You may have noticed new signage up at Kerry's Place in downtown Pembroke. That's because Janna's Gallery Café has moved in just across the street to Kerry's Place to become Janna & Kerry's Over Easy Bar and Grill.
The amalgamation of two great family-run businesses is the perfect mash-up from owners Janna and Kerry. You can still pop in for your cup of hot jo (or a bottle of booch!!), stay for breakfast, lunch or dinner, AND listen to great live music.
We're diggin' the fresh look, with new flooring, instrustrial-chic lighting and exposed brick, local art on the walls, and funky blue bar lights, this place is rockin' the good vibes all 'round.
Stop in for locally roasted coffee, a fresh pint of locally brewed craft beer, grab a bite to eat and stay for some tunes! Lots coming up this Summer at Janna & Kerry's.
Check their Facebook for updates on what's up next!
Ottawa Valley Wellness Show
The Ottawa Valley Wellness Show happened this past weekend!
We set up shop at the Renfrew Armouries with a pretty amazing group of Wellness specialists and vendors. There was lots to check out at the show including handmade products, jewelry, holistic professional and treatments, healthy eats, along with demos and workshops.
Timed perfectly with the Renfrew Farmers Market, attendees wandered through the market and inside the hall for a full selection of locally made goods.
We managed to snap a few shots during a slower time, when we weren't passing out booch samples, meeting new faces, and connecting with other vendors. It's impressive to see how many small businesses and entrepreneurs we have in this area. We were also stoked to meet up with some awesome longtime supporters (thank you!!).
A huge shout out to Ro and her wonderful team who put together this show!
Cheers to your health! Santé!
Need to spice up your dish AND help to digest your meal??
We're launching our Kombucha Vinegar tomorrow at the Ottawa Valley Wellness Show!!
We've been working on this for a year and are stoked it came together just in time (just barely as we we're still filling and putting on the tamper-proof seals!!).
Our Kombucha Vinegar is aged raw kombucha subtly flavoured with organic herbs for two varieties:
Lemongrass Schisandra and Rosemary Mint
Filled with potent digestive organic acids (the same as apple cider vinegar), these babies pack some punch! They're also keto-friendly (there's less than half a gram of sugar left per tablespoon), gluten-free, and vegan.
Add to salads, soups, stews, marinades, fries.... anything goes!
Look for these available at our EVENTS throughout the Summer.
The White Owl Bistro
Have you been to the White Owl Bistro?
You should. Really. This is our favourite place to eat in North Bay.
First, the view. Located right along the shore of Lake Nipissing, The White Owl Bistro has the most wonderful patio. A 1500 square foot patio to be exact (hello Summer gatherings and weekend road trips with friends!). Sit in the sun, soak up the rays, sip on drinks, watch the sunset, and enjoy....
The food. Ohhhh the foooood!!! Chefs and owners, René and Laura Dubois showcase their culinary flare at The White Owl with a focus on farm to table cuisine. Using high-quality, healthy, seasonal and local ingredients (whenever possible), you'll taste the difference in each delectable bite. With a large selection, daily specials, and meals catering to specialty diets (the gluten-free batter here is a-ma-zing) there's certainly something on the menu for everyone.
The service. Happy servers make the meal taste better, don't ya think? It's a package deal. I mean, who doesn't want friendly, knowledgeable and attentive service when they dine out!?
This Summer, The White Owl Bistro will see live entertainment and a great selection of meals filled with locally-sourced ingredients. New to the menu is healthy kombucha! Sip on as a nice non-alcoholic refreshment (or use as a cocktail mix!) with three flavours to choose from.
We suggest a lunch date, a dinner out or if you've got an event or party coming up, book it at The White Owl. You won't be disappointed.
BOOCH BALM! Is kombucha lip balm a real thing??
It is now!
We teamed up with Sister Moon Gems and Herbs to bring you this one-of-a-kind Peppermint Lavender lip balm. (You'll totally want to check out Sister Moon's other amazing products! We're in love with her Lavender Vanilla natural solid perfume!).
Booch Balm contains all-natural, vegan ingredients including coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, and yes, Kombucha Culture!
The balm goes on silky smooth and smells like a dream.
With a natural SPF of 4, your lips will be nourished and protected from the sun.
You can pick up yours at our events throughout the Summer including the Ottawa Valley Wellness Show in Renfrew this Saturday.
Apply before heading to the beach!
HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SUMMER!!!
A Dandy Day for DandyFest
A gorgeous Saturday for DandyFest at Dandelion Foods in Almonte.
We joined several local producers and wellness partners to showcase the goods and products available within the store. Now in its 5th year, DandyFest is an annual event that allows customers and residents to meet the makers, ask questions, and "try-before-you-buy" (who doesn't love free samples!!?).
The event was also a great way for us to connect with local businesses and get to know them on a personal level. At the event this year were Ilias and Sons, Alpenblick Farm, Bee Savvy Honey, Love My Buns, Biemond Upper Canada Creamery, Fluid Solar Roasted Coffee, Sweet Cheeks Kitchen, Neal Brothers, VoxxLife, Natural Wisdom, Almonte Fitness Centre, PureLab Vitamins, AOR Health, Progressive, Lorna Vanderhaeghe, Hummingbird Chocolate, Kricklewood Farm, live music, and a BBQ featuring Seed to Sausage and Gusta Foods.
We enjoyed serving up samples of Strawberry Mint and Mango Lassi to both kombucha veterans and newbies and had a few surprise visits from familiar faces. We were pretty excited to debut our new jockey box which will make dispensing kombucha at events much easier!
Thanks to everyone at Dandelion Foods for putting on a great event and always supporting local!
