This week’s round-up of regional business news includes Shantelle Bisson and Murdoch Mysteries’ actor Yannick Bisson opening Shantilly’s Place on Chandos Lake in North Kawartha, Junior Achievement welcoming 12 new inductees into the Business Hall of Fame in Peterborough, Conner and Tasha Clarkin opening the new plant-based Revelstoke Café in downtown Peterborough in July, Publican House Brewery raising more than $11,750 to support The Canadian Canoe Museum, Simcoe Ptbo in downtown Peterborough closing at the end of May, and The Thirsty Loon in Lakefield closing in October.
Also featured this week are Providence in downtown Peterborough celebrating its one-year anniversary, the finalists for the Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce 2019 Evening of Excellence Awards, 4th Line Theatre in Millbrook receiving $40,000 from the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Freedom Mobile sponsoring the north pad at Envinrude Centre in Peterborough, Peter Gzowski College Dining Hall at Trent University becoming a three-star green certified restaurant, and Venture13 in Cobourg celebrating its one-year anniversary.
New regional events added this week include the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce’s PBX at Habitat For Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region in Peterborough on June 4th, the Kawartha Lakes Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre’s Business Plan Builder Workshop Series in Lindsay from June 4th to 25th, the Peterborough Chamber hosting its Chamber AM breakfast meeting in Peterborough on June 11th, and Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre holding its annual general meeting in Cobourg on June 18th.
Shantelle Bisson and Murdoch Mysteries’ actor Yannick Bisson open Shantilly’s Place on Chandos Lake in North Kawartha
Writer, producer, and actress Shantelle Bisson and her husband, actor Yannick Bisson, have opened Shantilly’s Place, a marina on Chandos Lake in North Kawartha near Apsley.
Yannick is known to fans around the world for his portrayal of 19th-century detective William Murdoch on CBC television’s award-winning series Murdoch Mysteries.
He and Shantelle, his wife of 29 years, recently built a cottage on Chandos Lake. It was featured in the May 2019 issue of Cottage Life magazine.
As first-time cottage owners, they fell in love with the community and decided to purchase West Bay Narrows Marina on Chandos Lake, renaming it Shantilly’s Place. The marina is an institution on Chandos Lake, having begun as a waterside gas and ice cream store in the mid 1950s before becoming Smith’s Marina and Store in 1968.
“Our intention and goal as the new guardians of what was West Bay Narrows Marina is to uphold the traditions that built the marina into an institution on Chandos Lake,” the couple writes on www.shantillysplace.com.
“We want to honour all the charming things that always made it a must stop while out on the lake … Whatever it is that has made this marina special to you and your family, we hope to pay homage to them, while putting a little modern spin on what we believe our lake community needs.”
Shantilly’s Place officially opened for the season on the Victoria Day long weekend, and will be open on Saturdays and Sundays during May and June from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. They’ll continue to sell Kawartha Dairy ice cream, and will now also be offering premium fuel, premium coffee and organic goods, and more. You can also expect to see the couple’s lovable bulldog (and store mascot) Duke there, along with a special “Murdoch Mysteries” corner.
When decorating their Chandos Lake cottage, the Bissons shopped at East Of Eden Antiques, located on Highway 28 in Woodview south of Apsley. You can see some of the items they purchased there in the Cottage Life profile.
Junior Achievement welcomes 12 new inductees into the Business Hall of Fame in Peterborough
Junior Achievement Peterborough, Lakeland, Muskoka welcomed 12 new inductees into the Business Hall of Fame during the induction ceremony and culinary showcase,y last Thursday (May 23) at The Venue in downtown Peterborough.
The 2019 inductees are John Gillis of Measuremax (also now the interim president and CEO of the Innovation Cluster), Michael Konopaski of Inclusive Advisory, Dr. Ramesh Makhiji of R and R Laboratories, Janet McLeod of East City Flower Shop, Dave Smith of DNS Realty, Dana Empey and Scott Stewart of Carlson Wagonlit Stewart Travel, Glenn Stuart of Kawartha TV & Stereo, Mike and Shelby Watt of Flavour Fashion, S.O.S., and Providence, Robert Winslow of 4th Line Theatre, and Scott Wood of Ashburnham Ale House.
