StoosNews Spotlight: Check Out The Business Beat This Week Featuring Revelstoke Café, Tick Tock Clocks & More!

PTBOCanada is delighted to to be running StooNews columns each week here, spotlighting new businesses and startups in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Here is this week’s edition…

Tick Tock Clocks is Mark Jakubiak’s new business. Located at 205 Sherbrooke Street across from the LCBO, Mark is a third-generation clock specialist offering sales and repairs to modern and antique grandfather, mantle, wall hung, alarm, electric, cuckoo, classic automobile and quartz clocks. Mark also repairs and sells barometers. All rebuilds and overhauls are guaranteed and Mark also repairs and sells modern and antique barometers. Check out the grand opening on Thursday, October 10th at 4 p.m., and remember, if it won’t tick, let Mark tock to it. ticktockclockrepair.ca

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The Back Row Entertainment is a multimedia company located in downtown Peterborough. Brothers Matt and Tyler Rose offer voice recording, custom clothing, graphic design and branding, to both the public and musical artists, The Back Row is located at 376 Water Street.
For details, visit thebackrow.ca, or give them a call at 705.775.3535.

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The husband and wife duo of Conner and Tasha Clarkin recently opened Peterborough’s newest plant based café. The Revelstoke Café is located at 641 George Street, in the former Amuse location. Conner and Tasha offer a plant-based menu with fresh made baked goods, and locally sourced brunch food, sourcing as many local ingredients as possible. And everything is made from scratch, right down to the plant based milk they serve with your coffee. You’ll find the Revelstoke Café on Facebook here.

Tasha and Connor Clarkin

Tasha and Connor Clarkin

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Be sure to get your tickets for the annual Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards, coming up October 16th at Showplace. Megan Murphy is back as the host to take you through all of the wonderful local businesses who are up for the evenings awards. Highlights will include the Business Citizen of the year, the 4 under 40 profiles, the always entertaining acceptance speeches, and a few special surprises this year. Tickets at excellencepeterborough.ca.

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Aspiring Young Entrepreneurs With a Business Idea Can Apply For Pitch It Competition

FastStart invites students at Trent University and Fleming College to submit their innovative business ideas for the 5th Annual “Pitch It” competition, a competition for students that aspire to enter entrepreneurship to practice pitching. 

“Pitch It!” culminates on Tuesday, October 22nd from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in a Dragons’ Den-style pitch competition at the VentureNorth Building to a panel of industry judges. 

Photo of “Pitch It!” student courtesy Fast Start

Photo of “Pitch It!” student courtesy Fast Start

This is a student’s chance to win cash, meet other like-minded individuals, and get help to bring their innovative ideas to the market. 

This event serves as an opportunity for young and aspiring entrepreneurs to push themselves into pitching a business idea and getting feedback from real professionals, and encourage putting those ideas into action.

Photo of “Pitch It!” student courtesy Fast Start

Photo of “Pitch It!” student courtesy Fast Start

There will be a first place prize of $350, and a runner-up prize of $150.

Applications will close on October 11th at midnight. For more information about Pitch It! and to apply, click here.

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StoosNews Spotlight: Check Out The Business Beat Featuring Heather Doughty, Peterborough Volkswagen 50th Anniversary, Love Local Biz Expo & More!

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Heather Doughty is a well-known local photographer, specializing in weddings, boudoir, maternity, family, and product and event photography. And increasingly, Heather is known for her incredible INSPIRE: The Women's Portrait Project, a photographic celebration of amazing women who inspire, uplift and empower. Heather recently opened a beautiful new photography studio at 129 ½ Hunter Street, in the Commerce Building. For details on the studio, Heather, her work, or the INSPIRE project, visit heatherdoughtyphotography.com or find her on social media.

Inspire Project

Inspire Project

Heather Doughty

Heather Doughty

Peterborough Volkswagen is celebrating its 50th anniversary in business this month! The business was started by Peter and Rita Eatson in 1969. Their son Michael is now the dealer principle and Michael and Heather’s son’s Eric and Graeme both work at the dealership as well. The dealership, located at 500 Towerhill Road, just off Chemong Road in the North end, will mark the occasion with an Octoberfest event on Saturday (October 5th). Called Volksfest, there will be live music, BBQ, vintage cars and more!

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Peter and Rita (archive picture)

Another anniversary to mention – Bruce Maly Plumbing and Drain Service celebrates its 20th year in business! Visit brucemalyplumbing.com to check them out.

