By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE 🎄 TO SHARE click icons at story’s end
The wedge launches “Maggie’s Picks” today–just in time for Christmas 2018. I visited three shops in Merrickville and Smiths Falls and found some catnip. Meow Meow! Do you like our mascot? Her name is Mya (after Maggie’s cat.)
WHERE AM I ? ABEL MOUNTAIN, MERRICKVILLE
This shop, Abel Mountain, is 8 months old and could grace Fifth Ave. Beautifully appointed with Christmas tunes saturating the aether. One highlight, most products are locally-sourced or Canadian made.
Owner, Julia Provost, named the shop after her son, Abel. (Her daughter is Hazel.) This woman is the consummate self-effacing, Canadian-kind shopkeeper. Her fare is casual, affordable apparel for the whole family from babies through mommies to daddies. That includes human ornaments for ears, necks and fingers.
CONSTELLATION NECKLACES BY Emery & Opal
These necklaces are popular and moving quickly. There are 12 different constellations. Personally, I would have liked Orion–I always like to gaze at him and spot his belt. Silver Plated 18″ Chain : $30.
LITTLE BLACK DRESS BY DEX
Provost shows off this perfect little black dress by Dex. This item is a staple, a “must-have” in every woman’s wardrobe. This one is blingy as evenings should be. If you have beauty marks or freckles the sheer back and top will confuse the eye. Amazing find at $69.99.
WHERE AM I ? THE MERRY CHRISTMAS SHOPPE, MERRICKVILLE
This shop is stuffed at a quantum level with Christmas ornaments, toys, decorations. No wallet is safe here–you will leave with less in it. Honestly, if you can leave this shop without succumbing to desire, you are a tough kitty.
Owner Heather Dallaire was a delightful Host. She’s been running this store for over a decade. While many shops have left, this one has staying power. After all, it sells Christmas goodies year-round.
PEANUTS MANGER by Schultz
Snoopy in sheep’s clothing had me howling. Would not have picked Lucy as Mary! Pulling in my claws on this one. It’s a blast and year-round toy for $89.99. Includes the perfunctory woodsy manger and star.
RARE CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS
I’ve not seen such a wide array of ornaments anywhere–a theme for all loves and obsessions–from sports to Irish to cannabis. Yup, the cannabis leaf is popular at $19.99. Prices wobble around $10. more or less. You won’t find these easily anywhere else. Purrrrr.
WHERE AM I ? TWEED SHOP, SMITHS FALLS
Only 15 minutes from Merrickville, you will find one of Smiths Falls’ most beautiful shops chock-full of products for cannabis use, hemp bomber jackets and items that just seem to have the right vibe.
THE GENIUS PIPE
This is the latest, hottest item for cannabis smoking. It is dubbed the “no-cough pipe.” Apparently, it’s the heat of the smoke that makes people cough. The rippled metal chambers in this spacey device cools it down. The whole device is three pieces held together magnetically.–easy to clean. There is even a wind screen to prevent the cannabis from escaping. Amazing gift for cannabis lovers (literally two can share). $125.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS GIFT HUNTING !
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