As summer begins it’s always great to see and acknowledge the great things going on within the Wellington County business community.

First off, just in time for vacation season, a new and unique bed and breakfast has opened up in Inverhaugh.

Inner Joy Getaways Inc. offers four different units decorated in four unique themes: Fergus, Elora, Elmira and St. Jacobs.

But that’s not all; the units are actually recycled shipping containers.

When I first visited the site, all I saw was the light blue shipping containers lined up just above the bank of the Grand River. As time progressed I saw the concrete patios and the wood frames for inside the unit come along, but I must say, at that point I thought they were going to be pretty cramped.

Boy, was I wrong. Last week I had the privilege of touring the finished facility with owners Laura and Will Feenstra and I must say, it’s dynamite. The shipping containers offer a spacious layout and would be great for a relaxing getaway.

However, Inner Joy Getaways is not the only project the Feenstras have on the go. Will hopes to offer youth counselling on site. That’s actually why the couple bought the property. It’s the bed and breakfast that will give them the opportunity to help youth.

What better reason to open a new business?

Look for a story about Inner Joy Getaways in the latest edition of Business Leader, set to be published in early July.

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A couple of Wellington County businesses are also making big donations this summer.

Eric Van Grootheest of The Van Grootheest Team, Century 21 Exalibur Realty Brokerage Inc., recently fulfilled his promise to build a fully accessible washroom at Forfar Park in Fergus. The washroom is located just off the parking lot, close to the route travelled by hikers using the trail.

Pollock Pools and Spas is offering a draw for a Vida Series Coco Conversation wicker patio set with the help of Northeaster Pool Distributers. All the proceeds from the draw will go to Nightingale Grieving Centre in Guelph.

The centre is a non-profit organization that provides grief and bereavement support for children, adolescents and their family who have experienced or are anticipating the death of a loved one.

For every $5 donation the donor gets a draw ticket. To enter visit or make a donation in store. The draw will take place on June 29.

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Misty Meadows is scheduled to open a new two-storey building in Conn this July.  The store offers groceries, a café, a bakery and produce.

For more information or to contact Misty Meadows owner Alvin Martin call 519-323-4174 or 519-323-9590 or email

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