Online clothing boutique launches by mother-daughter team

A new Downeyville-based online clothing boutique is combining family and fashion. Bonita Clothing & Co. launched in March. Emma Scully and her mother Lori Scully  are the team behind Bonita Clothing & Co. The business is “powered by women,” says Emma, given that besides her and her mother, the models used in their social media…

Trease: First legal cannabis dispensary opens in Bobcaygeon

Trease, the first legal cannabis dispensary in Bobcaygeon, has opened. Priding itself on community and collaboration they have already made strong connections with other local businesses, according to a media release. Abe Navarro, CEO of Trease, followed through on his life long aspirations to open a dispensary should cannabis ever become legal. The Trease store…

New online course helps businesses build a brand

Seventy-five per cent of businesses fail, says local author and business consultant Dennis Geelen. Rather than being a brand that customers resonate with and a company that people are passionate to work for, at best many businesses just blend in. Customers and employees are then indifferent, he says in a media release. In his Amazon…

Workforce Development Board expands help desk services

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) is leading and collaborating with six local workforce planning boards to expand LMI Help Desk services in Eastern Ontario through an Ontario Labour Market Partnership project funded by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. WDB currently offers a LMI Help Desk service that provides their local region of…

Worker impact survey helps identify labour market challenges

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) has launched a Worker Impact Survey in Peterborough, Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes, and Haliburton and has joined with five other local workforce planning boards in Eastern Ontario who are conducting the survey in their respective regions. The survey, open from March 15 to April 30, allows individuals to share information about…

Local acupuncturist sets up new clinic one year after COVID closed her down

Lori Mitchell’s acupuncture clinic in the Queen’s Square plaza on Russell Street West in Lindsay was one of the first local business casualties from the March 2020 lockdown. But one year later Mitchell is back in a new location as On The Go Acu. Since then, Mitchell has been offering mobile treatments to clients, but…

Local man launches affordable digital marketing business 

Starting Point Digital Marketing has launched in Kawartha Lakes, gearing its offerings to small business owners looking for affordable, basic marketing services. Matt Geraghty, who also runs the more personalized, premium marketing service Matty G Digital, says the business was born out of a need to have services available for all budgets. “It’s for those…

PRI Engineering Fully Certifies Geotechnical Services Laboratory in the Kawartha Lakes

PRI Engineering recently announced the full certification of its advanced laboratory for materials and performance testing and can now fully serve companies in the Kawartha Lakes area. PRI specializes in providing geotechnical services for construction, civil engineering and solar projects across North America. The laboratory successfully completed the certification process set by Canadian Council of…

Applications open for Summer Company entrepreneurial program

The Kawartha Lakes Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre (KLSBEC) is pleased to offer the Summer Company program to local students for its fifteenth year in a row. Summer Company is a program funded by the Government of Ontario to foster and develop the entrepreneurial spirit in students between the ages of 15 to 29. The…

Kawartha Lakes launches Diggin’ Downtown Lindsay business support campaign

As the reconstruction continues in Lindsay’s Downtown, Kawartha Lakes launches “Diggin’ Downtown Lindsay”, a campaign to help give local businesses a boost. While construction and COVID-19 present short-term challenges, businesses continue to serve the community while abiding by all health and safety protocols. “This has been an incredibly tough year for our business owners and…

Lindsay A&W sets a goal of sharing 1,200 meals through Mealshare partnership

Mealshare, a national social enterprise on a mission to help end youth hunger, is thrilled to announce its new ongoing national partnership with A&W Canada. For every ‘Mealshare Item’ purchased at A&W, Mealshare and A&W Canada will share one simple, healthy meal with a youth in need. All of A&W’s locations are participating – 1,000…

Local partnership offers free learning opportunity to Kawartha Lakes businesses

Greg Evans Professional Corporation and the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation (KLCFDC) have partnered to offer business owners in Kawartha Lakes a free virtual learning opportunity on February 16. The collaborative webinar, titled “5 Steps for Growth Through COVID-19”, aims to help business owners shift gears, refocus on growth and build towards financial success.…

Kawartha Care offers more services, hours in 2021

Kawartha Care wellness centre is making it easier for clients to obtain help amidst the pandemic, improving their services and offerings for 2021. Dr. Manju Asdhir, chiropractor and clinic owner, said Kawartha Care is “really focusing on having services accessible to anyone and anywhere.” “This means more tele-health appointments available in the comfort and safety…

Rude Awakening Granola launches online cooking show

Rude Awakening Granola has launched a new cooking and baking show. Rude Awakening Granola is a local food producer and family run business in the Kawartha Lakes providing nutritious, small-batch and homemade food products. Their products can be found at the Bobcaygeon Farmers Market, Fenelon Falls Farmers Market, Minden Farmers Market and Peterborough Indoor Farmers Market.…

