Tour This Town – Conestogo, ON

Just a short five minute drive northeast of Waterloo lies the small community of Conestogo, ON. Once a thriving mill community, this small town now is home to a few great shops (especially for the vintage enthusiast) and some quiet subdivisions. Conestogo is a wonderful stop on your way through to the neighbouring towns of Elora, Guelph or Elmira.


You should first stop at Rumbletum Café & Gifts for some delicious breakfast, lunch or just a morning coffee. Be sure to look around at their lovely gift shop while you’re there, and make your way upstairs for more vintage finds, décor pieces and adorable clothing for the wee ones.


Next you’ll want to walk a few minutes down the road to Pepper Pot Place Vintage Store for a sneak at the wonderful displays of quality furnishings and vintage treasures. From lamps and crystal glasses to globes, picture frames and hutches, you’ll be sure to find something with a mysterious history for your collection or display.


Another interesting shop you’ll want to explore (but unfortunately wasn’t open while I went through town) was Auburn Vintage Clothiers. A sneak peek in the windows revealed some unique looking clothing and accessories perfect for that special occasion or collection.


As you head on your way to your next destination, be sure to stop at Sittlers Home Baking for some goodies to go. Fresh baked breads, buns, cookies, loafs, preserves and granolas abundantly fill shelves of a small tucked away building just off the main street. Only open Wednesday-Saturday, be sure to go early for the best selection and freshest options! I highly recommend their short johns for just the perfect bite of sweet dough and cream!


Finally if you continue about 5 minutes northeast outward from Conestogo, you’ll end up at the intersection of Northfield Drive East and Line 86. A large orange barn off to your left should catch your attention and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find a large selection of antique furnishings at the Country Antique Store.  With everything priced very reasonably, I would think you’ll have a hard time leaving this stop without stuffing something into your trunk or backseat.


Let me know if you make your way to Conestogo and tell me all about some of the wonderful treasures and goodies you were able to find!

Tour This Town – Galt, ON

Before Cambridge amalgamated several small communities to form the present day city, Galt held it’s own as a historical industrial town and beautiful riverfront community. And although it is technically referred to as Cambridge, the area that was Galt is still acknowledged as such by locals. This picturesque downtown overlooks the Grand River and has an abundance of stone buildings and architecture with a long historical tale. Many local businesses have planted their seeds in buildings that have a history much longer than their own, making visiting this area a trip to days gone by.  Read more history here.

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I am a frequent traveler to this area as many of my favourite shops can be found here. You’ve probably seen me post many treasured goods that were found in Galt and I’d like to share these spots here with you today.  Here are some of my favourite stops:

Cornerstone Interiors – Once upon a time this beautiful building was the old Woolco department store that has now been transformed to a well-collected furniture wonderland. If I had to shop at only one furniture store for my whole house, this would be it! The space is huge and the selection is amazing. Something can be found here for every style – the only problem being, you’ll want to take it all home!

The Art of Home – Whenever I need a unique quality gift for someone, this little gem is my go-to store. Whether it’s a hard-to-buy for family member, corporate holiday gift or for a best friend, The Art of Home has something delightful for everyone: home décor accessories, the cutest babywear, fine jewelry, stylish clothing and tabletop items for any home.

Monigram Coffee Roasters – This cozy café roasts and sells quality coffee and tasty eats in yet another restored stone building downtown. This java joint is a local meeting spot for business folks to students to parents and tots, making it a delightful addition to the downtown community. I can’t rave enough about their sandwiches and coffee, so hop in for a quick cup of coffee to-go or for a relaxing lunch with friends.

Southworks Antique – Said to be Canada’s largest antique selection with over 125 booths and over 30,000sq ft. of treasures, Southworks Anqitues has recently settled into their new space on Water Street in Galt. Although the building lacks the charm of the old stone architecture found on the other side of the Grand River, this new location still boasts a massive selection of amazing antiques and helpful friendly staff to help you along your way.

The Flower Market – This picturesque stone cottage sits on the river’s edge and has a good selection of arrangements, unique plant holders, houseplants and gifts. Order ahead for custom arrangements or pop in for a last-minute hostess gift or birthday surprise.

See you all soon in Galt!

Tour This Town – St. Jacobs, ON

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!

Tour This Town – Paris, ON

About 30 minutes West of Hamilton is the small town of Paris, ON. This riverside town is home to about 12,000 people. Since my initial visit to this town by bike (40km ride there and back… what was I thinking??), I have been attracted to its’ small town charm and alluring downtown shops. Here are my top 4 must-go-to stops in Paris:


  1. Piper & Oak – Since discovering this place, it is now my driving reason (no pun intended) to come to town. I can walk into this store and want to purchase half of it. Owner Sarah has a great eye for design and beautifully displays furniture, accents, décor and gift items in an effortless way. The open and spacious store design allows the browsing to feel calming and unrushed… allowing you to pick up one too many things for purchasing.  My mango wood pedestal dinning table comes from this store and remains to be one of my favourite furniture purchases.   It’s a stunning piece I am proud to own and houseguests can’t go without noticing its beauty.


  1. Paris Wincey Mills Co – This is like a small indoor marketplace filled with tiny treasure booths and tasty eats. I have never gone in here and it not be bustling with families, conversations over coffee and busy shop owners connecting with their community. A true treasure and must stop at location for coffee, lunch and gifts to go!


  1. Paris Road Antiques – Just outside of town, this small stop is packed with treasures for your home. They have an abundance of furniture, mirrors, chandeliers & more antiques that spill out of their garage and onto the patio and lawn surround. Take your time so you can note each item and bring a large vehicle so you can take home something unique.


  1. Still Waters Plate & Pour – Breathtaking views of the river, mouth-watering menu and courteous staff – what a combo! I have eaten here a couple times and still can never make up my mind with the menu each time. The options are plentiful and it all sounds amazing. Plan to go at least once when the weather is warm so you can enjoy the patio that looks over the river.
    (I enjoy the food so much I always forget to take pictures here.  Photos are credited to

Tour This Town – New Hamburg, ON

About 15 minutes West of Kitchener/Waterloo is the small town of New Hamburg. For a community of just under 8,000 people, this town has a pretty bustling downtown. Several shops & restaurants grace the streets and a gorgeous park overlooking the Nith River is a nice place to spend a sunny afternoon. After poking my head into several stores and grabbing bites at many of the eateries, I have my top 4 stops to get to when in town:



  1. Imperial Market & Eatery – First of all, the food is great. You can’t go wrong with a classic selection like rotisserie chicken or smoked brisket for lunch or dinner. Their takeout options are a go-to for our family and brunch sounds amazing (need to try that soon!).
    What really makes this place for me though is the décor and design of the restaurant. It has a vintage upscale farmhouse vibe going on.  The open concept space keeps things inviting and approachable in contrast to some of the finer architectural details. Rustic wooden pantry shelves help display local goods for sale and balance out all the traditional elements.  The generous amount of beautiful chandeliers making this place feel warm. A lovely and cozy place to dine!


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Tour This Town – upcoming post

Part of the reason I wanted to start this blog was to highlight many of the places I love to shop at and get unique home decor items from.  There are so many small towns near me with amazing little shops and I think more people need to know about them.  I don’t get any compensation for mentioning these stores so this is a genuine list of places I enjoy to browse.  Each post will highlight a few shops or eateries from each destination.  If there’s a place you think I need to know about, I’d love to have you comment so I can check it out.