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Kawartha Shortbread Wins Twice in Butter Tart Tour (Oct. 2016)

October 4, 2016
butter-tartFenelon’s own Kawartha Shortbread took 1st place in the Locally Sourced category with their Maple Pecan Butter Tart and 3rd place in the Alternative category with their  Coconut butter tarts!!  Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Tour hosted their 4th Annual Butter Tart Taste-Off in Peterborough on Saturday September 24, 2016 at the Peterborough Farmer’s Market.The event played host to 19 bakeries of the Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Tour who entered butter tarts of all flavours to compete. The Tour is Ontario’s largest food tour dedicated to butter tarts with over fifty bakeries, restaurants, and cafes located across the Kawarthas and Northumberland County.


Celebrity chef David Adjey presenting Kawartha Shortbread as the winner of Locally Sourced category with their Maple Pecan Butter Tart at the Kawartha Northumberlands Butter Tart Taste-Off last week in Peterborough. Such a proud moment!

The Tour operates year-round and is self-guided, allowing visitors to explore the Region at their own pace. Bakeries at the Taste-Off could compete in up to five different categories of butter tarts. Judges for the event included local media personalities, politicians, Food Network Canada chef David Adjey, along with four community judges chosen randomly from a contest on the Butter Tart Tour social media pages. “We were delighted with the turn-out at this year’s Butter Tart Taste-Off”, said Brenda Wood, Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Tour Executive Director “It was a perfect autumn day, with so many of our Butter Tart Tour partners coming out to showcase their locally-produced butter tarts. It’s a real testament to how much Canadians love their butter tarts!” Attendance this year vastly exceeded expectations, with estimates of over twice as many visitors as the previous year.

The bakeries, all locally owned small businesses, reported selling out of their product in near record time. Many patrons at the event stated that they were also looking forward to travelling through the Region and in visiting the bakeries and purchasing product from them directly.

The winning bakeries of each of category are:

Best Overall Plain Butter Tart

     1. Doo Doo’s Bakery, Bailieboro

     2. Black Honey Dessert & Coffeehouse, Peterborough

     3. Burnham Family Farm Market, Cobourg

Best Alternative Tart

     1. Buns & Sweets, Bridgenorth–Pecan Butter Tart

     2. Doo Doo’s Bakery, Bailieboro– Pumpkin Cheesecake Butter Tart

     3. Kawartha Shortbread, Fenelon Falls–Coconut Butter Tart


Best Gluten-Free Tart

     1. Doo Doo’s Bakery, Bailieboro

     2. Black Honey Dessert & Coffeehouse, Peterborough

     3. Black Honey Dessert & Coffeehouse, Peterborough

Best Locally Sourced Tart (must include ingredients local to the Kawarthas Northumberland region)

     1. Kawartha Shortbread, Fenelon Falls–Maple Pecan Butter Tart

     2. Whistle Stop Café, Peterborough–Blueberry Butter Tart

     3. Doo Doo’s Bakery, Bailieboro–Apple Crumble Butter Tart

People’s Choice (as voted on by attendees of the Event)

     1. Betty’s Pies & Tarts, Cobourg

     2. Doo Doo’s Bakery, Bailieboro

     3. Whistle Stop Café, Peterborough


Sentimental Cloth – stitching memories into keepsakes (Sept. 2016)

September 21, 2016

Sentimental Cloth Studio

A new textile art business has opened in Fenelon Falls.  Sentimental Cloth is a unique business that takes your fabric memorabilia and stitches them into precious keepsakes.  Artist Diane Reesor will create custom art dolls, visual poems (frame-able memories) and friendship cloths, from textiles and memorable objects brought to her by clients.

Imagine being able to preserve memories of your little ones by creating a special doll or stuffy made from the clothing your baby wore. Think about being able to create a special textile made from the clothing of someone who has passed away. This art form creates stunning works of art out of your precious pieces of clothing and keepsakes.


Sentimental Cloth Studio

Diane Reesor has years of experience as a seamstress and artist and has developed this art form into a science. She has opened her studio on the second floor of Sweet Bottoms Cafe on Colborne Street, downtown Fenelon Falls.

Diane is also planning on having a few sewing machines available for lessons or for hourly use, for those people who don’t have the room for one anymore.  She is hoping to have a textile ‘stitch-n-bitch’ group as well. Art doll classes are also being considered. The hours will be by chance or by appointment at the moment, although she is aiming for 10:00 – 2:00 Tuesday to Saturday.  Anyone interested can inquire at Sweet Bottoms and Diane will be happy to give you more information. You can also call 705-344-6214 or email


Sentimental Cloth – Fabric Art

Photography by Shannon Peters Bain


Sentimental Cloth – Chasuble


Sentimental Cloth – Fabric Art – intricate squares, reupholstered chair

Houghton Creek Expands Presence in Fenelon (Sept. 2016)

September 5, 2016

Grr8 Finds Markets and Houghton Creek have done it again. Due to customer demand they have teamed up to expand Houghton Creeks booth space within Grr8 Finds Market 2.

This collaboration will bring an even larger selection of home decor and furniture for your cottage and home. With an eye to the upcoming seasons of gathering and visiting of friends and family, they have increased the selection of gift ideas, some of which include awesome pillows and wall art, funky door stops, and whimsical giftware.

Keeping an ever watchful eye on tends, they have noticed home decor’s ideas are incorporating antiques with modern, vintage with contemporary, and increasingly mixing and matching the old with the new.  Now their customers can do the same, right here in Fenelon Falls .


