Never Back Down

“Fitness Gear & Accessories”

Opened: July 2014

A mother of two and with a third on the way in July, Tabitha Moore is busy! Despite having her hands full, Tabitha saw a need for speciality fitness products, and “Never Back Down” was born. “My husband Padraic and I love to participate in sports and physical activities. Padraic has been competing in the Highland Games heavy events for years and most recently competed in Strongman. Accessing products locally is difficult as most retail stores are based in the U.S.” explains Tabitha.

About a year ago, Tabitha came across the Ontario Self-Employment Benefits Program (OSEB) through the Prince Edward/Lennox & Addington Community Futures Development Corporation and decided to pursue her dream of running her own business. She set up an online shop that sells products geared to Strongman, Highland Games, Powerlifting and CrossFit.

Tabitha notes, “I enjoy my business and hope to continue for many years to come. Right now, an online store is more feasible than having a store front. Having a location in Ontario and more specifically Prince Edward County is great as the products we carry cannot be accessed locally. In order to access these products, you would have to travel a great distance east or west and even in the United States to find them. We deliver great quality equipment and accessories and try to offer competitive prices, low shipping costs, making it a one stop shop for individuals. We focus on customer service, which is extremely important to us.”

You can find Never Back Down and their products at expos, competitions and highland games throughout Ontario as well as at local events.

For more information contact:

Tabitha Moore
Never Back Down

18617 Loyalist Parkway Hillier On, K0K2J0. (No storefront)

The Ontario Self-Employment Benefit Program (OSEB) is a unique project providing aspiring entrepreneurs with income and entrepreneurial support for up to 42 weeks while developing and starting a business. For more information contact PELA CFDC at 613.476.7901 x209.

If you have opened a new business in Prince Edward County, we would love to introduce you. Please contact Grace Nyman, Community Development Coordinator for more details.

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The County’s Independent Book Store – Books & Company

Surviving Competition from the Big Box Stores

Given their friendly staff, cozy atmosphere and fabulous products, it’s no wonder that Books & Company was named as Quinte Region’s Retail Business of the Year for 2014.

Co-Owners Alexandra Bake, David Sweet and Barbara Burns-Sweet, operate Books & Company – an independently run bookstore located in beautiful downtown Picton in the heart of Prince Edward County. Books & Company has survived competition from big box stores by offering a mix of new and used books along with games, toys, puzzles, stationary, cards, music, and magazines.

In addition to carrying sought after products, the Lipson Room above the shop serves as a meeting and event space which helps bring people into the shop. Events include art shows, plays, political debates, community meetings and more. Every year, the store hosts the Prince Edward County Authors Festival, bringing Canadian authors to the region..

The adjoining Miss Lily’s Cafe, is the icing on the cake, and has ensured that Books & Company is ‘a meeting spot’ in The County. Miss Lily’s offers fair trade coffee and tea, pastries, delicious sandwiches, hearty soups and gluten free vegan treats. It was recently named as one of the top ten cafes in Ontario! Miss Lily’s equally welcoming atmosphere means that coffee-goers can meander from the café to the bookstore, and an additional room at the back of the café can also be used for more intimate meetings. Pushkin the tabby cat is never far, and welcomes the regulars and new customers alike, with open … paws.

For more information, please contact

Books & Company
289 Main Street, Picton, Ontario, K0K 2T0

T: 613.476.3037
F: 613.471.1896
Hours: Open Daily All Year Round

Quinte Business Achievement Awards (QBAA) are presented annually as a celebration of business excellence across Prince Edward County and the Bay of Quinte region. The 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.

Be sure to nominate a business for 2015. Award Ceremonies take place, Friday, October 23, 2015 at the National Air Force Museum in Trenton.
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County Keepsakes

“The only souvenir shop in Prince Edward County”

Specializing in local souvenirs and gifts.

Opened: May 15, 2014

After 10 years with the Prince Edward County Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, Janet saw a need for a shop specializing in local souvenirs and gifts. “With the beaches, art and food scene, the wineries and more, Prince Edward County is an exciting vacation spot and visitors are looking for mementos of their time here” says Janet.

Shortly after her retirement, Janet Robbins opened County Keepsakes. “My first year with County Keepsakes was very successful and I am looking forward to even more fun this year” notes Janet.

She remarks, “County Keepsakes is hoping to create a destination within a destination. This year, the shop will feature some very new and exclusive products and am anxious to see how they are received. We will have a food truck or two on site as well as ice cream. There will also be room for artisans and a local produce stand on site.”

County Keepsakes features many unique and exclusive souvenir items that are not available anywhere else. Janet chuckles, “we’re the official home of the Olympic Wine Tasting T-Shirt and the Adult Sippy Cups. Come by and have a look.”

For more information contact:

Janet Robbins
County Keepsakes

12699 Loyalist Parkway,
Picton, Ontario,
K0K 2T0
Phone: 613.827.6331

Hours of Operation:
May, June, September, October, Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm or later
July and August, 7 days week, 10 am to 5 pm or later
Accessibility: The store is wheelchair accessible

If you have opened a new business in Prince Edward County, we would love to introduce you. Please contact Grace Nyman, Community Development Coordinator for more details.

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