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Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development is encouraging locals and visitors to explore the culinary diversity of Peterborough through a new pilot project called Brr-O-Licious. From March 1 to 17, 2024, 10 participating downtown restaurant are offering three-course prix fixe dine-in lunch and dinner menus featuring some of their most well-known and most unique menu items. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area)

Explore the tastes of Peterborough during Brrr-O-Licious with three-course prix fixe menus

Running March 1 to 17, the pilot program from Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development features the culinary diversity of the downtown core.
Nancy Wiskel (left), owner of Dan Joyce Clothing in downtown Peterborough, is partnering with other local businesses to host drop-in educational events at her store every month. Wild Rock Outfitters co-owner and general manager Tori Silvera (right) will discuss the benefits of sunshine and the great outdoors on mental well-being at the first drop-in event on February 22, 2024 called "Beat the Blues," which will also feature nutritionist Jodi-Lee Forestell and Flow Spa Float Centre and Sports Recovery founder RJ Kayser. (Photo courtesy of Dan Joyce Clothing)

Peterborough’s Dan Joyce Clothing partners with other local businesses to host in-store educational events

February 22 'Beat the Blues' will be the first drop-in event, focused on using nutrition, relaxation, and sunshine to support mental well-being.
Conner Clarkin, owner of Revelstoke Café, will be opening Bar 379 in mid March at the former location of The Twisted Wheel at 379 Water Street in downtown Peterborough. The new live music venue will host bands from a range of genres, with punk music and hip-hop being Clarkin's personal passion. (Photo: Paul Rellinger / kawarthaNOW)

New live music venue to open in mid March at former Twisted Wheel in downtown Peterborough

Revelstoke Café owner Conner Clarkin's Bar 379 will also bring craft beer and cocktails to the vacant Water Street space.
The Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) has announced the second annual Ptbo Hot Chocolate Fest will take place during the month of February, featuring 19 over-the-top hot chocolate creations from downtown Peterborough's most creative chocolatiers, pastry shops, bakeries, cafes and restaurants. Pictured are Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre manager and DBIA board member Madeline Hurrell, Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development tourism marketing and communications officer Cara Walsh, and Black Honey owner and executive chef Jenn Miles, with Black Honey's hot cocoa served up in an edible chocolate cup. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor / kawarthaNOW)

How sweet it is! Peterborough’s Hot Chocolate Fest back for a second year

DBIA-organized festival sees downtown businesses vying for title of Top Hot Chocolatier with 19 unique creations served through February.
Tony Grady demonstrating the folding crampon system that come with Olang boots in a TikTok video from Grady's Feet Essentials in Peterborough that has been viewed more than 4.7 million times. (kawarthaNOW screenshots of TikTok video)

Grady’s Feet Essentials in Peterborough goes viral on TikTok

Co-owner Tony Grady's 'flip my grips' video has over 4.7 million views.
Nòstimo By The Original Greek, a restaurant in Peterborough's Northcrest Plaza that serves up Greek-Mediterranean cuisine, opened its new dining room in November 2023. Offering dine-in eating has been a goal for co-owners George Anagnostou and Shannon LeClair since they launched the eatery in 2021. The new dining space seats 40 people in two separate areas, with the opportunity to host private events and dinners. The duo has launched a new menu to support the dining room and will be soon offering wine pairings. (Photo courtesy of Nòstimo By The Original Greek)

New dining room at Nòstimo By The Original Greek a hit with customers

With roots going back to Peterborough's first Greek restaurant, the award-winning eatery also has new menu items and will be doing monthly wine pairings.
Amanda Kennedy (left) with Deanna Guttman (right), owner of Needles in the Hay at 385 Water Street in downtown Peterborough, where Kennedy completed the grand prize winning passport in the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) annual Holiday Shopping Passport program. Kennedy won $1,500 in Boro gift cards, redeemable at participating downtown businesses. (Photo: Peterborough DBIA)

Amanda Kennedy is $1,500 richer for shopping in downtown Peterborough over the holiday season

Kennedy is the grand prize winner of the Peterborough DBIA's annual Holiday Shopping Passport program.
Nancy Wiskel, owner of Dan Joyce Clothing in Peterborough, has kicked off 2024 by launching Styleyes Image Consulting, a personalized styling service to help women feel as good as they look. The business offers personal services which include a body and colour analysis and wardrobe audit, corporate services which create a professional and cohesive team image, and individualized workshops and presentations about reflecting oneself through appearance. (Photo: Heather Doughty Photography)

Nancy Wiskel’s new Styleyes Image Consulting business helps women look and feel good

Owner of Dan Joyce Clothing in Peterborough offers personal services for every day, corporate services for teams, and can be booked for presentations and workshops.
Jody Cunningham (right) celebrates her win of a $500 Boro gift card at Gertis with Amanda Bedford of the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA). Cunningham was the third and final early bird winner in the DBIA's Holiday Shopping Passport program, which conclused on January 10, 2024 with a $1,500 grand prize draw. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)

Jody Cunningham receives a $500 reward for choosing local in downtown Peterborough

This year's Holiday Shopping Passport program concludes with a $1,500 grand prize draw on January 10.
The Art School of Peterborough's winning window display in the 2023 holiday window contest sponsored by the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA). As first-place winner, the school receives $1,000. (Photo: Peterborough DBIA)

Art School of Peterborough wins downtown holiday window contest for second year in a row

Lavender Moon and Hi Ho Silver take second and third place, with winners receiving $1,000, $500, and $300.

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