Cashmere and Rose, this month’s Featured Business, is a gift and floral boutique located in the charming town of Almonte, ON. The store offers a variety of unique gifts and creates classic floral designs that add “purpose and grace for you and your space”. Owned and operated by Angie Goodfellow, Cashmere and Rose evolved from a previously operational giftware business called Keepsakes, which was purchased by Goodfellow in 2017. The business has been re-branded to reflect Goodfellow’s brand identity and to incorporate her new vision for the floral component of the business, bringing in elements of the trade passed on by her mother. While purchasing an existing business may seem ideal, there are still many unique hurdles to be overcome. One must tread a fine line between honouring the past yet creating a new vision for the future. Encourage loyal customers to remain, while enticing newcomers to explore. This has been achieved by Angie Goodfellow of Cashmere and Rose and the reception by the community has been profound, especially considering the economic struggles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As many business owners can attest, navigating the regional and provincial restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic has been a whirlwind. To adapt, Goodfellow says it has been essential to “remain optimistic and actively problem solve” to stay ahead of the curveballs being hurled as small businesses. Like many affected by the pandemic, Goodfellow has been required to make unfortunate staffing changes to survive. This has caused a large reduction in resources, namely, the friendly, welcoming personalities of her highly valued team members and the knowledge,
skills, and rapport they individually brought to Cashmere and Rose. To stay afloat, Goodfellow has streamlined her store offerings, boosted her social media presence, and encouraged delivery and shipment of products.
In 2020, Goodfellow was accepted into the Starter Company Plus program, an entrepreneurial initiative created by the government of Ontario and lead by the Small Business Advisory Centre of Smiths Falls/Lanark County/North Leeds & Grenville. The two-stage competitive program incorporates participation in a Business Plan Bootcamp and the chance to win a small business grant and group
coaching sessions with a certified business coach. Goodfellow says the program has helped her connect with like-minded individuals and motivated her to look at her business and move forward and continue to commit to her business. The program has also inspired the entrepreneurial spirit once more, with Goodfellow hinting towards an expansion of the new business in the works.
Owner: Angie Goodfellow
Cashmere and Rose
102 Mill Street Almonte ON K0A1A0
Can you identify a time or event in your life or career that provided you with an epiphany that was a game changer, fundamentally shifting the way you would continue down your path? Lori Hanna had this moment in 2010, halfway through her career. It was a moment that defied all logical, linear thought and language, and at the same time, it felt utterly, undeniably right. There was no turning back, this was it, this would define how she now spends the next phase of her career and further education. This path is applying John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release (“MFR”).
This first experience with Myofascial Release (MFR) completely altered Lori’s viewpoint on her treatment approach. When receiving MFR treatments, the profound effects felt through her body immediately felt like they were part of a natural wisdom, a way of healing; that her body could do what it needed to do, if she let go and trusted the process. Imagine realizing a paradigm shift so strong that your belief system stemming from the time you were a child is blown out of the water; that what you thought you knew as your weaknesses you now know are strengths. MFR treats the whole person and must be experienced for its profound, life changing effects to be truly understood.
After a decade of working with MFR, and continually training to advance in the technique, Lori has made her practice exclusive to it. She finds it helpful in resolving longstanding patterns of pain and/or reduced function and mobility. She has a passion for bringing about positive change for clients by providing what could be considered the missing link in their current healthcare regimen. Lori has seen that MFR can enhance and provide maximum benefit to an already established massage or chiropractic treatment schedule, or as a subsequent effort to break a plateau in progress.
Known for her love of the lake, Lori can be found spending quality time with her family there, swimming and paddle boarding. A tremendous appreciator of great music, and good food, photography and the outdoors, Lori loves discovering new places to go, but she still loves the beauty of Eastern Ontario. She is always looking for ways to gain perspective on life through striving to be grounded, mindful, and come from a place of gratitude for even the simple joys experienced every day.
Lori Hanna R.M.T.,
Intermediate level John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Practitioner.
Senior Registered Massage Therapist at Smiths Falls Family Chiropractic and Wellness since 2001.
CMTO member in good standing since 2001.
2001 Graduate of Sutherland Chan, Toronto.
Smiths Falls Family Chiropractic
22 William St. W.,
Smiths Falls, ON.
