After seven years in Bracebridge and Gravenhurst, Footprints on Muskoka has moved south and opened its third location in downtown Orillia.
The clothing store, located at 135 Mississaga St. E., has become well known in Muskoka for its sweatshirts, affordable women’s clothing, accessories and footwear.
The new Orillia location opened in early July after months of planning.
“We saw an opportunity with the growth of people who are moving up north, and there is a need for an affordable clothing store in Orillia,” said Footprints on Muskoka owner, Krista Mansour.
The Orillia location has already been a massive hit for the clothing retailer.
“It’s doing really well; the response has been amazing,” Mansour said.
“A lot of boaters are stopping in at the Port of Orillia, walking up the street, and are coming into our store and giving great feedback.”
The clothing retailer carries a unique sweatshirt line that is exclusive to the Orillia store.
“The locals are very happy to see a new store with unique fashion and affordable prices,” Mansour said.
Despite the great start for Footprints on Muskoka’s Orillia tenure, Mansour admits that the pandemic has been holding back all three retail stores from reaching their potential.
“It’s been tough with the pandemic, but as soon as we were able to open the doors, people have really responded well in all three of our locations,” she said.
Business is especially strong in Orillia as many local residents had been previously making the trip up north to visit Footprints on Muskoka before the location opened on Mississaga Street.
“My business plan has always been affordable fashion. I make it so anyone can afford the clothes, which makes it a unique store. People get into the habit of shopping with us, and we have a great following,” Mansour said.
“They absolutely love it because there really isn’t a sweatshirt store in Orillia, so the feedback has been really good for that. The ladies are also really liking our clothing line,” she said.
The Footprints on Muskoka brand attracts new customers, she explained.
“The uniqueness of our products is something we are extremely lucky for. Our staff is very friendly, they give great customer service, and it’s a fun place to come and shop,” Mansour said.
“We are extremely grateful for the response. The downtown has been very welcoming, and it’s been an absolute pleasure to be here in Orillia.”