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Two Downsize For Growth : Dawn Quinn and Lindsey McFadden

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE 🧡 TO SHARE click icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to upper-right column. TO COMMENT click text upper-right of story


Dawn Quinn, Owner, Dawn’s Closet, Davidson Courtyard and Gallery 15 PHOTO BY theWedge.LIVE

I know my headline sounds like a “jumbo shrimp” oxymoron. Humor this writer. Two established women are unwittingly making the same moves. Uncannily, they are neighbors at Davidson Courtyard, Smiths Falls’ most stylish shopping enclave.

They are both downsizing for laser focus on their strengths.

Dawn Quinn, owner of Dawn’s Closet, has downsized her store–twice. This tiny woman has been shrinking her business, but not her plans.

Dawn Closet easily recognizable at southwest corner of Gallery 15 with Marilyn Monroe cutout. PHOTO BY theWedge.LIVE

You could say, “Dawn came out of the closet”–literally. She continues to serve endless customers who trust her with their coifs in smaller space. She has a loyal following.

Hair products, toiletries and vintage collectibles are still visible on a few shelves, but the bulk of her inventory is now located in the Gallery 15, an emporium featuring many vendors of vintage artifacts and antiques on Highway 15. It is a busy place on Saturdays.

Quinn has relinquished some of her former space to a newcomer, Autumns Fine Flowers, owned by Lindsey McFadden. The shop has grown–twice–finishing with the addition of a room for floral creations last month.

Autumns carries all manner of gifts and home decor, and, serves wedding and funeral customers with floral designs.

Lindsey McFadden, Owner, Autumns Fine Flowers, Smiths Falls, Ontario PHOTO BY Lindsey McFadden

Paintings by Nora Brown, Handwoven Alpaca Infinity Scarves, Autumns Fine Flowers, Smiths Falls, Ontario PHOTO BY theWedge.LIVE

McFadden too has downsized her Carp store to focus on the booming market in Smiths Falls.

Sometimes you have to do less to do more.

Lydia Dixon, Staff Member, Autumn’s Fine Flowers, Smiths Falls, Ontario PHOTO BY theWedge.LIVE

Dawn’s Closet, the shop, is now at Gallery 15, Smiths Falls, Ontario PHOTO BY theWedge.LIVE

Dawn’s Closet collectibles, now at Gallery 15, Smiths Falls, Ontario PHOTO BY theWedge.LIVE

Stylish Davidson Courtyard, Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada PHOTO BY theWedge.LIVE

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