Spotlight on business

Father & Son recreates old style barber experience with nostalgic glee

Matthew Behrens Driving past Perth’s gateway intersection at Foster and Wilson Streets was getting to be a bothersome thing for local entrepreneur Michael McLean. He despaired that for decades, the commercial space at the northeastern corner was often empty as business after business failed to take root. “I used to think it was such a […]

4 Degrees Brewing opens tap room and retail store

Sally Smith The space is big, bright and open. The seven or more stainless steel vats sitting in the front window invite touching and walking around. Jeff Murphy, operations manager of 4 Degrees Brewing Company, greets guests and like a true aficionado doesn’t hesitate to talk about the business or the brew. Friday, Nov. 10 […]

New and unique fitness facility coming to Smiths Falls

April Scott-Clarke Construction started on Oct. 30 for a new fitness facility in Smiths Falls. Owner Natatia Gemmell says this new gym will be different than anything the town has seen. Gemmell, who’s become well-known in the community for her training expertise through Natatia’s One-on-One Fitness, is opening Functional Performance Fitness in the County […]

24/7 Anytime Fitness opens in Perth in October

Matthew Behrens 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 […]

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

Jane Hobson 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 […]

Niknaks Paddle Shack open for business in Smiths Falls

Jane Hobson 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 […]

Deep River duo sets up Rocky River Café in Perth

By Matthew Behrens 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 […]

Perth Outfitters skate trail to open for first time this winter

Jane Hobson 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 […]