Follow Grr8 Finds on facebook here.

Follow Houghton Creek on facebook here. 

Would You Fancy a Spot of Tea?

July 29, 2016


Tea parties were all the rage at one time in history. All ages loved to gather together to enjoy fancy sandwiches, delectable squares, cakes and cookies all served up on the good china and the best linens. Participants would dress up in their Sunday best, sometimes with hats and gloves to match, to enjoy the finer fare served at the upscale tea houses.

Tea parties were very popular with young girls. It was a chance to pretend to be adults for an afternoon. Getting dressed up in “grown up” clothes with big floppy hats, layers of pearls around their necks and maybe even a feather boa thrown in for fun. Sipping flavoured tea in china cups and snacking on yummy goodies off the pretty flowered plates. The whole experience was just too exciting for words.

Where has all this fun gone? Do you miss this luxurious experience? Do you want to share this with your children and grandchildren?

Bett Sawyer of Fenelon Falls is bringing Tea Parties back!  She has opened Yester Years Tea Parties. She is offering the complete experience for everyone to enjoy. She has ‘Ladies Afternoons’ with all the decadence for you to indulge in. She offers ‘Children’s Parties’ complete with the dress -up outfits and pretend play all arranged to make the experience unforgettable.  All she needs is the smiles and giggles to make it perfect.

Bett has years of experience with baking and entertaining and loves the traditional flare. She remembers her mom and aunts preparing these delicacies for entertaining and has saved the traditional recipes. She believes that there are many others that would enjoy sharing these finer things in life.

She is now open at the Oak Street B&B in Fenelon Falls – 29 Oak Street on select days.  Tea, sandwich samplers, goodies, lemonade are served. You can contact Bett to book for specialized parties such as anniversaries, birthdays, special celebrations and reunions, girls afternoons out or she can cater the event to your needs.

Call (705) 738-4464

Find her on facebook here

The Man Titanic Left Behind (Jul. 2016)

July 4, 2016


book’s main character from Fenelon Township

For decades, people would look at Claude Irwin in disbelief when he spoke about his Great Uncle Howard; particularly the circumstances that saw his luggage sink to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, along with the Titanic, without him.

The former Fenelon Township resident now hopes the “proof” found in his recently published book, The Man Titanic Left Behind – that contains various letters, poems, essays and journal entries written by his uncle – will not only clear the air, but also introduce many others to one of the most interesting people Mr. Irwin has ever met.

Mr. Irwin has fond memories of his uncle and of his own journey of pulling the book together with psychiatrist, poet and author, Dr. Khalid Sohail.

“I’ve been wanting to write this book since the 1990s,” said Mr. Irwin, explaining the first big “push” came when his uncle’s bag, containing a variety of items such as a clarinet, playing cards, sheet music and numerous letters – was recovered during a salvaging expedition in 1993.

Howard Irwin grew up on the family farm on Killarney Bay Road, just outside Fenelon Falls, but soon discovered farming wasn’t his strong point. In his teens he packed up and moved to the United States where he remained until his death in 1953; minus numerous months of travel that saw him visit Africa, India, Australia and England.

“He was always adventurous,” said Mr. Irwin. “When he took the Olympia back [home], he went straight to the U.S. and never came back to Canada except for family visits.”

Perhaps it was because his trip to England ended, not with him boarding the Titanic with his friend Harry Sutehall – who perished along with roughly 1,500 other passengers – but rather a ship bound for the Orient. Apparently, instead of settling in for the night, Howard went out drinking with strangers and awoke the next day to discover he had been shanghaied.

He had shared the story with many others but few, including Mr. Irwin, believed the tale. It’s one of the reasons why Mr. Irwin had long been compelled to write his uncle’s story.

Mr. Irwin began seriously working on the book several years ago, but had already typed out one of his great uncle’s journal that, as an amateur geneologist, also included the Irwin family history.

Interest in “setting the record straight” ramped up in more recent years he said, spurred on by the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and a touring exhibition that made a lengthy stop in Toronto. When Mr. Irwin learned many of the items that had been amazingly well preserved in his uncle’s bag would be on display, he didn’t hesitate to check out the exhibit.

“It’s been a long time coming. I’m very proud of what we’ve done.”

Copies of Mr. Irwin’s book are available at Grr8 Finds Market in Fenelon Falls or via

It is also available through the Fenelon Falls Public Library –

Barn and Bunkie Opens on May Street (Jun. 2016)

June 20, 2016

13325489_10153391209767271_2508396484795365946_nThe Barn and Bunkie has opened a new retail location on May Street in Fenelon Falls. You may have shopped at the Bunkie along County Rd 8 or at their booth at Grr8 Finds Market or you may know the Barn and Bunkie from the Artisan Shows. Owner Brandy Watson has decided to expand the brand and open a full retail location in downtown Fenelon.  (Next to Carson’s Country Cupboard)

The store features the reclaimed furniture and decor items that Brandy designs using the Fusion Mineral Paint line that she also sells at the store. She carries many other unique artist’s work as well. A original line of handbags from ‘Echoes In The Attic’ is a popular attraction. A extensive collection from ‘Perth Soap Factory’ is also now available at the store for browsing.

The store has caught the eye of some celebrity designers. Over the past weekend, Colin and Justin from the popular program, ‘Cottage Pressure’ on Cottage Life TV, stopped in to check out the Barn and Bunkie. They thought the store was fabulous and talked about it to their social media followers.  Look at Barn and Bunkie- putting Fenelon Falls on the map in their first quarter. WOOT WOOT!!