Advanced Manufacturing Relief Program expands to Kawartha Lakes

The Advanced Manufacturing Relief Program is pleased to announce the addition of Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation (KLCFDC) to the list of partners supporting and funding this initiative. The program provides direct services and consultations to the manufacturing community. Participating manufacturers receive up to five dedicated hours of personalized training led by experts in each…

Loyal patrons keep loved village bakery going

Frank and Mirella DeLuca left the suburban hustle of Ajax back in 1989 for the calm of Kawartha Lakes, settling in Kirkfield. Since they already had family living here, Mirella says “We were familiar with the area and fell in love with its beauty.” While Frank worked in lumber retail, Mirella gardened at The Old Tin…

Local company launches advanced laboratory

PRI Engineering, a local company specialized in providing geotechnical services for construction, civil engineering and solar projects, recently announced the launch of an advanced laboratory for materials and performance testing.  The laboratory is currently undergoing the rigorous certification process set by the Canadian Council of Independent Laboratories (CCIL) and when complete it will perform in-house…

Russell Alexander announces $2,500 law scholarship winner from Lindsay

Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers announced university student Mary Hallett — who is also from Lindsay — as the winner of its $2,500 law scholarship. The scholarship is offered annually to offset the costs of studying the field of law in Canada. This year, the grant included a technology stipend to help with remote learning during the coronavirus…

New digital training support for local business owners: KLCFDC

A new training program is being launched to assist traditional brick-and-mortar, home-based business owners and not-for-profit agencies in extending their businesses online as an additional revenue stream. The program is made possible with the support of Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation (KLCFDC) through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF), a project funded by…

Chamber of Commerce offers initiative to help local businesses and students grow

The Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce (LDCC) and Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce are among the local chambers and boards of trade across Canada that will partner with Magnet and the Talent Opportunity Program (TOP) to connect chamber members to the Magnet platform, a digital social enterprise at Ryerson University. Through Magnet, businesses can connect…

Government of Canada provides additional relief funding to Kawartha Lakes CFDC

The Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) recently announced additional relief support for businesses in Kawartha Lakes through the Government of Canada’s Regional Relief and Recovery Fund. This additional funding has been made available through a $560,000 investment by the Government of Canada, through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund. This funding is a top-up…

Free health and safety webinars being offered by WSIB

John Carr, health and safety excellence consultant with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) will be presenting two free webinars highlighting COVID safety plans, WSIB’s premium rate setting framework, WSIB online services and the benefits of joining the Health and Safety Excellence program. Webinars will be held on Nov. 17 and Dec. 11 from…

Financial support available for small businesses affected by COVID-19

Are you a small business owner whose business was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? You can apply to the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund through Kawartha Lakes Community Development Corporation for a loan of up to $40,000 for fixed operating expenses. No interest will be charged on the loan until Dec. 31, 2022, and no…

New criminal defence lawyer in Lindsay

Michael Kohl is happy to be establishing his law practice in Lindsay at his office at the southwest corner of Kent and William Streets, inside the Income Tax Plus building. A litigation and criminal defence lawyer in Toronto and partner at Horton Kohl LLP, Kohl has moved to Kawartha Lakes to be closer to family. He…

Kawartha Lakes TravelPlus expands travel boutique

Kawartha Lakes TravelPlus is taking an adventure of their own, developing a creative solution to the challenges COVID-19 has caused their business. Recently, they redesigned their location to accommodate what they are calling a “travel n’ style” boutique. They hope that this adaptation will help support their operations as they cancel and rebook trips on…

In demand careers and the local labour market

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) is hosting two information sessions about in-demand careers and the local labour market. Sessions will take place online on Oct. 29th and Nov. 12 between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Labour market information analyst, Sean Dooley, will present the latest local labour market data, including the top 10 jobs and…

Million Dollar Makeover intake re-opens for 2020

The City of Kawartha Lakes recently announced another round of Million Dollar Makeover, a funding program designed to encourage and support economic development across the Kawartha Lakes. Applications for this new round of funding are due Dec. 1, 2020. The program supports property and business owners improvements to the visual and functional aspects of their…

Local man’s business book challenges business owners to think differently

The Zero In Formula, local author Dennis Geelen’s latest book, challenges business owners and leaders to think differently about their companies, especially as during a global pandemic. Even before its release in paperback recently, it had already reached #1 Best Seller status on Amazon in two categories (business management and business leadership) for the first…

Fenelon Falls Small Business Week Virtual Event

The Fenelon Falls and District Chamber of Commerce is hosting a 2020 Small Business Week Virtual Event on Oct. 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The format will be a Q & A with panelists from Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) and the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. COVID-19 and workplace…

