This week’s round-up of regional business news features the Pie Eyed Monk Brewery in Lindsay now open for business, Cork & Bean coming to downtown Peterborough in September, the opening of Amuse Coffee Co.’s The Edison coffee shop at VentureNorth in Peterborough, seven Peterborough-area entrepreneurs receiving Starter Company Plus funding, and local medical start-up Lab Improvements’ new project for Peterborough Regional Health Centre.
Also featured is the announcement of finalists for the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce 2018 Business Excellence Awards, local insurer The Commonwell donating $15,000 to the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Foundation, and insurance companies Great-West Life, London Life, and Canada Life donating $25,000 to Hospice Peterborough.
Regional business events added this week include a food entrepreneurship info session for newcomers at New Canadians Centre in Peterborough on August 14th and the grand opening of Lift Lock Escape in downtown Peterborough on August 21st.
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The Pie Eyed Monk Brewery is now open in Lindsay
The much-anticipated Pie Eyed Monk Brewery (8 Cambridge St. N., Lindsay) held its official opening last Thursday (August 9).
Owned and operated by Jennifer Boksman and Aaron Young, the Kawarthas’ newest craft brewery and restaurant is located in the historic C.L Baker Building, directly across from the Lindsay Fire Hall, which was built in 1868 and originally used as a granary.
Boksman and Young have been busy renovating the three-storey building over the past year, which features a brewhouse, taproom, restaurant, retail store, event space, along with offices.
The seven-barrel brewhouse, overseen by certified brewmasters Sandra Chadwick and Keanan Schiedel-Webb, has already produced six brews in cans and on tap.
The four cans, which are available for sale, are Murph’s Daily Ration Irish Extra Stout (4.5% alcohol by volume), Brownie’s Belgian Blonde (5.5% abv), Laughing Troll Lager’d Ale (5% abv), and Dirty Bird Unfiltered Rye Beer (6.5% abv).
In addition, two brews — First Responder Amber Ale (5.5% abv) and Blasphemous Rumours IPA (6.5% abv) — are available on tap.
The full-service restaurant, which features an authentic Italian wood-fired pizza oven, offers soups and salad, pizza, poutine, fresh-made pasta, and even a pretzel made of spent grains from the brewery!
Pie Eyed Monk Brewery is launching a lunch service on Tuesday, August 14th. If you want to check it out either for lunch or dinner, you should make a reservation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cork & Bean coming to downtown Peterborough later this summer
The Cork & Bean in Oshawa is a popular destination where you can get coffee, wine, and craft beer all at one location.
Now owner Lorn Scanlon has partnered with Steve Francis and Delia Senra of Natas Cafe to open a franchise in Peterborough.
Cork & Bean Peterborough will be located at 382 George Street in downtown Peterborough, a building owned by Scanlon just north of The Olde Stone Brewery and three buildings north of the current location of Natas Cafe.
Renovations are currently underway to give the Peterborough location the same look and feel as the one in Oshawa.
In addition to coffee, wine, and craft beer, the Oshawa location offers soups and salads, sandwiches, and treats on its menu. There’s also regular live music, poetry, workshops and other events.
Cork & Bean Peterborough is scheduled to open sometime in early September. For updates, follow Cork & Bean Peterborough on Instagram @corkandbean.ptbo.
Amuse Coffee Co. opening The Edison coffee shop at VentureNorth in downtown Peterborough
Lindsay Brock, owner of Amuse Coffee Co. (641 George Street N., Peterborough) is expanding with a new coffee shop called “The Edison” in the main lobby of the VentureNorth building at 270 George Street North in downtown Peterborough.
Earlier this year, Brock started operating a part-time pop-up shop in the lobby of the building, which houses the Innovation Cluster and The Cube, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism, and more.
One of the first clients of the FastStart Peterborough program, Brock opened Amuse Coffee Co. in 2015. Inspired by Parisian cafes, she decided to open her own cafe after 15 years of serving coffee and tea at Starbucks and David’s Tea.
A grand opening is planned for Thursday, August 23rd, with details to be confirmed.
Seven local entrepreneurs receive $29,000 in Starter Company Plus funding through Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development
Last Thursday (August 9), Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre hosted a small business BBQ in Nichols Oval Park where they announced $29,000 in funding to support local entrepreneurs with their business growth.
Seven entrepreneurs received the funding as part of the fifth intake of Starter Company Plus. The program, funded by the Government of Ontario and administered by Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, supports entrepreneurs in starting, growing or acquiring a business, by offering a robust series of workshops to support the creation of a formal business plan, culminating in the chance to pitch for competitive grant dollars.
The seven entrepreneurs receiving funding are:
- Rodney Fuentes of Goldenrod Productions, a video production company specializing in nature and outdoor storytelling. Goldenrod Productions creates inspiring videos to help increase awareness towards the delicate state of our natural world, connection to nature, and outdoor adventures.
