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Brad Katz has opened The Good Baker just inside the YMCA's Balsillie Family Branch at 123 Aylmer Street South in Peterborough. Offering on-the-go breakfast and lunch options, The Good Baker is fast becoming known for its delicious gluten-free baked goods. Although frequented by YMCA members, The Good Baker is open to the entire community and easily accessible just inside the YMCA building, with free parking available. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor / kawarthaNOW)

Peterborough’s The Good Baker is changing the stigma around gluten-free food

Located just inside the downtown YMCA building, owner Brad Katz welcomes the entire community to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and delicious baked goods.
The Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) announced the return of the award-winning annual Mac + Cheese Festival at an event at VentureNorth in downtown Peterborough on September 27, 2023. For the month of October, 20 downtown eateries will offer 21 different mac and cheese dishes in the culinary competition where one restaurant will be crowned the Mac + Cheese champion. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor / kawarthaNOW)

Award-winning annual Mac + Cheese Festival returns to downtown Peterborough for October

Downtown eateries are offering 21 classic, adventurous, and handheld mac and cheese dishes in the Peterborough DBIA's third annual 'cheesy' competition.
Owned and operated by 26-year-old Lucus Esson in Haliburton, Nectr Kombucha currently comes in eight main flavours, including ginger and turmeric, raspberry lemonade, and cherry hibiscus. Soon the company will be launching a new lavender mojito flavour, made with a butterfly pea flour tea, mint, and lime juice. (Photo courtesy of Nectr)

Young Haliburton entrepreneur behind Nectr Kombucha is sharing his organic health remedies

When 26-year-old Lucus Esson first started selling the homemade kombucha he was brewing to fight his own gut problems, he wasn't looking at it as a business.
Kelli and Tony Grady (pictured with "shop dog" Luna) have owned Grady's Feet Essentials since 1997, with the destination footwear store well known for its wide selection of Blundstone and Birkenstock products and its customer-service focus. Now located at King and Aylmer streets in downtown Peterborough, Grady's carries more than 30 high-quality brands in addition to Blundstone and Birkenstock, including Keen, Teva, Redback, Clarks, Finn Comfort, New Balance, and Brooks. (Photo courtesy of Grady's Feet Essentials)

Grady’s Feet Essentials in Peterborough has always been one step ahead of the game

Known for their huge selection of Birkenstock and Blundstone, you can find the popular footwear store at its new downtown location at 231 King Street.
Certified hypnotist Rebecca O'Rourke in front of the entrance to 351 Charlotte Street in downtown Peterborough where her Kawartha Hypnosis clinic is located. She is hosting a free five-year anniversary and grand re-opening event on September 14, 2023. The afternoon event will include a free BBQ lunch, a tour of the renovated clinic, and an educational talk on using hypnosis for healing. (Photo courtesy of Rebecca O'Rourke)

Kawartha Hypnosis celebrating five-year anniversary and grand re-opening in downtown Peterborough

September 14 celebrations will include a free BBQ lunch, the chance to see the updated clinic, and a free workshop.
Lang Pioneer Village Museum was voted the top small museum/art gallery/historic site in the 2023 Ontario's Choice Awards. (Photo: Lang Pioneer Village Museum)

Three Kawarthas attractions winners in Ontario’s Choice Awards

Peterborough's Riverview Park & Zoo, Campbellford's Westben, and Keene's Lang Pioneer Village Museum among eight winners chosen in online voting over summer.
Sam Sayer (left), owner of downtown Peterborough's Sam's Place Deli, has soft launched a new wienery located directly behind the deli at 188 Hunter Street, serving up beef, pork, vegetarian hot dogs that can be purchased plain or loaded in classic and one-of-a-kind styles. (Photo: Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area)

Hot dog! Peterborough’s Sam’s Place Deli has launched a new ‘wienery’

Now in its soft launch, the downtown wienery offers loaded beef, pork, and vegetarian hot dogs and more.
Tyrone Flowers first moved to Peterborough with his spouse Lauren Mortlock five years ago with the goal of opening their own restaurant. In May, after two decades working in every from dishwasher to bartender and chef, Flowers opened The Vine, offering a menu focused on seafood and plant-based options to pair with a weekend brunch. The Vine is more than a restaurant, with bread loaves available wholesale on weekends and special events like drag shows and movie nights coming soon. (Photo courtesy of The Vine)

Downtown Peterborough’s new pescatarian, vegetarian, and vegan restaurant The Vine is serving up something for everyone

Tyrone Flowers and Lauren Mortlock's restaurant now has its liquor licence, has launched a new menu, and has some special events coming for fall.
Jordan Lyall is an award-winning wedding and family photographer based out of Peterborough. While she's been doing wedding and family photography for 20 years, she only recently discovered the documentary-style photography that now drives her passion and defines her brand. Lyall captures real-life moments without directing, posing or altering them. This captured moment won Lyall a This is Reportage: Family award. (Photo: Jordan Lyall Photography)

Peterborough’s Jordan Lyall captures real life through her photography

The award-winning photographer is on a mission to change how people think about family photos.
Brothers Andrew and Sean Fitzpatrick will be celebrating the one-year anniversary of their online independent bookstore Take Cover Books with the grand opening of a brick-and-mortar location in Peterborough's East City that will also offer a reading club, book readings and signings, and a community space for other events. The brothers are hosting a grand opening of the bookstore at 59 Hunter Street East on September 9, 2023. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW)

Online bookstore Take Cover Books ready for its next chapter with new bricks-and-mortar location in Peterborough’s East City

Brothers Andrew and Sean Fitzpatrick will be celebrating the one-year anniversary of their independent business with a grand opening on September 9.

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