New business to Lindsay offers virtual learning opportunities for all ages

In a time where social distancing makes many extra curricular activities challenging, a new virtual studio has opened in Lindsay. Media Studio 15, owned and operated by Lindsay entrepreneur Aaron Young, is a creative way for social distance learning. The studio is now open and offering virtual learning opportunities for people of all ages. Instructors…

New multi-vendor market opens in Fenelon Falls

Treasures by the Locks is a new multi-vendor market in Fenelon Falls. The store sells a variety of antiques, vintage items, and handmade items with new merchandise arriving frequently. The store officially opened its doors to the public on Oct. 5, and is located at 7 May St in Fenelon Falls. Store hours are 10…

RJW Digital Imaging restores photographic memories

After his mother passed away, Robert Waskul, owner of RJW Digital Imaging, rediscovered the sentimental value that came with going through boxes and boxes of old photographs. It was when he was going through these old photographs that he realized “images are the only connection to your past and you must keep these memories from…

Ruralwave joins Rogers Communications

On Oct. 2 Ruralwave and Rogers Communications announced that Ruralwave, an independently owned and locally operated company based out of Little Britain Ontario has become a subsidiary of Rogers. “Rural communities are vital to everything we do at Ruralwave,” said Dan Risebrough Barnes, founder of Ruralwave. “I started this company in 2005 in Brock Township…

CMS Web Solutions founders have a passion for tech — and trees

Richard and Sandi Gauder have a few passions in life and two of the big ones are technology and the environment. The Gauders own and operate CMS Web Solutions, specializing in custom-built WordPress websites for organizations — including taking care of the accessibility requirements now required by the Accessibility for Ontario Disabilities Act (AODA). They…

Scugog Point fibre internet project completed

Ruralwave, a well-known rural broadband company in Kawartha Lakes, announced the completion of their “Fibre To The Home (FTTH)” project for more than 100 households and businesses in Scugog Point. “Everyone who wants high speed Internet in Scugog Point can now get it,’” said Ruralwave’s founder and operations manager, Dan Risebrough Barnes. Ruralwave broke ground…

Coboconk-Norland Chamber begins fundraising for new wellness centre

The Coboconk, Norland and Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to begin fundraising for the new wellness centre to be located in Coboconk. For its first fundraiser the chamber is introducing “Camping for a Cause: Go Wild for the Wellness Centre.” This brings out campers in the community to raise awareness for the new building,…

Canada United: Here’s another way to support small businesses

Canada United is offering small business relief grants of up to $5,000 to help small Canadian businesses with recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19. The grant funds will grow over the next several weeks as every video watched and social post liked from Canada United will result in a 5¢ contribution from RBC and…

Imperial Stylish Fit alters tailoring business to make face masks

What do you do if your alteration and tailoring business has been forced to close during the pandemic? If you’re Nasir and Shafiqua Ahmad of Imperial Stylish Fit, you get creative and sew face masks, and then do contactless sales from your shop. The Ahmads offer face masks in three styles and in 35 patterns.…

Economic Recovery Task Force adds new member

The Economic Recovery Task Force touched on a variety of topics in its second meeting and outlined new strategies and plans to help spur business growth in Kawartha Lakes. The meeting began with the appointment of its fourth community member: Tom Phillips, Chief COVID-19 Recovery Officer at Fleming College. Discussion then turned to options to…

PRI Engineering launches office in Lindsay

Geotechnical Engineering Consultants, PRI Engineering (PRI), has announced the opening of its new office in downtown Lindsay. Officially established in 2018, in Mississauga, the company will use the office in Lindsay to expand its services into South Eastern Ontario to support multiple industries including construction, infrastructure and renewable energy. The company’s launch in Lindsay marks…

Local community leader offers leadership course by Zoom

Local community leader Mike Perry is offering an internet-based course on how to lead more effectively in the face of unique challenges. A lawyer and social worker by profession, Mike Perry is executive director of the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team. Perry is a sought-after advisor on leadership and governance having done work…

Kawartha Summer Ale sales will help out Kawartha Conservation

Kawartha Conservation and Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. are kicking off the May long weekend with the launch of the Kawartha Summer Ale, the unofficial beer of summer 2020 in the Kawarthas. Proceeds from every can and bottle sold (while supplies last) will be donated to Kawartha Conservation to support projects and initiatives that directly impact…

Local software company’s online ordering tool could help local businesses

With the shutdown happening so fast, local businesses were forced to rethink how they do business. Now with the recent announcement that retail stores in Ontario will be allowed to reopen for curbside pick-up, things have changed again. Increasingly, local businesses will be forced to adapt policies for curb-side pick-up, in-store pick-up and local home…

