Visionary Retailers in Smiths Falls and Perth Who Will Survive
Business / Perth / Shops / Smiths Falls / Technology / The Wedge

Visionary Retailers in Smiths Falls and Perth Who Will Survive

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE 👗 TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper-right column. TO COMMENT go to upper-right text link I am thrilled by the success of this 31 year-old retail store in Smiths Falls, Marianne Style! I asked owner, John Wakim today, “Can you handle any more … Continue reading

Two Downsize For Growth : Dawn Quinn and Lindsey McFadden
Business / Shops / Smiths Falls / The Wedge

Two Downsize For Growth : Dawn Quinn and Lindsey McFadden

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE 🧡 TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper-right column. TO COMMENT click text upper-right of story I know my headline sounds like a “jumbo shrimp” oxymoron. Humor this writer. Two established women are unwittingly making the same moves. Uncannily, they are neighbors at Davidson … Continue reading

KACHING! First Main Street Sales Receipt for Cannabis in Canada
Better Health / Business / Smiths Falls / The Wedge

KACHING! First Main Street Sales Receipt for Cannabis in Canada

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ☀️ TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper-right column. TO COMMENT go to upper-right of story. The Tweed shop swung its doors open at one minute past midnight, October 17th, 2018–in St. John’s, Newfoundland. This moment ushered in the first main street sale of … Continue reading

Cornwall Woman Cleans Up With Lifelong Dream
Business / Cornwall / Stormont Dundas & Glengarry / The Wedge

Cornwall Woman Cleans Up With Lifelong Dream

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ❤️ TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper-right column. TO COMMENT click upper right of story I drove up to the rear of a pale metal-clad industrial building on a clammy, humid–perhaps the last–hot afternoon of the summer. As I crossed the threshold my … Continue reading

BIG NIGHT: Quebec City UNDER G7 SIEGE, Ontario GETS NEW LEADER AND MARIJUANA BILL UP FOR ROYAL ASSENT
Business / Opinion

BIG NIGHT: Quebec City UNDER G7 SIEGE, Ontario GETS NEW LEADER AND MARIJUANA BILL UP FOR ROYAL ASSENT

By MAGGIE M, Editor, Wedgee-In-Chief, thewedge.LIVE Lest we forget, it is also the anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France. Heavy day, heavy night with so much at stake. Global elites gather at the sumptuous Le Manoir Richelieu, La Malbaie, Quebec, while shops are shuttered in nearby Quebec City fearing violent protests against G7 and U.S. … Continue reading

No Fire-Breathing Investors at 2018 Otter’s Den
Brockville / Business / Leeds Grenville

No Fire-Breathing Investors at 2018 Otter’s Den

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, the wedge.LIVE A kinder, gentler breed of investors sat up-front at Otter’s Den, Brockville, listening to 15-minute pitches from five start-ups and entrepreneurs.  A Q & A session ensued, questions exclusively from the Otters. Occasionally, tough questions and critique kept the audience of 90 guests on edge. It was a … Continue reading

Communities being redesigned by Google–right now.
Business / Opinion / Technology / The Wedge

Communities being redesigned by Google–right now.

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE An unprecedented shift to “life as we know it” is already in play. It’s not coming. It’s here. And it is being installed incrementally under our noses. The dominoes are falling one after the other. A MICROCOSM IN THE MACROCOSM Imagine your refrigerator is on the cloud (that’s internet … Continue reading

Mainstreet is at war with Cyberstreet : It’s not pretty
Almonte / Brockville / Business / Opinion / Perth / Restaurants / Shops / The Wedge

Mainstreet is at war with Cyberstreet : It’s not pretty

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE — NOTE: This is a new category, “Opinion.” The wedge is super positive–no deaths, no crime, no politics; but, a little edginess once-in-awhile is valued by our readers. So, here it is. This writer has seen Amazon’s packages–that unmistakable smirk in its logo–stacked high at our Canada Post locations through … Continue reading

Local Shops Overtake Amazon Last Week of Christmas
Business / Shops / Technology

Local Shops Overtake Amazon Last Week of Christmas

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE ❤️ TO SHARE story, click buttons at story’s end Our readers are forewarned,  local shopping is a cause we support. Community stability is increasingly challenged by those who concentrate power thousands of miles away inside a circuit box with superficial intelligence. Amazon has been the darling of this process … Continue reading

End of piggy banks, tooth fairies, gumball machines?
Business / The Wedge

End of piggy banks, tooth fairies, gumball machines?

