One of the favourite parts of my job is when I get to visit with some of the amazing business owners & staff that we have here in Lennox & Addington. It’s even more fun when we can provide them with something tangible that they can use to promote themselves… like professional photography, for example.
This past week we partnered up with Lindsay at RTO9 – South Eastern Ontario, to go on-location for photo shoots at several business locales in southern L&A. We hit up a great mix of dining and shopping locations – some established, some brand new – on a whirlwind day that saw us visit 10 businesses in 3 municipalities over a 5-hour stretch.
It was a bit of a hectic journey, but I’m very confident that we got some great images that our featured businesses can use to promote themselves on their website and on social media. We’ll also be sharing them here on Naturally L&A in the days and weeks to come.
Below is a brief summary of the places we visited. Note that these are definitely NOT the professional photos that came from the day of shooting. The photos shown here are from me, the non-professional shutter-bug, attempting to provide a bit of a feel for what the day was like. I hope I succeed.
The real, well-done photographs were taken by Tim Forbes, and will be available soon. We can’t wait to see them.
2558 County Road 4, Camden East
Our first stop on the day was a brand-new coffee shop in Camden East. Owners Micheline & Sean have created an amazing atmosphere in their shop, which just opened in January. It’s such a bright & inviting space. Plus, their coffee is outstanding.
Find out more about Stone Corner.
422 Main Street, Newburgh
Next up was a stop to see Donna at Abrams Bakery in Newburgh. In all the years that I’ve visited this bakery, I’ve never been disappointed with what I’ve brought home with me. Which, by the way, is always more than what I plan on getting. All their baked goods are spectacular. You must try the cinnamon buns, it’s essential.
Learn more about Abrams Bakery.
30 Dundas Street East, Napanee
The next four businesses we visited were located in Downtown Napanee. The first stop was Starlet boutique, a favourite among residents and visitors to our County. Sara and the crew were as friendly and accommodating as ever, playing the roles of both staff members and customers in front of the camera.
For Lindsay from RTO9, it was her first Starlet experience. She left the store with a bag full of items she said she bought for “others”, although I’m not entirely sure if that was the case.
Lansing Gifts & Gallery
3 Dundas Street East, Napanee
This small business is a pleasure to visit. Ann Peterson, the store manager, is very knowledgable and personable to speak to. They have a wide array of gift items and the store features a fine assortment of locally-sourced art, jewelry, etc. Their products are displayed with care, and I love the look of the exposed brick and stone visible along the entire length of the east wall.
Check out Lansing Gifts & Gallery.
Convenient Candy Shop
10 Dundas Street East, Napanee
This is another business on our list that is very newly opened. When we entered, Sherri & Gil greeted with a smile, and the store itself greeted us with the smells of mouth-watering yumminess. This quaint litte shop is filled with a variety of hard-to-find candy and chocolate items, some that I haven’t seen since I was a kid.
Learn about Convenient Candy Shop.
The Loaf N Ale
25 Dundas Street East, Napanee
We reached this location right at lunch time. Owner Derek Valentine had arranged for our meals to be ready right when we arrived, which worked out great from a timing standpoint. As usual, the food was prepared perfectly and I’m sure it will show well in the photographs.
Make a reservation to The Loaf N Ale.
Lakeside Studio Gallery
363 Main Street, Bath
After a great meal at the Loaf, we headed to the charming community of Bath. It’s one of my favourite places to visit here in Lennox & Addington. There have been quite a few fun new business additions to the main street in the last little while, including Lakeside Studio Gallery. This attractive space houses owner Sarah Anderson’s amazing pieces, as well as the works of many other area artists.
View Lakeside Studio Gallery’s works.
363 Main Street, Bath
Right next door to Lakeside Studio Gallery is Sarah’s mom’s shop, Anderwood Studio. Laura too has a beautiful display of handmade items, woodcrafts, art, pottery and curated home decor items. Like her daughter’s store, Laura has created an inviting space that we’re sure you’ll enjoy visiting.
Take a look at Anderwood Studio.
The Lodge Coffee House
376 Main Street, Bath
We made our way across the street to take in the charm of The Lodge Coffee House. Owner Cassandra Rendell and her staff have created a very inviting atmosphere at the shop. They produce some amazing treats, sandwiches, and the coffee is fantastic. They also have some great merch available for sale as well.
Order a coffee from The Lodge.
368 Main Street, Bath
Our final stop on our tour was Lennox & Addington’s newest restaurant, Welborne Commons. The attention to detail is evident as soon as you set foot inside. Owners Andrew, Kirsten Tera & Bob have created a very appealing look and feel to this establishment, and based on the high-quality items we were able to sample while we were there, the sky is the limit for this eatery. Chef Mitch Leger has some serious skills.
Make a reservation at Welborne Commons.
More to See in L&A
These are only 10 of the many, many more businesses to visit here in Lennox & Addington. Take a look at our online directory and plan a great day trip.