With a population of just over 17,000, Wasaga Beach is host to thousands of warm weather revelers during the summer months. For residents and tourists alike, a major draw to Wasaga Beach is the small businesses who call it home.
That's why we're proud to announce the launch of ShopWasaga.com, with new City Managers Kelly and Carson Kramer.
Carson and Kelly Kramer are long-time entrepreneurs with over 30 years experience in business, including the founding and expansion of an international automotive manufacturing company.
Carson and Kelly Kramer (middle), receive their deed of ownership, from ShopCity.com founder Colin Pape (left) and GM Rick Kloss (right).
The Kramers retired to Wasaga Beach from Oakville in 2010, where they launched a web development business, Shine Web Creations.
During their time as small business owners in the Wasaga area they've experienced the struggles of surviving in a tourist town first-hand. After 6 years in the digital marketing industry in Wasaga Beach, Kelly and Carson have seen the toll bad weather can take on businesses, so they went looking for a way to help local businesses survive and be found online, even if the summer weather doesn't cooperate.
"When we found ShopCity.com we saw the amazing potential that the program offered to local businesses and the synergy with our web design business. We realized pretty quickly that we had found the answer to our clients' challenges," said Kelly Kramer, ShopWasaga.com City Manager. "Now we can offer our local, small businesses amazing options that normally would cost thousands of dollars to have developed in a custom site, all at an affordable price."
Carson and Kelly are excited to get started on their mission to help strengthen Wasaga Beach's local business community. ShopWasaga.com gives these local businesses the ability to get found and noticed online by residents, throughout the Canadian seasons. Wasaga's Shop Local search engine will also allow visitors to discover retailers carrying the products they are looking for, service providers to help assist during their stay or with their vacation property and local restaurants to visit along the way.
Carson and Kelly Kramer and their daughter Kate (middle), at a recent City Manager training session, joined by ShopWoodstock.com City Manager Mark Kean (left) and ShopCity.com founder Colin Pape (right).
"The ShopCity.com platform offers tourist towns like Wasaga Beach the opportunity to capitalize on increased foot traffic in the summer months, while helping businesses market their products and services to residents during the winter," said ShopCity.com founder Colin Pape. "We are so excited to have Kelly and Carson on board as they continue to help local businesses build their online presence."