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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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by Stuart Harrison
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The Dobro Restaurant & Bar
Well known local bluesman Kevin Carley is getting into the restaurant business with Ilir Sino, former owner of The Spaghetti House. The Dobro Restaurant & Bar opens this Wednesday at 287/289 George St. N. across the street from Showplace. The Grand Opening Wednesday and Thursday evening (Nov 21 & 22) features SAB & the Family Band, with Downchild Blues Band front man Chuck Jackson, and a guest appearance by the one and only "Mr. Downchild" himself Donnie Walsh. Dobro's will feature some of the best Canadian and American Blues acts, plus other styles of music. The menu will include Prime Rib, Steak, Lamb and Fish dishes along with some interesting Pasta. The licensed establishment will be open from 11am till 2am 7 days a week, and Nexicom wireless internet access is available free of charge. They are currently booking Christmas parties. For more information call (705) 775-9645 or email
Ricky's All Day Grill Opens
Congratulations to franchise owners Dave and Cindy Crowley on the opening of Ricky's All Day Grill last week. The Western-based restaurant chain has a 45 year history, but this is the first franchise location in Ontario. Located at 898 Monaghan Road (behind The Beer Store next to Rona), Ricky's offers a casual family atmosphere specializing in a wide selection of breakfasts and home-style dishes. The 4,950 sq. ft. restaurant features a lounge with raised seating, an outdoor patio that accommodates almost 40 people, eight flat screen TVs, and two signature fireplaces. Ricky's will employ 60 staff and seat up to 190 people during the summer months. Ricky's is open seven days a week. For more information call (705) 749-1100.
Nikola's My Chef At Home
Chef Nicola Oliver recently launched Nikola's My Chef At Home. If getting dinner on the table is a constant struggle, Nikola will prepare complete meals for any size family. All the work is done in her certified kitchen and then delivered it to your home. Nikola is a graduate of the Niagara College culinary program and a Red Seal Chef with 10 years experience in fine dining in the Peterborough area. My Chef At Home offers a large menu of healthy gourmet meals to choose from. Make Nikola "Your Chef At Home" by visiting www.mychefathome.ca or call (705) 201-1091.
Bob and Andrea's Motion Specialties
Motion Specialties is a new retail store specializing in medical aids, mobility devices and adaptive seating systems. The store is located at 1154 Chemong Road, in Portage Place. Owners Bob and Andrea Shewell, along with Dana Van Huizen, combine for 27 years of experience in the business. The parent company, Motion Specialties Incorporated, has been providing mobility solutions since 1985, including Manual and Powered Wheelchairs, Paediatric products, walkers, car seats, Home care beds, bathroom assist products, Canes, crutches, and 3 & 4 wheel scooters. For more information call (705) 742-6185.
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