Friday, April 24, 2015

Store FAQ's and the verdict on the shop dog.

Friday, it's here and that means the weekend is right around the bend.  I find myself getting a little off balance with my new work life. My body still goes into clench mode on Sunday nights even though I don't actually have to go to a day job on Monday's anymore. It's funny how we train our brains throughout our lives with the Friday is a good day and Monday is a day for hair pulling thing.

I finished up our spring decor weeks ago in our house but alas the weather has not co-operated enough when I am home to get the camera out and take pictures to show you. Hopefully next week, I can get some long overdue house photos out and join the mass of people in blog land decking their houses out with moss and plants and new pillows.

Today we are going to take a week 3 tour around the shop. If you are only here for my house this may not again be the post for you.
However instead of just meandering, I thought it might be fun to do FAQ's to go with them. Like the FAQ's from people coming into a new retail experience in our area.



Well we aren't up at the Log Cabin or the Lazy Loon where your GPS told you that you had arrived at your destination. I get a load of phone calls everyday asking where we are. I took photos of the outside of the building for reference and added it to our answering machine, Facebook page etc. We are at 137 Highway 20 E (the East part is VERY important) down at the same end as the Sobey's

I would love to put a giant spinning sign or a flock of flamingos out there to attract attention but being on a Highway does not allow us to do that, so there may be a giant banner attached to my car in our future lol.


Ah well I am so glad you asked. I am beyond fussy when it comes to smells. A lot of them give me a raging headache. But I am also a candle fanatic. There is always one burning in our house inside or out. I tend to lean towards more natural scents, although not food related (no vanillas, no creme brûlées) in soy wax and have spent a few years hunting my favourite lines to bring to everyone else.
We are currently stocking the Capri Blue line (including Volcano many were driving over the river to Anthropologie for), Paddywax recycled glass line (my fav is the thyme olive) and the  wonderful PF Candle Co. There may be different lines at different seasons that sneak in there but let's not go getting crazy here .

Why aren't you guys open all week?

That's a great question and boy do I wish we could be. Right now all of the junking, picking, antiquing, sewing, painting, loading, tag making etc is done by me, my darling still working full time husband or my mom rocks out a load of tags when she is working with me. In order for me to do all that I can't be at the store full time and as a new business it just isn't smart to hire someone yet. We're planning to be around for a long time though so you just wait we'll be adding days before you know it but in the meantime we are open until 7 on Thursday and Friday and 11-4 Saturday and Sunday.


Where's Franklin?

Blog readers rock. Some have brought me congratulatory gifts, so many have emailed best wishes but you even know the name of our little rug rat. He is amping up and preparing for his grand entrance to shop dog status but we need to properly install a doggy gate to quarantine him when he isn't behaving, when we get really busy or if someone doesn't like dogs. Don't worry though he is practicing his snuggle your leg and like your hand maneuvers so that he is fully ready. He passed the interview with flying colours.



Where do you get all your old stuff?

not telling!

the little white pots in this photo are new but they look completely handmade and are the perfect size for a houseplant or an orchid. one may have hopped home with me.

That's the long and short of that one. You can ask me in any way you think might trip me up but that baby is not up for grabs. Trevor and I have been hunting for years, seriously years to find our favourite spots to get great stuff to bring to you all and in order for us to try and remain awesome and unique, we need to keep that under wraps. Sorry.

Well this has been a hoot. 

Hope you enjoyed your wander.

Have a great weekend everyone,



  1. The shop looks absolutely great.

  2. From the photos, you've been tweaking! Really shaping up and looks great.

  3. Just fabulous. So glad I found you out in blogland ... what a feast for the eyes! Thanks for living the dream for me. I am now following you (not stalking I promise) to live it vicariously through your adventures!!! Too bad I'm way out in California because I sure would love to see it all in person.

  4. Meg, next time I accompany my husband on one of his business trips to St. Catharines I'm definitely going to head over to Welland and pop in for a visit. Wow, you've got some fabulous inventory by the looks of things. I'm going to bring a friend who lives nearby who I know will fall in love with your store!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

  5. Ok, here is another question. What state are you in and what town? I would so LOVE to come to your shop!!!! It looks fabulous. It might require a long road trip though. Best wishes for every success!!!!

    1. hi pinky,
      we are in fonthill ontario canada just 10 minutes from niagara falls. it may be a long road trip yes but if you are up this way it would be nice to meet you.

  6. The Aberdeen Road sign, is it still available and how much? Could it be listed in your Etsy shop for purchase? Our last name is Aberdeen and I would love to have it!


    1. hi renee, the sign sold i'm sorry. i emailed you but not sure if it went through so i am sending this comment as well.


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