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Vegiscape

Vegiscape

519-275-1340 | vegiscape@gmail.com | vegiscape.com Kai Groen: Trading truck routes for veggie roots What do you do with a university degree in English, History and Philosophy? “I drove truck,” Kai Groen shrugs and smiles. Years later, he is now rolling out Vegiscape, his market gardening and ‘edible landscaping’ business in Stratford and Perth County. The […]
The Red Rabbit

The Red Rabbit

64 Wellinton Street, Stratford | 519-722-7296 | redrabbitresto.com Passion to Share: A worker-owned restaurant with a unique financial model “Embarrassment of riches” sums up the Stratford food scene, with over a dozen entrepreneurial, chef-driven restaurants within two blocks of City Hall, plus culinary events and organizations reaching out into Perth County’s prodigious farming community. One […]
Linleys – A Food Shop

Linleys – A Food Shop

51 York Street, Stratford | 519-508-884 | linleys.ca Restaurateur’s Pivot: Prior success creates new options “We resisted calling it Linleys,” says Aaron Linley. And Bronwyn Linley concurs. “We hoped to call it something else,” she says of the couple’s new business, Linleys, A Food Shop. “But our store designer, Ron Nuhn, talked us into it.” […]
Dale’s Performance Automotive

Dale’s Performance Automotive

5980 Victoria Ave., Kirkton | 519-229-6532 Custom Cool: A childhood fascination becomes a business It started with Dad’s ’57 Chevy Delivery Sedan: the first hotrod in Dennis Dale’s childhood. And the love of all things General Motors went from there – hours gluing and painting plastic models, stacks of drag racing magazines and hot rod […]
Simply Divine Designs

Simply Divine Designs

After several years of helping their clients reconfigure and expand their homes and favourite rooms, Heather Galloway and Terra Gateman, the owners of Simply Divine Designs, need to do the same for their interior design company. Sitting in their diminutive, Erie Street storefront, Terra explains, “We love this location, but we need more space for […]
Junction 56 Distillery

Junction 56 Distillery

On a blustery morning at the 2012 Savour Stratford Culinary Festival, Michael Heisz was sitting in the whisky tasting seminar when a friend leaned over and whispered, “Why don’t we make this?” Michael was looking for ideas. After 15 years of design process engineering and managing a staff of 80 at Blackberry in Waterloo, he […]
Midas Auto Service and Tires

Midas Auto Service and Tires

Every business owner loves to be busy. It’s a good sign. But business owners like Kevin and Sherrie Gibson at Midas Auto Service and Tires on Erie Street, also know that cash flow isn’t all there is to a healthy balance sheet. Fortunately, when the Gibsons’ Midas franchise faced a temporary cash flow crunch, despite […]
Black Swan Brewery

Black Swan Brewery

Ryan Stokes and Bruce Pepper believe every town or small city could support its own brewery. Enough to do something about it. Like open one. But with 32 years of teaching experience between them, it’s an oblique turn to go from school teacher to brew master. Stokes is a grade 7-8 science teacher at Stratford […]