Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews | January 2, 2018
Business Profile
Top feature photo: Owner Cheryl Mackie and her granddaughter Stephanie are passionate about the restaurant. At right, Stephanie in one of the private dining/meeting rooms. 

Sous chef Julie LaFreniere in the main dining area.

The signature veranda runs the full length of the restaurant.

One of the many desserts made with care on site by Chef Mark Mahoney.

The main restaurant is an experience in itself with lamps at every table, shelves filled with artifacts and knick knacks and Victorian-era photographs.

Special memories made at Brigadoon,
an unforgettable Victorian eatery 
OXFORD MILLS - The Brigadoon Restaurant is a delight to the senses with its amazing casual lunch and fine dining menus and unique meeting rooms.

First, you take in the striking facade at 9 Bridge Street, located just a few minutes from Highway 416 via County Road 44. The 1853 heritage building offers up three floors with a restaurant on the main level and several dining, meeting and party rooms upstairs. The decor is Victorian, right down to the knick knacks and teapots. Going there is a tradition to those who have already discovered it since its opening 28 years ago.

"We really focus on service and attention to detail," says Stephanie Mackie, who grew up in the restaurant and now manages it along with her grandmother, Brigadoon founder and owner Cheryl Mackie. Together they strive to make every visit special with fresh and flavourful meals.  

Cheryl opened the Brigadoon on New Year's Eve in 1989. To her surprise, 35 people came to dinner that first night even though she didn't advertise. A short time later, the restaurant was featured on Ottawa's Regional Contact show and business picked up immediately. It has since become a landmark eatery.

"It's about doing something a little different," says Cheryl, noting all dishes, including their big dessert menu, are made with care on site. Her British upbringing is reflected in the menu. Friday nights feature roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. 

There is a three-course dinner special each Saturday with wine pairings. On Sundays, there is a "full English Breakfast."  The restaurant is open seven days a week. Afternoon tea is offered if booked in advance. They offer food to go, including frozen homemade soups, beef and chicken pies.

" It truly is a destination restaurant with its ambiance and good food," says Denise McCanna. She and her husband Colin have been loyal customers for 25 years. They live in Manotick but sometimes drive to the Brigadoon up to three times a week. "It's well worth the trip,she says.

Learn more about the Brigadoon by visiting its  Facebook page and website. You can also follow them on Instagram. Contact them via email or call to make a reservation at 613-258-4433.
Attend tag maker Ketchum's open house
Ketchum Manufacturing Inc. is hosting an open house this month to celebrate it being under new ownership. Longtime employees Kevin Dalrymple and Jason Baker purchased Ketchum in early 2017 from Claude Lalonde to carry on the 100-year-plus tradition in manufacturing.

The company, which moved from Ottawa to Brockville in 2005, manufactures and distributes custom identification tags and related products worldwide for several industrial sectors. Ketchum has been in operation since 1913. 

WHEN: Wednesday, January 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: 1245 California Avenue, Brockville

Extended tours will be available to show the wide variety of custom manufacturing product capabilities. Visit the website for more product information. There will be takeaways and door prizes at the event. 

To Register for a tour Email Ketchum for a preferred time.

Job Opportunity
Counties Economic Development Office seeking Business Retention Officer

Applications are now being accepted for a Business Retention Officer, a temporary full-time contract position with the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. The officer will be responsible for the undertaking of the Counties' multi-level Business, Retention and Expansion (BR+E) program using the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs framework. 

Application closing date is Friday, January 5, 2018, or until successfully filled.

Workshops and Seminars
HR Series for Employers

The session focuses on Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, and provides information employers need to know about the minimum wage increase and new rules. 

WHEN: Wednesday, January 10, 7 a.m. to 12 noon, breakfast included.
WHERE: Brockville Convention Centre, Brockville
COST: Free.  Seating is limited. RSVP via email or call 613-498-2111, ext. 245 by this Friday, January 5th.
Business Mentorship Series

Topics include Successful Alliances in Business and Business Foundations, Social Media Do's and Don'ts, Networking 101 and other business tips. 

WHEN: Tuesday, January 23, 12 noon to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Prescott Town Hall, 360 Dibble Street West, second floor, Prescott
COST: Free. Bring your own lunch. Coffee and treats provided.
Business Breakfast Series

The topic this month is Facebook: Live and Marketplace, hosted by the Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre and presented by Jennifer Baker Consulting.

WHEN: Friday, January 26, 7:30 -10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Grenville Mutual Insurance Community Room, 380 Colonnade Drive, Kemptville
COST: $25
Learn more and to find out how to register on our Workshops and Seminars page.
Workshops and Seminars