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BoQ Entrepreneurs: Andrew & Monique Guthrie

An interview with Andrew and Monique Guthrie of Park Road Design & Build in Brighton.

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Briefly describe your business.

We are a small design and build company based out of Brighton, Ontario with a focus on large renovations, additions and custom homes. We offer a variety of services including concept designs, permit drawings, interior design drawings/sourcing and general contracting. At PRD, our main outlook for each project is to ensure our client’s ideas and thoughts are heard and to provide continual guidance through the entire project. As a company, we strive for three main goals: honesty, quality and attention to detail.

What brought you to the region?

We were given the opportunity to build a home for a client on the Bay of Quinte and at that time we were living in Mississauga. Once we started working in the area, we truly fell in love with the lifestyle and pace of living. We were wanting to start a family and thought it would be a great place to plant roots. Since we have moved back in May 2021 it has not disappointed!

What was the hardest thing about starting a business

One of the hardest parts of starting/owning a small business is wearing many hats. You are constantly shifting gears and multi-tasking, which is one of our favourite parts as you are always doing something new, but it doesn’t come without challenges. 

What makes the Bay of Quinte a good fit for your business?

With many people moving east of the GTA, it has allowed for our type of business to grow as many new homeowners and business owners are looking for design and build services.

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What advice do you have for entrepreneurs in the area?

It’s never too late to start! Find what you’re passionate about, take a risk and enjoy the ride.

How do you like to spend your days off?

One of our favourite things to do is take our kiddos and dog ‘Gus the Bus’ down to Presqu’ile Provincial Park for a walk and enjoy the views of the water. Another thing we love to do is support our local markets like Cheer Farms in Brighton and Fawn Over Market in Quinte West.

If you could have one word tattooed on you, what would it be?

August 21, 2022 – we welcomed our beautiful twins Abby and Brooks on this date and they are absolutely the joy of our lives. 

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A collection of all our stories from the BOQ

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The Bay of Quinte RMB Land Acknowledgement

The Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board is committed to acknowledging, appreciating and understanding the Indigenous peoples’ historic connection to this land and to raising awareness by building relationships in collaboration with Indigenous partners and communities. 

We recognize and acknowledge that we are living and working on the traditional territory of the Wendat, Mississauga, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee which includes the Kenhtè:ke Kanyen’kehá:ka (Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte) with whom we work in direct partnership with. 

This partnership focuses on the common goal of celebrating the region with the Kenhtè:ke Kanyen’kehá:ka who are equal partners within the organization and at the Board of Directors table contributing to the mandate and operations.

This mandate includes listening to, learning from, and collaborating with the Kenhtè:ke Kanyen’kehá:ka and actively incorporating their culture and heritage into the practice of responsible destination marketing and management of the region.

We understand that this land acknowledgement is only a small step towards the larger process of reparations and reconciliation.

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