- Tyler Steeves of That Dam Tea, a beverage company producing thirst quenching beverages with natural, genuine ingredients to fulfill a purpose in their customer’s lives.
- Jacob Quinlan of Jacob Quinlan Books, a rare bookseller specializing in fine and private press for both individuals and institutions.
- Lesley Pocklington of Swell Made Co., a Canadian lifestyle brand that designs simple yet bold paper goods, home décor, and gifts designed and packaged by Swell Made Co. and produced by Canadian small businesses.
- David Sharpe & Michael Seaboyer of Belmont Custom Cabinetry, a kitchen cabinet manufacturing company based in Havelock built around great design, trust, integrity, and love of the craft.
- Lyle Saunders of Peterborough Disability Tax Services, which helps individuals and families with disabilities and special needs navigate through the tax process, including approved credits to maximize their taxable benefits.
- Jim Adriaensen of James & Co. Structural Engineering Inc., which provides structural engineering services to architects, designers, contractors and solar companies in the Peterborough area.
Local medical start-up Lab Improvements developing new slide-archiving technology for Peterborough Regional Health Centre
Local medical tech start-up Lab Improvements is developing a slide archiving system, the first of its kind, for Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC).
Currently, laboratory staff at PRHC spend around six hours each day manually sorting and filing slides that contain patient specimens for analysis — more than 125,000 slides per year.
SlideTrack, being developed by Lab Improvements in partnership with PRHC for implementation in October 2018, is a benchtop system that will allow lab staff to spend minutes rather than hours doing this task, freeing up their time for other activities.
“The PRHC Laboratory will use this new slide filing system to help reduce the turnaround time to retrieve previously filed slides to complete a diagnosis,” says Bernard Schaan, Manager of the PRHC Laboratory. “This will allow our pathologists to deliver a diagnosis to the clinician and help design patient treatment in a more timely fashion, ultimately improving the care we provide for our patients.”
The project has been funded with $40,000 through the MaRS Procurement by Co-Design program, a partnership between MaRS Discovery District and the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. MaRS Discovery District a Toronto-based not-for-profit corporation that works to commercialize publicly funded medical research and other technologies with the help of local private enterprises.
The SlideTrack is being commercialized by Lab Improvements and PRHC, and Lab Improvements is working with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to start delivering this solution to other hospitals in Ontario. As a way of thanking the PRHC lab for their help in developing the device, Lab Improvements has committed to donating $2,000 from each future machine sale to be directed towards laboratory purchases for PRHC.
Finalists announced for Peterborough Chamber of Commerce 2018 Business Excellence Awards
The Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for its 2018 Peterborough Business Excellence Awards, which will be handed out on Wednesday, October 17th at Showplace Performance Centre in downtown Peterborough.
The awards in 23 categories recognize and honour local businesses as well as individuals in the local business community.
For a list of all the finalists, read our story at Peterborough Chamber announces Business Excellence Awards finalists.
Local insurer The Commonwell donates $15,000 to the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Foundation
local home and auto insurance company The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group has donated $15,000 to support the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Foundation.
The donation will make it possible for 30 local at-risk children to attend a week of overnight camp (or two weeks of day camp) this summer.
The arms-length foundation of the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society, the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Foundation raises funds to provide children supported by the society with opportunities for enrichment that are not funded by government.
The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group was formed in 2014 as an amalgamation of Farmers Mutual Insurance Company (Lindsay), Glengarry Mutual Insurance Company, and Lanark Mutual Insurance Company.
Great-West Life, London Life, and Canada Life donate $25,000 to Hospice Peterborough
Insurance companies Great-West Life, London Life, and Canada Life have donated $25,000 to Hospice Peterborough’s Every Moment Matters campaign for the new Hospice Peterborough Care Centre.
The completion of the new facility will expand the scope of hospice care within the Peterborough area by providing 10 end-of-life care beds, and creating a central hub for the delivery of hospice palliative care. Located at 325 London Street in Peterborough, the Hospice Peterborough Care Centre will open in February 2019.
Open house at The Mane Intent in Indian River on August 13
The Mane Intent Inc. is celebrating its fifth year of operation with an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, August 13th at Renegade Ridge Farm (2410 Cameron Line in Indian River).
Owner and program director Jennifer Garland offers personal and professional development through Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning (FEEL), a modality for developing human potential by using horses as natural coaches.
The open house will include an opportunity to meet members of the program delivery team (including a few of the horses), a display of photographic portraits of The Mane Intent team taken by Manuela Stefan of Graceful Horses Photography, a showcase of experiences profiles on The Mane Intent’s new website at themaneintent.ca, celebratory cake, refreshments and more.
Northumberland chambers host accessibility workshop for businesses on August 13
The local chambers of commerce in Northumberland County are hosting the “Discover Ability Workshop” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, August 13th at Warkworth Legion (6 Norham Rd., Warkworth).
