Win This Space competition strengthens community well-being in Ripley

Dave and Veronika Cook of FIG Studio Kitchen in Ripley.

FIG Studio Kitchen owners Dave and Veronika Cook.

FIG Studio Kitchen has helped bring vitality back to the village of Ripley, thanks to the hard work and determination of Dave and Veronika Cook, and the Township of Huron-Kinloss’ “Win This Space” competition.


“Win This Space was a huge success in our first year. FIG Studio Kitchen has really revitalized downtown Ripley, and it filled a much needed gap in the community. Without the support of our sponsors, this would not be possible,” says Taralyn Cronin, Business and Economic Officer at the Township of Huron-Kinloss. “It has really provided a much needed boost to our local economy.”


“Win This Space” is a competition put on by the Township of Huron-Kinloss to promote economic development. In 2017, the township identified a need for a restaurant in the community of Ripley. The inaugural competition focused on attracting the right entrepreneurs for a new restaurant.


FIG Studio Kitchen owners Dave and Veronika Cook have created an inviting atmosphere that serves fresh, coastal casual cuisine using local ingredients. Located in the heart of Ripley, FIG Studio Kitchen is quickly becoming a bustling community hub that welcomes foodies from across the area.


“We have had an overwhelming response from the community,” said Ms. Cook. “When this opportunity came up, we did not even have to think about it. We knew this would be the right fit for us. We want to thank the Township of Huron-Kinloss, our dedicated contractors, local suppliers, our friends, the Business to Bruce program, and the sponsors, including the NWMO. It took a village!”


The Township of Huron-Kinloss used funds provided through the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s (NWMO) community resource program to fill a need in the community.


“Dave and Veronika have put their heart and soul into this venture,” said Becky Smith, Regional Communications Manager for the NWMO. “We are so proud to work with the Township of Huron-Kinloss on this important economic development initiative.”