Thriving businesses

As we’ve been working towards completing one Business Leader magazine and collecting story ideas for the next, I’ve been blown away by the number of potential stories we have on tap.

The economic development and innovative businesses we have here in Wellington County are quite remarkable. Never did I expect to have so many interesting ideas that we would have to be so picky about what goes in each issue. Yet this also allows us to better schedule upcoming issues. It’s refreshing and promising.

Economic development is a key factor to thriving communities and in Wellington we’re doing well.  And it’s not just new businesses. As you’ve seen through this column, there are numerous businesses celebrating big anniversaries.

Take North Wellington Co-operative Services as an example. The business is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. On July 13 the Co-op is offering a celebration at all of its locations (the head office in Harriston, with sites in Mount Forest, Durham and Hanover). The events will include barbecues, face painting, bouncy castles and dunk tanks, as well as sales and specials.

The events take place from 11am to 2pm at all four branches.

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Arthur now has a Chuck’s Roadhouse Bar and Grill. The eatery, located at 799 Wellington Road 109 in Arthur, is open Sunday to Thursday from 11am to midnight  and on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 to 1am.

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A new vape shop is open in Fergus. County Vape is part of the Dragon Vape shop, which has been open since 2011. Anyone over the age of 19 is welcome to the shop, located at 126 St. Andrew St. West in Fergus, to learn what vaping is all about. The Fergus franchise is owned by Luke Marshall.

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Mapleton recently gained a new business that has 25 years of experience. The Sign Depot Inc., previously located in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, recently moved to Wellington County, just making it into the borders of Mapleton Township.

The Sign Depot completes a wide range of work from small cottage signs to corporate and gateway signage.

Check out the business at 8519 Wellington Road 86.

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Elora Optometry has moved to 54 Victoria St. in Elora. This is the same building that Macadi Jewellery recently moved to.

For more information call 519-846-0030 or visit

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Brenmar Transit Ltd. in Harriston has new owners. The bus company for charter and school bus routes was recently purchased by Ben Guenther. For more information call 519-492-0099.

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