Surrounding Memories

Custom picture framing, home decor, art gallery…all in one, self-contained, stunning space that’s easy to lose yourself in! Michelle Bedel initially stumbled onto the idea of opening a custom picture framing shop just after moving to Carleton Place in 2004. A local gallery owner expressed the Town’s need for a custom picture framer, since at the time, framing was being shipped to Ottawa and back. Well, no problem. As an artist with experience in many art forms, Michelle fell naturally into a role that was clearly her calling. Measuring, sawing, cutting, and drilling was nothing new to this military mom
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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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