Along with the induction ceremony, attendees enjoyed an evening of conversation and local food and drink as part of the culinary showcase.
Junior Achievement is a non-profit youth business organization that supports youth in developing skills in financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and workplace readiness. Funds raised at the event will help Junior Achievement provide these educational programs for children and youth.
Conner and Tasha Clarkin to open new plant-based Revelstoke Café in downtown Peterborough in July
Chef Conner Clarkin and his wife Tasha are planning to open a new plant-based café this July in downtown Peterborough, in the space formerly occupied by Amuse Coffee Co. (641 George Street N., Peterborough).
The couple, who currently offer special-order cupcakes and cheesecakes and a vegan brunch service on Sundays at Dreams of Beans, made the announcement on their Electric City Vegans Facebook page on May 17th.
The new business will be called Revelstoke Café, after the city in British Columbia they visited during a trip out west last May.
Earlier this month, Amuse Coffee Co. owner and operator Lindsay Brock announced she merging Amusé Coffee Co. with The Edison, her now-permanent location in the lobby of the VentureNorth building in downtown Peterborough.
Publican House Brewery raises more than $11,750 to support The Canadian Canoe Museum
The Publican House Brewery in Peterborough has raised $11,762.98 to support The Canadian Canoe Museum, through a portion of sales of the brewery’s Paddler’s Ale and associated merchandise in 2018.
Publican House Brewery partner Marty Laskaris presented a cheque in that amount to The Canadian Canoe Museum’s executive director Carolyn Hyslop last Thursday (May 23).
Developed in May 2017, Paddler’s Ale is a coarse-filtered ale with a hint of citrus, with 4.5 per cent alcohol by volume. The colourful can is adorned with paddles and canoes along with the text “paddle your own canoe” and “Do your part to help support a part of Canadian History – raise a glass of Paddler’s Ale.”
In 2018, Publican House introduced a line of Paddler’s Ale merchandise, including a baseball hat, t-shirt, and tin mug. Featuring the Paddler’s Ale logo, the merchandise is available at the museum’s Tumblehome Shop in person and online as well as at the Publican House’s retail store and online. In 2019, Publican House is adding a crew neck sweatshirt in forest green to the merchandise line-up.
“As a proud partner of The Canadian Canoe Museum, we’re excited to see the growth of the organization and its upcoming expansion to a new waterside location near the historic Peterborough Lift Lock,” Laskaris says. “The combination of a locally made craft beer and a museum that highlights the art and craft of canoe making is a perfect fit. We’re proud to continue to contribute to the vibrancy of the museum and the role that it plays in Peterborough.”
Paddler’s Ale, which is a favourite at museum events, can be purchased in 473ml cans in Peterborough at Sobey’s on Towerhill Road and Lansdowne Street and at Dreams of Beans. It’s also available on tap at Boardwalk Café, Lakefield Restaurant, Just for the Halibut, The Granite Bancroft (in summer), and Publican House Brew Pub.
Simcoe Ptbo in downtown Peterborough to close at the end of May
Simcoe Ptbo in downtown Peterborough is closing as of May 31st.
Located at 172 Simcoe Street, the live music venue opened in March as a joint venture of Chase Wilson along with Kristen Kerr and Andrew Warman, the owner of Retro’s eSports Bar.
It specialized in presenting punk, metal, and hard-core rock bands.
The reason for the closure is “underlying and uncontrollable circumstances” according to Wilson, who says he is looking for another location near downtown Peterborough.
The Thirsty Loon in Lakefield to close in October
The Thirsty Loon in Lakefield has announced it will be closing its doors as of October.
The popular pub, which is located in The Village Inn (39 Queen St., Lakefield), recently celebrated its 15th anniversary.
They announced the upcoming closure on their Facebook page “o clear up the rumours and any confusion.”
No reason was given for the closure; however, The Village Inn — which leases the space to The Thirsty Loon — has recently been undergoing a major room renovation.
The Thirsty Loon will continue to operate as usual until it closes in the fall.
