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Passion Projects: Rustically Signed

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L to R: Holly and Stephanie. Photo: Mallory Cramp-Waldinsperger.

This story is part of an ongoing series exploring local makers-turned-entrepreneurs in Kawartha Lakes to find out what motivates them.

Stephanie Buckley and Holly Suddick are the two-woman team behind Rustically Signed, a local business providing custom décor and woodworking classes in Lindsay.

After Suddick’s sign-making business grew rapidly, she began to have a hard time keeping up with custom orders. “I was starting to have to tell people ‘no’… so then I reached out to Steph and asked if I could send some of my customers her way,” she says.

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Western boots and a big heart help define this Kicking Cowgirl

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Western boots and a big heart help define this Kicking Cowgirl
Kimberly Dawn, of the award-winning Kicking Cowgirl Designs western boutique in Bobcaygeon.

It’s a long way from Modesto, California to Bobcaygeon – particularly with stops in Toronto, Nairobi, Kenya, and Gulu, Uganda – but for the owner of the award-winning Kicking Cowgirl Designs western boutique, the journey has been a summation of her skills, passions, and vocation.

Kimberly Dawn had come to the family cottage in Buckhorn since her youth, but made a permanent move to the Kawarthas four years ago. Prior to that she called Toronto home, operating her western boutique from a storefront in a section of her parents’ silk screening shop. Similar to the present store in Bobcaygeon, her 416 location sold western wear ranging from boots, to belts, to hats, to clothing, but the entire business originated from screened t-shirts she sold as a fund-raiser years earlier.

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Lindsay Advocate wins New Business of the Year award

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L to R: Chris Wizowski of Kawartha Lakes This Week (award sponsor), Joli Scheidler-Benns and Roderick Benns of The Lindsay Advocate.

The Lindsay Advocate has been named New Business of the Year by the Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce at the 2019 Evening of Excellence event.

The Advocate was presented with the honour at the Lakeview Arts Barn — the second award for the Advocate in the past year, after winning an Innovation Award through the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation earlier.

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Patel family turns Kent Inn around and gives back to Lindsay community  

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Patel family turns Kent Inn around and gives back to Lindsay community  
Photo: Mark Ridout
“Is this what a regular family does on the Family Day holiday?” That was 13-year-old Siya Patel’s question as she replenished coffee supplies in a unit of the Kent Inn. (I’m imagining a slightly plaintive tone.) Her brother, Shivam, was vacuuming nearby as their mother, Priti, made the beds, and father, Chetan (Chris), cleaned in the bathroom.

What was the response? They all — Siya included — laughed good-naturedly and stored away the anecdote to reminisce about from time to time.

This is the story of a successful family-owned-and-operated business and a hard-working, close-knit family that in a variety of ways is contributing to our community.

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Chris Karkabasis wins lifetime achievement award; Robyn McNabb named Citizen of the Year

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L to R: Louis Karkabasis, Chris Karkabasis, Cathe Karkabasis, Christina Dedes, Nicki Dedes, Costas Dedes)
In an evening of excellence that recognized Lindsay’s top businesses, a rare lifetime achievement award was presented to Chris Karkabasis, a well-known businessman and BIA founder.

The Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce and Cogeco held the 2018 Evening of Excellence event June 1 at the Lakeview Arts Barn. Many local individuals, groups and businesses gathered to recognize those among them who go above and beyond to provide innovative products or services, develop exceptional new practices and improve the community for all.

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Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show: Big event in Fenelon Falls

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Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show: Big event in Fenelon Falls
The show this year is being held Friday, April 27 through to Sunday, April 29 at the Fenelon Falls Community Centre.
The Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show in Fenelon Falls can be credited with providing a great time for a lot of people, but it can also apparently cure ophidiophobia – that would be a fear of snakes. Well, at least it worked out that way for Shannon Bain, manager of the Fenelon Falls and District Chamber of Commerce.

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‘Downtown dreams’ aims to give Kawartha Lakes’ small businesses a shot in the arm

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'Downtown dreams' aims to give Kawartha Lakes' small businesses a shot in the arm
Top: Downtown Lindsay. Ashley Webster, left, Denise Williams, right.
A project that aims to fill empty retail space and improve existing businesses is being launched this week by the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Downtown Dreams, as it’s called, is a business and growth program designed to attract new or existing businesses to open, expand or move into the downtowns of Coboconk or Norland, Fenelon Falls, Omemee, and Lindsay.

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Council backs proposal to fund local improvement loans for businesses

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Council backs proposal to fund local improvement loans for businesses
Low interest loans to support building improvements. (Photo: Erin Smith)
In keeping with the goal to stimulate a vibrant and growing economy, the City is moving forward with its plans to implement a Community Improvement Plan.

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Lindsay Advocate launches monthly print magazine

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Lindsay Advocate launches monthly print magazine
After just five short months of bringing community news to Lindsay and Kawartha Lakes online, The Lindsay Advocate is adding a monthly print edition to its media plans next month.

The response to the Lindsay Advocate’s approach to community news – choosing to see most everything through a social and economic wellness lens – has proven popular with readers.

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Kawartha Lakes nets just under $100,000 in downtown revitalization money

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Kawartha Lakes is getting more than $92,000 to enhance their downtown cores with landscaping, signage and lights, crosswalks for pedestrian safety, and even for local businesses to  spruce up storefronts.

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