A and A Detailing for the hygeine-conscious customer

Amanda and Aaron founded A and A Detailing in April 2015. They credit most of their success to delivering a quality service that is personal to their clients. “A lot of our inquires are over the phone. We always arrange a consultation with our client so we can meet them in person and inspect their…

Ruralwave and Kawartha Cable Internet merge

Ruralwave, a recognized leader in rural broadband, according to a press release, today announced the merger of Ruralwave and Kawartha Cable Internet to better showcase their combined fibre-powered services including fibre, wireless, and cable TV under one name: Ruralwave. “This rebranding was not just cosmetic. We are releasing new fibre powered products and it was…

Kawartha Care offering virtual care for free until April 15

Kawartha Care in Lindsay is offering virtual care and has been okayed by many insurance companies to go ahead and treat patients through confidential video chatting — right in the comfort of their own home. “Our clinic is taking it a step further,” says Dr. Manju Asdhir, saying Kawartha Care will offer “complimentary virtual visits for our current…

Kawartha Dairy gives $10,000 to Bobcaygeon and Area relief fund

Kawartha Dairy is making a $10,000 donation to the Bobcaygeon and Area COVID-19 Relief Fundto support the urgent needs of the area patients, families and health care workers affected by the coronavirus. “This is a very tragic time at Pinecrest Nursing Home and for our community of Bobcaygeon.  It is very sad and our hearts go…

Karen Richardson studio’s open house March 28-29

When professional landscape artist Karen Richardson relocated to Lindsay from Port Perry six years ago, she came with a 15-year tradition of opening her studio to the public every spring, as part of the renowned Lake Scugog Spring Studio Tour. Now comfortably settled into the Kawartha Lakes community, and with a freshly refurbished art studio,…

Floortrends: Arscott family a part of community for generations

As a child and later as a teen, Jessica Arscott remembers working on weekends cleaning the showrooms and bathrooms at her family’s business. That business is Floortrends, found at 309 Colborne St. E., Lindsay, near the water tower. For more than 20 years it’s been a flooring store, beginning as Kawartha Karpet & Tile and…

Women and wealth: Seminar at Olympia Restaurant

Join Mabee and Associates for their seminar “Women and Wealth: Why the Right Financial Advice Matters,” on Jan. 28 upstairs at the Olympia Restaurant. You and a guest are cordially invited to an in-depth, engaging seminar that will explore the unique financial concerns and opportunities facing women today, hosted by Mabee and Associates – IG…

Ruby’s Hairstyling celebrating 32 years

Ruby Keeping is celebrating 32 years in business in 2020. She has owned her own salon since 1990, formerly on the main street of Omemee. Her business is now run out of her home at 87 St Patrick Street in Lindsay. Keeping’s hours are 9-5 Monday to Wednesday, 9-8 Friday, 9-1 Saturday and closed Thursday…

Kawartha Store named winner of revitalization award: Fenelon Chamber

The Kawartha Store was recently named the winner of the Fenelon Falls Downtown Revitalization Award by the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce at their recent Annual General Meeting. The award was for the most improved facade and building in the downtown.  This award came with a cheque for for $1000. Trish Dougherty, owner said “I…

Tranquil Healing offers reiki for comfort, care, and peace

Beth Tait is a certified reiki master, teacher, practitioner and owner of Tranquil Healing. Reiki is a simple, natural laying on of hands, known as a “hands on energy healing” technique that is said to help move people toward a balance, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. According to Tait, reiki treatments are a way of…

Jardine Funeral Home launches shop-at-home features on new website

Jardine Funeral Home, Cremation & Tribute Centre has just launched a brand-new enhanced website design featuring an online “shop at home” feature for both cremation and burial services. The new website provides the Kawartha Lakes community with a new and interesting way to learn about and select the funeral services of their choice, according to…

RJT Solutions can handle your custom office needs

When it comes to the efficient use of office space, RJT Solutions has you covered. Offices and work spaces come in all shapes and sizes – but sometimes it’s not easy to find the right sized desk to fit the space you have. That’s where Jeff Tompkins of RJT Solutions comes in. He likes to…

KLSBEC upcoming business seminars

Marketing Strategies and Social Media Workshop Presented by:  Sandy Greenberg, Serial Entrepreneur and Established Business Coach Businesses only thrive by understanding their customers and using marketing strategies to meet their needs. Today’s consumers are overwhelmed by promotional ‘noise’ (in both on and off-line environments), so it’s essential that your message is the one that ‘cuts…

Zero In to hold customer experience workshop Nov 28

There are many great resources in Kawartha Lakes to help local businesses with their finances, strategic planning, recruitment, marketing, and operations. But so many local businesses find themselves in a very competitive market and even the best business plans, operations, or advertising does not result in the growth or customer retention that they need. With…

