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Stuart "Stu" Harrison writes a weekly column about business news (published on KawarthaNow.com on Fridays and in the Peterborough Examiner on Mondays) and hosts a business segment every Monday evening on CHEX-TV's Newswatch.
Stu has extensive marketing and advertising experience and was owner of Harrison Advertising for many years prior to joining the Chamber of Commerce in 2003. He is currently the General Manager of the Greater Peterborough Area Chamber of Commerce.
KawarthaNow is pleased to include Stu as a contributing columnist, and we appreciate his extensive knowledge of the local business community.
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by Stuart Harrison
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Old Bridge Inn Under New Ownership
Young's Point will be hopping this Sunday as all of the merchants hold an Open House. Those merchants include The Old Bridge Inn, which was purchased by Kelly Green and Evan Podd back in January. They've been renovating ever since and will be welcoming people this Sunday, but are officially opening for the summer on Good Friday April 14. Kelly and Evan are the former owners of 38 Degrees; they plan to offer a full menu featuring casual fine dining and an extended appetizer menu. The Old Bridge Inn offers dining, a riverside patio, catering and a traditional European-style Bed and Breakfast. Call (705) 652-8507.
Spirit of Fire Burns in Young's Point
Spirit of the Fire is another new business in Young's Point. It's a division of Alternative Enterprises, the stove and fireplace store at 379 Water Street. Owner Ernie Meyers bought the old house at 2102 Nathaway Street, across from the General Store in Young's Point, which was the original General Store owned by Ed Young the 1st steamboat captain and the Village's namesake. The stoves, fireplaces and accessories are displayed in room vignettes. Ernie and Debbie have stripped away the layers back to the original woodwork and walls. So all of that, coupled with the Young's Point General Store, Linwood Homes and of course Lockside Trading Company, should make Young's Point a great place to be this Sunday.
New Owner at Peterborough Kia Dealership
Ron Lay Kia has a new owner! Brian Norman and Lynn Hill have purchased the dealership effective April 1, 2006 and will change the name to Peterborough Kia. Brian, the new dealer principal, is a well-known businessman in Peterborough with over 30 years experience in the car business. Peterborough Kia will offer a wide selection of new and previously owned automobiles, as well as offering complete after-sales service, a well stocked parts department and a service department, all staffed with friendly and professional employees. Peterborough Kia is located at 238 Lansdowne Street East (beside Trentwinds) (705) 741-1188.
Operitel Celebrates Five Years in Business
Operitel Corporation is celebrating five years in business in Peterborough with a big move into the downtown core at 160 Charlotte Street, across from the town clock, above John Roberts Clothiers. Operitel has 38 full-time employees who produce the award-winning LearnFlex Software, an online learning management system, which allows governments, telecom companies, non-profits, corporations and school boards provide online information or educational content. They have an open house today from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm or you can get the full story online at www.operitel.com.
Don't forget the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours is on Tuesday from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Paris Marine. To register call Beth Fudge at (705) 748-9771 ext. 210. And the Women's Business Network presents designer Kimberley Seldon, Wednesday night at 8 pm at Showplace. For tickets call the WBN Hotline at (705) 740-6199 or purchase tickets at Lazer Graphics, The Chamber of Commerce, or Knock on Wood. Kimberley seldom will also be at Knock on Wood Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 pm.
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