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CARLETON PLACE/MISSISSIPPI MILLS BUSINESS NEWS

Great beer to be brewed in Carleton Place next year By TARA GESNER Cheers! The Covered Bridge Brewing Company is coming to Carleton Place. Owners John and Kathy vanDyk of Carp made it official on Monday afternoon (Oct. 22) when they signed a lease with McArthur Island Inc. The new microbrewery, which will be up and running in spring 2013, will take up approximately 2,000 square feet of the lower level of 150 Mill St., a large historic building that has seen a multitude of uses in its 130year history. “We came out to Carleton Place and saw the building,� said John. “It was exactly the setting that we were looking for (old world feel) and reflects what we want to do.� The husband and wife

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John and Kathy vanDyk (centre), owners of the Covered Bridge Brewing Company, celebrate after signing a lease with McArthur Island Inc. Up and running by spring 2013, the new microbrewery will take up approximately 2,000 square feet of the lower level of 150 Mill St. (old mill). Joining in the festivities, from left: Wally Thorbjornsson, Carleton Place councillors Louis Antonakos and Jerry Flynn, and James Mikulasik. currently work for the government (Natural Health Products Directory); however, John began brewing at home a couple of years ago.

“It all started with a $20 Mr. Beer Kit,� said Kathy with a laugh. “I fell in love with the whole process,� commented

John, “and my beers really turn out well.� His friends concur. John possesses a degree in biochemistry and he did

post graduate studies in homeopathic remedies. The Covered Bridge Brewing Company will use as many local ingredients as possible. “We will put out four main beers but will also offer seasonal beers,� said John. Initially the plan is to sell to area restaurants and bars. In addition, there will be an on-site retail store (offering growlers). “There will be a tasting room and we will offer tours,� said John. James Mikulasik, owner of McArthur Island Inc., hired Wally Thorbjornsson and Paul Gagnon of CP Rentals & Property to create a concept and secure tenants (commercial and residential) for the location. “They are doing a great job,� he said on Monday.

At the moment, the old mill is home to Mississippi School for the Arts, a dance studio and a few artists. Thorbjornsson envisions a banquet hall, restaurant, pub, distillery, coffee roastery and much more. “I want to make use of the existing building,� he said. The goal is to make the island a destination for Carleton Place – with a European feel. Thorbjornsson also has plans to secure a hotel. Councillors Louis Antonakos and Jerry Flynn were present for the signing of the lease, which was celebrated with some Double Double (a coffee and milk stout). Stout is a dark beer. John and Kathy will continue to reside in Carp. They find the commute “easy.�

Equator Coffee co-owner recognized in national rankings

of PROFIT in a press release on the list. “They have achieved their elite status by creating valued products and services, applying deft management skills and exercising the determination required to succeed in today’s business environment.� The Top 100 list will be featured in the November issues of PROFIT: Your Guide to Business Success, Chatelaine and online at both sites. Asked if she thinks she

is a role model she says yes. The goal of the business is to be an example to the community. “We want to be a benefit to farmers, locally for our employees and a place people can be together,� said Hall. “A real centre in our community. It’s a family and it’s more than just a profit. We want to be a business that is helping at every stage of the process and I feel really proud of what we have built here.�

Hall explains that in some regards they show a lack of a true profit because they are constantly looking to improve. “We invest it right back into the building itself and we try and support SchoolBOX as much as we can,� said Hall. “Our profit has been spread out.� The list is Canada’s largest annual celebration of entrepreneurial achievement by women. Hall thinks this is important because women

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up on the spot,� said Hargreaves in an e-mail to the EMC/Gazette. “We would love to help any business in the area.� It was not an easy task to become a GTP as he had to make a significant investment in equipment and had to undergo a number of months of extensive training. “I had to do some tough shots to get certified with Google,� said Hargreaves. Thus far he has photographed his own studio, Mill Street Books, Dressing Room Hair Salon, Soul Scents and JB Arts in Almonte. Hargreaves believes that

there are a number of benefits for a business to be photographed by a GTP. “Customers can tour around on Google maps and look around 24 hours a day, seven days a week,â€? said Hargreaves. “Customers are then able to see the dĂŠcor and vibe of the business and local businesses can integrate the tour into their own website too.â€? The photo shoot takes approximately an hour and a half and can be scheduled during the business’ downtime. For more information visit: www.bhphotography.ca.

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Google Trusted Photographer calls Almonte home By TIFFANY LEPACK Google has gone 360 degrees and one Almonte photographer is there to help capture it. Brian J. Hargreaves of BH Photography is now a Google Trusted Photographer (GTP), one of only two in the Ottawa area, which means he is specially trained to provide 360-degree interactive panoramas of the interiors of businesses, which are then seen on Google Maps and Google Place. Hargreaves has been based in Almonte for the past five years and has been a photographer for the last

Equator currently has 20 full and part time workers. The business started in 1998 in a small two-room facility in Arnprior. “At Equator we have such a team here,â€? said Hall. “It’s like an extended family and a real blessing at this stage. We trust our employees to make the decisions they need to make in their areas.â€? The business moved to Almonte in 2005 and recently opened a new location at 451 Ottawa St. with a large production area and cafĂŠ. In 2011, the Mississippi Mills Chamber of Commerce also recognized them with the Creativity and Innovation award. For more information on the local coffee roasters and cafĂŠ visit: www.equator.ca.

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Amber Hall, co-owner at Equator Coffee in Almonte, has been named one of the Top 100 women in the 14th annual W100 ranking of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs produced by PROFIT Magazine and Chatelaine. Hall is pictured holding copies of Chatelaine, which she has read since she was a child beside the first roaster Equator used.

have a lot of responsibilities to handle. “As women we are trying to balance so many things in life; our husband, family, work, kids, we have so much we are trying to do,� said Hall. “It’s hard to have a lot of high level achievement.� She says that she has been able to do it with her extremely supportive husband Craig, who was also recently named a recipient of the Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Forty Under 40 Award. “We share both business and child duties,� said Hall. “My primary role is a mother and business is secondary. That’s another gift of having your own business, you are able to schedule around that stuff.�

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