Best Places to Buy Shoes Locally

Spring is finally here, which means, putting away all of that winter gear and digging out your summer apparel. You may realize you’re in need of some new warm weather footwear, but where should you go locally to shop for a new pair of shoes? Fortunately, we are surrounded by a number of great options!

Crush Marketplace: Located in downtown Almonte, this wonderful boutique offers a variety of stylish, good quality footwear. They have been evolving since 2011 and have a full shop of not only footwear, but accessories, clothing and gift items. Additionally, you can shop from home via their online shop! I LOVE their Fitflop options, so be sure to check those out!

Vamos Outdoors: Another wonderful Almonte shop! Vamos Outdoors is your local outdoor wear expert, including quality clothing and footwear options. You’ll be all set for years to come with some of the well-known brands they have in shop including: Merrell, Bogs, Keen, Sorel and Blundstone’s.

Graham’s Shoes: Customer service that can’t be beat! Graham’s shoes has rave reviews on their customer service and product. Located in downtown Carleton Place, this wonderful local shoestore has been keeping local feet in foot wear for many, many years. It is truly the only place in the area that you can find quality, comfortable shoes. Carrying brands such as: Clarks, Rockport and Birkenstock they are the perfect spot to find your everyday footwear.

Brown Shoe Factory Outlet: You read correctly, it’s an outlet!! Selling Naturalizer shoes as well as bags and accessories, this one-of-a-kind store is a great place to purchase quality shoes at a discounted price. You’ll be able to load up on all of your spring and summer footwear at their amazing prices! The Brown Shoe Factory Outlet is located in Perth in an old factory turned boutique business strip mall.

Likkuid Sole: A relatively new shoe store option, Likkuid Sole opened its doors in downtown Perth in 2017. They have a wide variety of stylish, quality footwear as well as yoga & workout wear, accessories and more. Additionally, they have a men’s apparel section!

There you have it! The perfect list of local shopping locations for completing your wardrobe this spring. Where to start?! Don’t forget to share your purchase with me on Facebook or Instagram! I’ll be sure to share mine.

Things to do on Easter Weekend!

Easter is right around the corner! We are so fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful communities, each offering their own version of a celebration of the annual holiday. Whether you’re from Carleton Place, Almonte, Perth or Pakenham, there will be a great event going on for you and your family to attend! Here are some of the things local communities will be offering this weekend:
Fulton’s Pancake House & Sugar Bush – Easter Weekend Celebration: Located just outside of Pakenham, Fulton’s will be hosting a four-day long event. This wonderful venue is home to a pancake house/restaurant, complete with a “maple” gift shop and has a large area outside for everyone to explore and play! Keep an eye on their Facebook page, apparently the Easter Bunny may be dropping in over the weekend!
Destination Almonte Presents: The Great Egg Hunt: Join a group of businesses in downtown Almonte for their first ever “Egg Hunt”! The festivities begin at 10:00AM on Saturday, April 20th at Kentfield Kids. Participants will receive a free tote complete with your scavenger hunt details. Did I mention there will be prizes!?! This is sure to be a great event.
Carleton Place’s Annual Bunny Run: On Saturday, April 20th, the Easter Bunny will be visiting downtown Carleton Place, in this annual event know as the “Bunny Run”! Beginning at 11:00 a.m., children can collect candy from participating businesses and visit with the Easter Bunny. This event is put on yearly and is always a hit.
Perth Tourism presents the 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt: Bring your basket! Starting at 11:00 a.m. sharp on Saturday, April 20th, the community of Perth will be hosting their Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Stewart Park will host a variety of family entertainment including children’s music, balloon artist clowns, the Perth fire truck and much more!
Easter weekend is always such a great way to get out and enjoy what your community has to offer. Take advantage of the event in your area and celebrate! Remember to share your Easter weekend festivities with me on Facebook.

It’s Maple Syrup Time!

Lanark County is famous for its maple syrup, and spring is the PERFECT time to discover the back roads of the county with a stop at a local maple sugar shack. There are many options to choose from, and below is a list of a few of my favourites!

Fulton’s Pancake House: Probably the most well-known sugar bush in Lanark County is Fulton’s. Operated for the last 170 years by 5 generations of the Fulton Family, these folks know what they are doing! They are open daily from mid February to Easter weekend, and are located at 399 Sugar Bush Road near Pakenham. (Even their address screams maple syrup!)
Today, Shirley Deugo, 4th generation Fulton, and her son Scott, continue to operate the historic Fulton’s Pancake House & Sugar Bush
The farm is approximately 400 acres of mixes forest, with more than 9 km of walking and skiing trails, they have a 120-seat restaurant with a beautiful maple shoppe and sugar camp. Admission is FREE.

Thompson Town Maple Products: Another local family-run operation, located on scenic Clayton Lake just west of Almonte, Thompsontown has 400 acres of land, tapping more than 6,000 trees each season. Re-established in 1982 by Wayne and Ray Thompson, and their wives, on Ray’s family farm, the two families have been growing the business ever since.
The Thompson’s have plans to market more syrup at the sugar camp and have added a stage for entertainment, as well as additional parking area, outdoor displays and new nature trails. They welcome visitors daily from 10-4, where you can watch the production and taste some taffy. Admission is FREE.
Temple’s Sugar Bush: Located just minutes off Highway 7, between Carleton Place and Perth at 1700 Ferguson’s Falls Road, they are a family-owned restaurant and maple farm, with approximately 70 acres and 5,000 taps. The Post and Timber barn was constructed in 2007, proudly serving up pancakes and a multitude of maple products including maple cotton candy and maple popcorn. They are open Wednesday to Sunday, from March 1st to April 28, 2019, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

And for the “sweet” of heart, Temple’s Country Weddings offers a delightful wedding venue for your wedding day. Check them out at Admission is FREE.Fortune Farms: West of Almonte at 2442 Wolfgrove Road, you will find 3 generations of the Fortune Family, tapping trees and boiling sap, to provide a unique maple experience. On weekends the Shanty Men operate a small wood-fired evaporator and the Kettle Boys tend their kettles over open fire just for visitors. This allows visitors to experience the pioneer method of making syrup and taste the difference between traditional and modern syrup making methods!

They have trails through the bush to check out the farm, but don’t forget to wear good footwear. Trails are not plowed. (You can always spot the city folk in their runners and shoes!) Offering different grades of maple syrup and products, you might want to try their maple vinegar! Bet that would be amazing on a spinach salad! Admission is FREE.

Wheeler’s: Wheeler’s Sugar Bush is one of the largest maple syrup producers in Ontario, tapping more than 20,000 trees. They are a family run operation, tapping and boiling since 1978 and the pancake house officially opened in 1996. They have a pancake house, a Maple Heritage Museum featuring antique tapping equipment, a playground and a barn, where you just might see some baby animals at this time of year.

Wheeler’s is a year-round operation with nature trails making this a maple themed destination for tourists to the area.

Located at 1001 Highland Line at Watson’s Corners, don’t rely on your GPS to help you find them. Open daily during the maple season from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and they will be serving pancakes right on up to Easter Weekend. For more information: Admission is FREE.

So, this is THE weekend to get out and enjoy some maple syrup as it’s also Pakenham’s 17th Annual Maple Run Tour featuring 33 unique artists at 10 different stops, throughout the area. The tour runs from 10-5 both Saturday and Sunday, April 6th and 7th, and if you would like to find out more information check out their website at www. Sounds like a SWEET weekend ahead!