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24/7 Anytime Fitness opens in Perth in October

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca Area residents needing an exercise fix at any time of day or night will soon be able to access everything from weightlifting to cross-training cardio machines when Anytime Fitness opens on Oct. 1 at 58 Wilson Street in Perth (next to Brownlee’s Metro). As the newest member of a global franchise with […]

Preserve your financial security despite a critical illness

Shawn Pankow, CFP, CHS, CLU The recent announcement by the Canadian Cancer Society indicating that nearly one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime stands as a stark reminder of the risks each and every one of us faces. The recent study conducted by the Canadian Cancer Society, the Public Health […]

Non-profit food hub in Smiths Falls seeks tax relief

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors have been asked to consider granting property tax relief to the non-profit Two Rivers Food Hub, which is still struggling to break even. Founded in 2014, the Food Hub operates out of the Gallipeau Centre, and provides a number of services aimed at helping local food producers connect […]

Smiths Falls gym new one-stop-spot for all things fitness

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca A new gym opened in Smiths Falls in mid-June. Located at 42 Union Street, Iron Body Fitness is a gym that offers heavy weight lifting, cardio, seniors’ classes, yoga classes and more. “There was a need for a modern, fully-equipped gym in Smiths Falls so that’s what we created,” said Iron Body […]

Le Boat draws a crowd at Chamber breakfast

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca For those 80 hungry breakfasters who came to the Smiths Falls’ Chamber of Commerce’s early morning meeting on June 27, not only did they get a good meal, they got an eyeful in a presentation on Le Boat. Expect a pre-launch of Le Boat in Smiths Falls in August this year with […]

Smiths Falls has until Aug. 1 to change rebate program

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors are continuing to weigh their options before deciding whether to make changes to a provincial program that allows the owners of vacant commercial and industrial buildings to receive property tax rebates. The Ontario government announced earlier this year that it would allow local municipalities to apply to the […]

Niknaks Paddle Shack open for business in Smiths Falls

Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca There’s a great new way to flow through the summer months by taking advantage of the Rideau Canal in Lanark County this summer. Niknaks Paddle Shack is a seasonal kayak, canoe, paddleboard and bike rental service that is set to open in mid-June in Smiths Falls. Located in the Murphy building on […]

Are you a mature investor looking for options?

With the decline in interest rates over the past 20 years, conservative retirees have become more and more open-minded to looking beyond traditional guaranteed investment certificates (GIC) investments. GICs have long been a preferred investment for risk-averse investors who want to earn as much interest as possible, without taking any risk with to the money […]

Perth Chocolate Works officially opens

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Perth’s Town Crier Brent McLaren was at his melodious best Friday, June 2 for the official opening of Perth Chocolate Works in Code’s Mill. He rang his bell for attention, called to those there for the event and then mentioned this is the second mother-daughter chocolate team to grace Perth’s streets. The […]

Deep River duo sets up Rocky River Café in Perth

By Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca The long-vacant eatery at 8 Wilson Street East in Perth recently saw its grill fired up by a pair of restaurateurs who relocated here after a successful five-year stint in Deep River. For owners Keith Saba and Brian Karl, the Rocky River Café is an opportunity to share a dining experience […]

Councillor Cummings on board with high-speed internet for Hershey Drive industrial park

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca   A Smiths Falls business owner told town councillors on May 23 that continued lack of high speed internet access to the town’s Hershey Drive industrial park threaten to make her company “no longer relevant or competitive.” In a presentation to council’s Committee of the Whole, Isabelle Graveline of Kilmarnock Enterprise told […]

Smiths Falls to gather feedback on ending vacancy rebate

Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca Given the large amount of vacant retail space in Smiths Falls, town councillors are considering cancelling a program that provides tax rebates to the owners of vacant commercial property. In a recent report to council, Clerk Kerry Costello stated that “The Town of Smiths Falls has had an alarming number of vacancy […]

Vacant downtown hotel in Carleton Place set to become a grand event venue

By Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca For as long as many Carleton Place residents can remember, the hotel on the corner of Lake Avenue East and Bridge Street has just been a heritage piece in the backdrop of the downtown core. But that’s about to change. The hotel is set to re-open at the end of May […]

Tickets Please: a community alternative to corporate chains

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca When Ann Hawthorne recently moved Tickets Please into the Perth Visitor Information Centre, it was a logical step that marked the seventh anniversary of a unique, locally-based business that has supplied box office management for over 200 events and 60,000 people. At a time when ordering concert and theatre tickets through corporate […]