Blue Door Spa is located in the beautiful town of Smiths Falls. We opened August 1st of this year and have been embraced warmly by the community. Elise Harding, the owner, has been in esthetics for almost 12 years. She has a passion for the field and being able to bring a little joy into her client’s lives.
The idea of the blue door came from a folklore she had come across once. It stated that if you saw a house with a blue door it was a sign you were welcome to come in! She also recognized the fact that many spas cater to only women and wanted to create a place where everyone, including men and children, would feel welcome as well. Her goal was to create a homey and warm atmosphere where people felt comfortable and relaxed.
Blue Door Spa proudly carries Eminence Organics skin care line, Bio Sculpture Gel, as well as many different locally made products. We believe in small businesses supporting small businesses and try to help endorse buying from local artisans in the Ottawa area. We offer a wide range of services from manicures and pedicures, waxing and sugaring, facials and body treatments, and lash extensions just to name a few! Our estheticians are all professionally certified and strive to make every clients experience amazing!
Dark Traveler SEO and Copywriting is a new business based in Smiths Falls offering consultations to improve business’s online rankings. With expertise on various aspects of search engine optimization, we at Dark Traveler SEO will find the perfect way to maximize traffic to your website. Our aim is to take the guesswork of SEO and the algorithms that are ever changing. Whether you want to go global or stay local, Dark Traveler SEO and Copywriting offers a wide range of campaigns that have worked for other companies as well as brand new strategies to reflect the ever-changing industry.
Dark Traveler SEO and Copywriting is fully owned by Derick Johnson who has experience in implementing SEO strategies to various business and organizations on a part time basis having been fully responsible for large scale, long and short term SEO operations after working as an implementation consultant with the University of Toronto. He holds a degree in History and Geography as well as a certificate in ESL from the University of Arizona, which as aided him in his pursuit by being an effective communicator of various SEO strategies. He also holds a certificate in SEO from the University of California Davis and is dedicated to honing his craft in this industry.
Whether you’re just starting your business or already have a solid consumer base, everyone could do with a boost. Dark Traveler SEO will help guide you through the turbid waters of search engine’s algorithms and lead you the fertile pastures of higher rankings and more clicks to your website. So don’t wait and languish in the backwaters of bad SEO and lose business because of it. Explore the possibilities of SEO and see for yourself what it can do for you. We at Dark Traveler SEO will help guide you through the process of having great SEO that will please both the bots that index the web and your customers alike. Don’t wait! Get your free site audit today at www.darktravelerseo.com and give us a like on Facebook at Dark Traveler SEO and Copywriting. Explore new possibilities with great SEO and let Dark Traveler lead the way.
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Flint and Honey is a modern boutique shop located at 42 Gore Street in Downtown Heritage Perth, ON.
The shop carries a variety of quality baby clothing and accessories, women’s clothing and accessories and handmade natural body products. Flint and Honey’s focus is on carrying quality Canadian made products while offering unique services to the public such as a baby registry and a unique personal shopping service.
For more details, visit https://flintandhoney.com/
Angela’s Cookie Jar is a new, home-based bakery located in Smiths Falls.
Angela’s Cookie Jar makes high-quality, bespoke cookies for all occasions and has a large selection of shapes. Perfect for any event such as weddings, new baby, birthdays, school, corporate events, sports and much more. Angela’s Cookie Jar cookies are made with love, creativity and much dedication to details. They are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
The business owner is Angela Hopkins, a passionate baker, mother and friend. In June of 2017, Angela and her husband Kevin moved to Smiths Falls from Hamilton, Ontario when she retired from the banking industry after thirty years of service. The business started as a part-time hobby soon after she moved to Smiths Falls and transitioned to a full time business in summer of 2018. Angela and Kevin are now much settled in Smiths Falls and love the beautiful country setting that surrounds this perfect little town.
If you haven’t yet tried her cookies, you should know they are delicious and beautiful! To find out more about these cookies, please visit https://angelas-cookie-jar.business.site/
Angela’s Cookie Jar
“Unwrap a Smile”
Arlee and Diane Sheets are farming land that has been in Diane’s family since 1922. They raise Lynch Line Back cattle, Hampshire pigs, Canadian Horses, Percheron horses, Suffolk sheep, turkeys , Yellow Hungarian chickens. They also grow heritage tomatoes, potato and peppers along with other vegetables. They like to keep things as natural as possible so don’t use pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics or hormones.
