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Giving: Aba Mortley's passion, generosity can be traced back to her beginnings

Despite affordability crisis, Kingston residents still breaking bank for Valentine’s day

How Aba Learned to Rest Teaching yourself to disconnect by Tianna Edwards

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Find Cher-Mère at The Black Block Party 

Ontario Morning from CBC Radio with Ramraajh Sharvendiran: Kingston Woman to receive honorary diploma for changing curriculum on hair care

St. Lawrence College announces its 2023 honorary diploma recipients: Aba Mortley

Becoming Aba Mortley: podcast episode with Catherine Tang

My Kingston Day: CBC Ottawa and Kingston Frontenac Library celebrate city with community-centred event

‘Warmth And Belonging’ at a Kingston Spa

Read Aba's most recent interview where she sat down with Izabela Jaroszynski at Landsby. Izabela is a writer and editor who has spent the last decade raising children and chickens on a property in rural Ontario. Her passion for travel has taken her to 23 countries on three continents, but none that she loves to explore as much as Canada.

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Merchants find fresh ways for customers to "Love Kingston" amid pandemic

When COVID-19 forced most non-essential retailers and service providers to close their doors last spring, business owners in Kingston – a city where many merchants rely heavily on tourist traffic – held their collective breath.

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City of Kingston announces Civic Award recipients

The City of Kingston Civic Awards recognize residents who have made significant contributions to our community through volunteerism in the areas of culture, heritage, recreation, sports, health, education, health care, environment, safety, volunteering or business. On Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, the city released this year’s award recipients.

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The City of Kingston recognizes 4 citizens for this years Civic Awards: Part 1

In part 1, GNM speaks with Dr. Aba Mortley and Roland Billings about their volunteerism and the commitment to give back.

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Cher-Mere is the BEST SPA in Kingston!!!

Cher-Mère's Aba Mortley wins Canada grant pitch competition

When Dr Aba Mortley opened her first Cher-Mère Day Spa in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, she was continuing her family's beauty business legacy from Trinidad. And last month she continued to make that legacy proud when she won her category in the Rise Up Pitch Competition, an online black Canadian business competition, and secured a covid19 innovation grant.

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Launch Lab - Propelling Eastern Ontario's Businesses

Launch Lab is a regional innovation centre that kickstarts new businesses and helps established ones grow and scale.

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Global News - Local day spa owner wins $10,000 competition for black woman entrepreneurs

Dr. Aba Mortley, of Cher-Mère day spas won $10,000 in a competition for black women entrepreneurs. Her business pitch was influenced by four generation of women in her family, and she says that the money won will go towards building her online presence.

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CTV News - Kingston nail salon gets creative amid pandemic, offering outdoor manicures

One Kingston nail salon is thinking outside the box in an effort to drum up business and keep clients safe. Cher-Mère Day Spa has set up manicure stations outside of their downtown store.

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Global News - Kingston, Ont., spa owner cites safety first, offers outdoor manicures

It’s been nearly a month since Binh’s Nail and Spa was forced to temporarily close because of an outbreak that led to at least 30 COVID-19 cases. But as of today, KFL&A public health says Binh’s — along with several other nail salons in Kingston — are allowed to reopen.

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Keep up with Kingston - Black Owned: Cher-Mere

I met Aba years ago at a local event and we’ve been connected ever since. I admire Aba for all of the work she does for our community (she does a lot of volunteer work and is on many, many committees!) while running two spas (and raising four children!)!

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Global News - New initiative in Kingston launched to help support local businesses

A group of local businesses have come together to make a ‘YGK box’ containing specialty items from each store.

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About Cher-Mère

Learn about Cher-Mère's history, products, and more.

Visit Kingston

Meaning “dear mother” in French, Cher-Mere is a Kingston and Trinidad & Tobago-based day spa the aims to share the essence of Caribbean beauty. Cher-Mere uses eco-conscious, natural, organic products and services. Join owner Aba Bowles-Mortley for an at-home kid’s manicure demonstration. Kingston is a city of musicians, makers, and creators. We are a city for experiencing and enjoying. Our vibrant arts and culture scene connects residents and visitors alike. Visit Kingston has invited the makers of Kingston to take over our channels to perform a concert, showcase their artistry, guide parents through a craft for kids, and share their passion and creativity with the city and beyond. We hope this connection will bring our community together while we are at home and support the creative scene we all love. Participating artists will be compensated with an honorarium.