Authors Articles by Hannah Abrahamse

Articles by Hannah Abrahamse

Hannah Abrahamse
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Hannah Abrahamse has completed an undergraduate degree in English and Cultural Studies at Trent University and is currently a Masters of Journalism student at Ryerson University. She is passionate about cinema, literature, and music both in and outside of work and intends to pursue a career in art and culture journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AbrahamseHannah. (Photo by Derek Ursacki)
Imad Mahfouz (second from right) came to Canada in 2015 with his family (son Abdullah, wife Nerveen, and daughter Zeina) to escape the war in Syria and settled in Peterborough. The family of four obtained their Canadian citizenship in 2020. Imad, who loves cooking, was a restaurateur in Syria and plans to open a restaurant in his new home community of Peterborough. (Photo courtesy of the Mahfouz family)

Newcomer Imad Mahfouz brings a taste of Syria to Canada with his yalanji recipe

Passionate about cooking, former Syrian restaurateur has plans to open his own restaurant in Peterborough.
Lois MacEachen, who established The Chocolate Rabbit in Lakefield 16 years ago, is retiring this summer. The local Webster family will be assuming ownership of the popular chocolate shop in August. (Photo: Village Marketing)

Lakefield’s The Chocolate Rabbit under new ownership this August

Webster family will take over reins as Lois MacEachen retires after 16 years as owner and master chocolatier of iconic chocolate shop.
Carolyn Collins spends four hours every week day on the corner of Cherryhill and Brealey in Peterborough spreading smiles as the Walk About Clown. (Photo: Beareh)

Peterborough woman spreads joy daily as the ‘Walk About Clown’

Carolyn Collins dresses as a clown and spends four hours a day on the corner of Cherryhill and Brealey waving at passersby.
After having to shut down because of the pandemic, Play Cafe owner Sarah Susnar (right) partnered with Sonja Martin (left) in fall 2020 to rebrand and expand Play Cafe as Lavender and Play, a family boutique and studio that doesn't rely on groups of children for its revenue. The Ontario government has denied Lavender and Play's application for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant because it considers it to be a different business than Play Cafe for the grant's revenue eligibility criteria. (Photo: Lavendar and Play)

Peterborough business owner says she was denied Ontario small business grant due to pandemic...

Sarah Susnar says her Lavender and Play family boutique and studio 'falls through the cracks of criteria' for the grant.
In 2019, Tuncay Alkan (right) and his family moved from Turkey to Peterborough, his wife Laura's home town. Tuncay loves to cook and plans to open his own café in Peterborough one day. He and his family also enjoy exploring trails and nature and have a goal to explore one new location every week. (Photo courtesy of the Alkan family)

Newcomer Tuncay Alkan exemplifies Turkish hospitality by sharing his hummus recipe

Making and sharing food from his native culture has helped the Peterborough resident adjust to life in his new home country.
Jessie Iriwanto (right), originally from Indonesia, with her husband Dmitry, originally from Russia, who she met at Trent University when they were both international students. The couple, who married in 2014, turned to cooking as a hobby during the pandemic, with the goal of cooking a new dish from a different country once a month. Jessie is sharing her recipe for beef rendang, a signature dish from Indonesia, which she has adapted to accommodate ingredients commonly found in Canada. (Photo: Linda Cardona)

Jessie Iriwanto shares a taste of Indonesian culture with her new home country of...

The Peterborough resident has adapted her recipe for beef rendang, a Indonesian signature dish, to include ingredients commonly found in Canada.
Dane Bland, who is seeking the provincial Liberal nomination for Peterborough-Kawartha, is holding a livestreamed virtual town hall on May 16th at 7 p.m. open to all community members and engaged voters around the province. Bland has also invited subject-matter experts from the community to ask him questions about issues directly impacting the community. (Photo courtesy of Dane Bland)

Dane Bland to hold virtual town hall on May 16th as he seeks provincial...

Bland will answer questions from experts and the community at livestreamed event hosted by local actor and teacher Linda Kash.
Peterborough author and online bookstore owner Michelle Berry's pandemic puppy Maybe has been putting his posing skills to good use by mimicking famous paintings, such as "The Venus of Urbino" by Venetian artist Titian. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Berry)

Peterborough pandemic puppy recreates famous art on her Instagram account

Local writer and Hunter Street Books owner Michelle Berry has been sharing pictures of her puppy Maybe looking like famous art.
Tiny Bromley's Tiny Green Plant Shop in downtown Peterborough offers a huge selection of plants, pots, arrangements, and accessories. Prior to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Tiny Greens was also a food and micro-greenery business, but has since closed those offerings to expand their retail space. Under the current government restrictions, Tiny Greens is classified as an indoor greenhouse that engages in retail sales and is open for in-person shopping (maximum of five customers at a time) and also offers curbside pickup. (Photo courtesy of Tiny Greens)

A leaf of faith: Tiny Greens plant shop in downtown Peterborough makes tough decisions...

Owner Tina Bromley allows her George Street business to bloom while saying a bittersweet goodbye to part of her previous business model.

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