The great thing about where I live is that you can get those same small town connections in surrounding communities as well as your own hometown.
Today we took a little road trip to Parrsboro, a tiny little town (population 1401) on the Bay of Fundy. I love to visit Joan, the owner of the Sweet Briar Boutique. (the picture above is a Joy Laking watercolor print of the front of the boutique). It is worth the hour drive to this little store. It is just a tiny 5 room boutique but Joan fills it with the greatest things. I don't think I have ever worn a piece of jewellry from there without receiving a compliment on it. And when I tell people I got it in Parrsboro, they all have the same shocked expression. Really???
We have been making this a regular stop for several years and have developed a relationship. Walking through the door is like visiting an old friend. This is the type of store I call a "breakable store" which means that I have to watch Mom extra careful. As soon as we enter, Joan knows that I spend more money if I don't have to watch Mom (lol) so she has a special chair by the cash register and keeps Mom amused so I can focus on what I do best ------ retail therapy.
This is a sample of todays goodies. A cute little beaded change purse and a funky scarf with metal embellishments. They had every color and it was a tough decision but black goes with everything.
And I couldn't leave without another necklace. This photo does not do it justice. It is much cuter in person and it has so many different colors I can wear it with anything.
And before I left Joan whispered a little secret in my ear.......She is going to Toronto on a buying trip next week. Sooooooo that means if I go back in a couple of weeks there will be tons of new stuff. Hmmmm, new fall leather purses !
I'll keep you posted. :)