Providence in downtown Peterborough celebrates its one-year anniversary
Providence, the men’s clothing store, bar, cafe, and barber at 31 Hunter Street West in downtown Peterborough, celebrated its one-year anniversary last Saturday (May 25).
“It all started as a dream years ago for me,” writes owner and operator Mike Watt on Instagram. “I’ve always wanted a men’s shop that I could build a community around and grow old with.”
Watt, along with his wife Shelby — who also own retail stores Flavour and SOS (Save Our Soles) in downtown Peterborough as well as the clothing line Peterborough Northern Originals — were inducted this year into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame.
Finalists announced for Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce 2019 Evening of Excellence Awards
The Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for its 2019 Evening of Excellence Awards.
The finalists, in alphabetical order, are:
- Adelaide Clinic
- BTW Electronic Parts & IT Services
- Crawford Building Consultants
- Days Inn & Suites Lindsay
- Fresh FueLL
- Health and Happiness Coaching – June Plahuta
- Horizons Family Dentistry
- Humane Society Kawartha Lakes
- Integrated Care Pharmacy
- Kawartha Care Wellness Centre
- Kawartha Sign & Pillow Co.
- Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation
- Stewart Morrison Insurance Brokers
- The Lindsay Advocate
- PKA Soft Touch Corp.
- RJT Solutions
- Rx Cosmetics
- Soroptimist International of Kawartha Lakes
- Wards Lawyers PC
The Evening of Excellence Awards celebration takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 7th at Lakeview Arts Barn (2300 Pigeon Lake Rd., Bobcaygeon). Tickets are available at lindsaydistrictchamberofcommerce.wildapricot.org/event-3300025.
4th Line Theatre in Millbrook receives $40,000 from Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund
Millbrook outdoor theatre company 4th Line Theatre has received $40,000 from the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.
The fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports, was established in 1999 to increase cultural tourism and to support events that foster economic growth and contribute to job creation.
4th Line Theatre will be using the funding to market its 2019 season, which includes two-large scale productions this summer (“Bloom: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Fable” in July and “Carmel” in August), two post-show concerts at St. Thomas Anglican Church, the Farm Forum Round-Table Event Series, Festival Fridays at the Farm, the Play Reading & Music Series, and a Christmas production in December.
Freedom Mobile sponsors north pad at Envinrude Centre in Peterborough
The City of Peterborough has announced a naming rights sponsorship with wireless carrier Freedom Mobile for the north pad at the Evinrude Centre.
The pad will now be called “Freedom Mobile Pad” during the three-year agreement.
Freedom Mobile is a subsidiary of Shaw Communications Inc.
Peter Gzowski College Dining Hall at Trent University is a three-star green certified restaurant
The Peter Gzowski College Dining Hall on Trent University’s Symons Campus in Peterborough is now a three-star certified green restaurant.
The certification through the Green Restaurant Association (GRA) means the restaurant uses reusable dishes and energy-efficient appliances, has a comprehensive composting and recycling program, and uses no Styrofoam.
The dining hall received its one-star green certification in October 2018. The three-star certification process took around 10 months to complete, as GRA conducted several audits to ensure the dining hall was in compliance.
Trent University is the only university in Canada with a restaurant that has the three-star green certification. Trent also offers a one-star green certified restaurant at the Lady Eaton College Dining Hall.
Venture13 in Cobourg celebrates its one-year anniversary
Venture13 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre in Cobourg celebrated its one-year anniversary last Tuesday (May 21).
The celebration that included a review of the past year’s accomplishments and information about new projects to help drive the centre’s growth and development through 2019 and beyond. To date, Venture13 has helped to kick-start 18 new companies, 23 partnerships, and 60 new jobs, with an economic impact of $2.4 million in generated wages.
The VentureZone business incubator has supported 21 clients, and Venture13 has hosted 292 events.
Business Advisory Centre presents business planning workshop in Peterborough on May 28
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development’s Business Advisory Centre is presenting “Business Fundamentals: Business Planning” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28th in the lower-level boardroom at VentureNorth (270 George St. N., Peterborough).
The workshop is designed to give you a strong foundation in business planning and to explain the importance of a comprehensive business plan. The session will share tools available for creating a business plan and provide top tips for creating a plan ready to share with banks and funding agencies to secure financing.