If you’re looking for beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey, eggs, jams, jellies, honey, maple syrup, preserves or fresh vegetables give them a call or check out their website at www.rocknhorsefarm.ca.
About Blind Fox Woodworking
Blind Fox Woodworking is a design and build company located in Perth, Ontario, specializing in traditional joinery, heritage carpentry, and light timber frames. Founded in March 2018, Blind Fox has made a name for itself by producing high quality, custom woodwork that is durable, aesthetic and unique.
Founder, Designer and Lead Carpenter Christian Glas has always been interested in construction and design. Having studied Architecture at the University of Toronto and Heritage Carpentry at Algonquin College, Christian combines new design software with traditional building methods to produce beautiful pieces of authentic Canadian craftsmanship.
This focus on traditional woodworking methods is not just for the sake of nostalgia. In a world of disposable, single-use products and planned obsolescence, returning to those building practices which are long-lasting is more important than ever. Blind Fox Woodworking strives to create nothing but beautiful pieces of traditional woodworking which will last for generations.
Some examples of the work which Blind Fox loves to design and build are:
- Harvest Tables
- Drawers and Cupboards
- Built-in Kitchens
- Bedroom Sets
- Craftsman Doors
- Shelving and Built-in closets
- Custom Millwork
For more information, photos or to contact Blind Fox Woodworking about a custom build, please contact Christian Glas via…
Add Blind Fox Woodworking on social media and see what projects are being worked on right now, and to stay up to date about future open houses and workshops! And feel free to come by for a visit at the shop, located at 130 Sproule Rd off Highway 511.
About The Beckwitch
The Beckwitch is a small family farm and apiary. Their love for all things that grow enures that they just don’t stop to smell the roses – they eat them too! The Beckwitch is well known for their unusual and heirloom preserves – flower jellies, famous crunchy dill pickles, honey, wild foraged nut free pestos, gourmet hot sauces, yogurt soaps, infused sea salts and eating weeds, LOTS of weeds!
The Beckwitch chooses seeds for the fullest flavour, for uniqueness and their gardens are tended to by hand. They have white and purple asparagus, ‘magic beans’, tomatoes in every colour of the rainbow, and super hot peppers. They grow many of the common staples in addition to produce that is very rare. In fact, you may have to ask “what is that?” and then “can you eat that?” ….probably followed by “you first” Most of their plants have a unique history that they’d be happy to tell you about as well.
The Beckwitch expanded their gardens considerably in the fall and now boast ten hives in their apiary. Their market stand will be moving home to Beckwith where they will soon be offering in-season produce as well as their full line of preserved products. New this year – The Beckwitch is offering Honey Shares and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Shares, including single shares. The Beckwitch is also available for workshops, school/youth presentations, speaking engagements and for custom wedding and corporate orders. Sign up for The Beckwitch’s newsletter at www.thebeckwitch.ca
The Beckwitch from Beckwith!
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You’ll find The Beckwitch at their new market stand opening soon and at these great local events:
26 May Lilac Festival, Franktown
2 June Dickinson Days, Manotick
9 June Heritage Day, Beckwith
13-15 July Osgoode Medieval Festival, Osgoode
4 August Bridge Street Summer Fest, Carleton Place
11 August Winchester Dairy Fest
11 & 12 August Perth Garlic Festival, Perth
9 Sept Lanark Harvest Festival, Beckwith
27 Oct Swirlicious and Friends Shopping Event, Carleton Place
Nov St. Marks Craft Show, Metcalfe
Nov German Club, Leitrim
24 Nov Beckwith Craft Show, Beckwith
Nov Goulbourn Museum, Goulbourn
Services & Products Offered
- Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Shares
- Honey Shares
- Artisan yogurt soaps, heirloom and unusual preserves
- Custom Orders – Wedding, shower & corporate favours
- Gift baskets
- Meet our bees
- Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Distributor
- Foraging walks & talks
- Teaching & workshops
- Youth engagement, programming