Keep It In The Kawarthas

kawarthaNOW.com's Keep It In The Kawarthas® is a choose local campaign that helps connect consumers with locally owned businesses in the greater Kawarthas area. kawarthaNOW.com is a locally owned independent media publisher. We choose and support locally owned businesses first.

For every holiday shopping passport you complete by shopping locally at 150 downtown Peterborough businesses this holiday season, you have a chance to win one of three early bird draws for a $500 Boro gift card during December and a $1,500 Boro gift card grand prize in January. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)

Holiday Shopping Passports and Holiday Window contest return to downtown Peterborough

Downtown Business Improvement Area also partnering with Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism to attract out-of-town shoppers.
Owned and operated by Alicia Doris, Living Local Marketplace is a bricks-and-mortar boutique in Peterborough and an online shop that shares the work of more than 150 makers from the Kawarthas and across Ontario. (Photo: Alicia Doris)

Award-winning Living Local Marketplace in Peterborough shines a light on local makers

Alicia Doris's bricks-and-mortar boutique and online shop share one-of-a-kind offerings from more than 150 Ontario-based small businesses.
kawarthaNOW's new choose local website section is dedicated to promoting locally owned businesses in the greater Kawarthas region. It's the first phase of Keep It In The Kawarthas® campaign. launching in the new year, to help connect consumers with local businesses in Peterborough County, the City of Kawartha Lakes, and Northumberland, Hastings, and Haliburton counties. (Photo: kawarthaNOW)

kawarthaNOW launches new website section for their Keep It In The Kawarthas® choose local campaign

Celebratory offer available now for the giving season, with full campaign to help and support local businesses launching in the new year,
The El (P)'s "Creamy 3-Cheese Chorizo BeerMac" and Capra Toro's "Baked Birra Fromagio" tied as the winners of the 2022 Peterborough Mac + Cheese Festival, held during the month of October and featuring 20 mac and cheese dishes at participating downtown restaurants. (Photos courtesy of Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area)

The El (P) and Capra Toro share the Peterborough Mac + Cheese Festival crown

Online votes give the two downtown restaurants the win for their classic mac and cheese dishes, with Champs and the Black Horse coming in second and third.
Couture Candy PTBO owner Lisa Couture (right) presents a $16,700 cheque to Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation staff Meghan Moloney (left) and Valerie Gagnon at Lansdowne Place Mall, representing the proceeds of Couture Candy PTBO's "Supporting Cancer is Sweet" fundraiser in support of cancer care at Peterborough Regional Health Centre. (Photo courtesy of PRHC Foundation)

Couture Candy PTBO raises $16,700 to support cancer care at Peterborough Regional Health Centre

Owner Lisa Couture launched her 'Supporting Cancer Care is Sweet' in June aiming to raise $10,000.
Rose Terry's business Nectar Co. creates custom keepsake jewellery using items people want to preserve and hold close to them, including breast milk, cremation ashes, and more. (Photo courtesy of Rose Terry)

Peterborough’s Rose Terry launches unique keepsake jewellery business

Nectar Co. creates hand-crafted custom pieces from items people want to preserve and hold close to them, including breast milk.
Located at 431 George Street North in downtown Peterborough, Tiny Greens offers a huge selection of plants, pots, arrangements, and accessories available in store and online with in-store pickup. (Photo courtesy of Tiny Greens)

How Community Futures Peterborough helped Tiny Greens grow its business

Owner Tina Bromley needed to improve her plant shop's online presence during the pandemic and then scale up her business to meet demand.
The Canadian Canoe Museum executive director Carolyn Hyslop and Silver Bean Cafe owner Dan Brandsma celebrate their new partnership by donning each other's t-shirts and raising a cup of coffee to their future together. The Silver Bean Café on the Lake will operate seven days a week at the new Canadian Canoe Museum at 2077 Ashburnham Drive on the shores of Little Lake when the new museum opens in summer 2023. (Photo courtesy of The Canadian Canoe Museum)

Silver Bean Café will operate the café at Peterborough’s new Canadian Canoe Museum

Opening in summer 2023, 'Silver Bean Café on the Lake' will serve breakfast, light lunches, treats, and drinks including alcohol.
Kieran Andrews and Scott Murison are celebrating 30 years since they founded Wild Rock Outfitters in downtown Peterborough. Looking to the future, the pair are gradually scaling back their ownership stake and involvement in the business, with general manager Tori Silvera and aerobic sports department manager Jeff Faulds becoming majority owners. (Screenshot of 30th anniversary video produced by Birchbark Media)

With 30 years in the rear view mirror, Peterborough’s Wild Rock Outfitters looks to the future

As store founders Scott Murison and Kieran Andrews scale back their involvement, Tori Silvera and Jeff Faulds will become majority owners,
Deb and Ken Fraser are retiring as owners and operators of The Main Ingredient bulk food store at 326 Charlotte Street in Peterborough. The store will continue on under new ownership. (Photo: The Main Ingredient / Facebook)

After 43 years, Ken and Deb Fraser retiring as owners of The Main Ingredient in Peterborough

Possibly Canada's oldest bulk food store, the Charlotte Street store will continue under new ownership.

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