow down its list of finalists in the Start It Up Langley contest.

The DLBA is now inviting members of the public to vote for the next new business they want to see in Downtown Langley.

The winning business in the Start It Up Langley contest will receive over $130,000 in prizes, including six months’ free rent, marketing support, legal and accounting fees, business coaching, a grand opening reception, and much more.

“We’ve narrowed it down to five outstanding semi-finalists who all have something unique to bring to the Downtown Langley community,” says Teri James, executive director of the Downtown Langley Business Association.

“We’re very excited to turn this over to the public to see what they would like to have as a business in downtown Langley City.”

The five semi-finalists are:

● Cliff Dalrymple | The Pink Donut Cake Shop

Specialty donuts and cakes that are baked fresh daily.

● Jennifer Henderson | Elevate & Anchor — A Tea Shop & Wellness Studio

A peaceful space where customers can enjoy a relaxing blend of teas and participate in wellness classes.

● Chaylene Lidell & Shaughnessy Keely | PinkAVO Café

Healthy, vegetarian and vegan-friendly food, vibrant decor and Instagrammable pink lattes.

● Brian McKenna | Old Ted’s Cure — A Salmon Boutique

Fresh cured and smoked salmon and specialized culinary equipment.

● Vicki Nguyen | Phound — A Dessert Shop & Bakery

Sweets are made using local ingredients.

The semi-finalists will be tasked with gaining as many votes as possible between now and July 11. The three businesses with the most votes will proceed to the final judging round. Contest judges — made up of members of the Langley business community—will then select the winner of the grand prize. The winner will be announced on July 16.

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