Almonte company puts laws of physics into question with new innovation

Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca An Almonte company is in the works of having many laws of physics reexamined and potentially rewritten after inventing new technology that will have a dramatic impact on the future of electric vehicles (EV) and energy generation. “Over the past 15 years our company has been developing and is now commercializing a […]

Rideau Lakes hold first business achievement awards

Matthew Behrens editorial@pdgmedia.ca   Rideau Lakes celebrated its business community on April 7 at the South Elmsley municipal complex with the first edition of an annual recognition ceremony of local leadership and excellence. The award for business innovation went to John and Tony Ferguson, whose 2low invention alters the drive of vehicles while transporting heavy […]

Black Tartan Kitchen holds grand opening in Carleton Place

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca Black Tartan Kitchen is officially open at 132 Bridge Street in Carleton Place. While the restaurant had a soft opening in November 2016, owner Ian Carswell welcomed the town to the restaurant on Friday, March 24 to celebrate its opening. “I want to say thank you to my wife, Tessa, my parents […]

Sam Lima Denture Clinic opens in Perth

Sam Lima Denture Clinic celebrated its official opening this morning in Perth with a ribbon cutting ceremony. “Congratulations and welcome to Perth,” said Councillor Judy Brown during the ceremony. Receptionist Khris Hardy and Lima’s wife, Sherry, were also at the opening. “I’m very excited to be open,” said Denturist Sam Lima who owns the clinic. […]

Et Cetera Home opens in downtown Carleton Place

Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca  Et Cetera Home opened at 113 Bridge St. in Carleton Place on March 17 with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Mayor Louis Antonakos, many councillors, members of the Carleton Place BIA and the Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce. “I’m just so happy to finally be here and open,” said […]

Perth Outfitters skate trail to open for first time this winter

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca It’s easy to get out for a jog or a round of golf in the warmer months, but enjoying an active lifestyle is proven more difficult during the winter. To help people stay active, Perth Outfitters has created a 400-metre skate trail through the forest. Perth Outfitters, located at 21 Craig Street […]

Perth considering contracting out some snow removal services

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca  As rain spattered against the windows Tuesday, March 7 night at the  Perth Committee of the Whole meeting, council members discussed snow removal. Prompted by Kari Clarke, the Business Improvement Area (BIA) coordinator, the recommendation to maintain the current practice for the removal of snowbanks in the BIA downtown core was debated. […]

Perth Physiotherapy Wellness Centre & Fitness Studio now open

The Perth Physiotherapy Wellness Centre & Fitness Studio officially opened its doors this week when staff hosted an open house on March 1. Hundreds of visitors came through the doors. To launch the open house, owner Catherine Ball stands alongside her staff and Perth Mayor John Fenik for a ribbon/thera-band-cutting ceremony. The open house also […]

Law & Orders restaurant re-opens a year after burning to the ground

Jane Hobson editorial@pdgmedia.ca A neon ‘open’ sign buzzes in the front window of Law & Orders restaurant today for the first time in a year, a view Jamie Law thought he might never see again. “It feels amazing, it’s been a long time coming,” says Law, who owns the burger joint that burned to the […]

Design of Perth sidewalk in 2017; construction in 2018

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca There is a plan to create a dynamic commercial business climate along the Highway 7 corridor on the perimeter of Perth, as well as in the town’s downtown business area. The desire is to build sidewalks along the highway and Perth staff have consulted the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO). The MTO […]

New denture clinic coming to Perth in March

By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca “We’re hoping the community will benefit from it. There are no services like this around now,” said Sam Lima, who is opening a denture clinic in Perth in mid-March. The official grand opening is currently unknown since renovations are still underway. The clinic will be located at 3 Beckwith Street East […]

Perth climate change task force welcomes contract coordinator

Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca To help combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the Perth Mayor’s Task Force on Local Climate Change hired Sean Campbell to act as the Local Climate Change Plan coordinator. Campbell’s contract runs January to September 2017. “I’m excited to learn from the community and the task force,” said Campbell, […]

New mill produces unique textiles, dog wool included

 Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca In the 1820s immigrants from Scotland began to settle in Lanark, naming it Lanark after Lanark, Scotland. Joined by many Irish immigrants, the lumber and textile industry in Lanark flourished by the mid-1850s. Many textile mills in the area stayed open and in business until the late 1990s but eventually closed shop. […]

Employment opportunity with Smiths Falls DBA

The Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association (DBA) is seeking a creative, organized and self-motivated individual to fulfill the part-time role of DBA coordinator. Reporting directly to the Chair of the DBA Board of Management, the coordinator will assist in the organization and execution of all activities, initiatives, and events as outlined by the Board of […]

