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Ladies night out!

23 Dec

by Diva Rachel Lynn
My girlfriend Caroline and I headed out to the Goderich BIA Ladies’ Night Out. We have been attending this event together for the past few years.  It is a bit chilly on this night but that doesn’t stop the many shoppers from getting in on the deals and supporting their local businesses.

Over all 51 businesses part took in this event.  Some included kitchen stores, book stores, clothing stores, a jewelry store and many more. Some merchants also provide yummy snacks like cheese and crackers, hot dips, sweet treats and a little vino too!

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image_2imageOur last stop of the evening was at Riverline Nature Company.  The store is located on 36 Kingston St and is open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm.   River Line Nature Company is a wild bird and garden store. It was created by wildlife biologist out of his frustration at not being able to find quality birdseed in the area.  It is now owned by a local area resident.

There is such a variety of things you can buy here.  There are the many kinds of bird seed, walking sticks, books for animal lovers as well as great seed holders to help keep those squirrels at bay.  You can even buy a fresh greens wreath here.

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Tonight I ended up buying a peanut feeder.  My in-laws have one of these on their back deck and I always enjoy seeing the Blue Jays fly up and also have the squirrels get frustrated at not being able to get any treats.

Riverline Nature Company can be found feedthebirds.ca or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Riverline-Nature-Co/

36 Kingston Street
Goderich, ON  N7A 3K1
Local: 519-524-4272 | toll free: 1-855-524-4272

‘N Sew On

17 Apr

by Diva Claire Carter

I am always impressed by the unique businesses and offerings found in Huron County.  N Sew On is no exception.  Owned by Kevin Soehner, and located just off of the Square, N Sew On produces custom embroidered items, screen prints, vinyl and custom promotional items.

Embroidery Threads

Embroidery Threads

Kevin is very passionate about his work. He gives the impression that no task is too large or small.  While I was in the shop, he made a one-of-a-kind screen printed table cloth, hundreds of magnets, had several boxes of orders picked up and set up embroidery machines to make sweaters for a local hockey team.

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in-house equipment

in-house equipment

 

Whenever possible, Kevin makes products in house.  Custom blankets, tote bags and aprons are all sewn in Goderich.  This allows the client to choose exactly what colour, fabric and dimensions they would like, and then a truly custom product is created.

Kevin said that he is starting to become popular with businesses in Toronto and Stratford, who hear about his services when they ask “who made that” of a promotional product.

I was amazed with the number of colours throughout the store.  Tye-dye and florescent shirts and hats are popular, and bright spools of thread are hung from the wall behind the giant Barudan embroidery machine.

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Images supplied by clients can be transferred to items in a number of ways.   The photo above shows how an image on the screen is transferred by printer directly onto fabric.  I got thinking of all sorts of unique gifts and custom items that could be made possible with all of the equipment (and skill) at N’ Sew On.

In addition to plenty of bright colours and example pieces, the walls of N’ Sew On are lined with newspaper articles and awards that Kevin has received for his business, including Business of the Year at the Goderich and District Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Success Awards.  N’ Sew On began as a home based business, and has grown to a large storefront off of the Square.  Based on his accommodating attitude, it isn’t hard to understand why!

N’ Sew On is located at 53 South Street, Goderich.
(519) 612-1034

Beechwood Pottery Christmas Show & Sale

19 Nov

IMG_4476by Diva Trista Russell

This past weekend I had the pleasure of checking out Beechwood Pottery, which is just outside St. Columban in Huron East. I have to admit it’s in an area of Huron County that I rarely visit, but I am very glad that I made the trip!

Each year Beechwood Pottery holds their Christmas Show and Sale, which is a studio open house featuring pottery by Robert Tetu and Cora De Vries. I had the pleasure of meeting both Robert and Cora, and Robert told me the story of how he got into pottery. He previously attended art school in Toronto, but later decided it wasn’t for him. After some unfulfilling jobs, he decided to attend a pottery class with a friend, where he discovered his passion for pottery. He now runs Beechwood Pottery along with his partner Cora, which is displayed in a historic general store at the corner of Beechwood Line and Bridge Road.

When I arrived, I was greeted with some hot mulled wine while I pursued the pottery collection. There was a mix of functional pottery and beautiful decorative items. There was also some gorgeous porcelain earrings made by Cora.

beautiful and functional pottery 1

beautiful and functional pottery 1

Since Christmas is quickly approaching, I starting thinking about Christmas gifts. I think the oil and vinegar dispensers would be a great gift for a “foodie” in your life! What is great about the pottery is that all of it is ovenproof, dishwasher safe, microwave safe, and lead free. I ended up purchasing some small wine mugs, which I’m going to wrap up with a bottle of wine as a unique Christmas gift!

With its one-of-kind pieces, Beechwood Pottery is definitely a hidden gem in Huron County

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Beechwood Pottery
44004 Bridge Road (4 km. north of St. Columban)
Phone: 519-345-2184
Email: beechwood@cyg.net

porcelain earrings - another great Christmas gift idea

porcelain earrings – another great Christmas gift idea

wine mugs that I purchased for a Christmas gift

wine mugs that I purchased for a Christmas gift

Shopping at the Old Mill

14 Aug

OldMillby Diva Nicole Olson

September is a big month for birthdays in our family, so I thought I would get a head start on my shopping and check out the Old Mill’s Annual Sell-abration, celebrating 53 years in business. Right now, they have a tent set up outside with major deals, up to 70 percent off regular prices. They have clothing as well as leather goods, sheepskins, toys and accessories.  Inside the store, they have deals on their summer stock. They also have a huge selection of fall and back to school items.

