Its that time again!!!

Even tho its only October, to The Saltbox Shoppe, its almost Christmas!!!!!  Yes its true……..we are in full swing production for not only our Christmas Wishes  Open House here in Kincardine  November 11th, 12th and 12th, but for  the remainder of our Chirstmas show line up!!

Its been awhile since my last update, but its been a busy busy summer! Our garden center The Plant Place celebrated 35 YEARS IN BUSINESS this summer, my grandparents Mary and Marlow would be  proud……and probably a little surprised !! My mom was constantly on  the road this spring and summer searching for the perfect annuals and perennials to stock our garden center. She takes extreme pride in hand selecting not most but all of our plant stock. We are also very fortunate to have our greenhouse “ladies” who have worked with us for so long they keep things running smooth even when we aren’t there.

You might think she gets a chance to rest a little after the garden center winds down…………but no shes on the road yet again with me doing road trips across Ontario to our wholesale customers, showing them new products and  getting a chance to see what their  stores are all about.  When we weren’t touring across Ontario to service our wholesale stores we were in production hot and heavy in between shows.  We were everyewhere from Windsor to Bracebridge, Barrie to Brights Grove, Balls Falls to just recently Bala.  The weather was a challenge either a scortcher or heavy rain but we made it thro.

This weekend  and next we are home for a change.  We are busy gathering white birch, red dog wood, rose hips and soon pine and cedar branches for out Christmas and winter arrangements.  Tomorrow we will be infusing the store with Christmas!  Trying desperately to get things done ahead for the open house since we are away at The Makers Hand in Picton Nov 4th to 6th and only home a few days before the open house starts.

This year we are excited to have new products and ideas to share at our open house…….we will have as I meantioned all sorts of Christmas arrangements, with a few different ingredients ……..fresh of course,  really funky metal garden art,  a mixture of archetectural elements, wrought iron and of course  some new Saltbox Shoppe creations!  And as usual while you browse there will be hot apple cider and fresh home made cookies to tide you over.

The next weekend we will be at Fair November at Guelph University November 17th to 20th, If you havent visited this show you should!!!! The admittance is free but the venders are awesome! This show is very tightly juried and is filled with beautiful and unique Christmas gifts as well as treats for yourself too.

We are no sooner home then gone again for the One of a Kind show Nov 24th to Dec 4th.  This show is AMAZING! If you haven’t been, then load up your friends and come on down!!! If I remember right there is almost 800 exhibitors displaying home and garden decor, designer clothing, wood working, pottery, jewlery and gourmet food!!!! It is truely a one stop Christmas shopping destination!!!!!!  Its literally got something for everyone in price ranges that fit all budgets.

Even tho I’ve done shows for 15 years now I never tire of  exploring what my fellow artisans create! I’m lucky in the way that artisans often trade with each other……makes it kinda fun!

So mark your calendars, gather your friends and don’t forget to bring your shopping lists and make a day of it!  I promise you won’t be dissapointed!!!

Cya soon!!