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Shirley Turner is a real estate agent with EXIT Realty Liftlock Brookerage who, under her brand "Shirl's Your Girl," helps clients buy or sell homes in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Born and raised in Peterborough, she has a deep understanding of the city's neighbourhoods and beyond. (Photo courtesy of Shirley Turner)

Know Your Locals: Shirl’s your Girl when it comes to buying or selling your home

Born and raised in Peterborough, Shirley Turner of EXIT Realty Liftlock Brokerage has a deep understanding of the community.
Sam Sayer, owner of Sam's Place, has teamed up with long-time employee and manager Owen Walsh to launch a new restaurant and bar in downtown Peterborough. Set to open in early July 2024 at the former Food Forest location on Hunter Street, Love You, Mean It will combine casual and fine dining, serving seasonal share plates and specialty house cocktails. (Photo: Justin Ross)

New downtown eatery Love You, Mean It is a ‘love letter’ to Peterborough

Owned and operated by Sam Sayer and Owen Walsh, the Hunter Street restaurant and bar will serve a rotating seasonal menu of share plates and house cocktails.
One of the most popular sandwiches served at The Good Baker YPQ is the classic Reuben, made with corn beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and housemade Thousand Island dressing and served with fries. Brad Katz, who first opened The Good Baker at the YMCA building in downtown Peterborough, is hosting a grand opening celebration of his second location at the Peterborough Airport on June 15 and 16, 2024. With mini cupcakes and discounts available, diners can enter a ballot to win passes for local businesses and a free one-hour sightseeing flight. (Photo courtesy of The Good Baker YPQ)

Know Your Locals: The Good Baker YPQ celebrates its grand opening at the Peterborough Airport on Father’s Day weekend

Brad Katz's second location of his popular eatery, The Good Baker YPQ serves breakfast, lunch, and baked goods with gluten-free options.
Local non-profit organization Wildlife Rescue Nests will have a vendor booth at the Made By Me Market on June 22, 2024 outside the Silver Bean Café in Peterborough's Millennium Park. All proceeds from earrings, bags, stuffies, phone slings, and other crocheted items will be covering the shipping costs and materials associated with providing no-cost crocheted nests to animal rehabilitators across the world. (Photo courtesy of Cheryl Edwards)

Know Your Locals: Made by Me Markets this summer offer handcrafted goods from local artists and artisans

Organized by Peterborough maker Cheryl Edwards, first summer market takes place outside the Silver Bean Cafe on June 22 and 23.
Marci and Jonathan Swift and their sons Gavin, Dylan, Emmett, and Caleb run Swift Acres Apiary & Farm in North Kawartha Township along with Marci's mother. The Swift family is welcoming the public to their Apsley farm every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for their new farmstand featuring fresh eggs and honey, cut flowers, seasonal products, and handmade goods from local makers. (Photo: Katie Ellement Photography)

Swift Acres Apiary & Farm in Apsley is turning a family affair into a community one

Marci Swift and her family are hosting a farmstand full of sustainable natural products every Saturday morning.
Inspiration always strikes Erin Shannon-Hill while she's on the water on her paddleboard on Chemong Lake. After living day-by-day to navigate her MS diagnosis for the past 10 years, the Ennismore entrepreneur is now taking the future into her own hands with the launch of Kawartha Apparel, a quality clothing brand inspired by the place she has loved and appreciated since she was a teenager. (Photo: Linda Kassil / Kawartha Kaptures Photography)

Know Your Locals: New lake-inspired Kawartha Apparel shares love of the region

Ennismore resident Erin Shannon-Hill has launched the brand after finding Chemong Lake to be healing following her MS diagnosis,
The Second Saturday Neighbourhood Market series organized by The Neighbourhood Vintage is returning for a second year in 2024 to the Bankers Commons courtyard in downtown Peterborough. Held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month (June 8, July 13, August 10, and September 14), the markets will alternate between a vintage market and an artists and markers market. (Photo courtesy of The Neighbourhood Vintage)

Second Saturday Neighbourhood Market returns to downtown Peterborough

Monthly markets are hosted by The Neighbourhood Vintage in the Bankers Commons courtyard from June 8 to September 14
Founded by personal support worker Danielle Turpin, Peterborough-based Home Care Workers Co-operative takes a proactive and individualized approach to keeping clients in their homes by offering services in meal preparation, household management, transportation to and assistance with appointments, hygiene, and more. (Photo courtesy of Home Care Workers Co-operative)

Know Your Locals: Peterborough-based Home Care Workers Co-operative gives clients a choice in their own care

Founder Danielle Turpin is now leading communities across Ontario in removing the profit motive from home care services.
Originally built in 1834, the Milburn House at Lang Pioneer Village Museum is one of more than 30 historic buildings located in the picturesque living history museum in Keene. The museum is kicking off its summer season on Sunday, June 16 with the 27th Annual Father's Day Smoke & Steam Show, one of many special events taking place this year. (Photo: Elizabeth King)

Know Your Locals: Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Keene brings history to life

Peterborough County's 19th-century pioneer village is launching its summer season on June 16 with the 27th annual Father's Day Smoke and Steam Show.
Located at Fowlers Corners just outside Peterborough, CraftWorks at the Barn is a unique shopping destination in the Kawarthas where you can buy Canadian-made Mennonite furniture, home décor, giftware, apparel, antiques, gourmet food and baked goods, and more. On Thursdays during the summer, CraftWorks at the Barn is open late for the popular Cruise Night featuring classic car show, live music, and 50/50 draws. (Photo courtesy of CraftWorks at the Barn)

Know Your Locals: CraftWorks at the Barn in Fowlers Corners is a unique shopping destination

The Junkin family business offers Mennonite furniture, home décor, apparel, antiques, food, and much more.

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