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’.
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.