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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.
Wal-Mart development going ahead in Peterborough
Lots of big news this week. The Wal-Mart development in the north end of Peterborough gets the go-ahead, which will cause a bit of a domino effect on Chemong Road and at Portage Place.
New shopping centre development in Lindsay
Meanwhile, over in the City of Kawartha Lakes at and beside Lindsay Square Mall, construction has begun on a major development. The Kawartha Lakes Centre will be built just east of the Canadian Tire Store on Kent Street. This will allow for an integrated parking lot in front of Lindsay Square, Canadian Tire and The Kawartha Lakes Centre. Leases have been signed for a Food Basics Grocery Store, Staples Business Depot, Marks Work Wearhouse, and an A&W Restaurant. Once the Food Basics opens, A&P in Lindsay Square will close, which creates a new opportunity there as well.
There is still space available in both developments, so contact Vince Saccucci at North Harbour Developments toll free at 1-866-848-8821 for more information.
It's being called "The Only Winery Between Peterborough and The North Pole," and John Rufa and Trish Dougherty just might be right! Kawartha Country Wines began operation a few weeks ago at 2275 County Road 36, which is the highway between Buckhorn and Bobcaygeon. It's actually about 4 km north of Buckhorn, beside the little White Church. They specialize in fruit wines, including Cherry, Apricot, Golden Plum and locally grown Rhubarb, Strawberry and Raspberry. Plans are to add a grape wine this fall.
Kawartha Country Wines is open seven days a week from 10 am - 6 pm. Contact them at 705-657-9916 or www.kawarthacountrywines.ca.
Be the first on your block to own one
Just what you've been waiting for ... a hovercraft! Jeff Covert has obtained the exclusive Canadian rights to Hov Pod, an English-made hovercraft that has solved a lot of the problems normally associated with hovercraft, like noise, size and steering. For $37,900, you could have a vehicle that could run right down George Street during a parade, pick up a couple of tourists at the marina and head out onto Little Lake. Other uses might include fundraisers for charity, rescue services, advertising for businesses, sport, or just for recreation!
Check out www.peterboroughhovercraft.com, or call Jeff Covert at 705-761-3346.
Peterborough Business Excellence Awards
While you are online, have a look at the new Peterborough Business Excellence Awards. There are 16 categories, including the Citizen of The Year, a fabulous awards dinner during Small Business week on October 20, and glowing admiration and untold riches for the winners. Best of all you can nominate yourself!
Have a look at the Chamber of Commerce website, peterboroughinfo.com for downloadable nomination/ticket forms, or pick up a package at the Chamber of Commerce. Thanks to The Examiner for their sponsorship of this event!
New waiting room publication
You may have noticed a new publication while you've been in the waiting room at your doctor, dentist, massage therapist, chiropractor, lawyer, accountant, getting your oil changed, waiting for pizza, or doing laundry at the laundromat. Smile While You Wait is filled with jokes and trivia, humour horoscopes, areas of interest like a pet's corner, home improvement corner, senior's corner and more.
It's published by Bonnie Minor, and if you'd like to advertise, or have a copy for your waiting room you can call Bonnie at 748-3660, 741-3059 (fax) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a new business, renovation, or otherwise hot tip, send your business news by email.
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