Sights and Bites in Clarksburg

Published Date: July 29, 2022

Clarksburg, after many years, still possesses small-town magic and a candid personality but now offers more shops, more art and more small businesses to keep you hangin’ around.

The village of Clarksburg – it’s a pretty sight. Having grown up in Meaford, I’m used to the warm and charming feeling that comes from the locally owned shops, hung flower baskets, tight knit community and uncrowded sidewalks. These are some of the little things that bring me joy. Clarksburg, after many years, still possesses the small-town magic and candid personality but now offers more shops, more art and more small businesses to keep you hangin’ around.

After many drive-bys I figured it was about time that I popped in to check out some of the new digs and visit some oldies but goodies. Of course, I rounded up my number one road tripping pal Sarah, who’s always down for the good eats and sights. She also lives in the heart of Clarksburg and loved nothing more than to show me around her stomping ground. The downtown is about 150 metres long so hitting multiple spots in a short period of time wasn’t hard to do.

Here’s where I ended up:

Market on Marsh

The Market on Marsh – A little fact about me – I’m motivated by food. I’ll simply go anywhere if it involves a pitstop or final destination with some sort of snack. I’d like to say it took me longer than 30 minutes before starting to snack but the tour started right here at The Market on Marsh for some fresh guacamole and tortilla chips. Find fresh produce, daily specials, salads, grocery items, prepared meals and more at this main street eatery. A great addition to Clarksburg.

Dogwood Flower – Clarksburg’s newest floral shop is so dang cute. Find locally sourced and colourful bouquets, curated pots and vases for your blooms and a variety of big and luscious plants. Whatever you are dreaming up, Meg at Dogwood is there to dream with you.

Currently the Daisy Market is popping up for the summer at Dogwood with a selection of beautiful body products, children’s items, household items and accessories.

The Clark – Home to the stunning work of Sue Tupy, The Clark is a cornerstone art gallery and hard to miss at the end of Marsh Street. The walls are filled with colourful strokes and imaginative interpretations sure to have you pondering with curiosity.

Other galleries a stone’s throw away: Matilda Swanson Art Gallery, ArtBank Collective, and Marsh St. Gallery.

Hugo’s – Directly diagonal to The Clark you’ll see locals and visitors alike waiting in line for a scoop or two of ice cream. I’d recommend the double scoop in a waffle cone. It’s sure to bring you the most happiness. Tried and tested! They serve over 10 flavours and if you’re feeling like an energy boost, affogato it is. 
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Affogato – typically ice cream or gelato drowned with a shot of espresso.

If you’re with the kiddos, I suggest popping over to The Imagination Studio to check out their art store + workshop space. Ashley (owner) inspires both adults + children to get creative, curious and freely express themselves in an inclusive environment. Everything she creates is magic.

The Shed – As Clarksburg’s newest event + creative space, you’ll want to keep tabs on this business for upcoming vendor markets and special classes and workshops. The space is equipped for winter so you can expect they will be filling the space with 4-season fun. ‘The Shed’ might just be the perfect name because as you’ll see, it’s a giant shed – housing fun events, cool people and e-bike rentals through Agabus Transportation Company. Yep – e-bike rentals to help transport you on your local adventuring.

Other businesses to check out: The Honey House for your Beaver Valley Gold Honey and Hindle’s Hardware for everything and anything (almost!).

The Honey House

Hills Meaford – If you’re looking to bunk up for the night, cruise up Highway 26 and check in to Meaford’s newest accommodation, housed in a historic building once known as Hill’s Dairy. Spend the night in one of four suites named after activities that locals love most - Hike, Bike, Ski and Paddle. Each suite is equipped with full-service amenities sure to make your stay comfortable yet wonderful.

Don't forget about the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit – Switch up your day trip and spend a night or two with the help of the OSTC. You can claim 20% of your accommodation expenses during year-end taxes! Yes please.

PS. Mid-week visits are where it’s at! Less lines, more availability + the same amount of fun. Happy exploring!

Stef Richardson

Guest Writer: Stef Richardson

I consider myself a small town gal (raised here in Grey County) with an interest in all things food, culture, community & people. Known for my clogging, blogging and vlogging, my work seeks to showcase the love and appreciation I have for all that is discoverable in Ontario. There is something equally invigorating and addictive about creating 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 the adventurous + foodies at heart.  Follow along @lokaldigs

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