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Mensen Farm - a true family business

DELTA - The family behind Mensen Farm knows the meaning of hard work, dedication and giving back to their community.

Susie and Garry Mensen started with a berry patch 25 years ago and have continued to expand their product line and reputation ever since.

Today, they offer an on-farm produce store, a seasonal gift shop, maple syrup and Christmas trees and are a vendor at markets in Gananoque, Kingston and Crosby. More than 500 Fraser and Balsam fir trees are sold each December. The 300-acre farm also produces cash crops, including soya beans.

Stone City Woodworks

Giving someone you care about an item that is unique, thoughtful, and handmade is rewarding. Making it yourself is even better, but if your crafting and DIY skills need some work, there is no shame in letting someone else do the handy work for you. Enter Lennox and Addington's Stone City Woodworks.

“The ability to give someone something that is better than they were expecting, and to see their reaction, is what made this so addicting.”

The Book Lady

The Book Lady Thrives in Fenelon Falls

Characteristics that make for a good and potentially successful small business owner include flexibility, a sense of timing, passion, and a willingness to put in the hours and sweat equity necessary to make an enterprise thrive.

big river technologies inc.

big river technologies inc. is a high-tech company that provides services and solutions for some of the most complicated financial services computing needs, partnering with top international banking firms to develop a reputation for excellence, for innovation and adaptability.  

Port William Sound

As a singer-songwriter, performing as Evening Hymns, Jonas Bonnetta found living in Toronto was a good way to become part of the Canadian indie music scene, but he came from a rural background near Peterborough, and said he always knew he would eventually leave the city. This led him to move to Tay Valley several years ago, although he was drawn back to Toronto a lot, and was touring most of the year as well.

Clayworks Pottery

Nature Inspires Unique Creations of Clayworks Pottery

Turning inspiration into art takes great talent, patience and dedication. Taking it one big step further and turning this creative impetus into a successful handmade business takes a further set of skills, as well as even more patience, dedication and courage.

Jodie Hames, owner of Clayworks Pottery in Bethany, ON, possessed the former cache of characteristics in abundance for most of her life. She later learned to develop the acumen necessary to create a handmade business – not just once, but twice.

Salvage Garden

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.

Davidson Courtyard

A Community Improvement Plan Success Story

Every small town has that one local icon, a location or venue that is rife with memories for locals and with a rich historical background that draws interest from visitors from the surrounding community and beyond.  In Smiths Falls, that icon is Davidson Courtyard, once home to the well-known Davidson Bakery and today a popular destination for shopping and dining in Smiths Falls.

Wilton Tack

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.