You can learn about the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), how it applies to your business (including your responsibilities under the legislation), and the advantages of developing an inclusive workforce. Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information and to register, visit business.trenthillschamber.ca/events/details/discover-ability-workshop-2831.
Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce Meet & Greet at Friendly Fires in Cobourg on August 14
The next Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce “Meet & Greet” business networking event is being hosted on Tuesday, August 14th from 5 to 7 p.m. by Friendly Fires (70 King St. E., Cobourg).
In addition to networking with local business people, you can browse the products available at Friendly Fires, including solar options for your home and business.
The event is free for Chamber members or $10 for non-members. Advance registration is required at nccofc.ca/events/details/nccofc-meet-greet-friendly-fires-1344.
Food entrepreneurship info session for newcomers at New Canadians Centre in Peterborough on August 14
The New Canadians Centre is hosting an information session for newcomers interested in starting a food business from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14th at its office at 221 Romaine Street in Peterborough.
Mallory Graham from Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development will give a brief presentation about an upcoming course this fall on food entrepreneurship. A selection process for the course may follow the information session based on the number of interested clients.
Arabic interpretation will be available at the session.
For more information or to register for the session, contact the New Canadians Centre at 705-743-0882 or email@example.com.
E-Connect Summer Social at Publican House Brewery on August 14
FastStart Peterborough is hosting an E-Connect Summer Social from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14th at the Publican House Brewery (294 Charlotte St., Peterborough).
The evening will feature a talk by Publican Brewery co-founder and president Marty Laskaris, who will also provide a guided tour of the location.
The event is free, but advance registration is required at www.eventbrite.com/e/e-connect-summer-social-tickets-48458715322.
Learn how to become a better trade show exhibitor on August 15
The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce is hosting “Lunch Box Learning – Exceed as an Exhibitor” from 12 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15th at the Chamber office (175 George St. N., Peterborough).
Chamber staff Tiffany Arcari and Siam Grobler will host an open discussion on how to exceed as a trade show exhibitor.
The noon-hour series is free to Chamber members and members of the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough. Bring your own lunch.
For more information and to register, visit www.peterboroughchamber.ca.
Lift Lock Escape grand opening in downtown Peterborough on August 21
Lift Lock Escape in downtown Peterborough is having its official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21st.
Located at 351A George Street North, Lift Lock Escape is an entertainment business featuring escape rooms, virtual reality systems and games, and a board game cafe.
Designed for groups of two to eight people, escape rooms are real-life interactive story quests where you have to find hidden objects, figure out clues, and solve puzzles to achieve an objective within a designated time limit. Lift Lock Escape is launching with the Judgment Day escape room (“Will you be able to save mankind from nuclear Armageddon?”) with Super Jail Breakout (“Can you get out in time?”) coming soon.
Lift Lock Escape will also offer two virtual reality stations, featuring the Oculus and HTC Vive VR systems and a catalog of games, as well a board game cafe.
For more information, visit www.liftlockescape.com.
Business After Hours in Bridgenorth on September 19
The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism’s next Business After Hours event takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19th.
During the “Bridgenorth Hop”, the Chamber will visit members in Bridgenorth, including Style Boutique and TCB Office Furniture & Supplies.
More details will be announced as the date nears.
New Venture Workshop in Buckhorn on September 26
Peterborough & The Kawarthas Economic Development is hosting a workshop for entrepreneurs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26th at St. Matthew – St. Aidans Church (1946 Lakehurst Rd., Buckhorn).
The “New Venture Session” is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs or startups looking for support in the business community. The session will provide an overview of the foundations of starting and running a business, resources and programs that are available for entrepreneurs in Peterborough & the Kawarthas, the business model canvas exercise, how to access support from the Business Advisory Centre, and getting started on the “Startup Checklist”.
Presented in partnership with Selwyn Township, Trent Lakes, and Curve Lake First Nation, the workshop is free and you can register at www.eventbrite.ca/e/new-venture-workshop-tickets-48692197674.
Next Kawartha Chamber B.O.S.S. session takes place on October 3
The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism’s next B.O.S.S. (Business Owners Sharing Solutions) session is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2nd at Camp Kawartha (1010 Birchview Rd., Douro-Dummer).
The session will explore team building programs, practices, and activities, and discuss the importance of establishing trust, setting goals, and honouring the goals of others. Refreshments will be provided.
More details will be coming soon. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love Local Ptbo Business Expo on October 3
The Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce’s Love Local Business Expo will take place this year from noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3rd.
The region’s largest business showcase, in previous years the Expo took place at the Morrow Building during September. While spacious, the location was also somewhat uncomfortable during the heat of late summer and required a lot of carpets to cover up the concrete floor.
This year’s Expo is taking place at the Envinrude Centre, which features air conditioning and hardwood floors.
Watch for more details as the date gets closer, but you can register for a booth now at peterboroughchamber.ca.