Success Stories/Business Profiles

February 2021 - Peak Property

January 2021 - New You Body Sculpting

December 2020 - Blanchard Letendre Engineering

October 2020 - Lexine Photographie & LexiBooth

September 2020 - ALOMA Home Staging & Design

August 2020 - Studio Shanthaly

July 2020 - Portes Express Doors & Trim

February 2020 - Boutique Joma

December 2019 - Photo Mania

November 2019 - Kyan Cuisine

July 2019 - Embrun Massage Therapy

June 2019 - Dome-N-Eater

May 2019 - Exit Realty Matrix

April 2019 - Village Bakery

March 2019 - Piece & Quiet

January 2019 - REPS with Alison

November 2018 - Tilia Esthetic

July 2018 - Étienne Brûlé Brewery

April 2018 - Battleshield Industries Limited

February 2018 - La Ferme Gillette

January 2018 - Wever Financial

November 2017 - Kenworth Ontario

October 2017 - Tuque de Broue Brewery

July 2017 - Marché Agricole Russell Farm Market

June 2017 - Marché BoniChoix

December 2016 - Foodland


Located at 124 Craig Street in Russell, Foodland is the main grocery store within the Village of Russell. The grocery store has a small town charm with hard to beat deals. It’s a neighbourhood store that focuses on community and customers while offering a wide variety of conventional products with friendly customer service.

The weekly flyer is sent out in the ad bags across Russell Township and surrounding area. The flyer is also available online before each Thursday to allow clients to be ahead of the game and see the best deals in advance. 

The store offers fresh seasonal local products. In the summer they have local corn and in the fall they have local apples. They also have a wide variety of flowers for any occasion and make gift baskets with products from the store on demand.

Owner of the Russell Foodland and soon-to-be mother, Karine Boucher, ensures that each client gets only the best customer service. It might be a small store, but they are big on service! They are also committed to enhancing the well being of the community and participate in many local events and fundraisers. The annual sample fest and food drive is one of many events that Foodland organizes. This event is held each year in December and customers can donate a non-perishable food item and sample festive favourites from the store. In collaboration with the Russell Firefighters, this event fills up a fire truck of food donations every year. Foodland also organizes other fun events like the annual gingerbread house decorating party and many more.

In 2017, Russell Foodland will open its brand new location just down the street from 148 Craig Street. The new store will be significantly larger with new departments and expanded offerings such as a new Heath & Wellness department, a sushi bar and beer and wine! To support its growth, more than 100 new jobs will be created in the community, with positions available in all areas of the store.

Follow the Russell Foodland Facebook page to see regular updates, activities and promotions in store, or visit for its weekly flyer.

Keep an eye out for more information about the Russell Foodland job fair, scheduled for January 19, 2017, in the new year.

November 2016 - Loiselle Sports

Loiselle Sports

For over 50 years, local mainstay, LOISELLE SPORTS has offered its customers personalized service that is second to none, providing competitive prices and top notch after-sales service.

Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec offer endless options for adventure seekers looking to make the most of their time in the great outdoors - in both the warm and cold months! For beginners and seasoned pros alike, the key to ensuring a successful adventure is having the right gear and expert advice. 

LOISELLE SPORTS sells and services BRP Sea-Doos, Ski-Doos, Spyders, All Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides, Honda ATVs, motorcycles, generators and small engine power products, Legend pontoon and fishing boats, Columbia lawn mowers, tractors and more. They also carry a wide range of aftermarket parts, accessories and clothing.
Located in Embrun, Alexandria and Gatineau, LOISELLE SPORTS carries a wide range of new product inventory and will do whatever it takes to meet every customer’s individual needs.

The company believes in carrying a good selection of used equipment as well, offering flexibility with trade-in arrangements. Their late model used equipment also comes with an optional at purchase one-year LOISELLE SPORTS warranty.

Best of all, if you are short on space and don’t have the room to store your new toys, LOISELLE SPORTS can store them for you in their heated, off-season facility. The business offers financing on all their products, ranging from deferred payments to easy monthly instalments. 
Keep your eyes open as LOISELLE SPORTS will be renovating at 877 Notre-Dame in 2017.

