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GRIPBlock and Stouffville Team Up to Bring Cheer with Holiday Market

Making the holidays a little brighter for everyone in Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada’s own, GRIPBlock has built a Lego-like mini city for Stouffville’s latest outdoor market. Montu Khokhar, CEO of GRIPBlock, who recently relocated to the Toronto suburb – widely known for its quaint main street and excellent quality of living – met with Stouffville Mayor Iain Lovatt to discuss the idea and within days the market project was underway!

The Stouffville Holiday Market is the brainchild of Mayor Lovatt, who after attending a similar event in a neighbouring city was determined to provide his COVID-weary community the opportunity to feel that warm, vibrant, bustling energy of an outdoors holiday gathering. At the market, residents and visitors can enjoy a warm, holiday-themed beverage, horse-drawn carriage rides and live entertainment on the event stage.

“The Stouffville Holiday Market is an opportunity for residents and visitors to get into the holiday spirit, said Mayor Lovatt. “The magic of the season will be palpable along Main Street and now more than ever, I know that people want to feel that incredible sense of Joy that only the holidays can offer, and we are very happy that GRIPBlock could help bring this vision to life.”

GRIPBlocks are lightweight, reusable building blocks that can be stacked like Legos to create strong and sustainable structures like pavilions, rinks, barriers, patios and much more. GRIPBlock structures can be built for one season or year-round adventure. These novel structures require no foundation and can be built on any terrain.

The Holiday Market’s GRIPBlock structures include booths for local stores and restaurants, gathering areas, seating, a stage, and enormous Christmas Trees all built from the wooden blocks.

Once completed, the Stouffville market will look like a Lego city, consisting of over 40 structures constructed from more than 10,000 individual GRIPBlocks. It will be assembled in under two days and deconstructed in a single day following the close of the Market. The blocks will then move on to build structures for other events.

“This market is built for the community, to be enjoyed by the community and we are thrilled to contribute to Stouffville with this new partnership,” Khokhar said. “GRIPBlock is a Canadian-made product that is the future of building and it’s so easy that anyone can do it. These all-natural wood and aluminum blocks are the perfect option for our great outdoors. We’re honored to contribute to making this wonderful event possible.”

Located in the heart of downtown Stouffville, the Holiday Market runs from November 26th to the 27th.

About the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville is one of the jewels of the GTA, located just north of Toronto on Highway 404. We are a community rich in heritage and character and we are committed to offering our residents and businesses ‘Country Close to the City’.

About GRIPBlock

GRIPBlock is a Canadian company based in Toronto and is part of the NUCAP family of technology companies that includes NRS Brakes, NUCAP Energy and GRIPMetal.

As part of its commitment to Build Back Better, GRIPBlock has constructed dozens of social distancing structures for schools, outdoor rinks for communities, and over 150 outdoor patios as part of Toronto’s COVID-safe outdoor dining program, CaféTO. GRIPBlock offers a white-glove service that includes set up, maintenance and removal for organizations interested in creating customized indoor and outdoor structures.

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GRIPBlock Warms Up “Light Up the Square Mississauga” Celebration

Providing an extra dose of warmth for everyone who attends Light Up the Square Mississauga, GRIPBlock will host the celebration’s warming station during its full seasonal run, Nov. 20-Jan. 2. In addition, GRIPBlock created bumper walls for Celebration Square rink’s festive roller/ice rink for the annual holiday event.

Light Up the Square kicked off with an official ceremony, music from the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra and lighting of the 40-foot Christmas tree on Nov. 20. The multi-week festival of lights features interactive, light-based art, food and drink, and fun for the entire family.

“We love joining in on the holiday fun with communities across Canada while enhancing the ‘wow’ factor with the versatility of GRIPBlock,” said Mark Lavelle, Global Sales Director, GRIPBlock. “From skating rinks to safety barriers for restaurants to benches and art installations, GRIPBlock can make winter that much more enjoyable for everyone.”

The Light Up the Square warming house and skating rink bumpers were created with GRIPBlock’s LEGO-like building blocks, designed for strength, adaptability and ease of use. GRIPBlock’s white-glove service includes delivery, installation and removal, and structures can be rented on a monthly, seasonal or annual basis.

About GRIPBlock

GRIPBlock is a Canadian company based in Toronto and is part of the NUCAP family of technology companies that includes NRS Brakes, NUCAP Energy and GRIPMetal.

As part of its commitment to Build Back Better, GRIPBlock has constructed dozens of social distancing structures for schools, outdoor rinks for communities, and over 150 outdoor patios as part of Toronto’s COVID-safe outdoor dining program, CaféTO. GRIPBlock offers a white-glove service that includes set up, maintenance and removal for organizations interested in creating customized indoor and outdoor structures.

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Build Back Better: GRIPBlock on the Highway to Safety and Sustainability

GRIPBlock CEO Montu Khokhar noticed a collapsed highway barrier along Toronto’s busy 407 highway hadn’t been replaced for months – he decided to take action. GRIPBlock stepped in to help the affected homeowners and constructed a 100% green GRIPBlock barrier for two homes, at no cost.

“We thought it was important to step in and help our community. It was something we could do quickly and affordably because of how easy it is to build with GRIPBlock. We don’t have to lay foundation and the blocks simply stack atop one another creating a much stronger barrier than the one we replaced.” said, Mr. Khokhar.

Built from GRIPBlock’s renewable and reusable wooden blocks, the new barrier is stronger and will last much longer. The blocks, constructed from sustainably-sourced Canadian timber and aluminum provide improved sound dampening, natural beauty and greater utility. “The new barrier is a significant improvement.” said Claire, one of the homeowners. “It not only blocks out more of the highway noise, it also looks great from inside our yard.”

