Style Your Nest – Guest Blog

Choose Local! Guest Blog written by Jamie Stephenson, Owner of Style Your Nest

The holidays are when we spend time with family and loved ones, but this year most will be staying home. It is no surprise that 2020 has been a challenging year for many. Christmas is often the most special time of the year for those that celebrate. The difficulties this year has brought may make you want to go all out with your Christmas decorating, or you may prefer to keep things simpler. Here are some tips to keep in mind when decorating this season!

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CHOOSE LOCAL! – Unique Gift Ideas

14 Unique Gifts!

The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is encouraging everyone to Choose Local! this holiday season! Our region has so many amazing businesses that could use your support this year. We encourage everyone to try their best to shop local for gifts, check out our Shopping & Specialty Retailer Directory for some great gift ideas! We know there are always those on your list that are difficult to buy for! From those who already have everything, to picky people and hard to please kids – we’ve compiled 14 unique gift ideas to help when shopping this holiday!


Peterborough Humane Society – Guest Blog

Choose Local! Guest Blog written by Emily Craigen of  Peterborough Humane Society

Yes, you can still be a good pet owner if you adopt during a holiday…during a pandemic.

There is an outdated perception that persists every holiday season that humane societies & animal rescue groups around the world discourage bringing a new pet home for the holidays. Cue 2020 and add in a pandemic that has animal welfare advocates voicing concerns about pet adoptions in general during unsettled times…what is a prospective pet owner striving to make a responsible choice to think?

Here at the Peterborough Humane Society, the “new normal” of COVID-19 and all the challenges brought with it has certainly changed our adoption process but has in no way shape or form weakened it.


Bailey the dog and his new Mom!

Bailey and his new Mom!


Black Friday & Cyber Monday – Choose Local

Choose Local

The Kawartha Chamber is encouraging everyone to Choose Local! this holiday season and beyond. Small businesses are owned by our friends and neighbours, and they need our patronage now more than ever. When you choose to buy local the benefits extend to their suppliers, employees and community initiatives that they in turn support.

This Black Friday, we have complied local deals to make it easier than ever to support local!  We will be updating information as it becomes available.


Choose Local! Video

The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism encourages you to Choose Local! this holiday season…