Brandy plans on offering an array of classes at the new location that include furniture painting, decor items, holiday items and much more. Watch for information on local news sites and social media.

You can follow the Barn and Bunkie on facebook here.

Learn about the Fusion Mineral Paint here


Fenelon Eateries Are Changing it Up (Jun. 2016)

June 6, 2016

The month of May must have inspired change for restaurants around Fenelon Falls. Many local eateries have undergone transitions over the last while and have opened their doors with some fabulous new offers for the 2016 Summer Season. New flavours, new patios, new owners, new cooks.  All kinds of new culinary adventures for you to explore in Fenelon Falls.  What is your pleasure? An Irish Pub with live fiddles playing? A summer salad on a shady patio? A tasty wrap with a view of the falls? A pizza to go to enjoy by the beach?

MurphysMurphy’s Lockside Pub – (formerly known as Lakehouse Grill)- has opened it’s doors and spacious waterview patio on the corner of Water Street and May Street in Downtown Fenelon Falls. The new pub is now serving up Fish and Chips and other pub style delectables. They have kept the popular pizza on the menu. They will feature Summer Parties with live music out on the patio!!

Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 7.04.26 PMThe Perch Restaurant – (formerly known as Falls View) has revamped the entire menu and is offering a new experience to diners. The new owners also own the Paddy House in Coboconk and are bringing the experience and success of that endeavour to Fenelon Falls.

PizzaPizza Pizza has opened a new location at the Ultramar Gas Station on Highway 121 heading north out of Fenelon Falls. This will offer an alternative to the pizza ordering experience in town. The menu has lots of other items to choose from as well. They also offer delivery.

NolansNolans Restaurant is pleased to announce the addition of their new outdoor patio! Guests can now enjoy their meals on the spacious new deck built in the shade of the trees along the building. This expands the seating area of the popular eatery!!

Farmers Market is in New Location (May 2016)

May 23, 2016


The Fenelon Falls Farmer Market is in full swing for the season. Visit our Farmers’ Market for a wide array of local produce, meat, preserves, baked goods and crafts including several vendors offering organic and pesticide-free products.

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 8.53.33 PMThe market has settled in nicely in their new location at the old arena lot on the corner of Bond Street and John Street in Fenelon Falls. The central venue is within walking distance to the downtown shopping district and to the beach making it perfect for a family outing.

The market will be open every Friday from 1pm to 6pm until Thanksgiving and an additional market will be held on Wednesdays from 1-6 during July and August.

The opening weekend was a success with many vendors and customers attending including O’brienview Farm, Crowhill Farm, Treat’s by Mom, Jon Faulknor Photography, Coyote Creek Farm, Flavours of the Fire, Hello Good Pie, Kawartha Herb Garden, Stone Farm Garlic, Wendel Messer, Cracklin Kettle Corn, and Shirley’s Baked Goods. They always welcome new vendors.

Follow them on facebook here 

Visit their website here

Curious Has A New Home (May 2016)

May 9, 2016


Albert Einstein claimed that being passionately curious was the only special talent he possessed.  Ironically, there is no shortage of either passion or talent at the place that Fenelon Falls knows as ‘CURIOUS’.  In fact, that talent and passion has overgrown the confines of the small May Street store and expansion has become a imminent necessity.

Anne Kulmala and her daughter, Tayla Hughes are the duo behind the ‘CURIOUS’ brand. Anne possesses extraordinary artistic talents with fur, wool, felting, painting and various raw materials. Tayla has a flare for design with jewelry, decor, and modern art. Between the two of them, they have captured the attention of the local and tourist marketplace.

The mother-daughter team decided that moving to a larger and more central location that became available at on Water Street was the most logical progression for the growing business.  The larger space is allowing them to better showcase their current product lines and also to bring in new and exciting products that their customers will love. The waterfront location is ideal for attracting visitors to step in and explore.

“We are excited to be starting this new path of our adventure,” says Anne. “We welcome everyone to come down and see the new location and the all the interesting things we have found to peak your curiosity. We are thankful for the support that we continually receive from our community and we look forward to sharing ‘Curious’ with you in this new, larger and brighter place.”

Curious will hosting a “GRAND RE-OPENING CELEBRATION” planned for Saturday, May 14th, 2016. They will have coffee and baked treats for everyone, a special draw and they will pay the tax an all sales.

Follow them on facebook here.

Summer Dance Camp in Fenelon Falls (Apr. 2016)

April 25, 2016
Dance Camp
Inspired 2 Dance in Fenelon Falls will be opening registration for Summer Dance Camps on May 23rd, 2016.
Participating in Dance Camp is not only a fun experience, but a great way to explore new styles of dance, unleash your creative energy and make new friends!
Camp includes different styles of dance; Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Acro. We will also include craft activities, dance games, student choreography, obstacle courses, imaginative improvisations and whatever else we dream with each group!The Dance Camps will be held during the month of July. You are required to bring your own lunch and snacks, all peanut free please!
Weekly Rate
Full Days: $180 including HST
2 Siblings or 2 weeks of camp: $300
Hours 9am-3pm
Also available is Summer Intensive Program. The Summer Intensive Program is for girls Age 12 & up. This program is a half day running from 9am – 12pm. Throughout the week we will explore the different kinds of dance the studio offers. This is put in as a challenge to older dancers to enhance their skills, and broaden their dance knowledge.
Dance Camp Dates 2016July 4-8th         Ages 4-6
July 11 – 15th      Ages 7-12
July 18- 22nd    Ages 4-6
July 25 – 29th     Ages 7-12
For more information contact

New Stylist Joining Tallulah Team (Apr. 2016)

April 25, 2016

image1Tallulah Salon and Spa is pleased to welcome a new stylist to their team beginning in May.