Fenelon Chamber: Learn how to attract and keep employees

Small Business Week celebrates the contribution of small businesses to the local economy. To celebrate, the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce is offering a fun and informative evening to both network with local businesses and learn more about an important and relevant topic which effects all business owners.  We will dive into the topic of:…

Treasures on 35 celebrates one year next month

Entrepreneur Jackie Waldner is owner of Treasures on 35, and is proud to be celebrating her one year anniversary next month, in November. Located at 3921 Hwy. 35 in Cameron, Treasurers on 35 is a unique blend of many businesses in one which provides an opportunity for to browse and reminisce among antiques, collectibles, decorative items…

Idea generation in action: workshop

All businesses are faced with the same challenges. How do we scale? How do we attract more customers? How do we better market ourselves? How do we separate ourselves from our competitors? This workshop will teach you how to come up with creative and innovative ways of solving these problems. Human-centered design is a practical,…

Fenelon Falls Brewing releases two new beers

Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. announced the release of two new beers: East Coast IPA and Kawartha Sparkling Ale. The inaugural release will be at the Beer Garden at the Fenelon Fair, July 19 to 21. These are two new additions to their established flagships, Fenelon’s Vienna Lager and Red Ale, currently found in select licensees,…

Rx Cosmetics has new home: Grand opening on July 19

Join Rx Cosmetics on Friday, July 19 from 4-8 pm for their grand opening and second year anniversary celebration. Appointments are now available at the new location. There will be special pricing on this day only, along with prizes and giveaways. RxCosmetics is a professional medical spa located in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes.…

Fenelon Falls Brewing, Ag Society, launch beer garden at Fenelon Fair

Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. has formed a strategic partnership with the Fenelon Agricultural Society to launch an inaugural Beer Garden at the Fenelon Fair on July 19-21. The beer garden is designed as an extension of the Fenelon Fair to provide a licensed area for visitors to enjoy Fenelon’s local premium craft beer. Visitors will…

Ctrl V to make Wednesdays a charity event for Sick Kids

Ctrl V is a huge supporter of an organization called Extra Life. It’s a collection of gamers who, through various outlets, raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network of hospitals. All locations participate in a 24 marathon event every November. Now, Ctrl V has decided to make every Wednesday a charity event. “We will donate…

Hamilton Creek’s ‘Sips & Sweets’ event June 13

Don’t miss Hamilton Creek’s ‘Sips & Sweets’ event on June 13. Billed as “a VIP evening of fashion, dessert, and live music” the doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the fashion show beginning at 7 pm. Plus, enjoy a private shopping experience featuring in-store promotions and lots of special give-aways. Tickets are just $20…

Silver Lights aims for seniors to live life to the fullest

Tammy Adams has always been in the helping professions. She had long helped children and adults with special needs, supporting and advocating for them. Then she noticed there was a shortage of that same assistance for seniors in Kawartha Lakes. “I wanted to help them maintain their independence and live their lives to the fullest,…

KLCFDC funding opportunity still open

There is still over a week for local businesses and community organizations in Kawartha Lakes to submit applications to the Kawartha Lakes CFDC for their innovation projects that may be seeking financial assistance through the Government of Canada’s new Community Economic Development and Diversification funding stream. “Innovation remains the backbone of our economic and social…

Business plan builder workshop series

Having a Business Plan is an important management tool, for start-ups, that can be referred to regularly to ensure the business is on course with meeting goals, sales targets or operational milestones. These 3.5 hour workshops make up a 4 part workshop series designed to help new and existing small business owners gain an understanding of the…

Raventree provides natural products at fair price

Raventree Natural Products, owned by Tracey Mechefske, is committed to helping people by providing natural products at a fair price. Raventree Naturals offers all-natural products for whole home and personal care for health and wellness using natural ingredients and therapeutic grade essential oils. Ingredients are organic when possible and often locally sourced. Handmade products for…

Sew Little Time Emporium has diversified

Sew Little Time Emporium is a lot to do about sewing and fabric, but there’s more to the business than that. “It’s  been described  as unique, a little  bit of everything, and warm and inviting,” says owner Karen Suggitt. “We try to keep this inviting feeling” by allowing the shop to have a life of…

AW Media Consulting: Get help managing your social media presence

Ashley Webster, owner of AW Media Consulting, helps businesses and organizations manage their social media presence — all the while staying on budget. Services include social media page management and creation, social media training and workshops and social media plan development. All services can be customized to meet each client’s needs and budget. If you…

