Leeeaaavvving on a jet plane…..!

Joanne Beaton
Sales Representative 
Arnett Realty LTD., Brokerage
Cell: (613)407-4309
joannebeaton@tracyarnett.com
Leeeaaavving on a jet plane…..!

It’s that time of year when many Canadians head South for a little reprieve from the frigid temperatures and mountains of snow! While I do really enjoy four seasons….I AM looking forward to a week in the sun with my husband in February.

If you have a vacation planned in 2020 here are some travel tips that may come in handy! Start the car!!!!!!
 

Before you go:

  1. While all inclusive resorts can be just what the Doctor ordered…they aren’t for everyone! Instead of a hotel, look into reserving a home if traveling with a family, or a single room if alone. Websites like AirBnB can provide homes and private rooms from home owners who are renting them out, usually offering better accommodations than hotels.
  2. Roll your clothes when packing. Instead of creating a folded pile in your suitcase, rolling allows you to fit more things in. Plus, you can even roll underwear and socks within your clothes for optimal space-saving.
  3. Scan your passport, identification card, and itinerary and email them to yourself. This provides an extra copy of each in the event of loss or theft. As an iPhone user, once I email the documents to myself, I usually open the email on my iPhone and save them onto iBooks. This provides me with an offline record.
  4. It’s important to remember to call your credit or debit card company before you leave to ensure that you have your card authorized for your foreign destination. This prevents them from suspecting suspicious activity.
  5. Make sure to check with your house insurance company about the requirements for “inspections” while you are away. At the minimum you will need a friend to check your home every 3 days.
While in Paradise:
  1. Have a souvenir list prepared, and stick to it. This will save you money and prevent you from purchasing something that “you’ll find someone to give to another time”.
  2. “When in Rome…..” Don’t be a stubborn traveler, and get out of your comfort zone! Of course safety is the most important thing, but if you feel comfortable to get out an explore….do it! Try some local cuisine and find the hidden beaches.
  3. Relax….whatever that looks like to you. Remember that THIS is what you have been looking forward to so enjoy every minute!!!
  4. Take pictures….but if you can….put your phone away and be present! If you are working while you are away give yourself a window of time each day and stick to it.
  5. Sunscreen is a MUST….even if it seems cloudy.
Coming home:

  1. Dress comfortably, and in layers, for the trip home. Remember that you are coming back to an Arctic tundra!
  2. If you can, don’t go back to work the first day! Take one final day to be gentle with yourself, unpack and do laundry. The last thing you want to do is rush after a week of rest.
  3. Your skin will be in shock so make sure to apply aloe vera and hydrate!
  4. Have a little discussion with your travel partner about the pros and cons of the trip and decide what worked and what didn’t so you know for next time!
Would love to hear your travel tips!
Anyone lucky enough to be getting some warmth and sun this winter?

It’s a Date…..in Carleton Place!!!

Joanne Beaton
Sales Representative 
Arnett Realty LTD., Brokerage
Cell: (613)407-4309
joannebeaton@tracyarnett.com
It is way too easy for hectic schedules to get in the way of “date night” with your significant other. It is so important to spend real quality time with the one you love…. maybe that is one of your New Year resolutions for 2020?

I’ll make it easy for you (no, I won’t babysit!) Here are 4 different Date night/day options right in beautiful Carleton Place.

Option 1: Foodie/ History buff Fusion

It’s Saturday at 10:15 a.m. and the babysitter has arrived. Time to head to the Carleton Place & Beckwith Heritage Museum to peruse their over 100,000 artifacts from in and around the community. Then head across the street to the Roy Brown Museum and Information Centre and have a peek around this beautiful log home which is a restoration of the first homestead in town.  The building serves triple duty as a museum, visitor information centre and home to the Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce.It is 1:00 pm so time to meet up with The Good Food Tour (which meets at the visitor centre) to check out Carleton Place’s diverse and delicious restaurant scene. (Disclaimer – this is a seasonal tour which runs Spring/Summer/Fall)