Kate-Lyn Hutchings attended Career School of Hair and Nails located in Oshawa, Ontario.  Born and raised in Lindsay, Ontario, she has experience working in her home town and Peterborough. She has had experience with different colour lines but Redken has become her ultimate favourite colouring and styling system. She has been working with the line for 5 years and has attended many courses in hair, hair colouring, styling and business through the company over the years.

“I am excited to be joining the team at Tallulah in May and I look forward to meeting the people of Fenelon Falls.” explains Kate-Lyn. “I am very passionate about what I do and love the hair industry. I absolutely couldn’t imagine what I would do if I wasn’t a hair stylist. Ultimately I’m just trying to save the world, one hair cut at a time. “

Kate-Lyn will be accepting new clients and welcome anyone to give her a call to book and appointment.   (705) 887-7695

Follow Tallulah on Facebook here

Chamber Report Identifies 6 Barriers to Growth (Apr. 2016)

April 21, 2016

Too Few Entrepreneurs Able to Scale Up Their Business

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April 21, 2016, the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce, in partnership
with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), released the report,
Breaking Barriers: Ontario’s Scale Up Challenge, which identifies the major roadblocks preventing Ontario businesses from expanding and presents recommendations to best support business owners in taking their
ventures to the next stage of growth.
According to the report, based on interviews with nearly two dozen business owners, sector associations, and other organizations, as well as a survey of over 350 Ontario business owners, too few entrepreneurs are continuing to build their business, or
“scale up”, in the province. The report adds to a recent chorus of voices calling for
governments, the business community, and other actors to build on the province’s entrepreneurial spirit by creating the conditions to enable our most promising firms to scale.
To position Ontario for long-term success, the report proposes recommendations to address six specific barriers preventing businesses from growing, which includes a lack of access to talent with scale up experience, gaps in the right kinds of financing, and lower incentives to growth offered through public programs.
Chief among the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce’s recommendations are for governments to improve businesses’ access to talent in the short-term by creating a scale-up visa to quicken access to essential international managerial talent.
According to an OCC survey, 63 percent of businesses that are looking to grow face a talent shortage. The chamber also encourages governments to gain a better understanding of where current gaps exist in the Canadian financing landscape.
Other recommendations of the report include:
●Realign public programs and incentives to focus supports on high-growth firms
●Encourage greater international trade activity by linking more business support programs to trade
●Improve access to public and private anchor customers by leveraging procurement to strategically invest in growing businesses
● Enable accurate measurement and monitoring of the scale up challenge by ensuring collaboration between Statistics Canada and industry groups to collect and publicize relevant data
The OCC’s survey also revealed that the cost of doing business remains a top issue for Ontario employers as 69 percent of business owners looking to grow identified this as a barrier. Through its advocacy efforts on other key policy issues, the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the OCC, continues to highlight the cost of doing business as a major challenge facing Ontario’s business community.

Cable Cable Up For CCSA Awards (Apr. 2016)

April 11, 2016

The Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA) is pleased to announce nominations are now open for Tuned-in Canada: The CCWEB GRAPHIC 2SA Awards 2016.

The awards celebrate the exemplary customer service, inspiring community building efforts, fantastic local content, and well-loved community channel personalities at CCSA member companies across the country.

“As a member of the CCSA, Cable Cable is eligible to receive nominations in different categories. The nomination period runs until April 22nd, at which time judges will create a shortlist of nominees. At this time everyone in the community can vote!” Explains Robyn Hoogenboom, Marketing and Communications – Cable Cable.  “If Cable Cable wins, we are able to offer $1,000 to a local charity. We would love to bring the prize money to the City of Kawartha Lakes! “

Canadians can make their nominations at until April 22nd at midnight (Atlantic).

The nomination categories are:

  • Best customer service story
  • Best community building story
  • Best community channel programming in:
    • News
    • Entertainment and
    • Sports
  • Best on-camera community channel personality.

Shortlisted nominees will be announced on May 10th and viewers across Canada will have a chance to vote and support their local nominees beginning May 24th.

Winners in each category will be announced on June 20th and will receive $1,000 to donate to a community charity of their choice.

Red Apple Grand Opening Success ( Mar. 2016)

March 28, 2016

Red Apple

The Red Apple held their grand opening in Fenelon Falls on Saturday, March 19th. Crowds lined up and down Colbourne Street waiting for the doors to open to take advantage of the deals offered on the big day.

Red Apple Stores Inc. is a nationwide chain of 156 value retail stores proudly serving Canadians in small communities, under the Red Apple and The Bargain! Shop banners. “We provide real savings on all of life’s essentials for clothing, home and food, in an easy to shop, warm and friendly environment. In addition to everyday great values on everyday needs, we offer an ever changing mix of seasonal merchandise and steady flow of special buys on the best brand names to continuously delight our customer.”  explains Red Apple Management.

Red Apple2Fenelon Red Apple will be offering customers a wider selection of products and new price points. The store is keeping the same staff and is excited to be able to offer customers an even better shopping experience.

The Red Apple offers a Senior’s Day on the first Wednesday of every month with a 15% savings on fashion and footwear and 10% savings on all other products.

You can follow the Red Apple on facebook here.

