Zest Kitchen Shop

From vacationers to becoming business owners in Prince Edward County.

Jenny & Kyle Otsuka fell in love with The County after spending many weekends here as visitors. Their desire to experience a new way of life led them to creating a plan to open a business that combined their passion of cooking and business.

Following a move from Toronto to The County, Jenny and Kyle got started by first retrofitting an old laundromat on Picton Main Street. In 2012, they opened the doors to Zest Kitchen Shop and after more than two years, their hard work has paid off. Catering to both internal and external markets, they have capitalized on the busy season, when thousands of tourists flock to The County, while stocking items that meet the needs of local people who support the store year-round. They have built a foundation of loyal, returning customers.

“We are trying to create a shop where people feel they can find that one little gadget they are looking for, and at the same time create a fun shopping experience,” Jenny notes. “We carry products such as baking kits, knives, bowls, kitchen ware as well as one-of-a kind products created by local artisans such as locally-crafted cutting boards.”

Zest Kitchen Shop has been described as “an awesome find in small town Ontario and a treasure trove of goodies for those that love to cook and acquire kitchen gadgets.” In addition to carrying kitchen supplies, a selection of Canadian cookbooks and author meet’ n greets and book signings keep kitchen enthusiasts coming back for more.

Now that Zest is a fixture on Picton Main Street, Jenny’s next step is to expand by offering kitchen workshops and courses. Kitchen enthusiasts can look forward to knife skill workshops – hosted by local culinary experts – general kitchen how-to’s, new product showcases and more.

To visit or find out more information about Zest Kitchen Shop please contact:

Zest Kitchen Shop
192 Main Street, Picton, Ontario, K0K 2T0

Quinte Regions New Business of the Year Award was presented to Jenny & Kyle Otsuka, Co-owners of Zest Kitchen Shop in Picton. The award was presented at the Quinte Business Achievement Awards on October 24, 2014. The Quinte Business Achievement Awards (QBAA) are presented annually as a celebration of business excellence across the Bay of Quinte region. These awards recognize outstanding businesses, not-for-profit organizations and business leaders in areas such as entrepreneurship, business growth, company practices, product innovations, customer service, stewardship, marketing success and community service.

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Local Cider heads to California

The County Cider Company, a Local Ontario cider producer is pleased to announce that its first export shipment of Waupoos Cider bottles and kegs arrived in Los Angeles, California this week.

The County Cider Company, located in Waupoos, Prince Edward County, Ontario has been seeing double digit growth in their cider sales for the past three years and now they are working with Half Pint Ciders out of Los Angeles to export their top selling brand, Waupoos Premium Cider. County Cider recently entered into an agreement with Half Pint to bring their ciders into the west coast USA market. A small order will be shipped by month end. Samples have already met with great success in this market and they anticipate gaining a significant share of the California cider market over the next few years.
Mark McTavish, President of Half Pint, has been courting retailers and licensees to start carrying the Waupoos brand as soon as it arrives. “Waupoos Cider has been a favorite of mine for several years, had it for the first time at a bar called Smokeless Joes in Toronto. Can’t recall the year, but honestly I think it was 2002.” says McTavish, “Anyway, it’s crazy to think that Waupoos was the cider that sent me down a path of cider drinking and then into the cider biz.”

Already samples have arrived and are gracing the shelves at places like The Spare Room, a modern day gaming parlour and cocktail lounge, situated in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. Plans are in the works for distribution in other west coast states as well. McTavish remarks, “My distributor in Washington loves the Waupoos, and Oregon is all set to push as well. Whole Foods is also pushing our products across the entire state in Oregon.”

The County Cider Company was established in 1995 by owner, Grant Howes, at his family’s farm. The orchard now has one of the largest plantings of traditional cider apples in North America. It produces its ciders in a sustainable manner and is a carbon positive company. County Cider’s flagship brand, County Premium Cider, has been a general list product at the LCBO since 1996. “Our mandate is simple”, says Howes, “produce real ciders derived from apples grown on the family owned farms and make those ciders using methods akin to the production of fine wines following European purity laws.” Grant Howes’ vision is “to increase the awareness of Canadian Cider both domestically and abroad and have our cider personify this recognition.”

Visit www.countycider.com for more information about the company and their products.
Contact Information: Attention – Jenifer Dean
The County Cider Company, PO Box 6241, Picton, ON, K0K 2T0
Telephone: 613-476-4295
Email: info@countycider.com

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Picton Denture Clinic – Smiles Made Here

Always wanting to work in the dental field, Lou Angelidis attended George Brown College to become a Dental Technician and then studied Denture Therapy to become a Denturist. He married his high school sweetheart, Janice, and together they have two sons, one grandson and another one on the way.

After more than 30 years in Toronto, Lou and Janice moved to The County. The choice was easy – they fell in love with The County years ago and with the high population of seniors, immediately recognized the need for a denture clinic. Just recently, Lou and Janice bought 78 Main Street, Picton – a designated historic building – and set up the Picton Denture Clinic. “We absolutely love it here” notes Lou.

Picton Denture Clinic offers complete and partial dentures, implant supported dentures, repairs and relines, mouth guards, night-guards and sleep disorder appliances. They pride themselves on the affordability and quality of their products paired with honesty and sincerity, which makes them stand out from others offering the same products and services.

For more information on Picton Denture Clinic and their services visit them at:

Picton Denture Clinic
78 Main Street, Picton, Ontario, K0K 2T0
Phone/Fax: 613.476.7070

Hours of Operation:
9 am to 4 pm; Monday to Thursday

Accessibility: Includes wheelchair side entrance
Languages Spoken: English and Macedonian

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