Eastman Plumbing celebrating recent launch in Lindsay

Since 2009, Eastman Plumbing has been providing Kawartha Lakes and the Lindsay area with professional craftsmanship and honest budgeting and timelines. Previously located in Omemee, the company is now based in Lindsay. It’s a family owned and operated business, with a core team of trades and professionals offering its services to City of Kawartha Lakes residences, commercial property and cottage owners.…

Who needs workplace wellness? Optimize Wellness says we all do

Workplace Wellness programs are on the rise because they have been proven to improve employee productivity. This commitment to employee well-being can be injected into any type of work setting, from office to manufacturing. Employees today need more from their employers and workplace wellness programs are the answer. The experts at Optimize Wellness Solutions —…

Lindsay artist to host open studio

When professional artist Karen Richardson relocated to Lindsay from Port Perry five years ago, she came with a 15-year tradition of opening her studio to the public every spring, as part of the renowned Lake Scugog Spring Studio Tour. She has been a professional painter for 33 years and is a popular painting instructor and…

Women in Business Profile: Barton Creative

Barton Creative Co. offers design, marketing, & automation services to help entrepreneurs, business owners, and organizations maximize their reach and impact. Meet the Bartons, your new business best friends! Robyn is a creative specialist with formal graphic design education and over a decade of graphic design, branding, and marketing experience. Megan is a digital strategist…

Women in Business Profile: Sandy Terzo

Sandy Terzo grew up in Mississauga and lived in Brooklin for a time – but all that changed six years ago when she moved to Kawartha Lakes. Lucky us, considering her speciality is Portuguese and Italian desserts. (Her background is Portuguese and her husband is Italian.) That’s what makes her bakery unique in Kawartha Lakes.…

Women in Business Profile: Rebekah McCracken

After 20 years in the Lindsay area, Kawartha Lakes feels like home to Rebekah McCracken, who grew up in nearby Uxbridge. Three years ago Rebekah purchased Hamilton Creek from owner Chery Reid, who was set to retire. Now, the ‘smartly casual’ business is celebrating its 27th anniversary this month. In 2017, Rebekah decided to open their…

Villa Rental in Costa Rica run by Kawartha Lakes women

Are you ready for that getaway vacation you’ve always dreamed of? Forget the crowded resorts and check out Casa De Sueño and experience the rejuvenating effects of your own private villa. With three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and a maximum capacity of seven guests, you can bring your whole family for weeks of…

Women in Business Profile: Liz Grimes

Liz Grimes was born and raised in Lindsay, and brought her own family up here. It was 20 years ago that she fulfilled her dream of owning her own business. But her love of fashion was cultivated back in Grade 12 when she took the co-op program at LCVI. As a result, she ensures she…

Women in Business Profile: Joey Henderson

Joey Henderson grew up in Kawartha Lakes, having lived here since she was four years old. After she began practicing yoga just once a week she slowly began to notice a great deal of benefits. This positively affected all of her relationships and even her overall view on life. That’s when she decided to take her…

Women in Business: Laura LeMiere & Taryn Bergin

Laura and Taryn are two of the four owners of Boiling Over, along with Jamie Bergin and James Myette. Laura has lived in the Kawartha Lakes area her entire life and was recruited by James and Jamie while working elsewhere in Lindsay. Laura manages the day to day operations of the store. “Although I’m often…

Matty G Digital for small businesses

Matt Geraghty considers himself a buzzword free, common sense digital marketer. He recently went freelance and started Matty G Digital, primarily focused on small businesses, medium-size businesses, hobby businesses, and startups. He will analyze whatever are the best tactics to grow your business online and reach business goals: search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click (PPC) advertising…

Is your business age-friendly?

Is your business an age-friendly business? Not sure what that is? Plan on attending this free information session to learn how to make your business more accessible to all members of the community. Age-friendly business is an initiative taken on by the City of Kawartha Lakes to assist businesses in increasing their understanding on what…

Aging GPS aims to chart a course for senior wellness

In his 1970 essay, Robert Greenleaf coined the phrase ‘servant leadership.’ “A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong,” as Greenleaf wrote. It’s there where we find Lindsay’s Graham Bashford. Bashford is the owner of Castle Keep Retirement, where the goal is the provision of…

Zero In workshops to benefit local charities

Zero In, a local consulting firm based in Lindsay, will be holding three workshops in 2019. In addition to educating individuals from various businesses in the area on the topics of Leadership, Innovation, and Change Management, these workshops will also benefit a variety of charities in the area in a few different ways. A portion…

Lindsay’s first virtual reality arcade now open

Lindsay’s first Virtual Reality Arcade is now open, known as Ctrl V, North America’s first and largest brand of virtual reality arcades. Located in the Lindsay Square Mall, Ctrl V Lindsay boasts eight VR stations where players can choose from as many as 50 different games and experiences. With experiences ranging from shooting games, flying…