Madawaska Kanu Centre
Laurentian Brew took a tour just passed Barry's Bay to the Madawaska Kanu Centre this week.
What an amazing spot!! Wow. Just the drive to get there is stunning. Passing through small, rural towns, crossing rivers, and contouring beautiful lakes, it's Ontario wilderness at its finest.
We were pretty excited to deliver four flavours of kombucha to the MKC's Riverside Shop + Café. The shop serves the students, staff, and day-trippers at the centre, but is also open to the public daily from 7:30am until 6:00pm (worth the trip for a scenic drive and a good latte!).
A family-run business founded in 1972, Madawaska Kanu Centre was the first whitewater paddling school in the world. Three generations of highly skilled whitewater champions have successfully owned and operated MKC as well as their sister company, Owl Rafting in Foresters Falls.
Known for their elite athletic background, the founders turned their love of kayaking and canoeing into a wilderness resort and outdoor classroom to bring the passion through education to students and participants from all over the globe.
The centre offers a multitude of courses and fun on the river including a 5-day Whitewater Canoe and Kayak Program, Weekend Whitewater, Family Weekends, Specialty Programs, Women's Retreats, a 1-day Intro Program, and 2-hour rafting trips. You can have fun learning in the water throughout the day, stay in the on-site accommodations (complete with a yoga room!), purchase a meal package (a week off cooking!?), and enjoy campfires at night. There's certainly something for everyone with all skill levels from beginner to advanced as well as courses in First Aid, Rescue Certification, and Instructor Certification.
The centre is always open to visit and is welcoming to anyone with questions about the services. The shop is also a great place to pick up some great outdoor gifts, gear, and clothing, and grab a snack and a hot (or cold!) beverage to be enjoyed on the deck (shout out to Christine at The Hemp Cookie Co. who mentioned our beverages after delivering her own delicious hempy cookies to the shop!).
The Madawaska Kanu Centre should be on your list of places to check out this Summer. The river awaits!
Local Makers Market
It was a sunny Sunday so we decided to set up shop outside for the Local Makers Market at Bodhi Wellness Centre.
Our promo of the day was a choice of 8 flavours to mix and match for a 6-pack on special. :)
Plus we got to show-off our new branded bucket we received as a generous and thoughtful gift.
We were in good company with our friends at Forest Cove Farm, Valley Girl Naturals, Healing Forest Botanicals, In the Spirit Natural Products, Sage and Stone Wellness, Mix and Mash Art, The Scented Bohemian, Anupaya Quality Goods, Sister Moon Gems and Herbs, and Sigrid Naturals.
Amazing people. Great products. All local.
Man, this area sure has everything you could possibly need!
We scored some sweet gifts for our family and joked that the reason we do these markets is to make enough money to spend on the awesome products made by our friends.
Live local. Shop local. Support local.
EPIC Fitness + Lifestyle
OTTAWA!!! We are here!!
This is HUGE! Our friends at EPIC Fitness + Lifestyle have welcomed our brew into their facility alongside their healthy smoothies and bulletproof lattes in the Basecamp Café.
EPIC Fitness + Lifestyle is a full service Personal Training studio, gym and alternative health care company located in the heart of Beechwood Village in Ottawa. EPIC offers a multitude of health services including Functional Personal Training, Holistic Nutrition, Physiotherapy, Naturopathy, Massage Therapy, Energy Healing, and Pelvic Health Therapy.
The movement room is also host to over 10 different group exercise classes taught by certified functional trainers, yoga instructors and movement instructors that help include HIIT classes, advanced classes, and various yoga classes.
Founder, Stephanie Karlovits decided to take her longtime background in Personal Training and acquired designation of Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and overhaul her EPIC Fitness gym to become EPIC Fitness + LIFESTYLE. Stephanie acknowledged the lack of overall happiness and success in clients even after they had met their weightless or training goals, and dove deep into uncovering what REALLY worked. The 4 pillars of the EPIC LIFE were created, combining Functional Training, Holistic Nutrition, Nature and Self-Care to target every aspect of healthy living.
A formula developed for success + highly trained professionals = an epic life !!
We are highly impressed with the facility and services. Having known Stephanie (and Kerri!) from working together back in the GoodLife Fitness days, we have seen the business grow from a dream to a reality and beyond. EPIC has now developed their own supplement product line!
You definitely want to check out this place (you can even just pop in to pick up a booch!) and stay tuned for what's coming up next!
Dandelion Foods in Almonte!
We're so excited to have four flavours in Dandelion Foods!!
A one-stop shop for all your organic, local, natural foods and health products, Dandelion Foods is a beautiful health food store located in Almonte, Ontario.
Open 7 days a week, the store features a large assortment of supplements, vitamins, beauty and health care products, fresh produce, bulk foods, freezer foods, locally made items, grab-and-go meals, and specialty products to accommodate any diet or food allergy.
The selection and arrangement of the store is just as open and welcoming as the staff. Highly knowledgeable and friendly, the team at Dandelion Foods will great you with a smile and have you feeling like you've known them for years.
The perfect opportunity to meet the staff and local farmers and makers is coming up on June 16, as the store celebrates their 5th year of DandyFest, a day of sampling and learning about the fantastic benefits of the featured local products. Prizes, live music, a BBQ, live animal area and 10% off in store will be sure to create lots of buzz around town from 10am until 2pm.
We're so grateful to be in Dandelion Foods, especially alongside our friends at Artizen Kombucha, who have such a huge following in the shop. We get to cozy up on the shelves, like the friendly entrepreneurs we are. What an awesome feeling to have local businesses working together and supporting each other!
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