My Mainstreet business advisor, Doreen, is incredible! She listened to everything, read my business plan from start to finish and has been like a coach to me from the start. With Mainstreet I have a financial partner that cares and has genuine concern over the success or failure of my business.

Their Story

One day I was thinking of the business I could create. I have a captain’s licence for 12 passengers and had worked in the past preparing food on-board ships.

I came across this fisherman’s statue on Main St. in Bayfield with an empty building behind it. It felt like a sign. I began thinking about how I could create a restaurant experience that would connect the lake to the town. I dreamt up the idea of ‘Drift’, a restaurant that would serve Asian-inspired cuisine both in the village restaurant, as well as by boat, allowing customers to enjoy a meal and the beautiful Lake Huron sunset.

Owning a business can be hard and it really helps to have solid people who will reassert you in your corner. I was drawn to Mainstreet because they were open and receptive to my ideas when I approached them as a prospective business owner. My Mainstreet business advisor, Doreen, is incredible! She listened to everything, read my business plan from start to finish and has been like a coach to me from the start. With Mainstreet I have a financial partner that cares and has genuine concern over the success or failure of my business.

I feel that when you have the ability to create your own food, your own restaurant, and to make stuff you think people will enjoy, and you can do it to the best of your ability, it’s a complete dream come true.

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