All in St Thomas

How We Spent Our Summer in Ontario’s Southwest

Just like driving to a concert and feeling excited for the show, our team at young & free press has developed a way to travel to a community and imagine the whole setting as the performance. We call this life-art … the experience may contain music, paintings, theatre, sculptures, books, virtual reality, sports, businesses, video games, natural environments, culinary experiences, and roadside attractions, but we like to imagine the total picture.

Homeless in St. Thomas

Recently Andrew Gunn and I met with Sandy Westaway, who runs the Inn Out of the Cold shelter in St. Thomas. Needless to say, I learned a lot about the homeless people in our small town and the details shocked me.

Flickers of Light - Part One

What makes a person want to live in a certain place? One of our guiding ideas at young & free press is that we like to feel at home wherever we go, and allow others to feel at home, too – and we know that all this takes work. This is especially true in our hometown of St. Thomas, where we sense the horizons of small-city life acutely – are we content, or do we want to escape?

Exploring Ontario's Southwest

One thing that our young & free press team has learned since we started-up the business is that there are remarkable things happening every day in our communities … we just have to jump in and explore! Well, we now have the opportunity to take this spirit to a whole new level: beginning this spring, we will be collaborating with the Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation to present some fun new content on our Instagram page!

GROW Time!

Our team at young & free press loves to collaborate with community partners on fun, innovative projects. What’s next? Well, we are excited to help establish new ‘pop-up shops’ around southwestern Ontario, beginning with the first site in our home-base of St. Thomas!

Social Media and Teens

Adults don’t look at social media from the same perspective as teenagers. Sometimes adults don’t fully understand the apps. Teenagers use social media differently than most might think. They are more than aware of every picture they post and how those images will be received by

Top Ten Ways to Make St. Thomas Awesome

Well St. Thomas, set your expectations high! We have a new Mayor and Council at City Hall, our community is growing, and there is a hint of cultural transformation in the air. In our view, we think that St. Thomas can become the next great destination in southwestern Ontario for twenty-something entrepreneurs, tradespeople and makers, young families, and active retirees. Seriously, why not?

Interview: Joe Preston, Mayor of St. Thomas

Joe Preston was elected Mayor of St. Thomas in the October 22nd municipal election with a total of 3,731 votes, defeating the incumbent, Heather Jackson (3,189 votes) and two other challengers, Steve Wookey (2949 votes) and Malichi Malé (338 votes). With four candidates in the running, there was not going to be a landslide, but the margin of victory was still decisive.

Wandering the Market

We are surprised still to meet people in St. Thomas who do not know where the Horton Farmers’ Market is located. For the record, the Market is located on Manitoba Street, just north of Talbot. This does not mean that the Market is quiet on Saturday mornings … not at all!

Food & Diversity in the Railway City

My young & free press colleague Andrew Gunn and I have been exploring local restaurants for the past six months. In St. Thomas, we have tried places like Bella Jack’s, Café Siam, Braxton’s, and Asuka Japanese Cuisine. We have really enjoyed all the food and flavours.

How to Spend a Day in St. Thomas

St. Thomas, Ontario, is a quirky place. Like any small town, the ‘Railway City’ retains a core network of families who have lived here for generations and feel connected to some of the early ideas and foundational myths and realities of the community.

Meet the Makers 2018

Give credit to the St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce: in 2017, the organization took a leap to launch a new event called Meet the Makers, a single-day showcase designed to highlight all the people who make things in the community.