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Grounds Masters Building & Property Services is Bryan Phillips’ new business. Bryan offers landscaping, home reno’s, decks, lawn care, tree removal and trimming, stone work, snow plowing, snow removal, sanding, salting, and walkways. Phone number is 705.772.3651.

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And don’t miss the 19th annual Love Local Business Expo this Thursday from 11 - 6 at the Evinrude Centre. Eighty vendors, free admission, free parking, lots of door prizes including a notebook computer from MicroAge Peterborough. New this year is the Workforce Hub featuring the Workforce Development Board along with 8 local employment organizations, with local labour market information, skilled trade pathways, literacy and workplace services, local job and labour opportunities, and more. Be sure to check out the new Entrepreneur Showcase featuring start-ups from the Innovation Cluster, Community Futures and the Economic Development Corporation.

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StoosNews Spotlight: Check Out The Business Beat Featuring Tacheena Restaurant, Kawartha Organizing Solutions & More!

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Tacheena is not only a well known middle-eastern dish, it’s the name of a new restaurant in the North end. The proud husband and wife team of Hussain Ali and Zaineb Naim had always dreamt of opening their own business, serving delicious Tacheena, Kebab’s, chicken tikka, Guss, falafel, soups, wraps, and more. Located at 1123 Water Street, at Marina, in the former Pye’s Buns a Deli location, stop in and try a dish, or check out their menu, which you’ll find on Tacheena Peterborough’s Facebook page. Or call 705.749.1993.

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Kawartha Organizing Solutions provides organizing, downsizing and decluttering services in Peterborough and the surrounding area. Owner Sommer Sanderson is a professional organizer offering help with preparing for a move or transition, refreshing a space, or creating systems in your home. The services are tailored to your own situation, but the focus is on creating functional, aesthetically pleasing spaces for you to feel good in! Visit kawarthaorganizing.com for more info.

Sommer Sanderson

Sommer Sanderson

Mention the Pizza Factory and many people will talk about their incredible Caesar Salad. Well now you can take a bottle of that powerful potion home with you and pretend it’s yours, because Pizza Factory owners Peter and Anna Bouzinelos and their family are selling the Caesar dressing in four local grocery stores—Sobey’s on Lansdowne and Towerhill, and Foodland Stores on Sherbrooke and in East City. You can also buy olive oil at the restaurant from Peter’s home town in Greece, and there are plans to bottle their Greek salad dressing and spaghetti sauce soon as well.

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StoosNews Spotlight: Check Out The Business Beat This Week Featuring Vinnies, Savage Arms, Sweat Pea Tea Party & More!

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Savage Arms, located in Lakefield and Westfield Massachusetts, has new ownership. An investor group which includes Savage President and CEO, Al Kasper, purchased the company from Vista Outdoor. Vice President and General Manager Terry McCullough says the transition will be very stable, with no changes anticipated. Savage Arms is celebrating two anniversaries this year, 125 years since Arthur Savage founded the company in Utica New York, and 50 years manufacturing rifles in Lakefield. And two of their employees recently marked milestones, Dave Myles with 40 years at the company, and Ernie Barrage with 47 years. Congratulations to all.

Savage Arms

Savage Arms

Sweet Pea Tea Party is Megan Martin’s new business. Megan offers the ultimate tea party experience, catering to all ages in any location, including your home. Teaming up with some of the best small businesses in Peterborough, Megan’s tea parties come with food, drinks, cake, cookies, invitations, a sweetie jar and a special gift for the party host. Megan can customize your party for children, adults, bridal showers, baby showers—pretty much any event! You’ll find details on the Sweet Pea Tea Party on Facebook.

Sweet Pea Tea Party

Sweet Pea Tea Party

There are only a few booths left for the annual Chamber of Commerce Love Local Business Expo, the largest business showcase in the area. The event runs October 3rd at the Evinrude Centre, and it’s your chance to chat with hundreds of potential customers in one afternoon. For details, click here.

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Congratulations to Vinnies on the opening of their third location, this one at 539 George Street. Vinnies are thrift and consignment stores operated by Saint Vincent DePaul and the proceeds help more than 20,000 families per year.

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Congratulations to Kevin and Lisa Isaac, who have decided to close King’s Crossing Tap and Grill. The couple previously owned Copperfields and Zeke’s Thunder, so they’ve had a good run in the local restaurant scene. Enjoy your retirement!

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StoosNews Spotlight: Check Out Business Beat This Week Featuring PJ's Diner, Alexander Optical & More!

