The Barber Shop

Johnny Cesario has a special gift of making anyone who walks into The Barber Shop feel like they are his best friends. His clients always leave with a slick new cut and a smile on their face. The Barber Shop is looking different these days. The shop underwent a complete renovation to celebrate 20 years in business in May giving it a fresh and modern look. Many people will be familiar with Ike and Dan Smith, the father-son duo who originally opened The Barber Shop. This June, the shop was taken over by Ike’s son-in-law, Johnny, following Ike’s retirement. Ike’s
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As Good As New

For those looking for quality, high end clothing and a great deal, they need not look further than Bridge Street. For 40 years, As Good As New has been a beloved business in downtown Carleton Place. With a reputation as one of the best locations to find secondhand clothing and home décor, shoppers come from all over the Ottawa area and Lanark County to find treasures and amazing deals. It’s no surprise why: the great selection of clothing and friendly, inviting staff will make you feel as if you are shopping in your best friend’s closet! An excellent local source
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The Lash Nook

A friendly and personable person, Kara Miles says her favourite part of what she does is getting to chat with new and familiar faces every day. A Certified Lash Artist for seven years, Kara is very knowledgeable and a true professional and artist in her field. Born and raised in Barrhaven, Kara moved to Carleton Place in 2013 to be closer to her in-laws. She and her husband fell in love with Carleton Place and say they can’t get enough of the welcoming, accepting community feel here. Kara opened The Lash Nook as a place that is all about making
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The Blossom Shop

The Blossom Shop has been a staple feature of Bridge Street and the Downtown core since 1980. It’s beautiful window displays and professional staff have made the shop a local favourite for floral gifting. The Blossom Shop is family owned and operated and committed to offering the finest floral arrangements and gifts with the friendliest and most prompt service. The Blossom Shop will always go the extra mile to make sure your floral gift is perfect. In 2017, The Blossom Shop expanded to offer an on-site spot for creativity. The Creative Studio is a great place to go for crafts,
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Freska

If you have stopped by Freska recently, you may have noticed a few changes. That’s because the restaurant has a new owner! Toby Mitchell and his wife Paola took over on March 2nd. They have created a whole new menu and have put a heavy focus on all things local: local ingredients, local beer and supporting the local community. While the name may be the same, the restaurant has been taken to the next level of food, cocktails and atmosphere. Toby is originally from Arnprior. He spent many years travelling the world and living in the Caribbean where he met
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Braumeister

An award-winning Bavarian-inspired craft brewery, taproom and garden, Braumeister is the perfect place to enjoy quality beer and conversation. Located in the heart of downtown Carleton Place and just off the Ottawa Valley Rail Trail, Braumeister’s beer garden is a great place to grab a drink on a warm Summer evening. Founder Rohit Gupta has been an avid home brewer for many years, combining his love of science with his love of beer. In 2013, he moved to Salzburg, Austria to teach high school science. It was there he developed an appreciation for everything the country had to offer, including
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Total Rhythm Dance Studio

Total Rhythm Dance Studio is renowned for providing one of the area’s most exciting and diverse dance schedules, offering excellent training taught by qualified registered teachers. Tania Munro grew up in El Salvador and began dancing when she was just six years old. With almost 20 years of experience as a trained dance instructor, Tania says teaching is a way for her to show others the joy dancing has brought to her life. Total Rhythm Dance Studio offers private and group classes for adults looking to learn Ballroom and Latin style dances. The instructors use innovative and up-to-date teaching techniques
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The Queen’s Crafters and Antique Market

Whether your shopping for antique furniture, candles, jewelry, art or hand-made items, The Queens Crafters and Antique Market is sure to have something for you. Dianna Lachapelle is all about antiques; she began antiquing when she was just 13 years old. Dianna owned a multi-vendor antique store in Almonte for six years before opening The Queens with her twin sister Donna. Dianna says Donna “is the crafty one” whose specialty is crocheting. Donna even managed to teach her sister how to crochet over the phone while Dianna was living in Alberta, “but that might be a twin thing”. The sisters,
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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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