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Business After Hours: Bridgenorth Hop

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Our Business After Hours: Bridgenorth Hop took place last night, and we had an amazing evening networking and learning about businesses in Bridgenorth. We explored Style BoutiqueTCB Office Furniture & SuppliesPioneer Water ConditioningBridgenorth Deli and Whelan’s Flooring Centre.

We were joined by Chamber members, non-Chamber members, members of our Board of Directors, Deputy Mayor of Selwyn, Sherry Senis, as well as two candidates running in the upcoming Municipal Election for the Township of Selwyn, Ron Black and Andy Mitchell. Thank you to all who came out!

And thank you to our Networking Event Sponsor Blue Diamond Window Cleaning.

Bridgenorth sits along Chemong Lake and, with so many great businesses, it is a great town to stop in! It is just a short drive (around 10 minutes) from surrounding Ennismore, Lakefield and Peterborough.

Stop #1 – TCB Office Furniture & Supplies

We began our night at TCB Office Furniture & Supplies. Butch Bellhouse started the business in 2011 after he recognized a need for ergonomic office solutions that everyone could access, from home offices to multi-level corporations. With help from his wife Charlene, they opened up their storefront at 827 Ward street two years ago, but they are quickly outgrowing the location!

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At TCB, you will find both new and used office furniture as well as a great selection of office supplies! They also offer other services for businesses such as office relocation, office furniture repair and cleaning, as well as office design.

Charlene and Butch pride themselves on running an environment-friendly business. By selling used office furniture, they are effectively diverting furniture from the landfill; instead of throwing away an old office chair, TCB Furniture & Office Supplies will fix the wheels and refurbish the base, making it as good as new for resale.

Fun fact – TCB stands for Taking Care of Business (inspired by Elvis!)

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 Stop #2 – The Bridgenorth Deli

For the next stop on our Bridgenorth Hop, we took a short walk over to the The Bridgenorth Deli. Here, we were greeted by owners Jody Katzman and Chris Bright. The shop was buzzing with customers stopping by to pick up dinner.

The Bridgenorth Deli opened four years ago this November, and brings in quality local products as well as specialty items from Europe, and have a great selection of meats and cheeses. They are currently working on bringing in even more local products to the store.

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The Bridgenorth Deli also offers flexible catering for events – just call the store at (705) 292-5444 or stop by the storefront at 871 Ward Street! You will find that their catering is very flexible. Also, if you are in need of a turkey, ham or prime rib for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter dinner, The Bridgenorth Deli will take your order!

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Sandwiches tend to be the biggest seller for The Bridgenorth Deli but you will also find an amazing selection of homemade schnitzel, soups and meat pies! When asked about his favourite sandwich on their menu, Chris recommended the ‘Stanley,’ which is made with roast beef, Montreal smoked meat, pealmeal bacon and old cheddar. The sandwich was inspired by the Stanley Cup game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Calgary Flames, with the roast beef paying homage to Calgary; the smoked meat to Montreal; and, the peameal bacon and cheddar to Canada.

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Stop #3 – Style Boutique

After visiting The Bridgenorth Deli, we made our way down the street to Style Boutique! Greeted by Diana Carter at her storefront at 827 Ward St, we learned all about what the Style Boutique has to offer.

Style Boutique has been in business for almost 11 years and carries great Canadian brands for women. Diana focuses on selling timeless designs in women’s fashion that will carry over season after season.

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On the main floor, there is a great selection of women’s clothing from the current season. Then moving upstairs, you will find a dress room where they will help you find the perfect dress for any occasion, from casual all the way to mother of the bride. Style Boutique also keeps a detailed record of their customers style preferences and sizing, making their customers’ shopping experience easy and hassle-free.

Style Boutique caters to women, typically over 25 years-old, who are looking for mature fashion choices with real women sizing. Style Boutique also offers alteration services for both men and women; they will pin the item in-house for you and then send it out to their seamstress.

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 Stop #4 – Pioneer Water Conditioning 

For our fourth stop on our Bridgenorth Hop, we walked over to Pioneer Water Conditioning, which is located at 827 Ward Street Unit 3. Here, we were joined by David, who talked with us about what Pioneer Water Conditioning has to offer.

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Pioneer Water Conditioning has serviced greater Peterborough and the Kawarthas since 1989, and offers a great selection of water conditioning services for cottages, farms, residential homes and businesses. They will help you with all your water condition problems, from hard and soft water issues to iron and sulfur issues.

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 Stop #5 – Whelan’s Flooring Centre

Our last stop of the evening was Whelan’s Flooring Centre at 2512 Chemong Road. The business started in 1985 as a subsidiary of Peterborough Carpet Land. Since then, Whelan’s Flooring Centre has become the premier retail flooring store in Peterborough and the Kawarthas.

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At Whelan’s Flooring Centre, they offer a complimentary shop-at-home service as well as free estimates on all flooring. Whelan’s prides itself on ensuring quality work by expert, licensed and insured installers and reliable service that is on-time, courteous and respectful. Visiting their storefront, you will find an awesome selection of styles and colours to choose from.

