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Coffee, comfort food and good conversation at Rustic Roadside Restaurant

At a roadside restaurant in Gilmour, about halfway between Bancroft and Madoc on Highway 62, there’s a sign above the cash that reads, “The secret ingredient is always love.” This statement is certainly true for entrepreneur Maggie Thrasher, co-owner of the newly opened Rustic Roadside Restaurant. The warmth a customer feels when entering her establishment …

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Janice Chrysler – Mindful Journey

Headquartered in Marmora & Lake, Janice Chrysler started Mindful Journey to assist others in awakening spirituality in all aspects of their life. Having grown up in Hastings County she could live anywhere else in the world, but describes why Hastings is a great place to live and run her business as a Spiritual Growth Facilitator. …

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Talented musical duo Red Dirt Skinners Love Life in Hastings County

Sarah Skinner remembers the moment she knew Canada was meant to be her new home.She and her husband Rob had just finished a 12-date tour in 2015, performing as the Red Dirt Skinners, during an 18-day stint on Canadian soil. Between the warmth of the people, the gorgeous scenery, and what Sarah says were 12 …

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Co-owners, Cheryl Freeman and Chelsea Freeman, of Hidden Goldmine Bakery in Madoc, Ontario pose together behind the counter of their bakery with fresh baked goods on display around them.

Madoc’s Familial Goldmine

In the quaint community of Madoc lies a boutique bakery that cherishes carefully crafted, old-fashioned baking. Hastings County’s Hidden Goldmine Bakery is a family-owned business that has mastered traditional, preservative-free dessert recipes. Hidden Goldmine Bakery is run by the Freeman family, and they have successfully translated their family’s passion for baking into a rapidly growing …

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Hastings Trailblazer | Frost House

The joy and spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Tweed at a new holiday vendor market just opened for the season. Frost House, located on Jamieson Street in the village, welcomes customers with a vintage, old-fashioned Christmas vibe, with holiday music playing on a retro record player, antiques from Christmases of the past, and a vast array of local, handmade items.

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Limerick Lake Lodge and Marina

Limerick Lake is a unique body of water. Although it has 75 miles of shoreline, the entire lake has less than 160 cottages, many of which have been passed down through family generations since the 1920s and 1930s. The lake is quiet, pristine and mostly untouched, with no new builds since 1980. The reason? Limerick Lake is only accessible by boat.

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Hastings Trailblazer | Grail Springs Retreat

Located just south of Bancroft, Grail Springs Retreat is quietly hidden among the trees, known as a place where guests experience holistic wellness getaways in the serenity and calm of nature.

“It was never in my wildest dreams to ever create something like this,” said Grail Springs founder Madeleine Marentette, adding she originally attended college with an eye for design – a passion that is quite obvious in the unique architecture of the buildings at Grail Springs.

Over time, however, Marentette’s interest in wellness and holistic healing grew. She began a journey learning about yoga, meditation and self-awareness. It was from those experiences that her retreat was cultivated.

The owner of Chris Live Bait, female Sandra Vanattan, standing in her store with some of the firearms they sell on-site in Marmora, Ontario.

Meet Sandra Vanattan, co-owner of Chris’ Live Bait

Ask Sandra Vanattan what she loves about living and working in a rural community and she’ll tell you in one word: “Everything.” It’s the personal relationships built with customers, the short commute to work, and the small-town ambiance that you can’t find in a larger city centre. Read more about why Sandra enjoys working and living in the rural community of Marmora & Lake, Ontario.

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Meet Ro and Jo, Entrepreneurial & Creative Couple Crafting Functional Art

Meet RO and JO. Ro and Jo is Rosannah and Joseph Penner. They created their business in 2017 at their home located in Bancroft, ON. This young entrepreneurial and creative couple like to create art that is functional. Their bags are hand painted, screen printed and include genuine leather accents. Visit their website to see some …

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Dionne Baker

Meet Dionne Baker, a Digital Professional Who Left The City for a Refreshed Pace of Life

What have you been working on lately? For this period of my life it’s more like, “What haven’t you been working on lately!” In addition to being a Shopify Partner and Expert, I build websites and manage marketing campaigns for corporate clients throughout North America. I’m also helping the Business Improvement Association (BIA) in Stirling …

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New craft brewery

There’s a new business in town! A large crowd gathered at the new 7/62 Craft Brewers in Madoc on Saturday, October 19, 2019 to celebrate their grand opening! 7/62 Brewery was founded by Scott Williams and Al Shaw. Together they are making “wildly authentic” and delicious craft beer right here in Hastings! To hear their story first-hand, you …

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Meet Jessica & Nathan Rogers, Building a Balanced Flow as Owners of Creekside Yoga

Jess and Nate Rogers are yoga studio owners who left the city and created a more balanced life here in Hastings County. Here’s their story … Tell us a little about yourselves – where are you from originally and what do you do? Jess – I was born in Scarborough but spent most of my childhood in …

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