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PJ’s Diner on Sherbrooke Street is under new ownership. Shari Cunliffe and Adam Jackson have been in the food service industry in Peterborough for a long time, and have finally fulfilled their dream of owning their own place. They are creating a family atmosphere at PJ’s with both of their kids working in the restaurant. Open from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. every day, PJ’s serves an all-day breakfast, lunch specials, everything from eggs benny or pancakes to a clubhouse or a wrap. There is free parking and a warm and friendly greeting, so check out the new owners of PJ’s Diner, 250 Sherbrooke Street (705-775-3663).

PJ’s Diner new owners

PJ’s Diner new owners

Alexander Optical is Dylan Trepanier’s new company. Dylan plans to change the eye care business by setting up pop-up shops in larger companies or institutions who not only want to take care of their employees or students, but also want convenience, accessibility and affordability. Partnering with Vanessa Brown of Direct Visual Care, the two young entrepreneurs set up their first pop up shop in the Venture North Building last week as they prepare for their first big contract with a local institution. The concept is scalable and presents a great business opportunity for optometrists and opticians as well, so if you want more information just visit alexanderoptical.com for details.

Dylan Trepanier from Alexander Optical

Dylan Trepanier from Alexander Optical

At The Lake Distributing is a wholesale distributor of water recreational products, from towables, trampolines, paddle boards and pedal boats, to docking, swim rafts, canoes and kayaks to full-on water parks. They recently launched a second company called Waterfront Recreational Specialists, offering planning, design, sales and installations to commercial customers such as camp grounds, resorts, kid’s camps and municipalities. Mike Mann is the new Sales Manager for Waterfront Recreational Specialists. For details contact Jason Pulchinski at atldistributing.ca.

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StoosNews Spotlight: Check Out The Business Beat This Week Featuring Carlson Wagonlit, Ultimate Car Care & More!

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Diane Couse is a Food Sensitivity Coach. Through a long history of struggling with her own food allergies, Diane has learned that there are very effective tools and techniques available for people. If you have had IgG testing done, if the FODMAP diet has been recommended, if you’ve been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lupus or Reynauds Syndrome, or if you just have no idea where to start but need someone who has been there to show you the way, then Diane is who you call. Check out her informative website at foodsensitivitycoach.ca or call 705-768-0430.

Diane Couse

Diane Couse

Ultimate Car Care is putting the finishing touches on their new location at 889 George Street North. Located at the corner or George and Hilliard streets, it’s the former North End Auto Wash building, and some will even remember it as the original A & W! It’s a fantastic renovation, giving owner Jamie Wagar a lot more room to expand and add services. Jamie and his team of licensed mechanics offer a full list of automotive services and have built a solid reputation over the past ten years at their McDonnell and Bethune street location. Stop in for a look or find them online at ultimatecarcareptbo.ca.

Ultimate Car Care

Ultimate Car Care

Congratulations to Sam and Rob Blowes of Blowes Travel in Stratford, and Scott Stewart and Dana Empey of Stewart Travel here in Peterborough, on the merger of the two companies. The merger results in eleven brick and mortar retail offices, 34 home offices, a group tour division, conference and events division and a wholesale division, with over 90 team members in Ontario under the Carlson Wagonlit Travel brand. For details, visit blowestravel.com or carlsonwagonlit.net.

Carlson Wagonlit Travel brand

Carlson Wagonlit Travel brand

NEO Performance Materials is a company that purifies recycled metals. The company buys scrap metal from cell phones, solar and LED products and display technology and then recaptures metals such as gallium and indium. The company recently announced that it was consolidating two of its locations, the other in Utah, to operate solely out of the Peterborough location at 625 Neal Drive. The existing building is 13,000 square feet and they’ll be adding another 6,000 square feet, and have already added four employees.

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StoosNews Spotlight: Check Out Business Beat This Week Featuring Orange Theory Fitness, Copper Spoons & More!

PTBOCanada is delighted to to be running StooNews columns each week here, spotlighting new businesses and startups in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Here is this week’s edition…

Orange Theory Fitness recently opened in town. Franchise owner Katie Wheler explains Orange Theory as heart-rate based interval training where you work for 1 hour, and burn for 36. Science-backed, technology-tracked, and coach-inspired, it’s an hour-long HIIT class, incorporating cardio, rowers, weight training, floor exercises, and individual heart rate monitors for personalized results. Orange Theory is located at 1905 Lansdowne Street, just West of Brealey. Visit peterborough.orangetheoryfitness.com for more info.

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Say “The Hide-A-Way” to most people in Peterborough and they’ll know that you are talking about the little restaurant on Romaine Street. New owner Jessica Gillett is committed to maintaining that friendly neighborhood feel, but wanted to give it a fresh start. The new name is Copper Spoons and friends and family have helped Jessica with a top to bottom renovation. Open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, stop in and check it out.

