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.
What is now L&A Mutual Insurance Company began in the pioneering years after Confederation when a group of farmers met in in 1876 in Newburgh to create a co-operative insurance company to help protect them from the losses that occur to property and livestock due to fire.
With entrepreneurial roots that stretch back more than 70 years, the Lucas family continues to be on the forefront of Downtown Napanee’s current revitalization, which was kick-started with their first investments in creating what is now a destination fashion hub for the region.
Ryan Moore humbly admits that the biggest challenge he faced when purchasing the long-established Hart N Hart Signs and Promotions company eight years ago was “to not mess it up.”
After nearly three years of serving a range of clients at its location in Tamworth, Carrie-Lee Jeffrey has moved her Stone Mills Massage Therapy practice to an expanded facility on her own property in Croydon.
Before they even met, fell in love, got married, started a family and opened their own health and fitness enterprise, Tricia and Jeff Cammaart were dedicated to the idea of helping people become healthier, more active, and focused on their own well-being.
When ambitious Montreal-based brothers Ted & George Sideris (along with Ted’s son Billy) were looking to expand into Eastern Ontario’s restaurant scene, they saw Napanee as an ideal location for their new, trendy eatery that focuses on quality, fresh fare – particularly breakfasts.
What started out as a passionate new hobby has turned into an adventurous – some might say intoxicating – new business enterprise for Napanee’s Geordan Saunders.
There were a few moments of trepidation when Terry and Sandra O’Neill were in the midst of restructuring and re-branding their popular, well-respected and growing farm supply business. Would their loyal customers keep coming back, would they think the products and customer-focused, ‘go the extra mile’ service would go by the wayside?