OldMill3 OldMill4The winter mittens they have are the warmest around, and I have sheepskins that I used to keep my mini Divas cozy when they were small.

The Old Mill is huge! There is a lot of ground to cover.

Whether you are looking for outerwear, jewelry  purses, footwear, men’s, ladies and children’s wear or specialty items- the Old Mill is literally one stop shopping.

The sale started June 24 and will be on until September 8.

The Old Mill
82790 London Road, Blyth, ON, N0M 1H0
(519) 523-4595
http://www.theoldmill.ca/OldMill2

Nicole's mini-Diva snug as a bug in a sheepskin!

Nicole’s mini-Diva snug as a bug in a sheepskin!

Vintage Pop Up

4 Apr

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Last night my friend Nat and I headed over to Luann’s Flowers and Gifts in Goderich to check out the Hazlitt Vintage Rental pop up shop. NJS Design was also there to showcase some beautiful antique place settings.

There where so many cute and unique items mixed in with the already existing items! I’ll post a bunch of photos, so you can check out some of the great things for sale!

The pop up shop is open April 4, 5 & 6 from 10am to 5pm. If you are looking for vintage rentals, wedding ideas in Huron, or more information please visit www.hitchedinhuron.ca!

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Village Bookshop had their Grand Opening last Saturday

20 Mar
Jan 23 Book Brigade.  Photo from Village Bookshop Facebook page

Jan 23 Book Brigade. Photo from Village Bookshop Facebook page

by Diva Karen

Back in January a corps of volunteers known as the Book Brigade helped move books from the former location on Catherine Street by forming a human chain for passing the boxes along to their new home at 24 Main Street, in the Village of Bayfield.

Mary Brown, owner of the Village Bookshop, held the grand opening Saturday night to thank the volunteers who so generously assisted with the move.

Music by Harpist Sharon Johnston and sweets made by the Happy Baker Chick added special touches to this special evening of fellowship at the Book Shop.    I was delighted to meet Miranda Hill, author of a short story collection Sleeping Funny as well as old friends Peter & Joan Karstens of Brentwood on the Beach.

Miranda Hill author of Sleeping Funny

Miranda Hill author of Sleeping Funny

Joan Karstens, Tony Eyamie of Patina Studio, Peter Karstens

Joan Karstens, Tony Eyamie of Patina Studio, Peter Karstens

Erin Bolger, the Happy Baker Chick ... watch for the grand opening of her new Bayfield Baker "Pink Flamingo"

Erin Bolger, the Happy Baker Chick … watch for the grand opening of her new Bayfield Baker “Pink Flamingo”

The  Village Bookshop still offers best sellers, new releases, children’s and regional titles. They also carry an excellent collection of Canadian Author books and hold Meet the author and book reading/signing events throughout the year.

Do drop in next time you’re in Bayfield.

Village Bookshop
24 Main Street
Bayfield, ON   N0M 1G0

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Owner & Host Mary Brown

Owner & Host Mary Brown

Much more than just leather at The Old Mill

4 Nov

By Diva Trista Russell

Old Mill sign

I can now proudly check one place off my Huron County “to-visit” list: The Old Mill in Blyth. As this was my first-ever visit, I was pleasantly surprised that they carry more than just leather coats. In fact, I was actually blown away at the variety of apparel they offer!

As their website indicates, “The Old Mill is just off Highway 4, nestled amid the picturesque beauty of the countryside, one mile south of Blyth, is the most surreal shopping experience, The Old Mill.” That folks, is a true statement for Canada’s largest leather storeladies clothing.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who assumed that they carried just leather goods. I envisioned everything leather: coats, gloves, boots, wallets, and some sheepskins. When I arrived, I found out that they carry all that PLUS formal dresses, fancy hats, scarves, purses, shoes, jewellery, cowboy boots, wool coats, designer men’s and women’s clothing, shapewear, Uggs, children’s clothes, stuffed animals, moccasins, sheepskin slippers…and more. They carry this all in not one, but two buildings!

second buildingThe sheepskins they had near the entrance have a variety of uses. There are rugs for decor, sheepskin for car seat covers, medical shearlings to help prevent bed sores, to lambskins to line cribs to help prevent colic and diaper rash. And many of these sheepskin rugs are 100% washable! One neat item I discovered was sheepskin slippers. After trying them on, I know that they are very cozy and light–perfect for a Canadian winter. I wish I had taken a photo of these neat Canadian-made slippers! I think they would make a great gift for the cowboy bootsholidays.

In the second building, they have discounted coats, both leather and wool, located on the upper floor (as shown in the photo). They carry a variety of sizes (to 4 XL tall) so there are lots to choose from.

The Old Mill is celebrating 50 years in business, and recently installed one of Huron County’s first electric car charging station. Visit them at 82790 London Road.

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