Devolin launches TravelMaven with a Kickstart

Former MP Barry Devolin is pleased to announce the launch of TravelMaven, his new tour and travel planning company. To get things rolling in 2019, Devolin says TravelMaven is offering a great one-time Kickstart Promotion. “This Kickstart Promotion will give a $500 discount to the first three couples to sign up for each of our…

ZERO IN to hold leadership workshop

Zero In, a local consulting firm based in Lindsay, will be holding its first of multiple workshops for 2019. The first workshop (Zero In on Leadership) will be held May 6-7 at the Days Inn in Lindsay. Participants will learn several different areas of leadership that are required to ensure they have the tools to:…

Kawartha Financial Solutions ready to help

Kawartha Financial Solutions is a new accounting business, specializing in bookkeeping, business analysis, and personal tax returns. Traci Kemp’s new business started up in December and is serving clients throughout the Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton areas. “I want to provide client-focused services that have the maximum beneficial outcome to each individual person or business,” she…

Commonwell’s Christmas tree give-away

Local home and auto insurance company The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group has announced their annual festive holiday gift to the communities that they serve. The company will be giving away 150 Christmas trees to families in Lindsay, Alexandria and Perth on Saturday, Dec. 1 in exchange for a cash donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters.…

St. Dave’s Diner’s special veteran’s weekend

St. Dave’s Diner invites you to join them once again for their special Veteran’s Weekend on Saturday Nov. 10 and Sunday Nov 11. Come and enjoy the all you can eat brunch and dinner buffets! All veterans, past and present as well as their spouses eat for free on Remembrance Day. There is complimentary transportation…

Len Siegel joins Wards Lawyers

Lawyer Len Siegel has announced he is joining Wards Lawyers, the second largest law firm in central Ontario, in downtown Lindsay. “Over the past 42 years, I have been pleased to offer my clients a quality of service in a number of areas of law,” says Siegel in a statement. “To continue to improve on…

Kenwood Drafting & Design in Bobcaygeon builds community

Michele Kennedy began her design career 25 years ago with DeLaval Corporation designing dairy barn systems. Having grown up on a dairy farm and with the nickname ‘Jersey’ as a child, Michele was right at home meeting with farmers to design their barns and milking systems. Michele diversified her designing experience spending several years employed…

Small Business Week Breakfast attracts big crowd

Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce members – and people considering Chamber membership – were out in full force Wednesday morning. They were there to network with one another and to hear Dr. Brett Goodwin (pictured) speak about Fleming College. Goodwin, the dean at Frost Campus of Fleming College in Lindsay, has only been in…

Castle Keep holds drive for Women’s Resources

Candice Watson serves as a volunteer for the local women’s shelter in coordination with Women’s Resources in Lindsay, which supports up to 190 women a month. Watson is also the customer service manager for Castle Keep Retirement in Lindsay. About 30 per cent of the women who use the shelter’s services are often seniors who…

For the Birds is Moving Nov. 6

For the Birds Birdseed Company, just outside of Cameron, is moving as of Nov. 6. Their new location will be at 570 Cambray Road, the farm owned by Matthew Smith and his wife Jo-Anne, proprietors of For the Birds. “Our production facility is at our farm. So production and retail store all in one location,” just made…

Lindsay’s Days Inn & Suites, local spots used in branding commercial

Days Inn & Suites in Lindsay, as well as Pie Eyed Monk and downtown Lindsay in general were used by the hotel chain for an eight-week media campaign. The campaign supports its new “Stay Twice, Earn Up to One Free Night” fall promotion. View the branding video here. “Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lindsay…

New lessons open doors for aspiring musicians

Steve McCullough has re-branded and launched his music teaching facility as Musicians Performance Centre or MPC. In addition to offering music lessons, they have just announced their introduction of lessons in performance and songwriting. This will make MPC the only teaching facility to offer this in the surrounding area, an incredible opportunity for every musician at any skill level and any age. Performance combines the student’s skills to prepare…

Re-Launch party for Ballroom Beauty

Ballroom Beauty Recycled Formal Wear has moved. The public is invited to their Re-Launch Party on Sept. 13 from 5 pm – 7 pm, at 16 Pigeon Lake Rd. in Lindsay. “As a non-profit we would like to thank you for your continued support,” says Sarah Williams, director at Ballroom Beauty, in a press release. “We have…

‘Christmas in July’ at the new Purple Door in Kirkfield

It’s Christmas all year at the Purple Door  Craft and Christmas Store.  Inspired by the Frankenmuth, Michigan tradition across the border, Anna decided to open her store in Kirkfield to extend the idea here. Christmas in July will be held from the 25th to the 29th from Noon to 4 pm at her 1718 Kirkfield…