For more information, follow them on Facebook and/or visit their website at

October 2016 - Russell Restaurant

Russell Restaurant

Welcome to Russell Restaurant - a community hub with a fully bilingual menu with great food and great people. With a large menu packed with many choices, Russell Restaurant is sure to satisfy any customer including comfort foods, classics and homemade options. Items include soups, salads, burgers, wraps, wings, brochettes, steaks, pastas, seafood, pizza and many more. In addition, they have a large kids’ menu that is sure to please any picky child. As well, they offer daily specials and are famous for their breakfast.

Since opening over 25 years ago, Russell Restaurant has become a second home for many local regulars. Nestled in the Russell Mews on Castor Street, the restaurant is warm and welcoming and is appealing to families and those looking for delicious food in a casual atmosphere. Equipped with a large TV, it has a hint of a sports bar feel where fans can watch the game with friends and family. With its own unique charm, the Russell Restaurant is unlike any other.

Can’t make it to the restaurant? No problem! The restaurant will deliver straight to you.

Owned and operated by Joe, Willy and Willie Ghadie and family, the restaurant is involved in many community events. The restaurant helps local causes and events by participating in fundraisers. Recently, the restaurant graciously donated proceeds to the upcoming event: Butterfly Mile for Jonathan Pitre.

Open 7 days a week, from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sundays.

To reserve your table or to order for delivery, call 613-445-2886. 

August 2016 - Earthly Essentials


In 2011, EarthlyEssentials opened its doors at 984 Notre-Dame Street in Embrun. Wendy Morris, proud owner of this local business, has been practicing holistic health for most of her life. EarthlyEssentials offers an abundance of healing and therapeutic services including massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, aromatic formulations, and herbal remedies. Wendy is certified in Orthotherapy Massage, Soft Tissue Release and, has a diploma in Health & Nutrition in Herbal Health. She is a registered Natural Product Advisor, a Registered Sports Nutrition Advisor, and is certified in many fields including but not limited to being a certified Reflexologist, a Certified Aromatherapist, a Certified Angel Dream Card Reader, a Kundalini, Hatha, Prenatal and Yin Yoga teacher in addition to being a Chartered Herbalist.

EarthlyEssentials is Wendy’s dream come true. Since 1996, when Wendy opened its first location in Embrun, it has grown into the successful business that opens for store hours on Tuesdays from noon to 6 pm. Wendy offers a variety of massages that include: Ortho-Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Reflexology as well as Marma Therapy Facials. All massages are offered to individuals of all ages including youth and pregnancy. Massage hours are; Wednesday 12 5:30 pm, Thursday 11-6 pm and Friday 1-5pm. Yoga classes are available Monday through Thursday are very popular as well.

Available in the store is Wendy’s own natural skin care line that is organic and environmentally friendly. She also sells natural teas and herbal medicines and homemade natural soaps and aromas. The entire store is filled with relaxing and welcoming aromas that are created by Wendy herself.

Want to gift health this coming holiday season? Gift certificates are available online at or in store. For more information about Wendy and EarthlyEssentials, please visit her Facebook Page @EarthlyEssentials33, her twitter page @Earthly33 and her Pinterest Board @Earthly33. You can also visit her website or give her a call at 613-443-9635.

July 2016 - Russell Meadows Retirement Community

Russell Meadows Retirement Community

Located on the bank of the Castor River at 475 Church Street, the Russell Meadows Retirement Community is a wonderful place to enjoy the company of friends, stimulating activities and impressive amenities. The retirement community offers a wide variety of services to its residents including religious services, a monthly hearing clinic, local outings twice a week, transportation to appointments, a beauty salon, a movie theater, a physio and massage centre and much more. In addition to the amenities offered, over 60 volunteers visit the retirement community regularly to help out with activities and to build lasting friendships with the residents. The staff and volunteers at Russell Meadows are committed to making the residents feel at home and to create a home they can be proud of.     

The beautiful retirement community provides expertly designed Lifestyle Options for residents to choose from which include an Independent Lifestyle, a Full Service Lifestyle or a Custom Care & Service-by-Design.  Accommodation options include studio units, one and two bedroom units. Some even include a balcony, patio, fireplace and kitchenette.  

