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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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The Business Beat
by Stuart Harrison
Welcome to The Business Beat.
New stores in downtown Peterborough
Peterborough's downtown core continues to evolve. The former Scotiabank building at 333 George Street will be opening this summer as a Factory Outlet store for Shoes, Bedding, Curtains and Home Décor. Owner Edmund Qin is renovating the space right now, and yes yet to decide on a final name for the store. Meanwhile Edmund also purchased the store next door at 337 George, the former United Cigar Store. The new store will be called Smooking, and will feature everything from high-end Cuban cigars, to a complete line of pipes, to a full selection of cigarettes, plus smoking accessories and gifts. Edmund and his wife Ying also own the Downtown Dollar Convenience store. For more information on either project, you can call 705-876-8688.
Scrubs ... and other stuff
Scrubs & Stuff is a new business at 242 Charlotte Street and, as the name suggests, it's all about scrubs. Owner Heather Durham carries several different lines of scrubs, including Crest, Mob Medical and Cherokee, as well as lab coats, one-up jackets, shorts and Capri's, hand lotions, hand bags, water bottles and of course shoes - the new 3 ounce Rockers by Cherokee. Rockers are not only light, but washable and blood and betadine resistant. Scrubs & Stuff is open Monday - Friday from 9.30 - 5, Saturdays from 9.30 - 1pm. They are located at 242 Charlotte just West of Aylmer between Jim's Pizzeria and Charlotte Paint & Wallpaper.
Renovated lodge in Cloyne
The Marble Lake Lodge in Cloyne has new owners. Nick Wittek, Natalie Ricupero and Chef Lee Stewart purchased the property and have spent the winter restoring the cabins, lodge, and restaurant. They'll be opening in April as a four-season resort. The property includes campsites and a trailer park. Groomed snowmobile trails, a 9-hole golf course and Bon Echo Provincial Park are all nearby. The Marble Lake Lodge is located off Highway 506, 6km East of Highway 41, North of Kaladar, or Napanee if you're on the 401. www.marblelakelodge.com has the full story and directions. Call 613-336-0117.
Karen Markovitz has a great name for her new personal chef business, it's called Dinner's Ready. Karen is a graduate of the George Brown School of Culinary Arts and has 12 years of experience as a personal chef. She'll prepare custom made meals in your own kitchen, either for a special occasion or for the whole family for the whole week. She even cleans her own pots and pans! If you want more information, call Karen Marcovitz at Dinner's Ready at 705-745-6519.
Upcoming home shows and more
The Home Show season is just around the corner, with the Memorial Centre Home Show on March 18, 19 and 20. It's sold out, but there is still room in the Kawartha Home Cottage and Renovation Show which is April 8, 9 and 10 at the Evinrude Centre. It's presented by Peterborough Promotions and the Peterborough and District Home Builders Association. You can call Don Hicken at 705-745-6812 or Tim Kelly at 705-743-5356 for booth space. Following that there's the Kawartha Outdoor and Adventure Show on April 22, 23 and 24 at the Evinrude Centre. You can call 705-748-6101 for more information.
Peterborough County business awards
The County of Peterborough's annual Recognition Awards are coming up. Nomination forms are available at Municipal Offices, Libraries, Chambers of Commerce, Community Care Offices and the County Offices. Categories of interest to Businesses include Business Leadership, Entrepreneurial Innovation, Tourism Promotion, Heritage Preservation and Agricultural Leadership. There are other categories as well. For more information call Lynn Clark at 705-743-0380 ext 301.
Restwell Upholstery is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Congratulations!
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