Well known for the amazing Farmer’s Market and Mennonite history, the quaint town of St. Jacobs is bustling on any given weekend in the summer months. Leading up to Christmas, the streets fill up with lights and decorations as the town comes alive in festive spirit.
Recently, St. Jacobs was voted in the top 3 for small towns in Canada by Expedia, so it’s no wonder it’s made our list of Towns to Tour. Many people think they have been to St. Jacobs without even being to the town because of the amazing Farmer’s Market and outlet stops just 5 minutes up the road near North Waterloo. But the downtown of the village is a must-stop for checking off some of those hard-to-buy people off your Christmas list and learning about some of the Mennonite Heritage of the town and people. The many shops have an array of merchandise, specialty products, homemade treats and quality furnishings.
Here are my top choices to shop at with some honourable mentions as well:
Timber Barn – An amazing showroom of not only solid building materials and customizable furniture, but some awesome gift ideas, décor pieces and home-goods as well. Although must of the store has a rustic edge, there are some lovely modern and traditional options to spruce up any space. They have everything for your home and I can’t wait to use some of their pieces in some upcoming projects. There are many hidden nooks in this store so take your time as to not miss a treasure.
Stone Crock Bakery – This is one of the founding shops of the tourist town today and I will warn you, it is likely you will leave the bakery 5 pounds heavier (if not in bags, then your tummy). Behind the abundant displays of breads, pies, muffins, donuts and more, you can see many of the hardworking employees rolling out dough or mixing batter. Visit their restaurant, meat & cheese shop or booth at the Farmer’s Market too for more delicious goods.
Artefacts Salvage & Design– Just 2 short blocks off the main road, where the train stops for those traveling from the Farmer’s Market, is a rustic barn housing hundreds of years of one-of-a-kind artifacts, building supplies and furnishings. These reclaimed materials are available for purchase as-is or you can customize anything you see into a beautiful piece of furniture or décor for your home.
Shadetree – It can be easy to miss this store on the main street as it is set back a bit and immersed in the shade of a beautiful tree (hence the name). But this old home is filled with theme-filled rooms of decor, accessories and gift ideas. The rooms go on-and-on so keep traveling back and up as your arms fill with wonderful finds.
Here are just a few other places worth popping into:
Home Hardware Furniture, Jacob’s Grill, Exclusive Elements,
Block 3 Brewing Company, The Village Silos, La Creme
Something to keep an eye on in the village are these two transforming properties which both have a rich history:
If you want delicious comfort food, to see some horse-drawn carriages and Mennonite heritage, amazing specialty shops and solid quality furnishings, St. Jacobs should be a must on your shopping list!