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Known for it’s artists, artisans, antiques, cafés and restaurants, Flesherton is a worthwhile stop on your way to everywhere.
Here, you are bound to find that one-of-a-kind treasure as you peruse each of three local fine art galleries – Dunbar Gallery, Flesherton Art Gallery and Arts on Ten complete with fun and interactive Cuckoo Valley Garden. Local Colour also features many local handmade crafts, gifts and art while Flesherton Antiques is an eclectic mix of memorabilia, furniture and collectables.
Pick up a great book to read or listen to while you travel around or find a literary keepsake to make your Grey Highlands experience memorable at Speaking Volumes Books and Audio.
Boyne River Outfitters will keep you well stocked for your Grey Highlands adventure with fishing, hunting and canoeing gear and accessories. Home Hardware is another excellent source for sporting equipment but can also hook you up with everything you need for home or cottage, providing helpful advice as well.
For a little me-time, visit Altruistics Hair & Body Essentials, a full service hair salon including cuts, colours, perms, nail services, waxing, pedicures and body piercings or Raine’s Barber Shop offering women’s cuts as well as men’s cuts and shaves.
The Flesherton Pharmacy is a small drug store in town to service all your sundry needs while out and about.
Another must-stop on the merry way to your Grey Highlands adventure is Markdale, a classic example of small town Ontario with it’s architectural charm and old-fashioned hospitality. It is also home to an LCBO store and The Beer Store retail location.
The Bargain Centre is loaded with great gift ideas, toys, novelties and food for your furry best friend. Mullins Pet Supply is just down the block too and can set you up with everything you need to keep the pets content during your stay in Grey Highlands. Nurture Pet Solutions also has a complete supply of pet food and accessories, located on Toronto St. They will pamper Fido with some grooming as well. Down the main street, you’ll also encounter PJ Knickerbockers, an extraordinary fun place to shop for toys, games and clothing for the little ones.
Enjoy a superb browsing experience in the sister stores of Peek Thru My Window, The County Line and Fancy That where fashion, charm and home decor come together all in one place. But keep your shopping hat on while you tuck into This and That, a small but impressive little consignment shop and The Scarlett Peacock, a colourful little boutique selling new & vintage Fiestaware, Scandinavian dishes and vintage Pyrex.
A colourful display at The Scarlett Peacock in Markdale. Source: The Scarlett Peacock
Mrs. Kringle’s General Store has a little something for everyone including a fantastic selection of bedding, towels, furniture and clothing. Across the street is Jeans, Jeans and More Jeans with an assortment of clothing for women and men and you guessed it… jeans.
Classic Consignment is one of those stores you can visit a hundred times but still find something you missed before. With constantly rotating stock and an eye for unique and quality items, you will likely want to return just as many times!
A brand new IDA Drug Store and Circle K Convenience/Subway store can also be found in downtown Markdale, ensuring you won’t need to go anywhere else to get what you need.
To keep perfectly quaffed, you can make an appointment at The Hair Shop on Main with their team of professional hair stylists dedicated to giving you a stunning look. Next door is eCulture, a combination musical instrument, electronic cigarette and coffee shop. Another extensive Home Hardware franchise operation completes the downtown Markdale retail scene.
A tiny town on your way from Flesherton to Singhampton, Maxwell services the larger agricultural community. Maxwell Farm Supply carries all of your farm and hardware essentials but right next door, you’ll find The Rusty Star, one of the area’s largest Mennonite furniture stores boasting 13,000 square feet of showroom space with high quality furniture for your home or cottage for both indoors and out.
Another tiny hamlet heading north along Grey Road 13 towards Kimberley and the beautiful Beaver Valley, is Eugenia. It is a popular destination for hikers, boaters and recreational enthusiasts. Two convenience/grocery stores keep visitors happy with a selection of food, coffee and sundry items. Jable Food Basket sits at the main crossroad in the village near the entrance to Eugenia Falls Conservation Area. The Eugenia Falls Emporium is nearby with a great assortment of candy and pickled products. Top o’ the Rock is further up the road and is also an LCBO outlet.
You won't regret a trip to this little place just off the beaten path along Grey County Road 2. Home Accents Emporium is one of the prettiest stores around with a fantastic selection of fine tableware and gifts. The recently-added Tippy Canoe Canadiana shop and coffee bar right beside the emporium is great place to pick up a souvenir, relax and take a break to admire your purchases too.
Source: Sahara’s Garden Centre, Sasee’s Shack and Seasonals
Once named Flesherton Station, Ceylon got it’s new identity in 1899 but it hasn’t grown a lot since. It remains a quiet little place on Grey Road 4 with Sahara’s Garden Centre, Sasee’s Shack and Seasonals, a small group of stores displaying plenty of plants and flowers, bed, bath, kitchen, home decor and gifts items for your shopping pleasure.
If you continue past Ceylon, Priceville will be the next little community to come across. Passing over the meandering Saugeen River, you’ll need to turn north at the next opportunity to try some of the home-cooked treats at the Priceville General Store on Kincardine Street.
Rocklyn General Store is a convenience store but also sells sweet and savory pies, butter tarts, muffins, cakes and lunches to go.
Singhampton is home to another LCBO outlet at Singhampton Gas & Variety just across from Mylar & Loreta’s.
Spread out over a wide area, Grey Highlands is an amalgamation of many little communities, each with it’s own special finds and shopping experiences. Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat at any of the great food options too! See Experience #1: Food, marvellous food.