If you’re in the mood for shopping + eating local, Thornbury is a one-stop destination full of goodies to explore.
Guest Writer: Stef Richardson from Lokal Digs
I consider myself a small town gal (raised here in Grey County) with an interest in all things food, culture, community & people. My inspiration comes to life in many forms (clogging, blogging and vlogging) and stems from the appreciation I have for the diverse talent that floods our local hubs. There is something so great about having personal relationships with business owners across the region and getting a behind-the-scenes tour of all that they're passionate about. I'm all about digging lokal and sharing my discoveries with YOU.
String the lights, cue the festive music and let’s be jolly. If you’re in the mood for shopping + eating local, Thornbury is a one-stop destination full of goodies to explore. From one-of-a-kind artisan shops, to clothing stores and yummy eats – this is the place to peruse. When I’m on the hunt for any kind of gift, Thornbury is a safe bet. Take in all that Bruce St. has to offer, hop from shop to shop and I’m sure you’ll find the perfect gift for anyone and everyone on your list.
Here is a shortlist of must-visit shops + eateries in Thornbury. Shop a little, snack a lot and be merry. That’s my secret motto to ultimate holiday happiness.
In-house roasted beans, specialty coffee scrubs and delicious donuts are all things you can find at Good Grief. For the coffee lover – how about picking up a bag of their oh-so-loved beans? Sounds like the perfect way to kick off Christmas morning with the fam. I can already smell the fresh pot of coffee brewing as you nestle further into your coziest blanket.
Gather Grocery is a local, organic and plastic-free shop decked out with all you need to be kind to the environment. Organic products, bulk dry goods, pantry items, skin care and body products – you name it! I think the re-usable straws, travel mugs + laundry strips would make the perfect addition to any stocking. And while you’re there, make sure to swing by Q’s Kitchen (located at the back of the store) for one of their epic breakfast sandwiches (Thurs – Sat 9 -2). They are too good.
Warm up from head to toe with one of owner, Riley’s, homemade chai lattes. She’s brought the cutest little café to Downtown Thornbury and offers a small but curated selection of patries, pantry items and lunchtime nibbles.
Lemonade Collective - Lululemon Retailer
The Lemonade Collective functions both as a friendly boutique gym and an authorized Lululemon retailer. They carry a selection of both men’s and ladies clothing items, various lifestyle products and guess what, non-members can shop any time during reception hours! Also, if they aren’t carrying an item you’re dying to have, they’ll custom order it for you. Make someone’s life a little sweeter with the gift of cute fitness swag. Gift cards are also available.
Park Bench Diner is high on the ranks for solid cheeseburgers. Chef Ali knows her stuff and her spice for life and good ol’ comfort food are what have me feeling passionate about this business. Most items are made in-house and the flavours are fun + enjoyable for all. I can’t think of a better spot to visit for a bit of mid-shop brunch action.
Let’s support our friends, neighbors and small business owners this holiday season. While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out the other wonderful businesses in Thornbury too. We’re all in this together!