“Just before I turned 40 last year, I knew it was time to get into better shape. I was looking for a trainer-led gym with an inviting vibe. Orangetheory Fitness has helpful and courteous staff with a workout program that is challenging and doable, even at my age.”

Design Specialist
Synergy Lab Inc.

Orangetheory Fitness is a chain, but Lindop says the Bowmanville- Clarington location really has a great local Durham vibe, thanks to its trainers and staff. Orangetheory is different from other gyms in that it offers a total-body workout that combines excellence in coaching, science and technology. The signature heart-rate-monitoring technology captures the heart rates of its members worldwide. It’s actually pretty cool and folks seem to love it. .

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42366 Durham Regional Hwy 2 Unit C5, Bowmanville

“Isabella’s! I love this little café. The food is healthy and freshly made, the coffee and teas are amazing, and their cookies are so yummy. Their staff is friendly and very courteous, too.”

Office Administrator & Finance Support
Spark Centre

Isabella’s has been around since 2006 and it’s full of yummy treats — we’re talking baked goods, chocolate (yep, chocolate), personalized cakes, delicious coffees and teas, and a catering menu that will make your mouth water. The big news is that Isabella’s recently opened a second location in Ontario Tech University’s Charles Hall.

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2 King Street East,

“I would have to say that my favourite place is Lola’s Café, where I am able to purchase North Gate Organics vegetables, herbs and readymade soups. There’s nothing like having access to truly fresh salad ingredients and healthy food options while supporting a local business.”

EOIC Business
Development Manager,
Spark Centre

This is where you’ll want to go if you’re looking for the best in farmto- table — they specialize in local, healthy and organic foods. A staple in Brighton’s downtown core for more than a decade, owners Tracy Sutherland and Dave Perkin ensure Lola’s Café always has delicious dishes on offer for loyal customers. But they’re not just about health food — they pride themselves on having exceptional coffee, sourced from The County Roasters in Picton.

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74 Main Street,


Illustration Credit: iStock/Ekaterina Vakhrameeva.

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