Jaw-Dropping Find : Laura’s, The Art of Living and Giving in Cornwall
Christmas / Cornwall / Jaw-Dropping Finds / Shops / The Wedge

Jaw-Dropping Find : Laura’s, The Art of Living and Giving in Cornwall

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 go to upper-right of story “PEOPLE tell me frequently ‘there is an energy in this place’, and, ‘they feel so good’,” Kim Sabourin shares modulating her tone. Visitors seem to have convinced her … Continue reading

Visionary Retailers in Smiths Falls and Perth Who Will Survive
Business / Perth / Shops / Smiths Falls / Technology / The Wedge

Visionary Retailers in Smiths Falls and Perth Who Will Survive

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 go to upper-right text link I am thrilled by the success of this 31 year-old retail store in Smiths Falls, Marianne Style! I asked owner, John Wakim today, “Can you handle any more … Continue reading

Two Downsize For Growth : Dawn Quinn and Lindsey McFadden
Business / Shops / Smiths Falls / The Wedge

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 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 … Continue reading

The Glories Of Gananoque : 7-Visits Marathon
Creative Arts / Gananoque / Music / Restaurants / Shops / The Wedge / Thousand Islands / Tourism

The Glories Of Gananoque : 7-Visits Marathon

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 upper-right of story. THIS will be a September to remember. Among my travels, the marine town of Gananoque delivers a visceral experience that taunts all my senses. This time ’round, I completed … Continue reading

JAW-DROPPING FIND : Bean To Bar Rainforest “Choco Soleil”
Food / Jaw-Dropping Finds / Shops

JAW-DROPPING FIND : Bean To Bar Rainforest “Choco Soleil”

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ⭐️ TO SHARE click on icons at story’s end. TO SUBSCRIBE go to top-right column. It’s free and confidential. TO COMMENT click text at top right of story We start a new category today : “Jaw-Dropping Finds.” When we trip on something wonderful, under-celebrated, you will see and read … Continue reading

Falling For Kemptville : 7-Visits Marathon
Kemptville / Shops / Tourism / Where to eat / Where to stay

Falling For Kemptville : 7-Visits Marathon

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, theWedge.LIVE ❤️ TO SHARE click icons at story’s end Kemptville is a wonder to many outsiders like myself, but it is a great, booming story begging to be told. This town is the heart of North Grenville, a fast-growing municipality thanks to migration from urban centres across Ontario. The views … Continue reading

Coutts dynasty leads in farming practices and healing foods
Better Health / Farming / Food / Lanark County / Perth / Shops

Coutts dynasty leads in farming practices and healing foods

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE (SHARING buttons are at story’s end) “Did you get the cow?” Diana Coutts, Co-Owner, Coutts Country Flavours, asked her husband on the phone as we concluded our first meeting. I inquired about one of their cows being on the loose. She bellowed with laughter at my question. Turns out, … Continue reading

Miracle Mineral Found in Perth, Carleton Place, Brockville
Better Health / Brockville / Carleton Place / Food / Perth / Shops

Miracle Mineral Found in Perth, Carleton Place, Brockville

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE This writer opens this story appealing to your vanity. Yes, there is a fountain of youth here in the region. It does not require exercise, positive affirmatives, plastic surgery, or sitting in caverns in the heart of Italy. Once you learn about this youthful mineral in which I guarantee … Continue reading

Perth has the L-Factor : Love is in the air
Lanark County / Love Month / Perth / Restaurants / Shops / Tourism / Where to eat / Where to stay

Perth has the L-Factor : Love is in the air

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE I remember strolling up Gore Street in late summer 2016, exchanging effusive words with visitors. “This is the wedding town of Ontario,” one young couple intimated. As I traveled, loaded down with my camera and tripod, I witnessed many couples holding hands, cuddling as they swayed, absorbing Downtown Perth’s, … Continue reading

Mainstreet is at war with Cyberstreet : It’s not pretty
Almonte / Brockville / Business / Opinion / Perth / Restaurants / Shops / The Wedge

Mainstreet is at war with Cyberstreet : It’s not pretty

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE — NOTE: This is a new category, “Opinion.” The wedge is super positive–no deaths, no crime, no politics; but, a little edginess once-in-awhile is valued by our readers. So, here it is. This writer has seen Amazon’s packages–that unmistakable smirk in its logo–stacked high at our Canada Post locations through … Continue reading

Local Shops Overtake Amazon Last Week of Christmas
Business / Shops / Technology

Local Shops Overtake Amazon Last Week of Christmas

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE ❤️ TO SHARE story, click buttons at story’s end Our readers are forewarned,  local shopping is a cause we support. Community stability is increasingly challenged by those who concentrate power thousands of miles away inside a circuit box with superficial intelligence. Amazon has been the darling of this process … Continue reading

BLACK FRIDAY Downtown Arnprior : The Big Six
Arnprior / Christmas / Ottawa Valley / Shops / The Wedge

BLACK FRIDAY Downtown Arnprior : The Big Six

BY MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE ❤️ Share buttons like Facebook at story’s end ! Towns and small city retailers in the wedge are responding aggressively to shoppers’ demands for deals this Christmas season. Shopping local has acquired “cachet” over the last few years, thanks to the tireless efforts of town associations and a spirit … Continue reading

