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Come Home for the Holidays…..

Pemberley House Bed & Breakfast

145 Main Street North ● Seaforth, Ontario N0K 1W0 ● 226.699.0003

_mg_0097_8_9_tonemappedPemberley House Bed and Breakfast is aptly named—for the Pemberley estate of Author Jane Austen’s famous novel Pride and Prejudice, and best described as a “large, handsome stone building” situated within a charming countryside.

_mg_0052_3_4_tonemappedSeaforth’s vintage, yet newly refurbished, B&B establishment was built in 1874 during the Victorian era. And its welcoming façade echoes a time of slower paced living, garden soirees, and social “at homes”.

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_mg_0058_59_60_tonemappedProprietors John and Nancy Welter are keen to replicate an atmosphere of leisure and recreation. With considerable experience hosting international university students in the past, they definitely know how to extend a welcome and to provide creature comforts for their guests.

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_mg_0064_5_6_tonemappedExtensive renovations have restored the look and the feel of Pemberley House. New bedsteads, mattress sets, bed linens, fluffy towels, and accoutrements will set the tone for those staying at Pemberley House—along with its beautiful and functional French Provincial furnishings throughout. The Welter’s keen eye for quality antiques is evident—this grand old home has received a face-lift and a makeover.

_mg_0055_6_7_tonemappedProviding beautiful rooms, delicious food, efficient amenities, and a friendly atmosphere are the goals of the Welters. They are people who enjoy people. Positive guest experience is the raison d’etre for all they do, for all they offer those who come through the elegant entrance of their home—designed to be their guests’ home while there.

_mg_0034_5_6_tonemappedVisitors have the option of touring local attractions or enjoying indoor activities as well as badminton, volley ball, bocce, or croquet on Pemberley’s expansive lawns. It’s all about a relaxed, countryside experience and the pleasures of a small but progressive community.

_mg_0004_5_6_tonemappedFrom its gracious and beautiful foyer to the embedded Swarovski crystals of its bedroom duvets, Pemberley House is a place to be experienced as much as lived in. Treat yourself to its ambiance.

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_mg_0001_2_3-1As Jane Austen once said, “To sit in the shade of a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.”

_mg_0109_10_11_tonemappedUpcoming Special Event:

Pemberley House B & B’s first Potluck Christmas Dinner. Bring a dish and BYOB. Donations to the Seaforth & District Community Hospital greatly appreciated.

DATE:   Saturday, December 17th, 2016
TIME:    7:00 PM
Please  RSVP to Nancy at 226-699-0003 or E-mail nancy.craig@telus.net

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Contact Jan Hawley, Economic Development Officer, Municipality of Huron East, Seaforth, Ontario jhawley@huroneast.com or 519.527.0160

Written by Carolyn Parks Mintz for the Municipality of Huron East

Photography by Lynne Moreland, Westcoast Photograph

All that glitters is not gold…..

Except for Avelina Jewelry,

“Village of Vanastra’s Newest & Brightest Star”

_mg_9984-1The talented group responsible for pulling off yet another “Win This Space” contest reported recently that the Village of Vanastra will welcome a new business—and that the Municipality of Huron East will benefit from an imaginative entrepreneur taking her creative venture to another level.

_mg_9940-1With Seaforth’s successful Win This Space 2015 project as a model, Economic Development Officer Jan Hawley assembled a professional team and an erudite panel of judges in order to replicate the initiative in Vanastra.

_mg_9954-1“It was a four-way win,” Hawley reports. “The contestants, the Municipality, the community and the successful entrant all gained advantages. We were pleased to launch this innovative business recruitment initiative once again.”

_mg_9968-1“The diversity of the entries in the contest especially stood out for me,” Hawley goes on. “They encompassed culture, light manufacturing, and the food industry, all initiated by dynamic women who were definitely on a mission.

_mg_6043-editI called our finalists “The Fav Five.” Hawley also reports that as a result of the Vanastra revitalization plan implemented by Huron East, commercial space in the village is now at a premium.

img_20160704_192912In addition to comprehensive business education expertly provided by Consultant Alison Lobb to all entrants, contest winner Gerrie Huenemoerder and her Avelina Jewelry enterprise won funding of a twelve-month lease, a large prize package from numerous sponsors, and broad publicity, as well as advice and guidance from the Hawley-Lobb duo.

_mg_9945Following her success with Win This Space, Huenemoerder has been more than busy. Relocating to Huron East and setting up shop for her business in Vanastra has been a full-time task, but one which she enthusiastically undertook.

0.50 Diamond Center Gem - 14k White Gold Ring 2 Blue Sapphires - .37 ctw 50 Diamonds - .13 ctw Clarity: VS2 - Color: F-G Joseph Jewelry - top View

0.50 Diamond Center Gem – 14k White Gold Ring 2 Blue Sapphires – .37 ctw 50 Diamonds – .13 ctw Clarity: VS2 – Color: F-G Joseph Jewelry – top View

“It’s been an exciting journey thus far,” she says, “and I’m looking forward to the entire commercial road trip leading to my being open for business.” In addition to its Win This Space victory, Avelina Jewelry caught the attention of the Blyth Arts & Cultural Initiative 14/19 and its “The Pitch, The Catch”— a rural Dragon’s Den event for entrepreneurs. And through it, Huenemoerder now has the ardent support and encouragement of investment/business mentor Ian Matthews. Additionally, the Huron Business Development Corporation is providing backing and assistance to her artistic start-up.