Visit the Red Apple website here.

The Red Apple Is New But Location Has History (Mar. 2016)

March 14, 2016

IMG_3255On March 19th the Red Apple will take over the former Bargain Shop location.  The location has a long history in Fenelon Falls.  The entire block was named Cunningham Fraser, consisted of 3 store fronts and was built in 1918.    John Sobko bought the block in 1974.  At the time the library was paying $77 a month in rent. It was demolished in 1982 to make way for the latest IGA expansion.

Over the years the buildings had housed different businesses; Mac MacCullum’s Men’s Wear and Custom Tailoring, the middle store had been a Chinese Laundry and then became McKay’s bake shop, the last building had been a barber shop, butcher shop, a lawyer’s office, a gift shop and then a shoemaker.  John Sobko’s grand opening for the IGA was held in 1957; at the time he had 5 employees and was 1300 square feet.  The new store was opened in 1967, the special concrete block with the IMG_3256Centennial logo and the Lock Centennial logo which was one of the cornerstones of the building can still be found in the wall of the building which was expanded in 1983.  The new IGA boasted a square footage of 6,600 square feet.  Mark Pilat took over the management of the building when the business was sold in 1989. 

The Red Apple will be holding a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, March 19th, 2016 and they welcome the entire community to come and see the new store and the great things they have to offer our community.  Come out and celebrate as a new era of retail comes to Fenelon Falls.

 About the author…

Caroline Fenelius Carpenter is a well know local writer and story teller. Her gift of sharing memories is perfectly suited to her vocation as a Celebrant. Caroline is available to host memorials, funerals, and celebrations. For more information call Caroline Fenelius-Carpenter – Funeral Celebrant Services at 705- 877 -2780 or contact her by email at

Houghton Creek is Coming to Town (Mar. 2016)

February 29, 2016

HoughtonHoughton Creek is a name many may already be familiar with from their store located in Lindsay. The owner, Darlene Algire is excited to be opening a satellite location at Grr8 Finds in Fenelon Falls.

Houghton Creek is the destination for the home owner who wants distinctive home decor that will make a statement in any room. They are locally owned and operated providing a broad selection of giftware and furniture to the area. Their family name hangs proudly above the store and they are happy to help you find that perfect piece for your living room, kitchen, hallway or cottage.

Their shop is brimming with colour, character and craftsmanship for your home. They offer gift ideas for all occasions. Treat yourself with a fragrant soy candle. Put a touch of whimsy on the wall with a vintage sign or add a splash of colour to the living room with one of our vibrantly hued toss cushions.

Drop in to Grr8 Finds in Fenelon Falls to see the new booth by Houghton Creek. You can visit their website at

Sponsor Showcase at Movie Night (Mar. 2016)

February 29, 2016

FbtF Sponsor Night 2016

A big shout out to our generous sponsors who attended the Films by the Falls Sponsors’ Fair before the February screening of “Learning to Drive”.

There was piano music from Peter Witt of Fenelon Falls Real Estate, delicious cheese appetizers from Sobey’s, fabulous mocktails from Jardine’s Funeral Home and wonderful fashions from the Kawartha Store.

Gift bags from Castle Keep Retirement and door prizes from The Butterfly Boutique rounded out the evening. Thanks to our enthusiastic sponsors for helping to make Films by the Falls a great night out to see a heart warming movie and to socialize with friends and neighbours in a cocktail party atmosphere while surrounded by the latest fashions in clothing and shoes!
Films by the Falls next film is TRUMBO screening March 29, 2016 at 7:30 PM at Fenelon Falls Secondary School.  Visit for more details.

Meet Nolan’s New Owners (Feb. 2016)

February 15, 2016

popular Fenelon restaurant renovated and reopened

New Owners Richard and John

New Owners Richard and John

Nestled at the corner of Market St. and Francis St., Nolan’s Restaurant has been a popular destination in Fenelon Falls for many years. Last month, Nolan’s began a new era under the ownership of John Curtis and Richard Mitchell, two long-time village residents.

Owning a restaurant has been a “long-term goal” for the two, John said. He explained they had been searching locally for a possible investment but hadn’t had any luck. Last fall, they visited Nolan’s for lunch and were immediately interested. “We heard it was possibly for sale and spoke to the owners at the time. They were still interested in selling and we started negotiating,” John recalled. The sale was finalized in early December and on January 9th, 2016 the restaurant was reopened.

A number of renovations were made including refinishing the floor, refacing the restaurant’s fireplace and the addition of a bar. One of the former owners, Naz Rozon, has stayed with the business as head chef. Joining her in the kitchen is chef-in-training Deb Graham. Curtis and Mitchell are gradually making changes to the menu, but have kept several old favourites.

Business has been steady since the reopening, Curtis said. “Most days we are full. Sometimes we have to turn people away.” Nolan’s Restaurant is located at 24 Francis St. W. It is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday.

Be sure to follow Nolan’s on facebook (click here!) for all the latest information about this popular Fenelon Falls restaurant.

Call 705-887-3322 to make a reservation.

Fenelon Athletics and Nutrition Celebrates (Feb. 2016)

February 15, 2016

FA2yrsFenelon Athletics and Nutrition is celebrating 2 years in business in Fenelon Falls. They started as a small but determined group at the church on the corner of Bond and Colbourne Streets.

Some of the same group that started out with them 2 years ago are still dedicated to keeping fit with the Fenelon Athletics team. Jennifer Swanson, Danielle Simmons and Pauline Campbell are still leaving calories on the floor.