To register for the free workshop, visit www.eventbrite.ca/e/business-fundamentals-business-planning-tickets-61309857434?.
Innovation Cluster holds annual general meeting in Peterborough on May 30
The Innovation Cluster Peterborough & the Kawarthas is holding its annual general meeting from 2;30 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 30th at The Cube at VentureNorth (270 George St. N, Peterborough).
This is an opportunity for the public to hear highlights from 2018 and meet some of the regions most promising startups.
The meeting is open to the public and there is no cost to attend, but registration is requested at www.eventbrite.com/e/the-innovation-cluster-annual-general-meeting-tickets-60143673346.
Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce holds annual general meeting in Carnarvon on June 4
The Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual general meeting from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4th at Rhubarb Restaurant (9201 Highway 118, Carnarvon).
The meeting will feature a look back at our 2018-19 accomplishments, Board of Director elections, and more.
The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members.
To register, visit events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egbij6eed032a751.
Port Hope Chamber presents Women in Business Breakfast Series in Port Hope on June 4
The Port Hope and District Chamber of Commerce presents the Women in Business Breakfast Series from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4th at the Jack Burger Sports Complex (60 Highland Dr., Port Hope).
A panel of professionals from the Port Hope Health Centre will discuss the importance of self-care and resources available locally.
The cost is $5 per person at the door.
Kawartha Lakes Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre presents Business Plan Builder Workshop Series in Lindsay from June 4 to 25
Kawartha Lakes Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre is presenting its Business Plan Builder Workshop Series every week from Tuesday, June 4th to Tuesday, June 24th at the Lindsay branch of the Kawartha Lakes Public Library (190 Kent St. W., Lindsay).
The four-part workshop series is designed to help new and existing small business owners gain an understanding of the key components of an effective business plan, as well as provide insights into what is needed to grow and succeed.
The June 4th workshop will cover business planning, the June 11th workshop will cover marketing and sales, the June 18th workshop will cover financial and operations, and the June 25th workshop will cover building a marketing and sales plans.
Each workshop, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m., will be facilitated by Sandy Greenberg, a serial entrepreneur, established business coach, and former business advisor at Centennial College Centre of Entrepreneurship. Wi-fi access will be available, but you need to bring your own laptop.
The cost of the series is $40, and you can register at www.eventbrite.ca/e/klsbec-business-plan-builder-workshop-series-tickets-62371603144
Peterborough Chamber PBX at Habitat For Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region in Peterborough on June 4
The Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce is holding its next Peterborough Business Exchange (PBX) from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4th at Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region (300 Milroy Dr., Peterborough).
The event takes place at Habitat’s new ReStore location, which also now houses Habitat’s administrative offices.
All are invited to attend the free networking event.
For more information, visit www.peterboroughchamber.ca.
Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce hosts Evening of Excellence Awards Celebration in Bobcaygeon on June 7
The Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Evening of Excellence Awards Celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 7th at Lakeview Arts Barn (2300 Pigeon Lake Rd., Bobcaygeon).
The evening will feature networking, a silent auction, a gourmet dinner, and award presentations. Gourmet catering will be provided by Lakeview Arts Barn with photography by Laura Elizabeth Photography.
The cost is $120 per person, or $800 for a table of eight. Tickets are available at lindsaydistrictchamberofcommerce.wildapricot.org/event-3300025.
Trent Hills Chamber presents sales workshop in Campbellford on June 10
Trent Hills Chamber of Commerce is presenting a sales workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday, June 10th at the Campbellford Community Resource Centre (65 Bridge St. E., Campbellford).
Led by David Cohen, the workshop will detail the sales process and how to approach each step from customer attraction and lead generation to closing the sale. Each participant will take away steps to access a more effective way to sell and work with a prospective client in a way that is easy to manage.
The workshop is $10 for Chamber members and $15 for non-members. Advance registration is required at business.trenthillschamber.ca/events/details/sales-workshop-with-david-cohen-3257
Peterborough Chamber hosts Chamber AM breakfast meeting in Peterborough on June 11
The next Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Chamber AM breakfast meeting takes place from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11th at VentureNorth (270 George St. N., Peterborough).