You will start the tour at the Stalwart Brewing Company sampling their stellar craft beers, carefully paired with charcuterie from the Beckwith Butcher and something sweeter from Beckwith Kitchen. Then you will head to the Boulton House Restaurant along the beautiful Mississippi River. Next up is Chef Ian’s French Bistro fare at the popular Black Tartan Kitchen, followed by something special from Chef Jordan at the Smith & Barrel Pub.  Lastly, you’ll finish up with special desserts at the much-loved Good Food Company.
Option 2: Blind Tasting at Black Tartan and a night cap at Smith & Barrel Pub
It’s Friday night and you’ve made your reservations days ago for a table for 2 at Black Tartan Kitchen. You get to the restaurant and get seated……now to do the 4 or 7 course blind tasting menu??? An exciting and unique dining experience that is sure to satisfy!Let Chef Ian Carswell surprise you with creative courses you won’t find on the menu! Of course, if this is just way too adventurous for you their menu is full of amazing options too.

Next head down to the The Smith & Barrel Pub for a glass of wine, a beer or a delicious hand-crafted cocktail. If you get hungry again you could always order a plate of their deep-fried pickles!

Option 3: Sunday Brunch & Bowling

It’s Sunday at 10 am and you roll out of bed…. or your bed has already been invaded by kiddos! Either way you and your love have a (much needed) reservation for 11:00 am at The Good Food Company.A very popular brunch spot in Carleton Place! They serve fair-trade coffee roasted just up the road in Clayton by Fluid Solar Coffee Roasters and their bread is made a Baker Bob’s! Whether you decide on the Huevos Rancheros or the Eggs Benedict you will be super happy you did.

You finish-up and head over to Chasin’ Turkeys Bowling Alley just down the street. This 5-pin bowling centre, originally built in the late 50’s, changed ownership in 2018 but is still full of character from that time! You don’t need to be amazing at this game to have a load of fun with your partner.

Option 4:  Snowshoe and sip

This option is great for any day of the week, weather permitting. Grab your snowshoes or, rent some from the Beckwith Township office, and head out to the Beckwith Nature Trail for a beautiful snowshoe through the woods. The trails are dog friendly and beautifully maintained. They are also free from motorized vehicles.

All done? Head to the Under Pressure Coffee House for something decadent and warm to finish off your lovely day. They have a huge selection of cakes and treats along with hot chocolate and lattes…. something for everyone.

Let me know what your Option 5 would be?????????

Bringing some “Namaste” into your life in 2020!

Yoga is a beautiful and accessible way to “move your body” if you are searching for ways to do this in 2020. It is perfect for any age, gender or body type and can be tailored to meet the needs of individuals with mobility issues. It was developed in India roughly 5000 years ago and there are many styles of yoga practices. It is now wildly popular in North America and all over the world. If you have been wanting to try it out or are looking for yoga in a group setting, there are many wonderful options in Lanark County.

Check out these local options:

 

Surya Daya Yoga & Wellness:
14 Mill Street, Unit #7 Heritage Court, Almonte, Ontario  K0A 1A0

Pronounced Surya (SÜR-yah) Daya (Day – yah).At Surya Daya Yoga & Wellness their mission is to hold a safe space for their clients to release tension and explore their minds and bodies. Their hope is that during your time with them you will breathe deeper and reconnect.  They offer yoga the way nature intended, for everybody and without judgement, honoring you exactly as you show up everyday.

Their Yoga Alliance certified yoga teachers offer many styles of yoga including Hatha, Kundalini, Yin, Restorative, Pilates, Mindfulness based practices as well as gentler styles of yoga and movement. They also offer private classes to help tailor your practice to your own individual needs, and workshops to help support you on your journey.