Further to providing an excellent living environment for residents, Russell Meadows along with its residents and families gives back to the community by hosting fundraisers for the Alzheimer’s Society. Since opening in 2011, they have raised over $15,000. They also offer their facilities to the Kin Club of Russell and to the Russell Seniors 55+ Club. 

Russell Meadows Retirement Community opened its doors in March of 2011. Since then, they’ve added an addition and renovated to make the most of their space. Together the proud owners; Lucie, Alain and Francois Lapointe and Managing Partner Eric Chartrand, celebrated their 5th anniversary in March 2016. In 2018, they will be opening a new home in Kemptville where it will accommodate approximately 150 residents.

For more information about the Russell Meadows Retirement Community, visit their website at, their Facebook page or call 613-445-5200.


June 2016 - Passiflora Floral Boutique

Passiflora Floral Boutique

Are you planning your big day and looking for some of the most beautiful flowers around? Well look no further! Passiflora is located at 781B Notre-Dame Street right in the heart of Embrun. Their flowers have been featured on Passiflora Floral Boutique was nominated for Best Florist of the year at the 2016 Ottawa Wedding Awards! They were also featured in the Ottawa Wedding Magazine as the Best Country Chic Wedding Decor! Passiflora has made its mark in the wedding industry and has been recognized by its many clients located all around the greater Ottawa area.

Since 2011, Passiflora has been owned and operated by Melanie Hill. On October 5th of this year, Melanie will be celebrating five years as the owner of Passiflora. Together with her part-time employees, Heather Willett and Beth deVerteuil, they can coordinate all the flowers for weddings and can find the perfect arrangements for all clients. They can also coordinate any flower arrangements for funerals, for the everyday or for special occasions. They are very proud to provide unique flowers that are not common in the area and are ready to make sure their clients receive only the best arrangements!

The store is stocked full of beautiful and fresh flowers and unique articles of home décor. Beth with her interior design background, coordinates the stores décor and also has her own photographic art company named Wild Meadow Studios located in Metcalfe. Her cards and photos can also be found adorning the walls at the store.  As for Heather, she has over 25 years of floral design experience and also has her own gardening service. Together the three make sure that the store has a warm homey feel and smells of fresh flowers to please any client. Clients are always greeted with a smile and they make sure they get the most excellent service.

On top of all that, Passiflora is passionate about giving back to the community. Last May, they donated all the flowers at the Princess Ball in Embrun, where all the proceeds went towards funding for the Sports Dome! They also donate flowers at the annual Salon de la femme in St-Albert. Each year, they prepare corsages and boutonnieres for the prom at St-Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School where a portion of the proceeds go right back to the school!

To see the latest works of art by Passiflora follow them on Facebook at Passiflora Floral Boutique. They are also on Twitter and offer email Newsletters with updates and exclusive offers to subscribers. To place an order please call 613-443-1001, visit their beautiful website at or visit in person at 781B Notre-Dame Street in Embrun. 

May 2016 - Jean-Claude Cayer Entreprises Ltd.

Jean-Claude Cayer Entreprises Ltd.  

Located at 708 Limoges Road in Limoges, JC Cayer is the leading and professional supplier of Electric and Pneumatic tools in the Eastern Ontario region. Jean-Claude Cayer and his wife Francine Cayer started the business from home in 1988, expanded in 1997 and then opened at their current location in 2001. They have since renovated and expanded, and the business continues to expand exponentially every year. They are very proud to be in business for over 27 years now and only plan on getting bigger. They are the top dealer of tools and accessories by Generac, Milwaukee, Makita and others. They sell a wide variety of products including lawn and garden tools, small engines, compressors and generators to name a few.

In 2005 Jean-Claude and Francine were in a small business crisis and they quickly figured they needed to add new services to their business including a better selection of tools and machinery and their presence on the Internet. In 2007 they launched their website. Before the internet, the winter months were the slowest. Now, they no longer have slow months as they are very busy year-round. Once the business was online, the orders came flying in and they have been busy ever since with deliveries around the world. Jean-Claude stated that 60% of his sales are online, 25% are to resellers (who buy in bulk) and 15% of the sales are in store at the location in Limoges. At their huge show room they receive clients from all over the country. Their prime location right next to the Highway 417 ramp at exit 79, is an excellent key to success.

