Spotlight on business

Welcome to ontrac Employment Resource Services!

ontrac Employment Resource services has been providing free professional in-person, local employment services to the community of Smiths Falls since 2002. Our team of dedicated staff provides services to job seekers, supporting individuals to achieve their employment and training goals and to employers, supporting businesses with their hiring and training needs.   How can we help? […]

Canopy Growth completes divestiture of Canadian retail operations

Transaction supports the Company’s focus on achieving profitability through streamlined operations in Canada Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX: WEED) (NASDAQ: CGC) announced today that it has closed its previously announced transactions with OEG Retail Cannabis (“OEGRC”) and 420 Investments Ltd. (“FOUR20”) to divest its retail business across Canada, which includes the […]

Two local students are working for the best boss ever this summer, themselves

Each year, students between the ages of 15 and 29 apply to the Summer Company program, submit a business plan and if selected, they can receive up to $3,000 in funding. This year, these 2 students have been selected for the 2022 Summer Company Program administered local by the Small Business Advisory Centre (Lanark County/Smiths […]

North Pole at North Folk Cafe

The spirit of the season is alive and well at North Folk Cafe & Gelato in Perth. This cafe is decked out for Christmas with festive decorations, a holiday drink menu, and an old-timey postbox for mailing letters to Santa. Owner Dasha Smolentseva writes, “[I’ve] been dreaming of this since the inception of North Folk […]

Spotlight on Business: Merrick Preparatory School

Merrick Preparatory School is a boarding and day high school located in the beautiful town of Merrickville Since 2012, our school is renowned for small class sizes with outstanding academic and linguistic support, plus 100% placement rate to top ranked universities and colleges in North America and the rest of the world. Rigorous academics, fun […]

Michele’s Doorway to Splendour offers stylish sanctum for ladies fashion

Michele’s Doorway to Splendour has taken a pivotal turn into becoming the place to shop for the latest in new ladies’ fashion. The fashion boutique offers a one-stop shop for women’s apparel and fashions to create confidence in everything from day-to-day life, special events, life milestones or memorable occasions.  Its revamped mission is to “only […]

Sew Crafty

On the road again. At least that’s what Fred and Sue Gieratz plan when they sell the business they’ve been in for 27 years. The couple have catered to the sewing, knitting and quilting clientele, running Sew Crafty, now in the heart of Rideau Ferry. They’ve put their property and business up for sale, surprising […]

Spotlight on Business: Pretty Things on Russell

Pretty Things opens at 18 Russell Street this week in Smiths Falls. It is a small shop with a world of fantastic purchases inside; it has a cool vibe with quirky finds at a variety of price points. It is a great place to find unusual delights: from Snot Bad handkerchiefs to beard balm, from […]

Ontario TSC stores will convert to Peavey Mart

Proudly Canadian Owned & Operated “Peavey Industries LP is pleased to announce the repositioning of our two flagship retail banners into one, with the conversion of TSC Stores, located solely in Ontario, into Peavey Mart stores.” Peavey Mart is 100% Canadian & Employee OwnedHome Office & DC Located in Red Deer, Alberta Regional Office & DC […]

Mucho Burrito brings fresh to Kemptville

Fresh is just an Avocado’s throw away. Kemptville is about to experience a new take on Mexican food that gives new meaning to the word fresh. Canada’s favourite Mexican inspired restaurant celebrates it’s first location in Kemptville with a grand opening event on Saturday, October 26th, 2019. The celebration takes place at 3000 Wellington Rd […]

Downtown Prescott welcomes Zens Inn

Zens Inn, Prescott’s newest accommodation provider, celebrated its grand opening with a special ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, May 25th. Town of Prescott Mayor & members of Council, business and community representatives and other invited guests were in attendance, to welcome owners Ashley & Josee Davies and their exciting new business to Downtown Prescott. Located […]

Spotlight on Business: New career direction for first-time business owner

There’s a new ‘pot’ store in town — hmm…that’s ‘pot’tery store. Gene Amell’s store — Simply Ceramics+ — opened with a ribbon-cutting, and cake and coffee for customers. The front half of the small space was crowded with curious visitors and well-wishers, while the back was filled with shelves of bisque figures waiting to be […]

Local chiropractor expands offering at new clinic location

Stacey Roy Operating a successful chiropractor clinic in Smiths Falls is great, but operating such a clinic that also offers guided and scalable fitness programs for those in need is optimum. This is what Rob Rodine and his staff at Optimum Health Clinic (33 Ferrara Drive, Smiths Falls) have achieved in their new, fully […]

Shawarma On the Falls inviting and tantalizing

Spotlight on Business If you haven’t tried Smiths Falls’ newest restaurant/take-out yet, get there fast. Shawarma On the Falls is more than worthwhile… Co-owners Thomas Lavasani and Joe Hassoun have worked together for 16 years — “He’s like an older brother to me,” Thomas laughs, with emphasis on the ‘older’. Thomas was a manager for […]

New Cab Owner Embraces Service Mission of K&K

Matthew Behrens In rural areas with no access to public transit, the critical role played by taxi companies in getting people where they need to go is an often unheralded one. But it’s one recently inherited with infectious enthusiasm by new K&K Cab owner Leanda Bracegirdle, who acts as both dispatcher, driver and late-night […]

New business helps seniors stay independent

Sally Smith It’s the big heart behind the small business that’s making Stay@Home Senior Services a success. Karen Sergeant puts heart and soul into her business every day – whether it’s grocery shopping, going to appointments or light house cleaning – she listens to her clients and acts on their wishes. Above all, she […]

New owners, same good CC’s on the Rideau restaurant

Sally Smith A local couple, both of whom grew up in the Perth area, have taken over the much-loved restaurant at the Rideau Ferry bridge, and had their grand re-opening of CC’s on the Rideau on March 17. Erin van Pelt, who has more than 20 years experience as a waitress, bartender and cook […]

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 […]