The Business Beat for February 27, 2017

Featuring the five finalists of the Peterborough DBIA Win This Space competition

Tina Bromley, owner of Tiny Greens, at the Peterborough Farmers' Market. As part of her prize as winner of the inaugural Win This Space competition, Tina gets a free 12-month lease for a storefront in downtown Peterborough. (Supplied photo)
Tina Bromley, owner of Tiny Greens, at the Peterborough Farmers' Market. As part of her prize as winner of the inaugural Win This Space competition, Tina gets a free 12-month lease for a storefront in downtown Peterborough. (Supplied photo)

The Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) recently completed its inaugural Win This Space competition. It was a robust process that took a number of local entrepreneurs through a workshop and business planning process.

The competitors were narrowed down to 10, and then five, finalists. This week I thought I’d profile all five finalists, starting with:

The Winner: Tiny Greens

Owner Tina Bromley is two years into her business. A regular at the Lakefield and Peterborough Farmers Markets, Tina sells microgreens, vegetables, and herbs. She also supplies a number of local chefs and caterers.

Tiny Greens has been selling microgreens for two years (supplied photo)
Tiny Greens has been selling microgreens for two years (supplied photo)

Her new downtown store will allow her to expand all of her products in a retail setting, add custom gifts, juices, and salad mixes, workshops, training and supplies for the do-it-yourself crowd, and continue to build her chef tray business.

For more information on Tiny Greens, visit www.tinygreens.ca.

The other four businesses in the top five were:

Finalist: Chalk Therapy

A sample of Tara Genge's work refinishing furniture at Chalk Therapy (photo: Tara Genge / Facebook)
A sample of Tara Genge’s work refinishing furniture at Chalk Therapy (photo: Tara Genge / Facebook)

Owner Tara Genge turned months of chemo therapy into a new business refinishing furniture.

Tara takes unfit, broken, or cast-off items, then repairs and refinishes them — not only saving them from the landfill, but creating beautiful products that she sells to her customers.

You can find Chalk Therapy on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Finalist: Revival

Erin Watson of Revival (supplied photo)
Erin Watson of Revival (supplied photo)

Similarly, Erin Watson’s business idea is to create a furniture and design consignment boutique.

Called Revival, the business would offer a place to sell gently used items, showcase local designers, and take dated pieces and give them new life.

You can follow Revival on Twitter @Revival_ptbo.

 

Finalist: Scoop

Anna Eidt, owner of Lou Brown Vintage, with a sample of her work (supplied photo)
Anna Eidt, owner of Lou Brown Vintage, with a sample of her work (supplied photo)

Scoop was Anna Eidt’s business idea.

Anna is already in business, operating as Lou Brown Vintage, turning dusty old china into wall décor with sass. Anna wants to create a hub for local art lovers called Scoop.

You can find Lou Brown Vintage on Facebook and Etsy.

 

META4 is located in Port Perry (supplied photo)
META4 is located in Port Perry (supplied photo)

META4 Contemporary Craft Gallery is a well-known Port Perry business.

The partners — local artists Jennifer Hardie, Birgitta MacLeod and Bonnie Thomson — want to expand into downtown Peterborough.

META4 features the work of Ontario artists and artisans, and you can find them at 200 Queen Street in Port Perry, or online at www.meta4gallery.ca.

 

Congratulations to all of the participants, and to Terry Guiel and the team at the DBIA for a fantastic concept, executed perfectly in its first year.

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