The floor is much larger now.  They now meet at the high school gym to accommodate the class size. They now are fortunate to have a full classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

They wish to thank everyone for their confidence in them and let them know that they appreciate their determination and perseverance.


For more information please visit

New Massage Therapist Does Home Visits (Feb. 2016)

February 1, 2016

LianneLianne Mackey has been a resident of Fenelon Falls for over 6 years now, where she lives with her husband and 2 young boys. Before becoming a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), Lianne worked with children in various capacities, and although she still loves to spend time with kids, she decided a few years ago to return to school to explore a new and exciting avenue.

Lianne has had an interest in helping people for as long as she can remember, and a career in Massage Therapy always felt like a good fit for her. She attended an accelerated program in Peterborough at Trillium College, and graduated Valedictorian with Honours. After quickly passing her Ontario licensing exams, she has been treating clients in Fenelon Falls, Lindsay and the surrounding areas. She does house visits and brings everything she needs with her when she comes. It’s a wonderful way to relax and feel better in the comfort of your own home.

Massage Therapy is covered by most insurance companies and offers tremendous benefit to your overall wellbeing. Some of the benefits of massage are:

Physical Benefits:-     Relaxes tired, achy muscles

  • Calms the nervous system
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Slows respiration
  • Stretches connective tissue
  • Reduces chronic pain
  • Improves muscle tone
  • Relieves cramped muscles
  • Reduces tension headaches
  • Increases tissue metabolism
  • Speeds recovery from strains/ sprains
  • Increases range of motion
  • Speeds elimination of metabolic waste
  • Increases blood & lymph circulation
  • Stimulated release of endorphins
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Reduces swelling
  • Improves posture
Mental Benefits:

  • Reduces mental stress
  • Promotes quality sleep
  • Improves productivity
  • Improves concentration


Emotional Benefits:

  • Lessens depression & anxiety
  • Enhances self-image
  • Provides a feeling of well-being
  • Nurtures & stimulates emotional growth


Massage Therapy can be beneficial in treating discomfort associated with the following:                      (to name a few)

  • Pregnancy
  • Whiplash
  • Dislocations
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • IT Band contracture
  • Patellofemoral Syndrome
  • Tennis / Golfers Elbow
  • Scoliosis
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
  • Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)
  • Piriformis Syndrome / Sciatic pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Sinusitis
  • Constipation

If you are interested in learning more about Lianne and what she does or if you are wanting to contact her, please check out her website at or call 705-341-8515

The Flavour of Love – Escape From The Ordinary (Feb. 2016)

January 30, 2016


Life is magical with Escape From the Ordinary.  Join them on Saturday February 13th or Sunday 14th for dinner. The theme is the “Flavour of Love” …. can you imagine ?






Visit the Escape From The Ordinary’s facebook page for more information…

The Kerb – A Unique Take on Recycling (Jan. 2016)

January 18, 2016

ThekerbKerry Solomen has a unique take on recycling. She was tired of throwing out perfectly useful items. She has an ability to see potential and new creative uses for pieces that others were ready to throw away. She decided to put this creativity to task and start a new business in Fenelon Falls.

The Kerb designs and creates one-of-a-kind home decor from discarded but once loved objects such as tables, shelves, wall art, mirrors, benches, seasonal decor and much much more.

The Kerb is an environmentally friendly business that upcycles and refurbishes discarded once loved objects creating a product of higher quality, value and beauty than the original. This allows us to have a positive impact on the environment by saving items destined for landfill.

The Kerb creations are available at Queen B’s Home Accents and Gifts located at 33 Colborne Street in Fenelon Falls.

Check out The Kerb’s website at

You can also follow The Kerb’s creations or for project tips via Facebook and Twitter at @TheKerb and on Instagram at @kerbcollections.

To donate items or for special orders email Kerry at

Friendly Computer Helpers in Fenelon (Dec. 2015)

December 7, 2015

Friendly Computers

Friendly Computer Helpers is a small business starting up in the Fenelon Falls area. With years of experience helping friends and family with all their computer needs, they have become the ‘go to people’ for computer questions and concerns.

The owner’s are  Marc & Kaitlyn Schleifer of Fenelon Falls.  Marc has a passion for computers and likes to help others. He took video game design in college but could not find jobs outside of large cities. Preferring small town living, he moved back home and turned his passion into helping others with their computer issues while working in other fields.

Kaitlyn has a passion for architecture and drafting. After attending college for interior design and transferring to architectural technology, she worked in Toronto at the hospitals and also designing stores for a large grocery chain. Since moving out of the city to the area, she has moved to designing custom cabinetry including kitchen designs. Currently the majority of her time is spent as a stay at home mom raising their 6 month old son. 

After looking into what was available in the area for computer assistance and hearing some feed back, Marc brought home the idea of starting their own business helping people. They also took into account the number of senior citizens in the area and thought it would be great to bring forward services which can assist them in learning basic programs and feel comfortable around electronics. 

They also have experience with various electronics including home offices and entertainment areas. With their knowledge of computer terminology, they are able to assist when communicating with other technicians or manufacturers.

FCHIf you require assistance learning a new program, they would be happy to sit down and walk you through it.

They can help you with…

  • Setting up your home office
  • Setting up entertainment units
  • Fixing computer issues
  • Setting up printers, computers, routers, tablets, game systems etc.
  • Teaching computer programs
  • Design work

The friendly staff would be happy to assist you with all your computer needs. Call to book your appointment today ~ 705-886-0499.