Once the city approved GRIPBlock’s solution the new barrier was built in less than a day.

GRIPBlock’s inventor noted that the city’s previous fencing represented the old way of doing things, where structures are built up and ultimately deconstructed, destroyed and replaced due to wear and tear, whereas with GRIPBlock, “it’s new technology, all about reusable building materials, just like LEGO blocks, anybody can make it, anybody can use it. This is a great start.”

As part of its commitment to Build Back Better, GRIPBlock constructed dozens of social distancing structures for schools, outdoor rinks for communities, and over 150 outdoor patios as part of Toronto’s COVID-safe outdoor dining program, CaféTO.

GRIPBlock is a Canadian company based in Toronto and is part of the NUCAP family of technology companies that includes NRS Brakes, NUCAP Energy and GRIPMetal.

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GRIPBlock Wall is a Safety Barrier!

Outdoor dining is spreading from street to street as restaurants are now seating patrons in the extended space provided by the city. The major concern, however, is the mix of traffic, motorists and unprotected patrons enjoying a meal, all in the same lane. This can be a major safety hazard, which is why GRIPBlock is such a big benefit for restaurants and bars of all sizes.

Not only do they provide a safety barrier between traffic and patio diners, GRIPBlock walls absorb impact and move as one piece.

GRIPBlock has helped a variety of restaurants and bars across Canada create safe and sound street and curbside patios that protect diners from the elements—and more. In several cases of impact, GRIPBlock walls have stood the test.

Bathurst Local 322 Bathurst St, Toronto.
The GripBlock wall at Toronto’s Bathurst Local survives a direct impact from a vehicle

The GRIPBlock wall at Toronto’s Bathurst Local recently sustained direct impact from a vehicle. Fortunately, this particular patio wasn’t yet open for seating, but if it had been, diners would have been safe and secure, thanks to the strength and protection of GRIPBlock. The wall, designed to create a barrier between the restaurant and street, sustained only minor damage and the wall pictured shifted just a few inches. The GRIPBlock crew was able to quickly move the wall back to its original position.

We love that GRIPBlock is both a beautiful solution for our on-street patio as well as a safety barrier,” said Anna, owner of Bathurst Local. “We are near the very busy intersection of Bathurst and Dundas and were very impressed by how well our new GRIPBlock wall handled this impact.”

Bathurst Local 322 Bathurst St, Toronto.
The GripBlock wall at Toronto’s Bathurst Local
survives a direct impact from a vehicle

Banu, 777 Queen St. W. Toronto .
GRIPBlock can stand upto any vehicle,
keeping your customers safe


Banu, 777 Queen St. W. Toronto.
GRIPBlock can stand upto any vehicle,
keeping your customers safe

“At Banu, 777 Queen St. W in Toronto, a truck attempting to park hit a GRIPBlock wall and the cement block outside of the wall. Again, no one was hurt and the wall stood tall.”

“Next at Shook Restaurant at 77 Portland Ave., the restaurant wall was hit at night when the bar was closed—most likely a car backed into it. According to General Manager Donna Rowan, her customers feel very safe on the patio and the wall acts as a great safety barrier between customers and traffic.”

Shook Restaurant 77 Portland Ave. Toronto
“customers feel very safe on the patio and the
wall acts as a great safety barrier between
customers and traffic.”

Our priority is to make our customers feel safe,” said Angelo Moretti, General Manager at Grazie. “When customers are sitting on one of the busiest streets in North America, they want and need to feel safe and protected. GRIPBlock was the perfect solution for Grazie, providing an attractive, modern look as well as a safety barrier for patrons.

Bars and restaurants interested in an innovative and secure option for outdoor patron seating can contact GRIPBlock at (416) 627-4632 or info@gripmetal.com for a free estimate on wall rentals. Walls can be set up, relocated and disassembled and reused in a matter of hours with the GRIPBlock white-glove service. Blocks can be rented by the month, season or year, based on your restaurant’s needs and schedule

“At Banu, 777 Queen St. W in Toronto, a truck attempting to park hit a GRIPBlock wall and the cement block outside of the wall. Again, no one was hurt and the wall stood tall.”

“Next at Shook Restaurant at 77 Portland Ave., the restaurant wall was hit at night when the bar was closed—most likely a car backed into it. According to General Manager Donna Rowan, her customers feel very safe on the patio and the wall acts as a great safety barrier between customers and traffic.”

Shook Restaurant 77 Portland Ave. Toronto
“customers feel very safe on the patio and the wall
acts as a great safety barrier between
customers and traffic.”

St. Louis Bar at 2050 Yonge Street.
Another direct hit and the wall was reset in minutes.
Make sure your customers are safe with GRIPBlock.

St. Louis Bar at 2050 Yonge Street.
Another direct hit and the wall was reset in
minutes. Make sure your customers
are safe with GRIPBlock.

About GRIPBlock

GRIPBlock is a revolutionary new mechanically attached CLT block construction technology created by Canadian manufacturing innovator GRIPMetal Inc. GRIPBlock is used to quickly and easily assemble structures to create new spaces without the use of tools or building expertise.

About GRIPMetal Inc.

GRIPMetal is a Canadian innovation firm whose patented metal attachment technologies have been used worldwide for over twenty year in industries ranging from automotive to construction. GRIPMetal is a part of the NUCAP family which also includes NRS Brakes. For further information on GRIPMetal, visit https://www.gripmetal.com.