Posts tagged Fenelon Falls
Earth Day

In recognition of this year’s Earth Day on Monday, April 22nd, take a moment to ask yourself: how can I live a greener lifestyle or be more eco-friendly?

Being mindful of your environmental impact is easy, and good for the community as well as the planet! Doing your part is as easy as making some of these habits: put litter in the right receptacle, bring your reusable bags to the grocery store, avoid single-use plastic, eat more plants, shop local, walk or ride instead of drive, and reduce waste by bringing your own travel mug and reusable water bottle when you’re out and about.

On social media, the hashtag #trashtag is trending for posts sharing pictures of outdoor spaces before and after someone has cleaned it up and made it free of litter and garbage. Are there any areas in our community that could use the #trashtag treatment?

Take a before picture, clean the space up, take an after picture, and post it to social media. It’s that simple! Use the hashtags #trashtag and #funinfenelon in order to earn 3 entries in this month’s contest and to be shared on our social media channels. The prize this month is $50 - help the environment and you could win.

This Earth Day, let’s all commit to keeping Fenelon beautiful, and after this month keep the public cleanup trend alive: bring a bag of litter cleaned up from a public space in town to Julia at the Country Cupboard in exchange for a free frozen yogurt!

Featured Event - Easter Eggstravaganza

It’s time to spring into the season and shake off the cold. On Saturday, April 20th, The Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce is hosting annual favourite event, Easter Eggstravaganza. Children will search the town with a map of participating sponsors from 10 am to 1 pm to collect stamps which are redeemed for treat bags at the Easter Bunny Headquarters. Additional family friendly activities include crafts, face painting, cookie decorating, and a bunny petting zoo. We hope to see you there!

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Mobile Shredding Event

Calling all community groups, businesses and paper collectors! Spring is here so there’s no better time to collect your boxes of personal and business documents and bring them to the community mobile shredding event. Drive up with your boxes and watch as they are professionally and securely destroyed in the Iron Mountain shredding truck while you wait. This community event is brought to you by Handley’s Lumber and the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce. For more information please contact Marylee at 705-887-3409 or hello@explorefenelonfalls.com.

Here’s what you need to know to participate:

Date:  Saturday, May 11th

When:  11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where:  Old arena lot located at the corner of John and Bond Street, Fenelon Falls

Cost:  $5.00/box (cash only please)

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Celebrating Grr8 Finds: 10 Years in Business

Submitted by Anna Radey

Fenelon Falls has always been a unique destination for visitors. Tourists and locals alike are often enamoured with the variety of attractions within the boundaries of our small town. However, at its core, Fenelon is all about the people who make each and every visitor feel special and welcome.

One of the town’s greatest ambassadors is Randy at Grr8 Finds. His store is located in the heart of downtown and has been in operation since February 2009. Given his passion for antiques, it was only natural that he would eventually expand his business to include over 50 vendors and 1900 consignments. His venture has been so successful, that he was one of the first businesses in Fenelon Falls to start practicing standardized hours, (7 days a week, 364 days a year), which has proven to be quite effective. With many small businesses getting their start from being a vendor at Gr88 Finds, Tim Wisener of the Colborne Street Gallery notes that Randy “may be one of the most effective small business incubators within the City.”

Grr8 Finds offers up a visual wonder of unique items for all occasions and tastes. The vendor spaces are stocked with items of all sizes, with enough variety to fit any budget. Randy has a desire to ensure that everyone finds what they are looking for. His store even includes a candy counter for the local children, and those who are young at heart. Randy said his favourite thing about the store is “making memories. From the kids growing up as they come in to get candy, to the customers who purchase something and come back to tell me what they have done with it.”

Along with being a pillar of the business community, Randy is also a staunch ally of the LGBTQ community, and is often the provider of a safe space for teens to come and share their thoughts and perspectives, as well as perhaps gain a little wisdom along the way. Dakota Tilling, a student at Fenelon Falls Secondary School who stops in to see Randy nearly every day, notes that when Randy offers life advice or encouragement, “it’s always been very, very helpful. And he always seems to go out of his way to make sure that everyone else is happy. One thing he offers is a safe place for high school students to go if they’re having a rough time. You just go and sit on the bench at his candy store and you’re good.”

As we celebrate Randy’s 10th anniversary in Fenelon Falls, we wish him continued prosperity, both as an entrepreneur, as well as a supporter of the local community. If you find yourself downtown, be sure to stop in and congratulate Randy. You might even walk out with a little treasure of your own!


Featured Event - Retail Refresh

You're Invited to the Retail Refresh Training Series with esteemed Barbara Crowhurst. Barbara is North America's #1 Retail Business Coach, specializing in helping retailers run effective and profitable businesses.

"If there is any way you can attend a Barbara Crowhurst session and bring your key employees with you, you really should!" - The Kawartha Store

Your investment of $50 + tax includes 3 value-packed sessions:

  1. Session 1, April 23rd - Learn how to achieve your year end sales goals, market your business effectively, and increase the frequency of customers coming into your store. Barbara will also introduce you to the Retail Makeover Buying Budget system.

  2. Session 2, May 7th - Discover how to create the ultimate shopping experience your customers want through effective store design and product placement, and creating a service culture that inspires sales.

  3. Session 3, October - The final session will provide a quick check up and includes valuable tips and insights to increase your holiday traffic and sales.

2 lucky winners will win a one-on-one retail makeover with Barbara Crowhurst - valued at over $1700 each!

"Barbara gave me tools and knowledge to take my small business to the next level. The changes I have implemented have proven to be a huge success" - The Butterfly Boutique

For more information and to register, visit retailrefresh.eventbrite.ca

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Featured Event - Musicfest 2019

Presented by the Fenelon Falls Grannies for Grannies, Musicfest 2019 is happening this Saturday at St. James Anglican Church from 11 am to 5:30 pm. All performers have committed their time to support a worthy cause and now we need your support to come, listen, and enjoy their music. A list of all performers is included in the full update, so be sure to click Read More.

Admission is by donation and proceeds will be going to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

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Featured Event - The Retirement & Farewell of Majors Roy & Charlene Randell

Majors Roy and Charlene Randell are retiring at Salvation Army Offices after almost 43 & 41 years of ministry - the last 5 of which have been here in Fenelon Falls as pastors of The Salvation Army Church and Roy as Chaplain of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 238.

On Saturday, March 30th, from 2 to 4 pm, you are invited to a drop-in reception at The Salvation Army Church. There will also be a worship & commitment service on Sunday, March 31st, starting at 10:30 am. A church potluck dinner will follow at noon. For more information, please call 705 887 3031.

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