Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews | June 5, 2018
Business Profile
Dewar's Inn delivers waterfront haven
RIVERVIEW HEIGHTS -  You haven't experienced Dewar's Inn on the River until you've walked through the courtyard into the picturesque village of cottages connected by elaborate gardens, winding pathways and stunning waterfront decks.

Owners Judy and Frank Li fell in love with the historic property on County Road 2 when they bought it three years ago. They say viewing the property from the road doesn't tell the whole story or reveal its interesting history. 

"People say it's like opening a book, one you can't judge by its cover - or in this case what you see from the highway. Once you've experienced it, you want to come back. It's so relaxing and peaceful," says Judy.

Dewar's Inn is a favourite destination. The proof is in the sheer number of repeat customers they have, ranging from Leeds Grenville residents to European and American travellers.

"We have guests who return year after year. Each cottage has a different style so our returning customers can have a new experience each time they are here," says Frank. 

The Inn earned a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2017, has a Booking.com score of 9.3/10 and maintains a high customer rating for location, comfort and cleanliness.

The slogan for the Inn is "For pleasure or Business, Dewar's Inn delivers." They cater to corporate and vacationing customers. It is adult-orientated with a no-noise, no-pet policy day and night, which makes for a quiet stay for all guests. Enjoy a free breakfast and WiFi throughout the property. Cottages and rooms have upgraded appliances, fireplaces and A/C. Once the site of a brewery with roots dating back 130 years, it provides great shoreline diving. They also offer special long-stay rates.

Expansion plans are in the works with a new meeting room opening soon as well as a 1,000-square-foot riverview apartment. "We would like to attract more groups," says Frank. The existing breakfast room seats 30 with another 40 in the new expanded section for events and family gatherings. They credit previous owner Paul Dewar with helping them make a smooth transition into the business. "He built a very high reputation for this business and we are continuing the tradition." 

Learn more about Dewar's Inn on the River and additional imagery by visiting their website, give them a call at 613-925-3228, toll free at 877-433-9277 or send them an email. It is located at 1649 County Road 2 on the St. Lawrence River.
Top feature photo: Judy and Frank Li are expanding Dewar's Inn to welcome more corporate and group business.

Numerous sitting areas offer relaxing front row seats of the St. Lawrence River. 

This summer's young entrepreneurs are, starting second from left, Zach Benson, Leyton Basiren, Brody Rock, Griffin Campbell, Sydney Couture, Callum Cairns, Selina Deng, Jackson Phillips, Melissa Dejong, Ava Prosser and Brad Jessup. Members of their support team are Wendy Onstein, left, Jade Cotie, second from right, and Jeanette Johnston, right.

Summer Company entrepreneurs offering a wide variety of services

This summer check out the range of services being offered by 12 young entrepreneurs who have launched businesses through the Leeds & Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre (LGSBEC). Their services include innovative online health coaching and workout plans, tennis lessons and basketball camps, lawn care, boat cleaning, photography, wood designs, firewood, fresh produce service, art and t-shirts geared to youth.

Learn more about these talented young people and how to contact them for services on our Leeds Grenville Media Releases page. Visit the Enterprise Centre website, email Summer Company Coordinator Jade Cotie or Jeanette Johnston or call 613-342-8772, ext. 4432 or 4471.
Upcoming Events

The event continues to attract large crowds since it was introduced in 2016.
Third annual open house for Port of Johnstown
JOHNSTOWN - Come out and learn the processes of St. Lawrence Seaway shipping at the Port of Johnstown's Port Day.

WHEN: Saturday, June 16, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Doors open at 10 a.m. Speeches and opening remarks are at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: 3035 County Road 2, Johnstown
COST: Free

There will be narrated tours of the Port, the public boardwalk and the CCGS Griffon, along with agricultural booths and displays, a community BBQ, music by Sons of Gord, an archery trailer hosted by the Grenville Fish and Game Club, the Giant Tiger Train, Touch a Truck, face painting, Tribeck inflatables, prizes and much more for the entire family. The event is being held in partnership with Giant Tiger.

Guest speakers are Conservative Party Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt and Chamber of Marine Commerce President Bruce Burrows. There will be a Meet and Greet with grain brokers, stevedores, local businesses and community port users.

Learn more about this upcoming event and about the Port on their website or send them an email.
Workshops and Seminars
Business Mentorship Series

Looking for support and tips on running your business? Topics include Successful Alliances in Business, Business Foundations, Social Media Do's & Don'ts and Networking 101.

WHEN:Tuesday, June 19, 12-1 p.m. 
WHERE: CSE Consulting, 191 King Street East, Prescott
COST: Free. Bring your own lunch. Coffee and treats are provided.

This session is presented by the Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre.
Employer Information Session 

Learn more about CSE Consulting's free job board, hiring assistance, pre-screening, interview assistance, special funding for new hires or to train your employees.

WHEN:Wednesday, June 20, 9 a.m. until noon 
WHERE: Merrickville District Community Health Centre Community Room, 354 Read Street, Merrickville
COST: Free

Learn more about  CSE Consulting on their website. There are locations in Kemptville, Prescott and Brockville.
Learn more about these sessions and how to register on our Workshops and Seminars page.