“We teach from our hearts with a guiding principle of compassion, and our hope is to help you find that deeper place within of peace, health and vitality.” (https://suryadayayoga.ca/)

Hamsa Yoga:
74 Bridge Street, Carleton Place ON, K7C2V3
Hamsa Yoga is a studio built on community, health and happiness. Their cozy studio invites warmth, friendships and sometimes a little escape from your day. At Hamsa, they want to make your experience a positive and long lasting one.Hamsa Yoga offers many different styles of yoga including a selection of kids classes!. Even though they’re all based on the same poses, each style has a particular focus – one style might be focused on improving your flexibility, while another primarily strengthens your core. Try a few different class to see which style is best for you.

Hamsa also offers Yoga Teacher Training. Each course is a fulfilling and life-changing journey both for those who wish to teach yoga and those who are ready to embark on a personal journey of self-inquiry.

(https://hamsayogastudio.ca/)

Aruma ~ A place for Health and Happiness:
2104 Pine Grove Road, Lanark, ON K0G 1K0

At Aruma they recognize that every individual reaches health and happiness in their own unique way, which is why they offer an expansive range of services. Aruma places an emphasis on a healthy mind, body, and spirit, through their holistic services, workshops, and full yoga schedule. Aruma yoga, is inclusive yoga.  Their teachers are committed to supporting you in your practice, whether you are just starting out or you have an established practice.They believe in the benefits of yoga and encourage you to participate in a daily practice that will improve your respiration, strengthen your immunity, lower your risk of disease, increase your flexibility, boost your vitality and empowerment, restore your balance, and prepare you for change.

Aruma also offers SUP Yoga….Yoga on a Stand-up Paddleboard!  If you are looking for a new challenge, SUP Yoga, will reinvigorate your body and feed your soul. They provide all of the equipment, so just come and unwind.

(https://aruma.ca)

Balance Within Mind Body Soul

20 Albert Street, Carleton Place, ON K7C 1P4

Welcome to Balance With Mind Body Soul- the little studio with a big heart! The yoga studio is a beautiful healing space that adds so much to the experience of a yoga class with lots of natural light. They are a friendly studio that greets everyone with a sense of community, diversity and integrity.

The goal at balance within is to offer a safe space for everybody to experience the many benefits of yoga and meditation. Their instructors come from a variety of backgrounds and offer a diversity of teaching styles.

(https://www.balancewithinyogawellness.com/)

All of these studios offer a great selection of services that will be sure to meet all of your yoga wellness needs!Lanark County is the best place to be!

Getting rid of the “Christmas Crazies”!!!

Getting rid of the ” Christmas crazies”!!!

It takes months and months of planning and preparation, and within a few short hours the “big day” is all over for another year.  People often talk about the “day after Christmas feeling”, and it’s experienced by children and adults as well, but it doesn’t need to be that way.

I recently read a short article where teachers commented on the stories they hear when kids return to school in January.  Rarely do kids report on the gifts they received, but more often tell stories about the time they spent with their parents and extended family during the break.  With a little creativity and at little or no cost, you can extend the holiday feeling by spending time with your children!

Here are some great ideas you might want to consider doing with your family during the Christmas break.

 

Skating:  The local arenas in Almonte, Pakenham and Carleton Place have organized public skate events, either sponsored by a local business or the township, offering free public skating during the holidays.  Check their websites to confirm dates and times www.mississippimills.ca/en/play/skating or www.carletonplace.ca/arena.php

Swimming:  Just because you haven’t gone south for the holiday, doesn’t mean you can’t take the family swimming.  Nothing burns off a little extra energy (and calories) than a couple of hours splashing in the pool.  (It might even make the kids tired!)  Check the Christmas Swim Schedule at the Carleton Place Pool for dates and times for their free, sponsored, public swims.  www.carletonplace.ca/photos/custom/Christmas%20swim%20sch%202019.pdf

Bring in New Year’s Eve with kids of all ages:  Why not ring in the new year with Beckwith’s New Years Eve Family Fireworks, beginning at 4:00 p.m.?  The Beckwith Township Council will be hosting this FREE event at Beckwith Park.  There will be horse-drawn sleigh rides, a bonfire, free skating, and fireworks begin at 6:00 p.m.  The canteen will be open in the Recreation Complex, or take your own thermos of hot chocolate with snacks.  If you plan this right, you can still be home and in bed before 10:00!

