Preston Street BIA

Lori Mellor, Executive Director

The Preston Street BIA was formed in 1986 by a few ambitious business and property owners with a vision. It’s goal was to improve the Preston Street Area.
The Preston BIA is very active in one of Ottawa’s most vibrant communities. Our mandate is to improve, promote and undertake projects that will result in a stronger and more competitive commercial main street or business district. With the City’s support, we organize, finance and complete local improvements and promotional events.
Preston Street, affectionately referred to as “Little Italy” is home to festivals, beautiful street architecture, artworks, boutiques and specialty stores and has become one of Ottawa’s most desirable neighbourhoods. It is a community that those who live or work here are very proud to call home.
From humble beginnings… Today, the Preston BIA is steered by a board of directors composed of volunteer business owners and managers who continue to work for its membership and residents.
#PeopleonPreston is a collection of street portraits and interviews with merchants, residents and patrons who live, work and play on Preston Street. Read more of their stories here: