Welcome to the Belmont Village, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario!
Enjoy fine dining, numerous specialty shops and original experiences such as Dettmer Tirecraft, Cameron Flowers, Rumners Wobble and more. Come out and discover all the joys of The Belmont Village on your own, better yet come with friends!
Belmont Village dates back to the 1930’s. During the Depression, one of the city’s “relief” projects to create employment, along with Rockway Gardens, was what would become Belmont Village. For 30 cents an hour, the men on the work crews installed the sewer system, street lights and paved a three-block stretch of road. This was to be the beginning of a convention centre, with a hotel and a retail area. It never worked out just that way.
For years, this asphalt slab in a field at the edge of town served as a stage for midways, dances, roller-skating and other open-air events.
In 1947, Claude Musselman bought the site from the city for a dollar. In 1951, the beer store moved in to what was once Vincenzo’s, now The Culinary Studio. In 1954, Musselman built a brick plaza on the south side of Belmont Avenue, and Belmont Hairstylists, owned by Helen Kunda Davenport was the first business to open, on September 1, 1954 (source: C. Aagard, K-W Record). Also in 1954 Schier’s Drugs (now Hoegler’s PharmaPlus in a different location) and Harvey’s Children’s Wear opened. In the following years, many diverse businesses have occupied what is known as Belmont Village. Wilhelm Haardware, KW Electronics, Cameron’s Flowers, Pine Nut Shop, Necchi Sewing Centre, Zehrs Grocery, Erickson Bakery, Boulevard Hat Shop, Guskin Ladies Wear, Western Tire & Auto, Waterloo Trust & Savings, Reidel Draper, Bell Telephone, Tremco Cleaners, Donut Queen, Barry’s T.V., and Barber Piano & Organ are some of them.
In 1989, the Belmont Improvement Area Board (BIA) of Management was initiated, its mandate being to promote businesses in Belmont Village.