Someway, somehow… the holiday season is already here. It seems like just yesterday the forecast was a sunny 26 degrees and suddenly I’m scrambling to find my windshield scraper.
Every year the big day seems to creep up just a little bit faster than the year previous. Before I know it, I’m searching frantically for gifts that will be at least somewhat memorable for the special people in my life.
Maybe that’s just me… but I don’t think I’m alone.
Rather than making last-minute purchases that are chosen more for their ease of ‘wrapability’ than for their thoughtfulness, check out this assortment of interesting local businesses found in Lennox & Addington offering unique products that will be appreciated by those lucky enough to unwrap them.
Some places on the list I’m sure you will already know, but I bet there will be at least a handful of shops that you didn’t realize existed.
You’ll also spot some other fantastic businesses while driving this route so make time for some unscheduled stops along the way.
14775 Front Road, Amherst Island
Hop aboard the ferry and visit The Wool Shed at Topsy Farms! You’ll find an impressive selection of 100% Canadian, soft-wool products. We know you’ll love their blankets, bedding, handmade items, yarn and crafting supplies. As we head into holiday season, Topsy’s products are practical, stylish and make great gifts for anyone on your list. Can’t squeeze in a trip over to the island? Shop online and have their wonderful products delivered to your door.
The Gallery at Rossland Gardens
6400 Concession Road 2, Amherst Island
After more than a decade on the juried art show circuit, husband and wife team Ross Stuart and Darlene Martin-Stuart have brought the show home to Amherst Island. The Gallery at Rossland Gardens offers a private showroom for exceptional, original art & craft, all handmade by artists and artisans from across Canada. The Gallery public hours are Saturdays 11am-4pm, April through mid December.
Many of the items found at Rossland Gardens are available to purchase on their website.
Lakeside Studio Gallery
363 Main Street, Bath
Sarah Anderson, owner of Lakeside Studio Gallery, takes pride in working with artists of all ages who are creating two-dimensional original art the Lennox & Addington and surrounding areas. You’ll love the atmosphere in this beautiful studio. The fresh, local art displayed changes monthly, creating an always fresh, well curated view of works available. Browse the inviting space, or shop online.
363 Main Street, Bath
Right beside the Gallery is Anderwood Studio. Owner Laura Anderson offers an lovely variety of handcrafted products, including woodcrafts, art, pottery and curated home decor items. The store is also an official retailer of Country Chic paint. Laura is extremely talented, as many of the products found in the store she created herself.
Ruby’s Acres Alpaca Farm
1,000 Lucas Road, Odessa
Owners Pete and Joanne D’Amore invite you to explore Ruby’s Acres Alpaca Farm Alpaca Farm in Odessa. Their farm store is stocked full of wonderful alpaca fibre items available for purchase. Browse an amazing selection of men’s, women’s, and kid’s products. You’ll love the sweaters, blankets, rugs, toques, scarves, mittens, socks, ponchos and more. They carry imported Peruvian products all made with 100% alpaca wool and also offer batten yarn and roving collected from their very own herd of alpacas.
Loyalist Trading Co.
8682 Loyalist Parkway, Conway
Loyalist Trading Co. is a unique little store in Conway that offers many Canadian made artisan products that are not available in other locations. They also have indoor & outdoor decor items as well as health products, clothing, jewelry and toys, as well as an impressive selection of gourmet food items from Cook’s Gourmet.
Be sure to add in some time to visit with the goats on the roof! Yes, you read that correctly.
Lansing Gifts & Gallery
3 Dundas Street East, Napanee
There are so many wonderful stores to explore in Downtown Greater Napanee this holiday season. Make sure to include a stop at Lansing Gifts & Gallery during your travels! They offer an amazing variety of products that are perfect for inside and outside your home! They offer an eclectic assortment of holiday decorating essentials, signs, kitchenware, clothing, beach items, children’s toys, jewelry and so much more! They also have the works of talented local artists & artisans available for purchase.
La Senda Eco Store
46 Dundas Street East, Napanee
If you’re looking for a unique gift for someone that’s hard to buy for, you really need to stop by La Senda Eco Store in Downtown Napanee. So many of their eco-friendly products are not available on store shelves anywhere else in North America! Check out an array of very cool children’s toys, plush stuffies, bags, puzzles and so much more! They also offer a selection of incredible home lighting products that you just won’t find anywhere else!
