Danby’s Jim Estill is at it again. The Guelph-Eramosa innovator and philanthropist who received the Order of Canada earlier this year is once again up for a prestigious award.

Jim has been chosen as a finalist for the The Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He was chosen as a finalist for the Ontario region in the Business to Consumer Products and Services category.

Jim owns Danby Appliances and has expanded the company and helped create innovative and new technology and products.  He has also been instrumental in bringing numerous Syrian refugee families to Canada.

Congratulations and good luck Jim!

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Having grown up in Wellington County, it’s always nice to see buildings I remember from my childhood being cared for and updated. The latest is the Fergus Marketplace.

I can remember going to the market and buying more trinkets than any person ever needed. Now I love it when I go to the Goofie Newfie Bar and Grill or Fraberts Fresh Foods and see how the marketplace has changed and evolved.

The next evolution will come from a CIP grant for the façade improvement on the Grand River side of the building. Council recently approved the $10,000 loan and $10,000 grant to refresh the red wall to make it look like board and batten.

In my opinion this is a great use of a CIP grant. The market place is a Fergus icon that deserves to be well maintained and appreciated.

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An interior design studio has opened at the former Macadi Jewellery location at 13 East Mill St, Elora.

Principal designer Sophia Reay has been an interior designer for 15 years and just recently opened Lemontree + Co. Interiors studio. The shop offers a unique product line of down-to-earth home goods and a finely curated line of vintage pieces for a modern home.

The store is open daily from 11am to 5pm.

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The new building at 500 Garafraxa St. is officially occupied by two businesses.

One of those businesses is Summit Medical Family Physicians. While the medical centre is new the doctors practicing at the centre are not new to Fergus. They include: Dr. Mark Easterbrook, Dr. Matt Westendorp and Dr. Samantha Thompson. For more information call 226-383-3333.

Complementing the new medical centre at 500 Garafraxa St. is the Fergus Pharmacy and Compounding Centre. The pharmacy is owned by Deep Shah.

For more information about the new pharmacy call 226-383-8000.

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The Elora Apothecary Pharmasave is celebrating its fifth anniversary on Aug. 23. The celebration will take place from 9am to 5pm with a 30% store-wide discount, raffle prizes, refreshments and grab bags.

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