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After hearing from Chris Whelan about the business, we spent the rest of the evening networking and enjoying refreshments provided by The Bridgenorth Deli. It was such a great evening!

Our next Chamber event is our Business Owners Sharing Solutions: Team Building taking place on October 2nd at Camp Kawartha from 5-7pm. The event is free so it is a great opportunity for business owners to bring along their staff to learn about team building! Register here.

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Explore Curve Lake this Weekend with the Annual Curve Lake Pow Wow

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At the end of every summer, Curve Lake First Nation holds their annual Pow Wow. This year, the Pow Wow is taking place September 15th and 16th (this weekend!) at Lance Woods Park. The weather for this weekend is shaping up to be warm and summer-y, perfect for spending the day outdoors at Lance Woods Park in Curve Lake!

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Lance Woods Park – Curve Lake First Nation

The Pow Wow is a great opportunity to try traditional foods and dances, listen to traditional songs and stories and get to know the Indigenous peoples in our area.

On both Saturday and Sunday, there is a Sunrise Ceremony taking place at 6AM as well as a Grand Entry at 12PM. There is going to be lots of dancing, contests and presentations to re-establish old friendships and meet new people!

There will also be many vendors and performers attending. You’ll find a great selection of crafts, artwork, jewelry, food and more.

Admissions Fees:

13 to 59-years-old – $8 each

6 to 12-year-olds – $5 each

5-years-old and under – Free

The Safe Travels Program will also be running this weekend for the Pow Wow. The free shuttle will be travelling from the Curve Lake Church to the Peterborough Bus Terminal only.

Check out the schedule below:

Departure from Curve Lake Church
10:00 am
12:00 pm
2:00 pm
4:00 pm

Arrives at Peterborough Bus Terminal
10:45 am
12:45 pm
2:45 pm
4:45 pm

Departure from Peterborough Bus Terminal back to Curve Lake Church
10:55 am
12:55 pm
2:55 pm
4:55 pm

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Photo from the 2007 Curve Lake Pow Wow – Curve Lake Cultural Centre

Some Tips for Attending the Pow Wow

If it is your first time attending the Curve Lake Pow Wow, here are some helpful tips:

1. During Grand Entry, everyone stands as the Eagle Staff, flags and dancers enter. The Master of Ceremonies will announce other events that require standing as a gesture of respect.

2. Consider the privacy of the participants by always asking permission before you photograph or record them. This includes spectators, craftspeople, dancers and singers.

3. Certain dances and ceremonies are not permitted to be recorded or photographed. The Master of Ceremonies will announce when such activities are not allowed.

4. Please do not touch the dancers’ regalia, as they hold special meaning. Handmade regalia, which can cost upwards of a thousand dollars, are cherished and often made by respected family members.

5. Feel free to join in the inter-tribal dancing. The Master of Ceremonies will announce these dances and invite all to join.

6. Drugs or alcohol are not permitted.

7. Pets are not allowed.

8. Bring lawn chairs, sunscreen, water and a good appetite.

A Little About Curve Lake

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Curve Lake First Nation

Curve Lake is located ~25 km northeast of Peterborough, Ontario. The territory includes a mainland peninsula and large island (Fox Island) on Buckhorn and Chemong Lake. Those living on Curve Lake First Nation are Ojibwa and belong to the “Mississaugas of the great Anishnaabeg (uhnish-nahbe)” nation.

For all the history lovers out there,  Curve Lake used to be called Mud Lake Reserve #35. It was called “Mud Lake”  because the territory fell along Mud Lake, also known as Wabuskummug, meaning “place of clay earth.” In 1913, the community changed its name to Curve Lake First Nation (officially in 1964).  The community is named Wshkiigomang (Curve Lake) because of its location on a peninsula. Its name is inspired by the wshkii , referring to the curve of the land hitting the edge of the water. You can learn more about Curve Lake First Nation and its history here.

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Summer Fun and Fantastic Deals at the Lakefield Sidewalk Sale!

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Lakefield’s annual Sidewalk Sale is fast approaching!

The sale will take place Saturday, August 11th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Queen street between Bridge and Reid Streets!

Come out for a unique shopping experience that will feature the best of Lakefield’s unique local shops with exclusive deals on; clothing, home decor, spa services, adventure gear and much more!

During the Sidewalk Sale there will also be many special events taking place such as:

  • Live Music on the street all day!
  • A BBQ hosted by IDA Pharmacy supporting Selwyn Township Fire Fighters, who will have their trucks parked on the street for kids to see and take photos with!
  • A Dunk tank presented by Salon Sorella
  • Raffle ticket sales from the Lakefield Lions, St. Pauls Parish and St. Joseph’s Catholic Women’s league
  • Fitness Circuit set up by Your Body You
  • & exclusive deals from many retail participants!

Be sure to stop by the Kawartha Chamber booth day-of for fun games, a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity and all your local info needs!

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