Media PageArticlesMerchants find fresh ways for customers to ‘Love Kingston’ amid pandemicWhen COVID-19 forced most non-essential retailers and service providers to close their doors last spring, business owners in Kingston – a city where many merchants rely heavily on tourist traffic – held their collective breath.Read MoreCity of Kingston announces Civic Award recipientsThe City of Kingston Civic Awards recognize residents who have made significant contributions to our community through volunteerism in the areas of culture, heritage, recreation, sports, health, education, health care, environment, safety, volunteering or business. On Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, the city released this year’s award recipients.Read MoreThe City of Kingston recognizes 4 citizens for this years Civic Awards: Part 1In part 1, GNM speaks with Dr. Aba Mortley and Roland Billings about their volunteerism and the commitment to give back.Read MoreCher-Mere is the BEST SPA in Kingston!!!Listen nowNEWSDAY - Cher-Mère's Aba Mortley wins Canada grant pitch competitionWHEN Dr Aba Mortley opened her first Cher-Mère Day Spa in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, she was continuing her family's beauty business legacy from Trinidad. And last month she continued to make that legacy proud when she won her category in the Rise Up Pitch Competition, an online black Canadian business competition, and secured a covid19 innovation grant.Read MoreLaunch Lab - Propelling Eastern Ontario's BusinessesLaunch Lab is a regional innovation centre that kickstarts new businesses and helps established ones grow and scale.Read MoreGlobal News - Local day spa owner wins $10,000 competition for black woman entrepreneursDr. Aba Mortley, of Cher-Mère day spas won $10,000 in a competition for black women entrepreneurs. Her business pitch was influenced by four generation of women in her family, and she says that the money won will go towards building her online presence.Read MoreCTV NEWS: Kingston nail salon gets creative amid pandemic, offering outdoor manicuresKINGSTON, ON -- One Kingston nail salon is thinking outside the box in an effort to drum up business and keep clients safe. Cher-Mère Day Spa has set up manicure stations outside of their downtown store. Read MoreGlobal NEWS: Safety is a top priority for one Kingston, Ont., salon owner who is now offering manicures outsideIt’s been nearly a month since Binh’s Nail and Spa was forced to temporarily close because of an outbreak that led to at least 30 COVID-19 cases. But as of today, KFL&A public health says Binh’s — along with several other nail salons in Kingston — are allowed to reopen.Read MoreKeep up with Kingston - Black-Owned: Cher-MereI met Aba years ago at a local event and we’ve been connected ever since. I admire Aba for all of the work she does for our community (she does a lot of volunteer work and is on many, many committees!) while running two spas (and raising four children!)!Read MoreGlobal News - New initiative in Kingston launched to help support local businessesA group of local businesses have come together to make a ‘YGK box’ containing specialty items from each store.Read MoreWarmth and Belonging at a Kingston Spa Read Aba's most recent interview where she sat down with Izabela Jaroszynski at Landsby. Izabela is a writer and editor who has spent the last decade raising children and chickens on a property in rural Ontario. Her passion for travel has taken her to 23 countries on three continents, but none that she loves to explore as much as Canada.Read MorePodcastsFresh Air with Nana aba Duncan | Live Radio | CBC ListenEvery Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., Fresh Air brings you a showcase of voices, stories, events and ideas that make Ontario lively and interesting. VideosAbout Cher-MereLearn a bit more about the Cher-Mere brand. The brand has has been making personal care products for people of color in the Caribbean for over 35 years. This represents a great testing ground due to the diverse population of various skin tones and hair types. We not only understand this market, we live it! Cher-Mere upholds inclusivity, community, and ingredient simplicity, while leaving behind the legacy of environmental sustainability. Kingston CanadaTheir names are on our kids’ jerseys and the sign on the 16th hole of a golf fundraiser. They donate thousands of pounds of food to local charities. They help build our community spaces. They have donated thousands of items to our silent auctions. Now it is our time as a community to come together and show our love for Kingston businesses.Visit KingstonMeaning “dear mother” in French, Cher-Mere is a Kingston and Trinidad & Tobago-based day spa the aims to share the essence of Caribbean beauty. Cher-Mere uses eco-conscious, natural, organic products and services. Join owner Aba Bowles-Mortley for an at-home kid’s manicure demonstration. Kingston is a city of musicians, makers, and creators. We are a city for experiencing and enjoying. Our vibrant arts and culture scene connects residents and visitors alike. Visit Kingston has invited the makers of Kingston to take over our channels to perform a concert, showcase their artistry, guide parents through a craft for kids, and share their passion and creativity with the city and beyond. We hope this connection will bring our community together while we are at home and support the creative scene we all love. Participating artists will be compensated with an honorarium.