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 large knitting and roving section, menswear and so much more! Oh! So much more…
Upon entering the shop, fashionistas are delighted to find a stunning selection of quality fashions at remarkably great prices! Some of the labels include Tribal, Ezze Wear and Orange. Enjoy selection upon selection…don’t forget the seasonal back-stock and sale rooms!
Manager, Erin Pretty, a native to Carleton Place began to run this 40 year old landmark in 2011. She brought her extensive fashion retail expertise, from managing local small businesses, to top box stores such as Victoria’s Secret in California and Laura Canada, to blend corporate high standards into a relaxed, country environment. Erin’s vision was to have “something for everyone” and not just for those who can physically shop in-store. The shop’s website offers visitors the convenience of browsing and shopping at home. Staying current is, according to Erin, the secret to success. Patrons of the shop will enthusiastically agree that a seemingly impossible retail plan has been transformed into reality, and continues to progress!
Woolies appreciate the quality wool products that the shop has to offer! Favourites include Canadian wool blankets by MacAusland, Canadian wool tartan throws, wool mattress pads, duvets, pillows, and a true highlight- the beautiful alpaca blankets! The sheepskin products are equally impressive! Sheepskin rugs, car seat covers, cushions and throws provide therapeutic comfort and add rustic charm to any home decor. Eco-conscious shoppers admire the other large choices of natural fibres offered here: bamboo, silk, linen, and cotton.
Fiber artists enjoy roaming through the beautiful range of quality yarns in the almost magical yarn department. Some of the brands offered include, Berroco, Estelle and Canada’s own: Briggs and Little. And since knitting is the new yoga, get your knit bliss, by signing up for one of the in-shop knitting classes. You can also join in on the felting craze by signing up for a felting class and browsing through the colourful array of rovings. Crafters will not be disappointed here!
You are sure to find that perfect gift for anyone in your friends and family circle here! Yes, there is even a men’s department! The top pics of the guys, include cotton/wool shirts by Viyella (a classic “go to” for the quality shirt lover), sheepskin slippers, Outback coats and hats, as well as other classic hats and caps, such as the Dover and Western.
You will be the hit of any baby shower when you present a unique gift from The Real Wool Shop! The whimsical collection of baby moccasins, wool booties by Padraig, sleepers and blankets are sure to charm!
It’s not a visit to Downtown Carleton Place without a trip to The Real Wool Shop! While you’re there, take a tour of the entire Canadian Co-Operative Wool Growers. Historically, this building was the roundhouse for the CPR. You can discover the charming railway display at the very back of the store.
Remember to visit the adjoining Stockman Supply Store.
The Real Wool Shop
142 Franktown Road
Carleton Place Ontario K7C 3P3
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