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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The Business Beat
by Stuart Harrison
Welcome to The Business Beat.
Uptown Music - a new music store in Peterborough
Last week I mentioned that Musicland was going out of business. What I didn't realize at the time was that Steve Peconi, who has been with Musicland for five years, is starting a brand new music store with partner Tim Green. It'll be called Uptown Music and naturally will be located in the former location of the Uptown Silk Shoppe, most recently Browsers Nook, at 404 George Street at the corner of Hunter Street!
Steve and Tim are definitely going big as they plan on three floors of pianos, guitars, band and orchestral instruments, drums, PA Systems, print music, rentals, a service department and, starting in September, a school of music. They promise everything you enjoyed at Musicland, including the instructors, plus a lot more. Look for a June 1, 2005 opening and a new web site. For more information call Steve at 705-760-9149.
Update on new building centre
I promised the details on the new Home Hardware Building Centre on Chemong Road a couple of weeks ago. Steve Gynane is the President and General Manager, along with partners Harry Morrison, Terry Jenkins, Jim Adams and Bill Gilliam. It's a big one! Two buildings, 25,000 square feet each, with everything you need to build and outfit a new home. Look for an opening in mid-July and make sure you're watching the Examiner for the call for résumés as they'll be hiring up to 60 people. www.homehardware.ca will give you more information, or you can call Steve at 1-800-561-9069.
New learning centre
Denise MacDonald has just launched the MacDonald Learning & Resource Centre, and the best way to describe what Denise does is "helping people learn how to learn". Learning strategies can help you with reading comprehension skills, writing, math, listening or speaking, attention and concentration, self-confidence, time management or organization. Denise, with an honours degree in psychology, and experience at many levels, most recently as a learning strategist at Fleming College, can offer one on one tutoring or group instruction for elementary, high school or College and University students. Call 705-749-0055 for more information.
New staff at financial services company
Bob Dunn, formerly of Complete Rentals, has joined Daniel P. Reeve Financial Services. The company has offices in Cambridge, Mississauga, Toronto, and recently set up an office at 150 King Street in Peterborough. They offer Life Insurance, Investments, Critical Illness and Disability Insurance, Tax advice and Business consultations. You can contact Bob Dunn at 745-9900.
Financial services office move, radio show
Still on financial services, Dan Seabrooke has just moved his offices to 999 Lansdowne Street, right across from The Pizza Factory. Dan will also be starting up the Seabrooke Financial Hour again, on CKPT Radio Saturday mornings at 10, starting this Saturday.
Nursery school accepting registrations
Another business affected by the flood was the Mark Street Nursery School. Owner Brenda Hale is now accepting registrations for September and you can drop by to see the newly renovated school Monday or Wednesday mornings between 9.30 and 10.30. You can now choose either a two, three, four or five day program. For more information call Brenda at 705-657-1315.
Congratulations to Peterborough VW
Congratulations to everyone at Peterborough Volkswagen. The dealership was recently presented with the Circle Of Excellence Award, indicating the highest level of customer service. The Eatson family celebrated 35 years selling and servicing Volkswagens and Audi's this year.
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