Sledding & Hot Chocolate:  This will certainly be more fun if you invite another family to join you.  Grab the sleds or the saucers or crazy carpets AND the kids, and head to Gemmill Park in Almonte (the big hill behind the arena), for an afternoon or early evening of sledding.  The fresh air will ensure everyone has a great sleep.  Take a thermos of hot cocoa with you to enjoy on the hill or invite your friends back to your home for a snack.  It’s also a great way to get rid of the Christmas baking before the new year resolutions hit!

Stay indoors and play Board Games all day:  AND stay in your pj’s all day long!  I remember long ago spending a day in the basement rec-room with my family, playing “Monopoly” and “Clue” and working on a 1,000 piece jig-saw puzzle.  We even got to eat dinner in front of the television!

Invite another family in for a Pot-Luck Dinner:  Sometimes the last minute, impromptu invites work out to be the most fun.  No planning for the perfect meal or preparing the house, just a get-together with the adults and children.  Spending time together with people whose company you enjoy is more important than having the perfect meal.  Who cares if you have 2 desserts and no vegetables?  It’s the company that matters more.
How ever you decide to celebrate this holiday season, I wish you and yours a very happy, healthy holiday and wishes for an amazing 2020!

T’was the Night Before Christmas and in comes a SHOWING REQUEST!!!

T’was the Night Before Christmas and in comes a SHOWING REQUEST!!!
A showing on the night before Christmas may be a touch dramatic BUT the reality is, many people have their homes listed for sale over the holidays and, of course, you want to be accommodating when prospective buyers request a showing. Realtor.com says that “the weekends before Christmas and New Year’s Eve have some of the highest traffic of the year!” Cold weather buyers generally mean business so here are some tips to help
you make the showings count!

 

Winter Wonderland!

When fall arrives and the trees start to lose their leaves, maintaining the exterior of your home becomes even more important. Your home is potentially more exposed now with bare trees in your yard so it’s more important than ever to touch up the paint, clean the gutters and spruce up the yard. Also be sure to keep buyers’ safety in mind by making sure stairs and walkways are free of snow, ice and leaves.

Deck the halls…..but not too much!

A festive touch can add to the beauty of your home but be careful to not go overboard! Too many decorations, or adornments that are too large can overwhelm a space and distract potential buyers. Large decorations may take up precious space or make your rooms seems cluttered. If you are someone who LOVES Christmas decorating just put all of your efforts into daydreaming about Christmas in your New home!

Baby it’s Cold Outside!

Make your home feel warm and inviting during showings by cranking up the heat, playing soft classical music and offering homemade holiday treats. Encouraging buyers to spend more time in your home gives them more time to admire its best features.

Do you have any tips for showings over the holidays? Send me a message with your pro tip!!
Be sure to share with me on Facebook and/or Instagram.

Brunch is ALWAYS a good idea….!

Brunch is ALWAYS a good idea….!!!

Going out for brunch is a great way to spend time with your family and friends over the holiday season. It can also make things a bit easier as a host when you have out of town guests. We have a wonderful variety of great locations to choose from locally. Whether you prefer a more traditional “eggs & bacon” style breakfast or enjoy an alternative brunch, we have you covered!
Here are some great local options:

 

Mill Street Crepe Company: This one-of-a-kind, Almonte favourite is a must try! While shopping in the Heritage Court mall, you won’t be able to pass by without stopping in for a bite, the smell is amazing. They offer a wide variety of crepes including both sweet and savoury. Pair a crepe with one of their delicious fresh soups or salads to create the perfect meal. Mill Street Crepe Company is located at 14 Mill Street and is open Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. You may want to make a reservation as they are usually quite busy!