Jean-Claude Cayer Enterprises Ltd. is a proud family owned and operated business with over 30 employees. Jean-Claude and Francine are very passionate about their business. They have worked very hard for a long time to make their business what it is today and praise their passion for the business as their key to success. Their success is quite obvious with their constant need for expansion and in 2010 they opened a second location named New York Power Tools Inc. located in Massena, New York.

If you are looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift, visit to see all the new products and sales or call 1-855-705-2293 for details. The business can also be found on Facebook and YouTube at Jean-Claude Cayer Enterprises Ltd. and on Twitter at JCCayer. You can also check out their flyer which is sent in the ad bag every three months.  

April 2016 - MR Kitchens

MR Kitchens 

Founded in 1986, MR Kitchens is now celebrating its 30th year in business. And with so many years in business comes major experience and a large base of satisfied clients. MR Kitchens cabinet manufacturing facility and head office is located at 296 Enterprise Road in Vars. They manufacture cabinets and supply to customers and contractors throughout Ontario, Quebec and the United States. They also provide complete kitchen, bathroom, mudroom, laundry room, closet, office, entertainment centre, bar and fireplace mantel renovations and instalments to clients in the greater Ottawa area. Equipped with the top of the line technologies, MR Kitchens is able to provide the very best cabinetry. Because they manufacture their own products, they can ensure that quality controls and cost efficiencies are achieved.

MR Kitchens take great pride in their moto to Sense the difference. Their sense of success is based on the client’s sense of satisfaction. Guy Bianchi, of Ottawa, is the owner of MR Kitchens and him and his entire team from manufacturing to installation, ensure that their moto is accomplished with every client. To achieve the most satisfaction possible from every client, MR Kitchens works hard at getting the design just right, with the help of the client. They offer a free site visit consultation process, where a talented design team member will visit the location of the renovation. On location, the designer will evaluate various solutions with the best options based on flow patterns and work stations. Once evaluated, the designer will then present a complete series of drawings, prepared with leading edge technologies to get the best picture possible.

MR Kitchens is very proud that they are not only adding to homes, but also contributing to local and national economy. If you are ready to upgrade a room in your home, please consult MR Kitchens’ official website at:, like them on Facebook at: mrkitchensottawa and find them on You can also contact them by phone at: 613-443-3399 or visit their beautiful showroom in Vars. They also have two other locations at 2131 St Joseph Boulevard in Orleans and 1877 Merivale Road in Nepean.

March 2016 - Aux pitous adorables

Aux pitous adorables

Il y a exactement 18 ans le mois prochain, Richard Millaire et Joseph Conlin, propriétaires de Aux pitous adorables, ont ouvert leurs portes au 986 rue Notre-Dame à Embrun.

Dans le passé, Richard était un entraineur de chiens professionnels et faisait même des expositions de chiens au Canada et aux États-Unis. Le nom de l’entreprise a été choisi puisque les clients l’appelaient toujours Aux pitous, et le nom est resté.

Aujourd’hui, le salon de toilettage d’animaux et magasin d’accessoires d’animaux a des centaines de clients fidèles qui reviennent à plusieurs reprises. La raison principale derrière la fidélité de sa clientèle et de leur grand succès est grâce à leur ambiance personnalisée. En raison de l’abondance d’expérience de Richard et Joseph, ils peuvent même offrir leurs services de toilettage aux animaux les plus difficiles. Avec l’aide de leur employée Nancy Lecuyer, ils peuvent toiletter tous les sortes de chiens, de gros à petits et incluant même les chats.

Le magasin offre une grande variété de nourritures spécialisées qui satisfait tous les besoins nutritifs des animaux. Ils vendent plusieurs sortes de nourritures qu’on ne peut retrouver ailleurs dans la région telles que : Royal Canin, Nutrience, Hill’s Science Diet et autres. De plus, le magasin offre une variété illimitée de traites, jouets, accessoires et produits de toilettage pour plusieurs types d’animaux de compagnie.

Aux pitous adorables est également occupé par des oiseaux chanteurs et un callopsitte nommé Alfie qui habite dans le magasin depuis 1998. Lorsque vous visitez le magasin, vous serez toujours accueilli d’un sourire et d’une chanson joyeuse des oiseaux.