Canopy Growth triples Tweed’s production potential by acquiring 1 Hershey Drive

SMITHS FALLS, ON, Jan. 16, 2017 /CNW/ – Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX: CGC) has closed the acquisition of the property at 1 Hershey Drive that currently houses Canopy Growth’s headquarters and the Tweed Inc. (Tweed) production facilities. “Increasing the scale of our cannabis production capacity is vitally important to our […]

Carleton Place investigates cost of new town website

By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca  At the Jan. 10 2016 meeting, Carleton Place council authorized the staff recommendation that the striking committee be amended to include a website ad hoc committee. An ad hoc committee is a committee created for a particular purpose – in this case, to investigate a new or improved town website. “I […]

Sinders Bridal hosts open house in Carleton Place

Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca Sinders Bridal House hosted a well attended open house on Dec. 21, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sinders invited the public to join staff for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, beverages and mingling among the dozens of beautiful wedding gowns. “We thought it was a good idea to open up […]

Businesses allowed to open on statutory holidays in Carleton Place

By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca  At the Dec. 20, 2016 meeting, Carleton Place council officially approved a bylaw that will allow retail businesses to open on statutory holidays, a verdict that Stalwart Brewing Co. has been hoping for since it first requested an amendment to the current bylaw back in August. “We want to thank the […]

Smiths Falls to get a co-work hub for professionals

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca Jessica Webster and Jeff Depatie are new to the area. He’s with the armed forces and she’s a marketing professional from San Diego.  Together they are opening Meraki Collective, a co-work centre in downtown Smiths Falls. “One thing I found in Smiths Falls is a lot of grit and hope.  In […]

Smiths Falls excited about luxury boat company’s investment

Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls Manager of Economic Development Cyril Cooper says a European company’s plans to invest $16 million to bring luxury houseboats to the Rideau Canal is excellent news for local businesses. “I’m excited about Le Boat coming to the town of Smiths Falls,” Cooper told town councillors at a Dec. 12 meeting. […]

10 mompreneurs with gift ideas for your family

By Sarah Cavanaugh editorial@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place is a town of industrialists, of artists, trailblazers, visionaries and entrepreneurs. In a community burgeoning with young families, mompreneurs are setting the town ablaze with creative innovation and intuitive services. These women are not just finding a way to earn money and spend more time with their families but […]

Smiths Falls businesses to renovate thanks to council grants

Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca  Smiths Falls town council has allocated all of the town’s $50,000 in Community Improvement Plan (CIP) funding for 2016, after approving grants for three local properties at a regular meeting on Dec. 5. Council has approved $20,000 for each of two applications from Parkview Homes to renovate properties on Russell Street, and […]

New Carleton Place BIA admin support settling in with warm welcome

Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca There’s a new face in downtown Carleton Place. Kate Murray is the new admin support contact at the Carleton Place Business Improvement Association (BIA). Murray volunteered with the BIA a few times before applying for and accepting the position. She started in October. “I’ve never come to a new place and felt […]

Council to vote on funds for Davidson Courtyard upgrade

By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls town councillors are expected to approve an application for funding under the Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for repairs and renovations to Davidson Courtyard. Owners Lyne Houle and Scott Taylor submitted an application to the program in May. Now a commercial and residential property, Davidson Courtyard opened in 1889 as […]

Win This Space topic for Dec. 1 speaker in Smiths Falls

Jan Hawley, economic development officer from the Municipality of Huron East, will be in Smiths Falls Thursday, Dec. 1 to share a success story. Hawley will speak at 7 p.m. at the Station Theatre regarding the success of the “Win This Space” program in her municipality. Win This Space is a business recruitment initiative, designed […]

Owners planning apartments for vacant Lockwood’s location

Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca  Local lawyer Kate Ryan, whose family owns the building at the corner of Elmsley and Daniel Streets formerly occupied by Lockwood Sight & Sound, appeared before Smiths Falls town council Nov. 28 to explain the family’s plans for the property. The long-time business closed at the end of June, shortly before owner […]

New municipal grant policy will be a lot tighter

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca The new municipal grant policy will be a lot tighter as it tries to remove the emotion out of the decision making process.  Currently Kerry Costello, director of corporate services for Smiths Falls, is developing a matrix with council approval that will be applied to all applicants and will allow staff […]

Carleton Place retailers may open on stat holidays

Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca Stalwart Brewing Co. submitted an application to the Town of Carleton Place in late August to permit the opening of retail businesses on statutory holidays under the Retail Business Holidays Act. This has created concern from some businesses about how this will affect them. Right now, most retail businesses in Carleton Place […]