Return to Renfrew : 7-Visits Marathon
7 Visits Marathons / Business / Music / Ottawa Valley / Renfrew / Renfrew County / Restaurants / Shops / Where to eat

Return to Renfrew : 7-Visits Marathon

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE I visited the Town of Renfrew a second time, from a different angle. This day began dry and overcast with my first visit to their famed dairy, and ended in my being soaked to my underthings in a den of musicians. It didn’t just rain cats and dogs at 4:45 … Continue reading

Glorious Day in Arnprior : 7-Visits Marathon
7 Visits Marathons / Arnprior / Business / Ottawa Valley / Renfrew County / Restaurants / Shops / What To Do / Where to eat

Glorious Day in Arnprior : 7-Visits Marathon

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE This writer went on another tourist marathon last week, this time in the Town of Arnprior, Ontario. First, I explored its natural hot spots; then, I discovered some of its excellent businesses, through a downpour which did not cease. It’s only rain, not fire and brimstone; so, I visited each, … Continue reading

BIG teeny idea will energize towns : Smiths Falls, Gananoque, Manotick, Cornwall, Arnprior ?
Business / Shops

BIG teeny idea will energize towns : Smiths Falls, Gananoque, Manotick, Cornwall, Arnprior ?

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE An idea is floating around water coolers and sidewalks’ edges. It’s not new; but, it is unexpressed. What’s more, it engages everyone, locals and visitors. It’s a big idea; but, by virtue of its scale, it is teeny-tiny. A lovely friend, Judy Gorman Abromeit, brought this project to this writer’s … Continue reading

A day circling Westport : 7- Visits Marathon
7 Visits Marathons / Attractions / Entertainment / Music / Restaurants / Rideau Canal / Shops / The Wedge / Westport / What To Do / Where to eat / Where to stay

A day circling Westport : 7- Visits Marathon

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE Visiting Westport always leaves this writer smiling inwardly. Its locals are unpretentious, kind, relaxed and bubbling with creativity. I continue to say, “Westport is one spirit with different faces.” On this beautiful day, the first after so much rain, I began my journey on Westport’s edge and circled around town … Continue reading

Chocolate trinity brings happiness to Perth
Business / Lanark County / Perth / Shops

Chocolate trinity brings happiness to Perth

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE Friday evening, June 2nd, was a lovely temperate evening for the opening of Belgian Chocolate purveyor, Perth Chocolate Works, in Perth. I arrived in the last hour to capture the excitement which showed no sign of abating. The guests were positively ebullient. This is the power of a chocolaterie, especially … Continue reading

Street Beauty : it’s a thing and it’s not going away
Almonte / Arnprior / Brockville / Business / Carleton Place / Cornwall / Elgin / Entertainment / Gananoque / Hawkesbury / Kanata / Kingston / Lanark County / Merrickville / Mississipi Mills / Montague / Orleans / Ottawa / Pembroke / Perth / Portland / Prescott / Renfrew / Rideau Valley / Shops / Smiths Falls / Stittsville / The Wedge / Westport

Street Beauty : it’s a thing and it’s not going away

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE A village, town or city that gives its residents a sense of place is in good stead. It will stave off migration of talent and stimulate growth. This sense of belonging to something special is not achieved by spaghetti nights at the local hall. It requires far more. Where we … Continue reading

Westport : a shrinking island, a wonderland and a surprise
Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / Shops / Westport / What To Do

Westport : a shrinking island, a wonderland and a surprise

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE On yet another overcast, damp day, I visited the uber-sweet village of Westport. Everywhere I looked, a photo beckoned. The harbour on the North side, Upper Rideau Lake, is always beautiful; but, its island seems to be nearly swallowed up by rising water levels. It seems the island is only … Continue reading

Ottawa declared, “No. 1 place to visit in the world,” New York Times
Almonte / Brockville / Business / Carleton Place / Gananoque / Kingston / Merrickville / Mississipi Mills / Ottawa / Perth / Portland / Renfrew / Restaurants / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / Shops / Smiths Falls / Stittsville / The Wedge / Thousand Islands / Westport

Ottawa declared, “No. 1 place to visit in the world,” New York Times

Businesses in the wedge are you ready for tourism this 2017? Here is one of the chief reasons why tourists are flocking to the region. Watch MAGGIE M’s interview of Guy Laflamme and how he is changing Ottawa, for ever. Be ready. Paint your awnings, shine your windows, and practice, “Hello” and “Thank you,” in … Continue reading

“Russell Street is special,” locals say.
Better Health / Restaurants / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / Shops / Smiths Falls / The Wedge

“Russell Street is special,” locals say.

By MAGGIE M, Editor and Host of “Where in the wedge is Maggie M?” Many cities around the world have within them a street of renown. Some names roll off travelers’ lips frequently, “Fifth Avenue” (NYC), “Via Monte Napoleone” (Milan). Their draw could be shopping, historic meaning or they could be the heart and soul … Continue reading

PERTH at Christmas : the movie
Perth / Restaurants / Shops / The Wedge

PERTH at Christmas : the movie

Perth, by popular consensus, is one of the most beautiful towns in Ontario; but, its residents are worthy of exception. They are ostensibly happy, affable and talented. I chuckle when Torontonians refer to the Ottawa region as parochial; I now understand this as a euphemism for ‘polite.’ “That’s a good thing,” Martha would say, and … Continue reading