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE I read moments ago how Toronto and Ottawa are leading the charge toward a cashless society. As these technocrats careen toward launching these apps, one wonders if they have considered the carnage. I have no objection to technology; but, I am vehemently against eliminating choices. The elimination of cash … Continue reading

Food Hub potentiates vibrant health in the region : Two Rivers
Better Health / Business / Food / Smiths Falls

Food Hub potentiates vibrant health in the region : Two Rivers

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE I just signed up as a customer at the Two Rivers Food Hub . Until today, it was just getting too hard to find foods that have necessary nutrients and to maintain what health I have left. I seek foods that are “unfooled around with”–foods that are not genetically altered … Continue reading

Smiths Falls On Economic Fast-Track
Business / Smiths Falls

Smiths Falls On Economic Fast-Track

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE (video below) The Town’s engagement in economic development is at full-throttle in Smiths Falls. The Town has just re-launched its brand and website. Its council and executives are putting revitalization on a fast-track, accelerating business growth. Local magnates are investing in rebuilding. The Hotel Rideau is returning to its former … Continue reading

Return to Renfrew : 7-Visits Marathon
7 Visits Marathons / Business / Music / Ottawa Valley / Renfrew / Renfrew County / Restaurants / Shops / Where to eat

Return to Renfrew : 7-Visits Marathon

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE I visited the Town of Renfrew a second time, from a different angle. This day began dry and overcast with my first visit to their famed dairy, and ended in my being soaked to my underthings in a den of musicians. It didn’t just rain cats and dogs at 4:45 … Continue reading

Glorious Day in Arnprior : 7-Visits Marathon
7 Visits Marathons / Arnprior / Business / Ottawa Valley / Renfrew County / Restaurants / Shops / What To Do / Where to eat

Glorious Day in Arnprior : 7-Visits Marathon

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE This writer went on another tourist marathon last week, this time in the Town of Arnprior, Ontario. First, I explored its natural hot spots; then, I discovered some of its excellent businesses, through a downpour which did not cease. It’s only rain, not fire and brimstone; so, I visited each, … Continue reading

BIG teeny idea will energize towns : Smiths Falls, Gananoque, Manotick, Cornwall, Arnprior ?
Business / Shops

BIG teeny idea will energize towns : Smiths Falls, Gananoque, Manotick, Cornwall, Arnprior ?

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE An idea is floating around water coolers and sidewalks’ edges. It’s not new; but, it is unexpressed. What’s more, it engages everyone, locals and visitors. It’s a big idea; but, by virtue of its scale, it is teeny-tiny. A lovely friend, Judy Gorman Abromeit, brought this project to this writer’s … Continue reading

Chocolate trinity brings happiness to Perth
Business / Lanark County / Perth / Shops

Chocolate trinity brings happiness to Perth

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE Friday evening, June 2nd, was a lovely temperate evening for the opening of Belgian Chocolate purveyor, Perth Chocolate Works, in Perth. I arrived in the last hour to capture the excitement which showed no sign of abating. The guests were positively ebullient. This is the power of a chocolaterie, especially … Continue reading

Street Beauty : it’s a thing and it’s not going away
Almonte / Arnprior / Brockville / Business / Carleton Place / Cornwall / Elgin / Entertainment / Gananoque / Hawkesbury / Kanata / Kingston / Lanark County / Merrickville / Mississipi Mills / Montague / Orleans / Ottawa / Pembroke / Perth / Portland / Prescott / Renfrew / Rideau Valley / Shops / Smiths Falls / Stittsville / The Wedge / Westport

Street Beauty : it’s a thing and it’s not going away

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE A village, town or city that gives its residents a sense of place is in good stead. It will stave off migration of talent and stimulate growth. This sense of belonging to something special is not achieved by spaghetti nights at the local hall. It requires far more. Where we … Continue reading

Historic shift hits Nepean, Kanata North, Kingston and Smiths Falls
Business / Kanata / Kingston / Lanark County / Merrickville / Orleans / Ottawa / Perth / Portland / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / Stittsville / The Wedge / Westport

Historic shift hits Nepean, Kanata North, Kingston and Smiths Falls

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE A global shift has now arrived here in the wedge, East Ontario, and it’s all good. Global data confirming this shift has been rolling in for several years. It is now evident, the world is leaving the trading of their labour for diminishing wages and benefits at such velocity that … Continue reading

Ottawa declared, “No. 1 place to visit in the world,” New York Times
Almonte / Brockville / Business / Carleton Place / Gananoque / Kingston / Merrickville / Mississipi Mills / Ottawa / Perth / Portland / Renfrew / Restaurants / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / Shops / Smiths Falls / Stittsville / The Wedge / Thousand Islands / Westport

Ottawa declared, “No. 1 place to visit in the world,” New York Times

Businesses in the wedge are you ready for tourism this 2017? Here is one of the chief reasons why tourists are flocking to the region. Watch MAGGIE M’s interview of Guy Laflamme and how he is changing Ottawa, for ever. Be ready. Paint your awnings, shine your windows, and practice, “Hello” and “Thank you,” in … Continue reading

Smiths Falls Growth is Set : Tweed on fast-track
Business / Smiths Falls / The Wedge

Smiths Falls Growth is Set : Tweed on fast-track

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE You can’t walk into the Tweed ‘campus’, Smiths Falls, unannounced. There are no public tours and for good reason. This writer climbed the front steps and pressed a buzzer. That’s what happens when you shift a building from chocolate to cannabis. Let this be your public tour. I entered the … Continue reading