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

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 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

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P.J.'s Diner Is Opening Second Location On Sherbrooke Street

P.J's Diner, which currently has a location at 1274 Hwy 7 East, is opening a second location at 250 Sherbrooke Street (former location of Two Fifty Café and Sushi Yonge) at the corner of Sherbrooke and Aylmer. The Fifties-style diner is aiming to open the beginning of March. You can stay up to date with P.J.'s by following them on Facebook.

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]

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