Free tree seedling from Country Cupboard for first 100 people

Following overwhelming support and demand from the Fenelon Falls community, Country Cupboard will be extending their hours effective this week. “The response from the entire community has been fantastic,” says owner Julia Taylor. “Customers really enjoy being able to save money and shop smarter for many of their everyday staples.” Starting this week, Country Cupboard…

Lindsay X-Ray and Ultrasound

Lindsay X-Ray and Ultrasound is now working with the Peterborough vascular surgeons Dr. Cox and Dr. Clouthier who are reporting all vascular cases, while the radiologists Dr. Selina Lem and Dr. James Haroun do reporting for all other cases. Lindsay X-Ray and Ultrasound believes with their experienced group of doctors they can provide the City…

Local artist hosts open studio

When professional artist Karen Richardson relocated to Lindsay from Port Perry four years ago, she came with a 15-year tradition of opening her studio to the public every spring, as part of the renowned Lake Scugog Studio Tour. She has been a professional painter for 31 years and is a popular painting instructor and author…

Career Opportunity at Lakeland Funeral

Lakeland Funeral & Cremation Centre in Lindsay, a division of Little Lake Cemetery Co., has an opening for a Junior Funeral Director, suitable for someone who is newly licensed or up to three years experience, to join our team. Pending graduates may be considered, conditional on full licensing from the Bereavement Authority of Ontario. All candidates…

Celebrating the Entrepreneurial Woman – You Gotta Laugh

The Kawartha Lakes Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre (KLSBEC) in partnership with Women in Networking Kawartha Lakes are hosting their sixth annual women’s event Celebrating the Entrepeneurial Woman – You Gotta Laugh on Friday April 13.  The event starts at 5:30 pm at the Olympia Restaurant, 106 Kent Street West, Lindsay and features guest speaker Susan Stewart.…

Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show lands Enbridge as sponsor

Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show is excited to announce Enbridge as the new title sponsor of the 34th annual Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show from April 27-29. With Enbridge’s financial support Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show can offer a bigger, better show than has ever been seen before. Organizers will reveal more details in the…

Ross Memorial gets new CFO

The Ross Memorial Hospital team is pleased to welcome Kate Farnell to the role of vice president/chief financial officer — a role she also performs at Peterborough Regional Health Centre. Kate is a chartered accountant with a Master’s degree in business and ten years of financial management experience in the public and private sectors. “We’re…

Country Cupboard in Fenelon under new ownership

Julia Taylor has recently taken over as the new owner of Country Cupboard in Fenelon Falls, where their famous frozen yogurt will continue to be served. Located at 9 May Street in the village, Country Cupboard offers high quality vitamins and supplements, natural beauty products, eco-friendly cleaning products, essential oils, organic and alternative foods and pantry staples…

Bridging Principles: Diversity education seminar

Did you know that companies with diverse management have higher profits than those that don’t, or that being around people who are different from you makes you smarter, more creative, and better able to solve problems? Following the Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce’s workshop series, “Welcome Diversity”, they are now launching The Bridging Principles a diversity…

Business owners: Survive and thrive with new minimum wage

Join the Lindsay and District Chamber of a Commerce Feb. 8 at 8 am at the Olympia Restaurant to hear Steve Virtue, vice president of Restaurants Canada, present tips and ideas on implementing the new minimum wage and policies of Bill 148. Learn about the current status of the minimum wage bill and what Restaurants Canada…

St. Dave’s now open for dinner buffet

Lindsay has another buffet option in town, with St. Dave’s Diner now open for dinner buffet every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 4-8 pm. The all-you-can eat dinners are priced at: Adults $17.95, seniors $15.95 and children $1 per year of age. Last seating is at 7:30 pm and there’s no menu service during buffet…

The Yoga Loft promotes Valentine’s Day workshop

The Yoga Loft’s Joey Henderson says this Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to invest in spending quality time with your partner — with an intimate yoga workshop. The workshop will allow couples to explore partner yoga, and experience ‘loving touch.’ The evening begins with a 30 minute, all levels, partner yoga practice, designed to allow for physical connection in a…

Workshops to assist with funding applications

The Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation (KLCFDC) has announced three workshops to assist businesses, groups and individuals with possible funding applications as well as to learn more about other products and services they have to offer. “We are now accepting applications for the Eastern Ontario Development Program, (EODP) for 2018,” says Andrew Wallen, general…

Newcomer employment activity survey for business

Laridae is working with the Workforce Development Board (WDB) to conduct a study of Newcomer Employment Activity in our region. The Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce is surveying local employers to learn more about their views, concerns and needs with respect to recruiting and hiring newcomers to Canada. You can help the Chamber get an accurate picture of…