About the Author
Stuart "Stu" Harrison writes a weekly column about business news (published on KawarthaNow.com on Fridays and in the Peterborough Examiner on Mondays) and hosts a business segment every Monday evening on CHEX-TV's Newswatch.
Stu has extensive marketing and advertising experience and was owner of Harrison Advertising for many years prior to joining the Chamber of Commerce in 2003. He is currently the General Manager of the Greater Peterborough Area Chamber of Commerce.
KawarthaNow is pleased to include Stu as a contributing columnist, and we appreciate his extensive knowledge of the local business community.
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by Stuart Harrison
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Peterborough's Atomic Bagels
Luke Smit and Sara Berniker recently introduced Atomic Bagels. Gourmet bagels that are not quite a New York bagel and not quite a Montreal bagel, the Atomic bagel is uniquely Peterborough using fresh ingredients and offered in a variety of flavours including Savory Cheddar-Rosemary, Peppered Onion-Garlic, Chocolate-Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon-Raisin, and the traditional Poppy and Sesame Seed. Atomic Bagels also makes delicious schmears to spread on your bagels (smoked salmon, herby-garlic, and sweet berry), and a variety of rustic, hearty breads. Atomic Bagels are available every Saturday at the Peterborough Farmers and through home delivery (free within the city) every Wednesday. Call 760-9460 or email.
New Sports and Injury Rehabilitation Clinic
Return to Function is a new sports and injury rehabilitation clinic located in the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre. The clinic is owned and operated by Josh Martin, Registered Massage Therapist. Josh is the Varsity Athletic Trainer for the Fleming Knights and Peterborough Pagans Rugby teams and is also Faculty in the Massage Therapy Department at Fleming College. The services offered at Return to Function include Massage Therapy, Therapeutic Ultrasound, Soft Tissue Release and Kinesio Taping, wish Orthotics coming soon. Call 705-868-2657 for more information or visit www.returntofunction.net
Scholars Education Centre under new ownership
Scholars Education Centre--Peterborough & Area has been purchased by Brian Nashman, a long time Peterborough entrepreneur and educator. For seven years Scholars Education Centre has been providing tutoring and academic upgrading for students from elementary to post secondary level. Brian is expanding the school, in partnership with Northern Needs Counseling & Assessment Services, introducing Scholars Employment Solutions - described as a "one-stop-shop" for adult education and return to work programming including Academic Upgrading, Adult Work Placement, Customer Service Programs, Job Search Training, Job Coaching, and Introduction to Computers. Scholars Education Centre is located at 113 Park St. S., Suite 102 next to Staples Business Depot. Call (705) 742-4152
Joe's Barber Shop and Polka Dot Dew Drop
The husband and wife team of Phil and Kelly Ferreri work in separate businesses, but in the same space. Phil took over the famous Joe's Barber Shop in Lakefield from his father, and has renovated the shop with new flooring, paint, and new décor. Kelly's business is called Polka Dot Dew Drop and features items for children's room decor and baby gifts. You'll find baby bedding, bibs, small furnishings, custom wall decals, children's wall art, rocking horses and many more. Kelly concentrates on Canadian made and Hand crafted. So whether you are looking for a shower gift, or a haircut, you'll find it at 34 Queen Street in Lakefield beside the IDA Drugstore. Call 705-652-7714 for more information.
The Working Lunch workshop
The Chamber of Commerce has another in its series of professional development workshops called The Working Lunch. Thursday February 21 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Best Western Otonabee Inn, instructor Debra Bannister will talk about Influential Conversations. The capability to effectively engage in influential conversations is a key core competency that no business can avoid or ignore. Participants will discover the five key performance killers that are affecting the business bottom line, the cost of not speaking up and the five influential conversations that every leader, team member and organization need to engage in to succeed. Debra Bannister MBA, PMP, Cert. Ad. Ed. has facilitated organizational change and performance improvement for 25 years, as a project manager, leadership coach, author and public speaker. Her experience crosses many industrial sectors including software, healthcare, military, manufacturing, and community based organizations. Cost is $30 for Chamber members, $40 for non-members, to register call 705-748-9771 ext 0, or email
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