Spirits and Splatters at Tallulah Salon and Spa (Nov. 2015)

November 23, 2015


How about an evening out wth the girls enjoying your favourite spirits and creating your own master piece?  Spirits and Splatters offers just that!

Tallulah Salon and Spa is hosting a Holiday Painting Night.  Come by yourself, with family or friends, and leave with a Picasso of your own, some handy new painting skills, and most importantly, new friends and lasting memories.

No experience is required and newbies are encouraged to join us. Spirits and Splatter’s social painting parties are fun for any skill level. They even provide all of the painting supplies so you don’t have to! No set up or clean up!

The painting party will be held Thursday, December 3rd at 7pm-9:30pm. The Tallulah Salon and Spa is located across from the High School in Fenelon Falls. Space is limited to 25 people so sign up early at

Get Fried Finds a Winter Location (Nov. 2015)

November 8, 2015


Get Fried Food truck has been successfully operating at their location beside MAP across from Canadian Tire. The food truck is not able to operate during the winter months. The owners, Jen and Andy have decided to move the business into a building so they can offer their fare to customers all year round.

They have secured a restaurant located between the Stop 4 Variety and Bubble Bakery- across from the high school. The Get Fried Diner is set to open on Nov 20th and the new hours will be 7 am to 7pm.

“We will have the same menu items as the truck and the same commitment to quality food.” explains Jennifer. “We will be expanding our menu to include breakfast, dinners, wraps, and salads. The food truck started with this menu and customers like it. We want everyone to get the food truck experience in our diner.”

“Why are we doing this?  Because we love it. We love our MAP location and all our customers,” says Jennifer. “We really enjoy doing mobile events and all the people we have met through that. To shut down for the winter was just something we didn’t want to do”.

Get Fried has built a base of regular customers that come daily for lunch and dinner and who have become like family to them. This opportunity for a Get Fried Diner fell in their laps at a perfect time and they decided they had to go for it. Get Fried will still be available for private events and christmas parties and are still catering. They are currently booking for next spring and summer with the mobile.

They also plan to re-open the MAP location in April 2016.

For more information follow Get Fried on facebook.

Fetch Welcomes Experienced Groomer (Oct 2015)

October 24, 2015

janiceFetch Pet Supply is pleased to announce that a new dog groomer will be starting at the Fenelon Falls location just in time for the holidays.  The Fetch Family is excited to have found an experienced and talented professional groomer that can deliver the level of quality they want for their business.

Beginning December 2nd, 2015, Janice Foulkes will be bathing, trimming and fluffing the canines of Fenelon Falls.  Janice brings over 20 years of experience to the Fenelon location.  Former owner and lead groomer at Pooches Dog Grooming in Unionville, Ontario,  Janice has acquired a broad knowledge of techniques and styles for all breeds of dogs.  Having recently moved to the Fenelon area, she is anxious to begin sharing her knowledge and expertise with new clients.

Janice believes in continually upgrading her skill set and is routinely taking courses, webinars and seminars to stay current on the best grooming and pet care practises that are available.  Janice maintains an active membership in ODGA (Ontario Dog Groomers Association) and the NAPCG (National Association of Professional Creative Groomers).  She uses top of the line equipment that allows for the most comfortable, safe and relaxed atmosphere for her 4-legged clients.  She also uses an all natural line of shampoos, rinses and care solutions that ensures that your pet receives the most healthy products available on the market.

dogJanice invited me, along with my dogs, to meet her and see first hand how her service measures up.  It was immediately apparent that she has a special gift with dogs.  My typically nervous and timid dachshunds were comfortable and at ease with her at once.  She had both of them rolling over for belly rubs and giving her kisses – even during the nail clipping!  I have to say…THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED!!!!  I was impressed from start to finish.  Professional, friendly, knowledgeable and the dogs loved her.  She even goes the extra mile with a perfect little silk tie to polish off the look. The service was comparable to a high priced posh pet boutique in the city! I left with two pleasantly pampered pooches!

Fetch is now booking appointments for December 2nd forward.  Get your pooch booked in early to avoid disappointment. Call 705-887-5467 .

Visit Fetch Pet Supply online here.

You can follow Fetch on Facebook here.


Bubble’s Bakery – Now Open (Oct. 2015)

October 24, 2015


Bubbles BakeryFor Linda Macissac, baking homemade goodies is something that just comes naturally. It was an easy transition for her to purchase the old Kawartha Bakery location and start her own business. With new suppliers, a new menu, and a flare for baking, Linda is ready to welcome new customers to the new Bubbles Bakery, located in the strip mall across from the high school.

With many homemade treats ranging from a selection of tarts to breads, buns, cakes and squares, Bubbles has something yummy for every palette.

TheBubbles treatsy have a delectable thick sliced homestyle bread that is quickly becoming popular. They even have gluten free varieties of baking.

Bubbles will also be offering breakfast and lunch on their menu.  BLT’s, pancakes and breakfast sandwiches will be available in the morning and a deli counter with salads, subs, sandwiches and homemade soup is offered each afternoon. You can choose to eat in or take out.

Bubbles can prepare birthday cakes and pies fresh to order.  Call 705-879-4415.

You can follow them on facebook here.



Recycle, Refinish, Re-Purpose With Style (Oct. 2015)

October 11, 2015


We hear so much today about recycling and refinishing furniture. It is a great idea to repurpose old furniture and decor. The positive environmental effects are without question. It saves trees, reduces landfill waste, reduces factory pollutants and best of all it saves money. The question is… how do I make it look good?