23 Market Square
23 Market Square, Napanee
Welcome to 23 Market Square in Downtown Napanee, offering a wonderful selection of vintage and new accents that will add soul to any home. You’ll find classic collectibles mixed with new home decor items. Owner Darlene Paradis has assembled a fantastic assortment of items that we know you’ll love exploring.
Black Barn Co. & Shalagh Elliott Design Company
17 Market Square, Napanee
You’ll love the vibe at Black Barn Co. and Shalagh Elliott Design Company. Owners Ashley Lough & Shalagh Elliott have joined forces to provide curated collections, works of local artisans, lifestyle & home items, custom furniture, lighting, fabrics, linens, candles and much more. They also offer a wide range of design services that are uniquely tailored to their customers. Stop in and explore their wonderfully renovated space.
Little Longwool Company
619 Bethel Road, Yarker
With a focus on sustainability, Kate Michalska and Jaana Parks from Little Longwool Company produce and sell luxurious rugs, throws and sheepskin as well as knitting wool, spinning wool and raw fleece. They also sell core spun rug yarn and roving for customers that wish to spin their own wool. Kate and Jaana also offer beginner weaving and natural sheep skin tanning workshops.
All products are home-grown, natural, earth-friendly and chemical-free. Purchase online or make an appointment to visit their wonderful workshop.
The Sheep Shelf: Your Natural Neighbour
347 Freeman Road, Yarker
The Sheep Shelf your Natural Neighbour in Yarker is a fantastic natural supply and skin care store. Owner Leah Holland offers an amazing selection of products that are created in-house or locally sourced whenever possible. You’ll find an assortment of bath, fragrance & essential oils, face & body lotions, candles, cold-processed soaps, bath balms, shower steamers, dryer balls and so much more.
Shop online or visit The Sheep Shelf Your Natural Neighbour at their farm store.
945 Moscow Road, Moscow
Sheila’s Greenhouse Farm Greenhouse Christmas Shop offers fresh outdoor seasonal arrangements, indoor everlasting seasonal arrangements, all hand made on the farm. They’re open Fridays thru Mondays from 10am to 4pm until Monday December 11th.
558 Miller Road, Tamworth
Matthews Studio in Tamworth creates hand-crafted functional and decorative turned wood bowls, carved burls and serving plates. The father and son team of Gary and Curtis Matthews hand-pick logs from various sites throughout Eastern Ontario. You’ll love their selection of red maple, cherry wood, ash and hickory pieces that are both unique and functional. Each piece is made with care, patience and many hours of work. Visit their shop or their online store.
The Soap Shack
339 Frizzell Road, Tamworth
You won’t regret your visit to The Soap Shack in Tamworth. Owner Denise Frizzell is a self-confessed ‘soapaholic’, taking great pride in creating a wide variety of vegan and goat milk soaps. She also produces an assortment of candles, bath bombs, creams, body lotions, laundry detergent, as well as beard oils and shaving soap for men. It’s a sudsy collection of hand-made products we’re sure you’ll love.
The Kuriosity Shop
12293 Highway 41, Northbrook
If you’re looking for unique, hand-made items, be sure to make a visit to The Kuriosity Shop in Northbrook. Owner Karen Anderson has the works of 45 artists and artisans from the region on display, all with a personal connection to the Addington Highlands area. You’ll find an impressive selection of paintings, carvings & woodworking pieces, knitted crocheted items, repurposed materials, jewelry as well as a selection of homemade cards.
Finnegan’s General Store featuring Greystones in the City
14222 Highway 41, Cloyne
Finnegan’s General Store in Cloyne will draw you in with its charm, and Stephanie & her crew’s enthusiasm will keep you coming back time and time again! Finnegan’s is a one-stop shop for all the essentials and then some. You’ll find grocery items, local art, pizza, tourist info and so much more! It’s also the home of Greystones in the City, which carries a wide assortment of Bon Echo Provincial Park clothing and park-inspired items.
Rosie’s Cafe & General Store
22353 Highway 41, Denbigh
Rosie’s General Store is a family-owned and operated café & general store in Denbigh. They offer their customers a wide variety of goods including bait & tackle, groceries, produce, baking supplies, local souvenirs and much more! They also carry mouth-watering baked goods so be sure to stop in for their famous pies, donuts and butter tarts.
More to Explore…
These are just a few of the amazing businesses here in Lennox & Addington. Browse our online directory and find other shops where owners and staff go above & beyond to provide their customers with a personal shopping experience.