Heirloom Cafe: Just across the street from the Mill Street Crepe Company, is another one of Almonte’s favourites, the Heirloom Cafe. Every Sunday, The Heirloom offers a special brunch menu that will be sure to please! They offer a variety of “egg” dishes including gourmet omelets, benedict & quiche. For a heartier brunch, indulge in their lamb burger complete with a fried egg & smoked cheddar. Yum! Located in the Victorian Woollen Mill, the Heirloom Cafe is open Tuesday through Sunday beginning at 11 a.m.

 

The Daily Scoop Cafe: For a classic “eggs & bacon” style brunch, visit the Daily Scoop Cafe, located at 500 Ottawa Street. This cozy cafe offers fast and friendly service and is a great meeting spot or drop in for a quick bite. Their menu is complete with a large variety of classic breakfasts, including eggs & bacon, pancakes, omelettes and eggs bennie. The Daily Scoop is open during the week from 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m on weekends.

Freska: A new addition to Carleton Place’s restaurant scene, Freska has a menu packed full of delicious brunch options. They prepare a selection of different egg dishes, pancakes, french toast, waffles, breakfast sandwiches and breakfast bowls. Their coffees, lattes & cappuccinos are made using local Equator beans. Craving your daily dose of Vitamin C? Freska also has fresh squeezed orange juice! They are open from Tuesday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. as well as Saturday & Sunday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

 

The Good Food Company: A very popular brunch spot in Carleton Place, The Good Food Company strives to incorporate locally grown ingredients into their menus. All of their soups, salad dressings and desserts are made in house and their eggs are produced by a local cage-free poultry farm. They serve fair-trade coffee roasted just up the road in Clayton by Fluid Solar Coffee Roasters and their bread is made a Baker Bob’sThe Good Food Company is open from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. from Tuesday through Sunday at 31 Bridge Street. They also recommend making a reservation as their cozy cafe is usually full.

Do you have a favourite local brunch spot? I’d love to hear your reviews and recommendations! Snap a photo of your favourite dish and be sure to share with me on Facebook and/or Instagram.

Local Christmas Parades and Events

Finally, it’s that most wonderful time of the year! There are so many ways to get into the Christmas spirit, including heading out to your local Christmas parade. Beginning this weekend, you can enjoy a local parade over the next few weeks. It’s a great way to start off the season and is a perfect, free, activity that the whole family will love. Here are the parades and events that our local communities are offering this holiday season:

Carleton Place Santa Claus Parade: This year, the Carleton Places Santa Claus Parade will take place on November 23rd. Starting at 5p.m., floats decorated by local businesses and organizations will make their way down Bridge Street, following the theme of “An Old Fashioned Christmas”!

Pakenham Christmas Parade: If you’re looking for a parade that takes place during the day instead of in the evening, Pakenham has you covered! Pakenham’s “Canadian Christmas Past and Present” themed parade takes place starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 7th and starts at the Stewart Community Centre. After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available to visit with kids in the upper hall of the Community Centre. There will also be free public skating, as well as free hot chocolate and hotdogs.

Almonte Christmas Parade: On December 8th at 5 p.m., floats will make their way from the Curling Club down Mill Street and loop back around on Bridge Street back to the arena. This year, the theme is “Parade of Christmas Trees”. Similar to the parade in Pakenham, after the parade, Santa & Mrs. Claus will be around to visit in the upper hall of the arena. Free hot dogs and hot chocolate will also be available to help you warm up!

Light Up the Night: An Almonte favourite, “Light Up the Night” is a local Christmas season tradition. Mill Street is closed to traffic and a stage is set up where local performers serenade the crowd while everyone awaits Santa’s arrival. This year’s line-up includes a surprise co-host and a performance by the popular Rock The Art’s Puppets! Mark your calendars for Friday December 6th at 7 p.m. and head downtown Almonte to join your friends and neighbours as they ring in the Christmas season with this wonderful event.