There is more to it than slapping a fresh coat of paint on an item and hoping that it will bring it back to life. Choosing colours, type of paint, how to distress, do you sand it first, do you use multiple colours, what about metallics ? The questions and options are endless leaving many people doubting their abilities and shying away from giving it a try.

Don’t let this intimidate you. There are resources to assist you. Look no further, the Barn and Bunkie can help you.  Brandy Watson is the local dealer for Fusion Paint and Decor Supplies. Brandy has a booth at Grr8 Finds Market and hosts workshops on “How To ReFinish with Style”.

The next workshops are scheduled for October 21st and 28th from 7pm-9pm. You can can contact Brandy at or 705-738-7369 to book. November dates are also available. This workshop will teach you the techniques you need, an understanding of colour trends and the supplies you will need. Reserve your spot today.

image3With all the supplies available locally and someone to show you the tricks, your project is a step closer towards successful completion. Consider this your official warning – this hobby is addicting.

Stop in at Grr8 Finds Market in Fenelon Falls to view the Barn and Bunkie’s projects or to find the perfect item to begin your own journey of creativity.

For inspiration and finished items, follow the Barn and Bunkie on Facebook here. 


Using A Celebrant – A Personalized Funeral Service (Sept 2015)

September 28, 2015

Few people like going to a funeral and even less like planning a funeral. It often brings back sad memories and emotions that we prefer to keep under wraps.  Formal church services and silent chapel rooms leave many people wanting to escape the sad spaces. Some families may also feel daunted by the cost of these services.  These may be some of the reasons that people are now choosing not to have a funeral at all.

It does not have to be that way. People now have options. A funeral can be a time to celebrate ones life and can be filled with happy memories, loving antidotes and honoured legacies.  Some may want to stick to the traditional spaces but some may want to venture outside. A Funeral Service can be held at your favourite places – in your garden, on the farm, at the cottage or in a community hall.  It can be a morning celebration with coffee and cakes or it can be a BBQ on the back porch. It can be whatever you want it to be.

A new service is being offered in our community – A Funeral Celebrant.  Caroline Carpenter is certified under In Sight Certified Celebrants under Doug Manning. This is the course recognized by Funeral Homes across Canada and Ontario. Caroline began doing memorial services at Fenelon Court over 10 years ago. She is part of the palliative care program at Fenelon Court.

Becoming a celebrant was a natural transition for Caroline. “I didn’t know there was such a thing until I was approached by Julie at Jardines Funeral Home after reading a eulogy I had written for a funeral.” explains Caroline.  “It seemed logical that this would be the next step for me.”

Have you ever sat through a funeral, feeling uncomfortable because the person speaking did not know the person who died?  That is what Caroline wants to change.  “I want to tell their story, to share what made them unique and real.  I want the funeral to reflect who they were, the legacy that they are leaving behind.” says Caroline.  “So often, people are cremating their loved ones, picking up their remains and choosing not to have a service.  They may be concerned about costs, personal beliefs, or they just don’t want a traditional or formal service. Having the option to have someone come in who can tell the story of the loved ones life and help personalize a service, whether it is in a funeral home or your backyard. This can make the process easier and more suited to the individual family.”

“Historically, the community funeral home was the pinnacle of society where people were welcomed to pay their respects, received closure and were able to grieve.  I believe that excluding that part of the process can be detrimental to your well being. Grief is an important part of death.” explains Caroline. “People should be celebrated and thoughtfully remembered in whichever way makes them feel most comfortable.”

The goal of a Celebrant is not to take away the fine job that clergy and funeral homes have done for years, but rather to work with them as an option for a service.  People now have choices about how, where and when they want to celebrate the life of their loved ones.

Working with a Funeral Celebrant, you can choose to meet in person, as an individual or as a family. A Celebrant can speak to family members and friends on the phone or by email and collect stories of their loved one.  A Celebrant can help you orchestrate the funeral, help pick a venue, music and readings that will reflect the person and the family.  A Celebrant can help you personalized a service in so many different ways.

If you are interested in learning more about Caroline Carpenter – Funeral Celebrant Service, call  705 887 2780  or email her at

Caroline is also available to write and speak at retirement parties, birthday, anniversary, renewals  or weddings parties. She is also working on becoming a non-denominational Wedding Celebrant.

Show Us Your Grr8 Finds is Back

September 14, 2015


It is back! The wildly popular ‘Show Us Your Grr8 Finds Contest‘ is back for round two. Grr8 Finds Market in Fenelon Falls has decided to hold another contest where you can win gift certificates for posting a picture of the treasures that you purchased at Grr8 Finds Market. It can be a piece you have up-cycled, painted, re-created or just a fabulous piece found at Grr8 Finds Market.

From Oct 1st to 31st, 2015 you can show us your Grr8 Finds on the ‘Show Us Your Grr8 Finds Contest Page’ (click here). To qualify, the items have to be purchased from Grr8 Finds or painted with Fusion Paint from Grr8 Finds. Just take a picture of your Grr8 Find and post it on the “Show Us Your Grr8Find” facebook group page.

A total of 3 prizes are up for grabs by the qualifying participants. A random draw will be held for 2 gift certificates for $50 each and a Prize Basket of Fusion Products including free admission to a Fusion Workshop in November, hosted by Brandy Watson of the Barn and Bunkie.

Enter as many pieces as you like to increase your chances of winning. Let your creativity flow! Stop by the store for more details. Have fun!

Show Us Your Grr8Finds Contest