Home for the Holidays in Meaford

There’s something so quaint about Meaford that gets me feeling festive. It could be the undying love I have for Meaford’s film debut, One Magic Christmas, or the ability to instant replay childhood memories of wintery nights on the downtown strip.

Stefanie Richardson
Stefanie Richardson

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. 

Tis’ the season for all things merry and bright! There’s something so quaint about Meaford that gets me feeling festive. It could be the undying love I have for Meaford’s film debut, One Magic Christmas, or the ability to instant replay childhood memories of wintery nights on the downtown strip. Everything from window unveilings, winter parades, hot chocolate at McGinty’s and Santa sightings at the Opera House (now Meaford Hall) are a few of life’s events that nest in my memory jar. I reminisce often and hold these moments near and dear to my heart.

As the holiday’s approach, you can find me diving into the small shops and tasty eats that the region has to offer. Meaford may seem quiet and unassuming on the outside but at closer inspection, there’s a web of passionate locals with many gems, products and shops to explore.

Here’s a round up of businesses to check out when you’re out and about touring Downtown Meaford.

McGinty’s Cafe

I don’t care what anyone says, a cup o’ hot chocolate will make anyone feel warm and fuzzy. Just how I remember it, there is something so nostalgic about a decked out, whipped up hot chocolate from McGinty’s. De-licious!

 

McGuinty's Cafe
McGuinty's Cafe

The Kitchen

Are you thinking of switching it up this year and having holiday meal at home with your family, roommates or furry friend? Megan (Owner of The Kitchen) has an extensive list of appetizers and pre-made meal options that make for a super easy spread. All it requires is a quick re-heat and you’re ready to enjoy. I highly recommend the portabella mushroom croustades and the sriracha and maple grilled shrimp.

The Kitchen
Chez Gilles Poutine
Chez Gilles Poutine

Chez Gilles Fine Dining + Catering

As we slide into cooler evenings and lean into the post-ski après life, Chef Gilles has launched a line of specialty poutines that’ll hit the spot. Made with real cheese curds, shoestring fries and homemade gravy, you’ll be lucky if it makes it home in one piece. Digging in while still in the parking lot is perfectly acceptable. I can confirm.

 

Interior Moves

If you’ve got a DIY lover in your life, this is the spot to check out. Interior Moves is all about furniture restoration, interior decorating and budget friendly design materials. They exclusively offer the Fusion Mineral Paint and Cloud Paint lines that will help to turn that old hutch into your new favourite piece. It’s an inspiration station.

 

This and That

Vintage nick knacks, first edition board games, old-school Pez dispensers, and unique collectables are all things you can find at This and That. This collective of crafters and artisans may have you lost in memorabilia and fun throwback items from decades ago.

 

This and That
This and That

And although they aren’t located on the main strip, pop over to Duxbury Cider’s farm store on Saturday’s to stock up on some craft cider – made exclusively with Georgian Bay apples. They’re crisp and bubbly, yummy to sip, and easy to stuff into a stocking.

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 Meaford too. We’re in this together!

 

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Let’s all do our part to ensure the year gets off to a good start by staying home and supporting our local businesses from the comfort of our internet browsers.

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