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After 25 years on Crescent Street Ron and Karen Bestard are moving their income tax business and Ron's Mutual Fund Franchise to 250 Sherbrooke Street Unit 4. The new location provides more office space and plenty of ground level parking. With a combined 60 years of tax preparation in Peterborough, Ron and Karen will continue to provide accurate and efficient tax preparation. Call 705-745-6336 for info on their services.

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Adam Parish and Luke Silver recently launched Skip the Dump. They’ll haul away any and all junk for you, with up-front pricing and fast efficient service. Serving Peterborough and surrounding area, visit skipthedump.net for details.

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StoosNews Spotlight: Check Out A Special Business Beat This Week Featuring 7 Student-Owned & Operated Companies

PTBOCanada is delighted to to be running StooNews columns each week here, spotlighting new businesses and startups in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Here is this week’s edition…

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre is again supporting the creation of new student-owned and operated companies as part of the annual Ontario Government Summer Company Start-Up program. Seven business are supported this year including…


Dustyn McCready-DeBruin and his company - Dusty Dives, offering dock repair, underwater weeding, and retrieval dives for missing items.

Dustyn McCready-DeBruin

Dustyn McCready-DeBruin

Kathir Puvendran’s company - Kip’s Window Cleaning, offering interior and exterior windows, window sills, screens, eavestroughs and vinyl siding.

Kathir Puvendran

Kathir Puvendran

Braeden Pitre has Pitre Property Maintenance, offering year-round outdoor services including lawn cutting, weeding, edging, pruning, hedge trimming, leaf clean-up, landscaping, snow removal, sanding and salting, and Lakeside residential services.

Wesley Penney’s Nufit Program offers quality professional workout and fitness programming for those new to fitness or experienced.

Wesley Penney

Wesley Penney

Samantha Hourie’s Travelling Footcare Reflexology provides mobile foot reflexology using pressure techniques that help to reduce stress, enhance circulation and normalize metabolism.

Samantha Hourie

Samantha Hourie

Michael Tucker has Tucker’s Lawn & Order… providing landscaping services that are focused on assisting seniors with manual labour and landscaping projects.

Michael Tucker

Michael Tucker

And Austin Murray’s AGM Academics assists elementary and high school students with math and science by using incentive/tracking charts and lesson books to track and promote progressive learning.

Austin Murray

Austin Murray

It’s so great to see these young entrepreneurs get a chance to learn the fundamentals of business, and in many cases succeed. The Summer Company program is delivered through Peterborough and the Kawartha’s Business Advisory Centre. Visit peterboroughed.ca for more info.

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StoosNews Spotlight: Check Out The Business Beat This Week Featuring Cozy Home, Sustain, The Food Shop & More!

PTBOCanada is delighted to to be running StooNews columns each week here, spotlighting new businesses and startups in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Here is this week’s edition…

Cozy Home: Designs by Lacey recently opened at 183 Charlotte Street. Owner Lacey-Kristen Klatt has filled the shop with recycled home decor, handmade decor and gifts, as well as refinished furniture! A professional interior painter for the last 10 years, Lacey also offers colour consultations, and assistance with interior decorating. You’ll find Cozy Home Designs by Lacey on Facebook here and Instagram here.

Lacey from Cozy Home

Lacey from Cozy Home

Sustain, Your Eco Living and Building Store, winners of the DBIA’s Win This Space competition, are settling into their rent-free space at 418 George Street. Owners Jonathan and Celine MacKay also operate a similar shop in Huntsville. The product offering covers everything from building products, flooring, kitchens, countertops, paint and stain, to cleaning products, baby products, personal care products and more. plus they offer a full renovation and custom kitchen service. You’ll find Sustain on Facebook here.

Sustain owners Jonathan and Celine MacKay with kids

Sustain owners Jonathan and Celine MacKay with kids

And yet another new store to come out of the Win This Space process, The Food Shop is open at 372 Water Street. Offering a farmer’s market experience every day of the week, owners Anthony and Samantha Lennan carry locally grown and produced food with a direct connection to suppliers. Produce, meats, cheeses, fruits and more, it’s a great option for those who love local.

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Evolution Automotive recently moved to a larger location. Now located at 2629 Lakefield Highway next to Kyoto Coffee, owner Tyler Warmington offers general automotive repairs, computer diagnostics, 4x4 repairs, custom fabrication, diesel mods and more for all makes and models. You’ll find Evolution Automotive on Facebook, or call 705.930.1178.

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