It’s never an easy task to be a trailblazer. Going against the grain, taking the road less travelled, marching to the beat of your own drum, whatever you call it, there is no question it can be a challenge. Being an industry disrupter takes expertise in your field, a strong message, and, perhaps most importantly, courage.
You may have heard the saying that in order for a new leaf to grow, the dead one needs to be pushed off the branch. For Scott Sabramsky, this idea resonated and inspired a new Lennox and Addington County business that grows more every day.
The Napanee Beer Company: "You CAN move back home, start a business and be happier than you ever imagined."
Moving back home is a scary thought for many of us. Leaving the big city behind, packing up and heading to a small town is a downright daunting prospect. For Geordan Saunders, owner of The Napanee Beer Company, the decision to move back home to Napanee came down to one simple question:
A former church nestled in the village of Enterprise, the setting could not be more fitting for the quirky collection of salvaged architectural objects showcased at Salvage Garden.
Sometimes when you make some key lifestyle changes, others take note and want to learn how you’ve become both healthier and happier. That essentially is how Napanee-based MJ Healthy 4 Life began.
Dedication to his craft, creating a reputation for excellent work and great service and loving what he does has led to success for Greg Brown and his new company, Greg Brown Masonry.
Don and Lorie Hogan never imagined how rewarding a rural location would be for their carpentry business. For starters, each month they save a considerable amount in rent. They also have a large space giving them the right height to build even curved staircases indoors. Their commute to work is a mere 15 minutes (without a traffic jam in sight).
Wilton Tack marked its 20th anniversary in December of 2016, although in the typically humble fashion of owners Howard and Anne Mahon, the significant anniversary passed without any fanfare.
Growing up in a small community in northern New Brunswick, Jennifer Bergeron enjoyed the benefits of the friendly, co-operative atmosphere and more relaxed pace of life.
Although he grew up in and around the restaurant business in the sprawling metropolis of Toronto, Dalton Cowper never really harboured ambitions of owning his own eatery. And he certainly never aspired to own one in a small rural Eastern Ontario Community.