Vous pouvez visiter Aux pitous adorables au 986 rue Notre-Dame de 9h30 à 18h00 du mardi au vendredi, et de 9h30 à 17h00 les samedis. Pour faire un rendez-vous pour votre animal ou pour tous autres renseignements, veuillez téléphoner au 613 443-0990. 

February 2016 - Urban Country

Urban Country

Ever since Urban Country opened its doors in June of 2009, it has been a thriving local business. The store which is located at 1115 Concession Street in the village of Russell, offers unique home décor items, antiques, fashion accessories and creations from more than half a dozen local artists and artisans. The stores proprietor, Sandra Neilson, shared the inspiration for her store’s name ‘Urban Country’.  She was a city girl ‘Urban’ who fell in love with and later married a ‘country’ boy. It also speaks to the variety of items sold in the store, from urban to country. In Urban Country, Sandra helps you find exactly what you’re looking for and even things you never knew you needed. She is also a South Hill Design Lockets and Charms representative and a certified balloon artist.  Her impressive helium balloon creations add joy to any event. The back of her store is entirely devoted to balloons, cards and gift wrappings.     

Located in an older home, Urban Country has a warm, home-like, small town charm that only it can offer its customers. Sandra is committed to offering only the best customer service, and expects all new clients to come in as strangers and leave as friends. To thank her customers, Sandra hosts thank-you parties including the very popular Late Night Madness PJ Party on the first Saturday in December and celebrates the store’s Birthday in June. “These parties are for the customers.  They get great deals including no taxes, discounts and even free cupcakes” Sandra adds.  Sandra would like to thank all of Urban Country’s loyal customers, without them there would be no Urban Country.     

Urban Country helps support our local economy and artisans by selling locally handcrafted creations from half a dozen local artists and by organising craft and trade shows 5 or 6 times a year.  The next arts and crafts shows are held at St-Thomas Aquinas High School and scheduled for March 12th and May 7th, 2016. If you would like to have a table at either or both shows, you can contact Sandra directly.    

If you are tired of those cookie cutter home décor items, or you really want something unique to gift that special someone, Urban Country is the place to go! Their motto is “We’re the little store with more!” With hundreds of cottage style home décor items, funky jewelry, paintings and creations from local artists, you’ll never leave empty handed.  

You can reach Sandra at her store at 613-445-4555, by email at and on their extremely active Facebook Page at Urban Country & South Hill Designs by Sandra

January 2016 - Pure Physique Fitness

Pure Physique Fitness

Is your New Year’s resolution to become healthier, but you don’t know where to start? We have the perfect place for you to start in the right direction! Pure Physique is a fitness studio located at 568 Limoges Road, in Limoges. It is owned and operated by France Burelle, a native of Crysler. France offers many health and fitness services like a studio for working out and also nutrition consultations. France has a Gold Standard of fitness certification through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology as a Personal Trainer. She is also a Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher, a Certified Ontario Fitness Council Group Exercise Leader and she is certified in Functional Movement Systems level 1 & 2. In other words, she has ample knowledge in the health and exercise fields of fitness to help anyone achieve their goals.  

France started Pure Physique Fitness in September of 2008 by offering a mobile fitness business where she would go to her clients to have fitness classes and private trainings. She also offered group classes and personal trainings in her own home. Then the grand opening of her very own studio (current location) was on October 3rd, 2015. France would like to thank all of her loyal clients who helped her achieve her dream of having her own studio.

Pure Physique Fitness offers a wide variety of services from group and private personal training, to group fitness classes in the studio. France offers all kinds of group fitness classes including: Body Fit, Bootcamp, TRX, Yoga, Rebounder (trampoline), Sculpt HIIT, Mom and Baby and Fit Abs! The studio also offers a Tabata and Strength class instructed by Krista Patterson. And starting this January, France will be adding Fit Kids and Fit Boomers classes! She will also be starting a new SHRED IT Program which is a 6 week program with a nutrition package, homework and 24/7 trainer support to the already very full class schedule! Studio classes are offered every day of the week and the complete schedule is available on her website:

France offers a FREE transformation session to all new clients! Here is where you start that New Year’s resolution. Call her at 613-875-5925 or email her at for more information.