StoosNews Spotlight: Check Out The Business Beat Featuring Rare Grill, The Urban Space

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…

Adam Levesque and Tracey Cousineau recently launched their new business in Campbellford, 52 North Pub and Grill. Located at 52 Front Street, Adam and Tracey did extensive renovations to what was a Chinese Food restaurant for over 40 years. The menu offers family friendly pub fair, including buttermilk fried chicken, beef brisket, salads, wraps, craft beer and more. With this waterfront location, they also hope to add a patio next year. Drop in, or get more information by going to 52 North Pub and Grill’s Facebook page.

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Peterborough Hypnosis RTT is Julie Houlihan’s new business. Julie is a certified Rapid Transformation Therapist and helps to uncover the meaning and interpretation of events, which leads to permanent and powerful change. Weight control habits, smoking cessation, sleep issues, depression and anxiety, confidence, fear of heights, public speaking, flying, needles or the dentist and more, Julie helps normal people overcome normal problems. Go to for more info.

Julie Houlihan

Julie Houlihan

The Urban Spa is a boutique spa that opened in 2013 at 388 Rogers Street in East City. Owners Jean-Guy and Kerri Holley-Francoeur have been building the Urban brand and recently introduced Urban Space, a cafe and wine bar at 552 Armour Road; Urban Events and Gifts, an event & retail business; and Escape Route Travel, a travel agency. Working with their new Experience Coordinators, you can book yourself a pedicure, coordinate your next cruise, and reserve an event for your upcoming wedding or retirement party. It’s all explained at

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Tyler and Kassy Scott recently took over ownership of the Rare Grill House on Brock Street. Tyler was born and raised in Peterborough, graduated from the Fleming College Culinary program and didn’t have far to travel as he is the Executive Chef at Rare. The Rare Grill House opened in 2007 and former owners Brad and Katie Watt have built a solid brand over the years. Known for a passionate commitment to good food, you can expect the same from the new owners. Check out Rare Grill House on Facebook.

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Ribfest Is Coming Up This Weekend!

Rare Grill House will be competing in the 8th Annual Ribfest this weekend (July 9 to July 11) at Millennium Park, which marks the first time a local restaurant will compete against the other ribbers setting up shop.

Organizers say that they can squeeze in about 8,000 people to the park to enjoy the music, food, beer tent, and other entertainment. Sass Jordan will headline this year's Ribfest on Friday (July 9) starting at 9 p.m, with The Kings set to switch into glide Saturday (July 10) starting at 9 p.m.

Admission is FREE, and Ribfest hours are as follows: Friday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

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