Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce Rallies the Business Community to Support The Nelson Street Pub Amid Road Construction Challenges 

Demonstrating commitment to a stronger and more vibrant regional economy

August 14, 2023

(PEMBROKE – August 14, 2023) – Critical infrastructure projects are necessary for economic development, but it seems as if all priority road construction this year has been launched at once with detours and traffic congestion dotting the landscape.  Commutes are taking longer, and many businesses are feeling the effects as traffic is redirected away from their storefronts or access is reduced with temporary fencing and road closures.  The Nelson Street Pub is one of those businesses, a local restaurant and pub found at 207 Nelson Street hidden behind a wall of protective traffic barriers and heavy equipment since June.

“It’s not easy to convince your customers that your business is open when they can’t see you,” shares Cory Sylvie the restaurant proprietor.  “The summer is supposed to be patio season.  We’re used to party nights with bands and artists playing to crowds.”  In the wake of Covid-19 and the inflationary pressures of rising operating costs, The Nelson Street Pub was notified that this construction project will last until October; and, with the traffic challenges, the restaurant has seen only one third of its typical revenues in the summer months.  “We have lost staff.  It’s discouraging.”

Today, the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce is calling on the business community to support its own with a Chamber Business After Hours Event at The Nelson Street Pub.  This call-back to a beloved series of networking events that chamber members enjoyed for many years promises an evening of cocktails, appetizers, and live entertainment August 24th to bring out business leaders and owners in a demonstration of their commitment to the local economy.

“What better reason do we need to get out for a few hours?” asks Kelly Hollihan, Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.  “This is a great venue for a staff party or client lunch,” she adds, encouraging the business community to scout the locale for its own event planning.  “Its proximity to the trails makes it a perfect pit-stop for your cycling, ATV or snowmobile club too!”

Tickets can be purchased through the chamber’s event calendar at www.upperottawavalleychamber.com or at the door.  For only $25, guests will enjoy a cocktail, appetizers, and live entertainment August 24th from 5pm to 7pm plus a coupon for a 10% discount on their next visit to the pub.  Local artist Randa Teschner is the featured act, graciously volunteering her time and talents to support The Nelson Street Pub.

“Although this is a Business After Hours event, it is open to the general public,” Hollihan says.  “Join us for some networking and entertainment, then maybe stick around for a dinner date later.”

Not available for the party?  Gift cards of $50 and $100 are also found on the website, plus a Pay it Forward campaign to sponsor The Nelson Street Pub’s membership with the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce.