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Oro-Medonte shops offer respite from busy big box stores (5 photos)

It's easy to stay safe and support your local community with this list of Oro-Medonte makers and shops

Though shopping for the holidays may look and feel different this year, one thing remains the same: shopping local means supporting your community and reinvesting your money into the local economy.

In the Township of Oro-Medonte, we are blessed to have dozens of high quality small businesses.

Want to surprise your spouse with a personalized sign for your home? We’ve got that. Want to find elegant decorations for the holidays this year? Oro-Medonte has many options close by. Looking for a special gift for your furry friends? We have that too.

This year, consider dedicating part of your spending for the holidays to your local makers and shops. Not sure where to start? We’ve put together a mini gift guide for holiday shopping in Oro-Medonte.

Avoid the busy big box stores, stay safe and support your local community.

Home decor
Oro-Medonte is home to several unique shopping experiences, these shops provide professionally designed creative items that will make any home look stunning. Northbound Rustic sells home and cottage treasures as well as clothing and furniture. They have festive Christmas tree decorations, stylish signs, garden accessories, unique masks, home accessories and more.

Barn to be Wild is a boutique where you can discover local artisan treasures, fabulous jewelry and home decor paired with antique and vintage furniture. If you’re into vintage chic, shabby chic or flea-market style, this is the place to be. They offer a range of Canadian made products perfect for special gifts.

Moonstone Market sells gift items such as blankets, artisanal jewelry and holiday treats. Need some sweets for the kids’ Christmas stockings? You can stock up here.

In Craighurst, the Flowered Cow sells shabby chic style furniture and decor as well as teas and artisanal olive oils and vinegars. Right next door, Dwellings offers an extensive range of gift items including Christmas decorations, indoor plants, jewelry, kitchen accessories, candles, gifts, artwork, furniture. This is your local holiday superstore! Private shopping is available at Flowered Cow and Dwellings by appointment. The Craighurst Guardian Pharmacy has a gift section too, that includes local products and a unique selection!

Art, antiques and collectibles
Trying to shop for the person who has everything? Check out Twisted Wrench Studio for incredible custom metal art. They make personalized signs for inside your house (or your shop or garage), along with amazing custom firepits.

Art on Stone is an Oro-Medonte based business that prints photographs on stone coasters and trivets. Use your own image (even high quality cell phone photos can be used) or choose from a library of professional landscape photography.

Skin care
Winter is the perfect time to stock up on quality skin care products. Oro-Medonte’s Organic Body Shop Factory offers 400 plant driven beauty products. This is the place to get your natural bath products, essential oils, soaps, lotions and creams, candles and skin care remedies. They even offer products for babies and kids. All products are paraben free, so you can feel good about what you give to your loved ones this Christmas.

Don’t forget a little special something for the furriest (and, let’s face it, the most cuddly) member of the household! The Whistle Stop Pet Shop sells treats and toys for dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, hamsters, fish and even horses! Browse their online selection of stocking stuffer toys, treats, and stock up on high quality pet food while you're there. Need a special holiday gift for your furry friend? Check out their personalized tags, collars and leashes!

Tasty treats
Stuck trying to figure out what to get for someone on your list? Food and drinks are a hit with everyone! Choose a sweet bottle of maple syrup as a stocking stuffer or hostess gift, put Quayle’s beer or Heritage Estates wine or cider under your tree, or order up some après dinner treats from Chelsea Chocolates. You could make your own gourmet basket with an assortment of local items and don't forget to include some gourmet artisanal cheeses from Say Cheese.

Please note that business hours can vary, check websites for shopping details and safety protocols. There are many other options for unique and quality art and other gifts available from Oro-Medonte businesses and residents, Google and Facebook are great options for looking for local businesses. If you would like your business included in future stories please contact the Township. Stay safe, and support local this holiday season.



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