The guest speaker has yet to be announced.
Networking begins at 7 a.m., with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. (when you can make your best 30-second elevator speech to the room), followed by the speaker at 8 a.m.
There is no cost for the event (order what you like and pay for what you order).
Business Advisory Centre presents new venture session in Peterborough on June 11
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development’s Business Advisory Centre is presenting “New Venture Session” from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11th in the lower-level boardroom at VentureNorth (270 George St. N., Peterborough).
The session will cover the foundations of starting and running a business, resources and programs available to entrepreneurs in Peterborough & the Kawarthas, how to work with the Business Advisory Centre, building a plan of action for your business, and completing the start-up checklist.
To register for the free workshop, visit www.eventbrite.ca/e/business-fundamentals-business-planning-tickets-61309857434?.
Kawarthas Northumberland Tourism hosts annual partner meeting in Keene on June 18
Kawarthas Northumberland Tourism is hosting its annual partner meeting from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18th at Elmhirst’s Resort (1045 Settlers Line, Keene).
Open to active Kawarthas Northumberland Tourism partners whose tourism businesses reside within the region, the meeting provides the opportunity to meet board members, staff, ministry representatives and advisors, and to network with other tourism operators.
Dr. Nancy Arsenault, co-founder of the Tourism Cafe in British Columbia and an expert on experiential travel, will be the guest speaker.
The event is free, but registration is required at eventbrite.com/e/kawarthas-northumberland-annual-partner-meeting-2019-tickets-60306103178. Registration closes at 12 p.m. on Friday, June 14th.
Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre holds annual general meeting in Cobourg on June 18
Northumberland’s Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre is holding its annual general meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18th in the Rotary Room at Cobourg Public Library (200 Ontario St., Cobourg).
Among other business, Dr. Mavis Morton of the University of Guelph will be presenting a final report on prevention best practices that she can her fourth-year Violence and Society class have prepared for Cornerstone.
Refreshments are at 6 p.m. followed by the meeting at 6:30 p.m.
If you plan on attending, please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11th.
Artspace holds its annual general meeting in Peterborough on June 18
Artspace is holding its annual general meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18th in the main gallery at Artspace (378 Aylmer St. N., Peterborough).
The agenda will include a review of the previous year’s operations, including highlights from exhibitions and programming, as well as a presentation of the centre’s audited financial statements.
Artspace will also seek nominations for new members for its board of directors. While Artspace encourages all members of the public to attend, only members in good standing are eligible to participate in voting and run for a position on the board.
To become a member or renew your membership, visit artspace-arc.org/product/artspace-membership/ online please click here.
The meeting will be held in a physically accessible space.
Kawartha Chamber hosts a Stoney Lake boat cruise on June 20
The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce and Tourism’s next Business After Hours event features boat cruise on Stoney Lake from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 22nd at Stoney Lake Cruises (610 Mount Julian – Viamede Rd., Woodview).
Participants will board at 4:30 p.m. and the cruise will happen from 5 to 7 p.m. (rain or shine).
Appetizers will be provided by Burleigh Falls Inn (email email@example.com if you have any dietary restrictions).
Tickets are $20 for Chamber members and $30 for non-members. Register at business.kawarthachamber.ca/events/details/stoney-lake-boat-cruise-with-the-kawartha-chamber-10422.
United Way Peterborough holds annual general meeting in Peterborough on June 24
The United Way Peterborough is holding its annual general meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 24th at Showplace Performance Centre (290 George St. N., Peterborough).
The meeting will showcase the recipients of the 2019 Neighbourhood Fund, which provides small one-time grants to support informal groups of people who are working together to improve their neighbourhood or demographic community within the city and county of Peterborough.
To RSVP, call 705-742-8839 x21 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peterborough DBIA holds its 2019 annual general meeting in Peterborough on June 26
The Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) is holding its 2019 annual general meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26th in the Nexicom Studio at Showplace Performance Centre (290 George St. N., Peterborough).
Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting, although only DBIA members can vote.
For more business-related events in the Kawarthas, check out our Business Events column.