The holiday season brings together communities as everyone celebrates together, supporting local businesses and providing help to friends and neighbours in need. All of these wonderful free events can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone! Most parades will be collecting donations for the Foodbank so bring a few canned items or some spare change, and maybe encourage the kids to “give” this year, instead of just focusing on collecting candy from the floats!

Which Christmas events do you normally take part in? I’d love to hear how you start off the holiday season. Share with me on Facebook and Instagram!

All things Dog in & around Mississippi Mills

Are you a dog lover? If yes, then this blog is for you! From the best places to take your dog for exercise to the best places to shop for your dog, I’m going to cover it all. There is surprisingly, a lot, for you to do with your four-legged pal in Mississippi Mills.

There are a number of great spots to take your dog locally, for exercise and to socialize. In Carleton Place, there are 2 great dog parks where you are able to let your pet off-leash to release some energy with his furry friends. The Roy Brown Dog Park, is located at the end of Lake Avenue. It has a number of pet-friendly walking trails, as well as a fully fenced off-leash area. The Carleton Place Dog Park is also a popular spot for dog owners. Located behind the Carleton Place pool, it has a fully fenced area as well as bench seating (for owners) and plenty of garbage cans to ensure owners clean up after their pets.

In addition to some wonderful dog parks, there are some great places to shop for your pet locally. I’m a big fan of shopping locally and supporting local small businesses. So, these pet supply shops offer the perfect place to pick-up everything you need to spoil your dog. Located in Carleton Place, Natural Pet Foods is packed with everything you could possibly need for your dog. You’ll find all sorts of dog foods, dietary supplements, toys, collars, leashes and apparel in this locally owned and operated boutique type pet supply store. If you’re looking to shop in Almonte, Chew-That opened up this past summer in the Heritage Mall just off of Mill Street. They carry a variety of high-end dog foods, toys, treats & apparel. They even have doggie baked goods in store!

If you’re just looking to enjoy a relaxing walk with your best buddy, both Carleton Place and Almonte have a number of pet friendly shops in their downtowns. A number of the shop owners allow you to bring in your well-behaved dog while you browse. While walking the downtown areas during the warmer months, there is no shortage of water bowls available for your dog to stop and get a refreshing drink of water. If you have an especially friendly pet, it can be difficult to get down the main street in a reasonable amount of time. There are lots of other dog lovers out there either with their dog or just looking to chat about yours!

There are plenty of walking trails, water access points and parks in the Mississippi Mills and surrounding areas that are welcoming to dogs, as long as they are controlled and/or on-leash. We are fortunate to be able to include our furry friends in everyday activities and outings. Do you have a favourite spot that you like to visit with your pet? Or, a favourite activity that you do together? I’d love to hear about it and/or see photos! Share with me on Facebook and Instagram.

Remembrance Day Ceremonies

On Monday, November 11th, 2019, a variety of organizations and locations throughout Almonte, Carleton Place and surrounding areas, will be hosting their annual Remembrance Day Ceremonies. Remembrance Day is all about showing respect and gratitude to members of our Armed Forces who are either currently serving or have previously and have sacrificed for our country. Pay tribute by visiting one of the local ceremonies this upcoming Monday.

Almonte: Annually, the town of Almonte shows their support by gathering at the Almonte Cenotaph. Beginning at 2:00 p.m. the Almonte Legion Branch 240 Pipe Band will lead the parade from the legion on Bridge Street down to the Cenotaph which is located in front of the Old Town Hall. The ceremony itself takes place at the Cenotaph.

Carleton Place: Beginning at 10:30 a.m., Carleton Place will be hosting a parade and ceremony. The parade will start at the Town Hall and end at the Cenotaph which is located at the Carleton Place Memorial Park. The first gun salute will take place at 11 a.m.. In addition to the beautiful ceremony, the Carleton Place Legion Branch 192 hosts a light lunch afterwards and extends the invitation to anyone and everyone!

