Firehall Pizza Company, a well-known eatery in Blue Mountain Village, is gearing up for its 20th-anniversary celebration.
Established in 2003, the pizzeria has become a cornerstone of the village for locals and visitors alike, and co-owner Jimmy Mavrakakis said he is eager for the upcoming festivities.
“We just want people to come out, enjoy the village and come celebrate with us,” said Mavrakakis.
The celebration is set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 16, with promotional offers available for the day.
All proceeds from the promotion will be donated to two local causes: the Town of the Blue Mountains Fire Department and the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation's campaign for a new MRI machine.
But the celebration doesn't stop at the pizza counter. Firehall Pizza has arranged a day filled with activities for all ages. Between noon and 6 p.m., visitors can enjoy stilt-walkers, music by a DJ, live performances, and birthday cake.
In addition to giveaways, families will have the chance to explore a real Blue Mountain Fire Department fire truck and interact with the crew between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
For those who can’t make it on Saturday, their charitable efforts extend beyond the anniversary celebration. From Sept. 11-30, Firehall will donate $2 from every meal purchased in hopes of raising a total of $20,000 over the month.
According to Mavrakakis, Firehall Pizza is more than just a dining spot; it's become a fixture in the Blue Mountains. It has watched the village grow and evolve, from the early days when it was one of the first establishments, to the tourist destination it is today.
Reflecting on this milestone, Mavrakakis emphasized the importance of community support.
"It's been an honour and a privilege to serve this community and support our local hospital and firefighters for the past 20 years," said Mavrakakis. "We hope to raise $20,000 to help them keep up their good work."
A fire in 2012 prompted Firehall to undergo renovations and an expansion. Now, as they celebrate their 20th anniversary, they are not only reminiscing about the past but also looking forward to a bright future.
“We think this celebration is an opportunity to give back to our community, we’ve been here for so long,” said Mavrakakis.
And while tourism plays a substantial role in their business, locals hold a special place in their hearts.
“The locals are our bread and butter because they are around, they have always been around, so it's important for us to give back to them,” said Mavrakakis. "Hopefully, we are going to last another 20 years."
Mavrakakis and his two business partners also own Tholos Restaurant, which opened in 2007.