Business Stories

Southern Ontario Auto Restore- "Find a niche market. Find something that people want but not everybody can offer.”

Breathing new life into old cars is what Southern Ontario Auto Restore (SOAR) in Lennox and Addington County does best. Visiting the shop at 108 Dairy Avenue in Greater Napanee is like stepping back in time with a roar of modern flare.

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Milligan Meats- "To have a business where people come in and they are grateful you are here, it makes you feel so incredible.”

Hard work, dedication and the utmost gratitude has been the perfect recipe for success for Milligan Meats butcher shop located in the heart of Cloyne in Lennox and Addington County.

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Changes Hair and Esthetics Salon - "Being partnered with the right people has helped to excel all aspects of my business.""

There's a saying that enduring hardship together, brings people closer together, and for Melissa Stevenson and her team at Changes Hair and Esthetics Salon in Amherstview, this couldn't be more true.

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AD Snacks - "We don't have to live in a city to reach our customers"

Imagine a product that requires no advertising, very little marketing, and no overhead costs. It’s a golden nugget, it is the product that sells itself. And that’s exactly what Peter and Angela Joyce’s customers claim about their pepperoni.

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Stone City Woodworks - "Our community really came around and supported us."

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.

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Stinson Studios - "Work integrated into your life, not your life revolving around work."

We all carry traits from our parents, things that make us who we are and link us to our past. We learn things from them and take them with us as we go. For Jesse Stinson, his trade is rooted in family, tradition, and the natural environment he grew up in.

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FireRein - "Disrupt(ing) the market with a game-changing technology"

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.

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Deadleaf Distinguished Gentleman - "It's a lifestyle. Not a job."

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.

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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:

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