Freska Cafe & Eatery

An elevated experience for foodies, Freska Cafe & Eatery is a newly-opened Bridge Street restaurant that will quickly become the place to go. Freska’s unique ambience and captivating flavours offer a contemporary and fresh pop to the downtown core of Carleton Place. Currently open under a soft launch, the front seating area is available for breakfast and lunch: Tues-Fri 9 am-3 pm and 9 am-4 pm on weekends. The owners plan to extend their ample seating as we approach the official grand opening and the opening of the patio, weather permitting. Owner Shane Charania has over ten years of cooking
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Acquisti Life

As soon as you walk through the door of this urban, hip boutique, you are sure to be enticed into a world of “Ooh, I love, I want, I need…” Everything from the high ceilings and a rustic, exposed brick wall to the creatively displayed fab merchandise…it all feels welcoming and beautiful. Owner Deborah Nicholson has lived in the Carleton Place area for over 30 years. A self-admitted shopaholic, she always knew she wanted to open her own retail store. Since the time she was a teenager, she always had a love and a special connection to the downtown core
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Carousel

Anyone who has taken a stroll down Bridge Street Carleton Place lately would have surely noticed a prominent change. A stunning, new addition has been added to the downtown core. Carousel pops out among the shops and eateries as a fresh and chic boutique. While the vibe of this lovely shop feels urban, owner Nicole Hunt is a grassroots, keep-it-local type of woman. In 2013, Carousel opened on the other side of the bridge, as the area is often referred to. Nicole’s hard work, community support, word-of-mouth, and an active social media presence, helped grow the business to where it
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The Real Wool Shop

Modestly tucked in between the Canadian Wool Growers grading warehouse and the Livestock Feed Store, lies one of the best kept secrets in Eastern Ontario: The Real Wool Shop! Don’t let the unassuming name fool you, this shop is more than just wool! Local knitting addicts and devoted followers of fashion refer to The Real Wool Shop as the “town’s goldmine”. And fittingly so, this gem of a shop is just filled with treasures! This “mini department store” boasts of a ladies fashion department, a wide collection of wool and sheepskin products, footwear, a nice array of baby items, a
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Slow Fashion in Carleton Place: The Dress Shop

The fashionista loves what she wears, she defines her personality through her wardrobe choices. Fashion is, to her, about creative expression and feeling amazing! Knowing what she wears is flattering to her shape, colouring and personality is of importance to her!  The conscious fashionista takes fashion to higher level, knowing what she wears has been ethically sourced is important to her as well as looking great. Her motto isn’t just “Look good, feel good”, it’s more like “Look good, feel good, do good”. Enter… Slow Fashion.  The slow fashion movement is about the fashion industry adapting methods toward creating social and environmental benefits. Increasing the
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Darlington Acupuncture and Massage Therapy

Darlington Acupuncture and Massage Therapy began in 1995, when Patricia Darlington and her husband Steven purchased their property at 19 Victoria Street in the heart of Carleton Place. They had both already been in practice for two years when they bought the property, and they lived and worked there until 2010 when their family grew too big and they made the decision to move out. The business remains there to this day, and Patricia and Steven are still the only two people working there. They are planning this year to expand the business and work with new associates.   Darlington provides
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Promoting a spirit of curiosity and self-discovery at The Insight Studio

At The INSIGHT Studio, we broker in insight – both modern and ancient. Modern INISIGHTs focus on progressive and alternative techniques which, while recognized in places like the UK and the U.S. still manage to skirt the main-stream in Canada. Life Coaching, Hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) are all solution focused approaches to solving common problems that many people experience on a day to day basis. They do not require reliving traumas of the past or confessing one’s guilty pleasures. They are almost exclusively concerned with where you are now in relation to where you want
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A New Twist on Life for Carleton Place Barber

Erica Gyldenbjerg opens The Twisted Barber The barber shop owned by Erica Gyldenbjerg is one twisted place. Gyldenbjerg runs The Twisted Barber in Carleton Place, located at 122 Bridge St. She opened her shop in April 2016, almost five months after moving to town. Why the Twisted Barber? “Mostly, it’s my personality,” Gyldenbjerg said. “I’m a little different.” “Plus, the barber pole and the old safety razors twist,” she added. “It’s a little bit of everything.” Gyldenbjerg grew up in Smithville, in the Niagara area; however, she spent a good number of years living and working in Ottawa. “I love my profession,
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Nick Giardino’s Downtown Style

Story from July 2016  issue of The Humm When is a hair salon not simply a hair salon? The name of one of the newest businesses to open in downtown Carleton Place offers a clue: “Giardino Lifestyle Salon & Academy” certainly promises more than a quick trim. The bio and credentials of its owner, master stylist Nick Giardino, offer more. Born in Rocca San Giovanni, Italy, Nick began apprenticing in his aunt’s salon at age 14, and his route to Canada involved training in England under Sassoon and Sanrizz, as well as styling, teaching and platform work all over the
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Food Bank Vegetable Gardens

Something exciting is budding at the Lanark County Food Bank in Carleton Place. The newly branded ‘The Hunger Stop’ has built raised garden boxes in the front yard of their 5 Allan Street location. Another long row of boxes was constructed along the side of the building. All are filled with rich-looking black soil which is warming in the Spring sun in preparation for planting. The side boxes will be planted with raspberry canes and the front boxes with a variety of vegetables, including radishes, lettuce, carrots, beets, peppers, and tomatoes. The 30″-high raised beds are easily accessible for weeding
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