_mg_9978Huenemoerder’s successful pitch included reference to jewellery of the past—represented and broadly recognizable through the ‘blue box’ of Birks fame. “There was a time when branded jewellery was predominant,” reports Huenemoerder, “but that eventually faded. Branded lines in the fashion industry are now where it’s at. The timing is perfect for launching Avelina’s original designs—and yes, we’ll have distinctive packaging!”

_mg_9950-1 Her business plan is three-pronged—supplying her creations to a large wholesale market, retail sales, and the production of other designers’ pieces—all of which will be made possible by the acquisition of a state-of-the-art 3D printer. Renovations at the Vanastra space and the hiring of staff are still on her dance card—and of course, planning the imminent grand opening of the new location for her business. (Saturday, December 10th, 2016 – Details below.)

_mg_9946Avelina is an ancient Germanic name whose meanings include strength, life, and desirability. And Avelina Jewelry embraces all of these, as does its award-winning designer. Whether it be in a pendant, a bracelet, earrings, or a necklace, Gerrie Huenemoerder’s distinctive style is evident. As well, many of her pieces have a touch of whimsy about them – undeniably an appealing combination.

_mg_9938“As much as it’s a statement of one’s style and taste, jewellery is a sensory, tactile accessory,” states Huenemoerder. “Clients and customers need to be able to touch it, see it up close and personal, feel its inherent qualities. I like to say that Avelina Jewelry lets you wear your life next to your heart.”

Indeed!

Join us Saturday, December 10th, 2016 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm for the Grand Opening of Avelina Jewelry. The studio is located at 38E 1st Avenue in the Village of Vanastra, (corner of 1st Avenue and Halifax Road) just south of the community of Clinton Ontario.

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Contact Jan Hawley, Economic Development Officer, Municipality of Huron East, Seaforth, Ontario

Written by Carolyn Parks Mintz for the Municipality of Huron East

Photography by Lynne Moreland, Westcoast Photography

 


 

Partnerships…..A Winning Combination

MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 For Immediate Release

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“Win This Space”

Wins Community Economic Development Award

The Win This Space competition has received the prestigious Community Economic Development Award of Excellence out of many nominations from across the province at Community Futures Ontario’s 23rd Annual Conference.

jan-and-maureenThe initiative provided an opportunity for new businesses to win free storefront space, in either Seaforth or Brussels, Ontario for a year courtesy of Huron East Economic Development, the County of Huron, Seaforth/Brussels Community Development Trust and the Seaforth Business Improvement Area.

Kick out contestantsThis program was the first of its kind in Huron County and only the second in the entire province. Launched on March 5th, 28 applicants attended compulsory business skills development training prior to submitting an application to the contest.

wts-marketing-workshopThe training and development of the application/business plan was overseen and aided by a group of volunteer business mentors. Five finalists were selected and presented their business plans in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ like forum where judges selected the final winner.

judges-wtsAll finalists were offered varying lengths of business management counselling provided by the Huron CFDC (HBDC) at no cost (whether they chose to continue with their business start-up or not) with the winning business receiving an entire year of business mentorship provided by the CFDC.

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The Win This Space team was honoured at the annual Awards Gala dinner that was recently held at the Clarion Lakeside Inn in Kenora. Over 200 delegates and guests from Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) came together to help celebrate their win. They were nominated for the award by the Huron Business Development Corporation.

five-finalists“Nine businesses from the list of contestants have successfully opened their doors as a direct result of the planning and mentoring services they received as part of the Win This Space application process,” said Jan Hawley, Economic Development Officer with Huron East Economic Development and Board Member with the Huron Business Development Corporation. “The long-term benefit of a vibrant downtown community core with sustainable businesses will make these Huron County communities a great economic hub and employment generator for years to come.”

Seaforth Heritage District 3 towers 20Since the launch of Win This Space in Huron East, other communities are following suit. Huron East has been contacted by the Orleans BIA (Ottawa) St. Catherine’s, Cobourg, Sudbury, Peterborough, Walkerton, Bruce & Grey Counties and Smiths Falls for details about the competition.

trina-orourke-won-this-spaceAbout Community Futures Ontario (OACFDC):

Community Futures Ontario represents 60 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) – 36 in southern Ontario and 24 in the north – that offer free business counselling, loans for start-up and expansion of small business, strategic planning on local projects and community economic development in rural areas. CFDCs provide flexible, repayable loans to small and medium sized businesses and are locally managed by a volunteer Board of Directors and funded with federal government support.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Diana Jedig, Executive Director, 519-633-2326 djedig@oacfdc.com

For more information about the Huron Business Development Corporation, contact:

Paul Nichol, Economic Development Manager

Huron Business Development Corporation

138 Main Street South
Seaforth, Ontario N0K 1W0

Phone: (519) 527-0305 ext. 23

E-mail: pnichol@smallbusinesshuron.ca

Website: http://www.smallbusinesshuron.ca/hbdc.htm

For more information about Win This Space competition, contact:

Jan Hawley

Economic Development Officer – Huron East & Project Coordinator

72 Main Street South, Box 610, Seaforth ON, N0K 1W0

Phone: 519-527-0160

Email: jhawley@huroneast.com

Website: http://www.huroneast.com/index.php?sltb=win

For more information about the Community Futures program or Community Futures Ontario contact:

Brenda LaGrandeur, Communications, and Professional Development Officer

Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations

300 South Edgeware Road, St. Thomas, ON   N5P 4L1

Phone: 888-633-2326 ext.125

Email: blagrandeur@oacfdc.com

Website: www.oacfdc.com