Growing up in a small community I always loved the treasure hunt feel of exploring the charming boutiques that studded the Main Street of my own village (yes! it was small enough to be labeled as such) and in neighbouring towns. Though they weren't always filled with the most on-trend items, I always found unique statement pieces and sometimes, coveted brands that were priced far lower than I'd find them in the city. A few weekends ago I had the same experience in cottage country as I visited Deerhurst Resort and took a shuttle in to shop Hunstville, Ontario.
Here are a few shops to check out if you make it to Muskoka:
Soapstones: Bath and body products made in small batches on site in an open concept boutique that lets you see where the magic happens. FYI they also do private parties and you can also shop online if you fall in love with a product but don't want to endure cottage country traffic to restock on your favourite items. 54 Main Street East, Huntsville, ON.
Shine Jewelry: Filled with an array of accessories including jewelry, scarves, handbags as well as stationary and great giftables like candles and fragrances, Shine is a fabulous shop to treat yourself or a loved one to something special that you won't likely see elsewhere. They also had a small collection Karma Wear, a Canadian made yoga and active wear label that's just as stylish on the street as it is on the mat -- and it when I was there, it all happened to be 50% off. 58 Main Street East, Unit 1, Huntsville, ON.
The Love Tree: Modern day mystics can shop everything from incense to tarot cards to meditation CDs and crystals but even if you're not that 'conscious' the shop is brimmed with accessories and a small selection of clothing that will fill you with good vibrations. 42 Main Street East, Hunstville, ON.
The Little Place By The Lights: All that shopping will work up an appetite and while I had more than enough options at Deerhurst, I just had to spot into this quaint Italian eatery after overhearing a few shop girls discussing the authentic gelato. The menu is inexpensive and the spot was pretty busy on a Saturday afternoon. I can't vouch for their pizza but my blueberry gelato was fabulous. 76 Main Street, Huntsville, ON.
These are just a few of my favourites but I highly recommend taking the time to comb through the local stores, even if the shop name or display seems like a far cry from your city style. You can't judge a shop by it's window and after all, isn't it about the thrill of the find?
~ Tamika Auwai is our resident Style Editor, Shopping Enthusiast and Wardrobe Expert.