Clayton: You’d never guess that the tiny town of Clayton is host to such a big and beautiful Remembrance Day service. Join the residents of Clayton as they honour members of the military. Beginning with a parade at the community hall at 10:45 a.m. followed by a service to start at the Clayton Cenotaph at 11:00am. The residents of Clayton also host a lunch, which is open to the public, following the ceremony at the Clayton Community Hall.

If you are unable to make a service on Monday, both the township of Horton and Calabogie host services on Sunday, November 10th from 2-3 pm. The Calabogie ceremony takes place at the Cenotaph located on Madawaska Street and the township of Horton holds their service at the Horton Community Centre.

Volunteers are out all over town ready to accept a donation in exchange for a poppy, so, make sure to pick-up a poppy as soon as you can! Where or how do you normally observe Remembrance Day? I’d love to hear about other services going on in our area. Feel free to send me a message or contact me via Facebook or Instagram!

Best Coffee Shops

Mississippi Mills is full of locally owned and operated coffee shops. Almonte alone has more than 5 great places to enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee. I love to support the local, small businesses, including restaurants. I’ve put together my top 5 go-to local coffee shops that each offer a unique taste of our lovely small community.

Baker Bob’s: Conveniently located right next door to my office on Little Bridge Street, Baker Bob’s has that warm, small town friendliness to greet you every morning. They offer brewed coffee from local coffee roasters as well as a wide range of baked goods, perfect for breakfast, lunch, dessert and that early morning coffee break. Baker Bob’s is open at 6am on weekdays (7am on Saturday and closed Sunday) which is perfect for early risers and downtown businesspeople getting an early start to their workday.

Equator Coffee Roasters: Equator has been roasting, delivering and serving their fair-trade organic coffee since 1998. Their main headquarters is here in Almonte at 451 Ottawa Street where they have a cafe, roaster and training centre. Equator serves a range of coffee blends and their baristas can brew almost any style of drink you request! They also have a great selection of baked goods as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner items. Equator is also open early on weekdays at 6am and at 8am on Saturday & Sunday. They are a quick and easy stop along the way if you are commuting into Ottawa.

North Market Cafe: One of the newer businesses in downtown Almonte, North Market Cafe is located on the upper part of Mill Street just up the street from the Bank of Montreal. They are proud to serve Fluid Solar Coffee Roasters (a local coffee roaster in Clayton!) blends of delicious coffee and can create a range of styles of drinks. In the summer months, they brew their own delicious Iced Teas. Along with their variety of drinks, they offer baked goods, sandwiches as well as freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner options. The shop itself is beautifully decorated with hand painted murals and unique furniture. The huge, vintage safe adds to the character of this already charming coffee shop.

Gaslight Electric Cafe & Gallery: In operation since July of 2019, this cafe is truly one-of-a-kind. Not only do they offer a great cup of espresso, but their walls are decorated with their own, locally made, stunning neon signs! They have a small menu of snacks, coffees and alcoholic drinks. Their friendly and comfortable atmosphere is great for enjoying a cup of coffee while visiting with friends and/or family. Another great offering of this cafe is that they occasionally have live entertainment during the evening. They are located next to the post office on Mill Street, downtown Almonte. Follow them on Facebook to stay tuned to what is coming up next! https://www.facebook.com/gaslightelectric/

Tea & Cake: For the tea lovers! Tea & Cake does also serve coffee and is the perfect, cozy space for enjoying a pot of tea (or a cup of coffee) and a bite to eat. They offer an afternoon tea special, complete with a 3-tiered platter of sandwiches, scones and sweet treats. Tea & Cake is located at the top of Mill Street, next to Cashmere & Rose gift shop.

There is nothing better than enjoying a warm latte on a cool, fall afternoon. As you can see, our pretty little town of Almonte is full of great coffee shops. Any of these great, local shops also make the perfect meeting place for businesspeople like me to chat with clients or sign paperwork. Where do you go to pick-up your morning coffee? I’d love to hear your local coffee shop experiences! Share with me on Facebook or Instagram.