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.
Guest Writer: Gillian Griffin from Flora Grey
I’m a Gill of all trades who loves growing flowers as much as I do crafting a good story. Nature, the power of community, and my young daughter inspire me. I moved to Grey County three years ago in pursuit of a life surrounded by beauty. I have not been disappointed. I currently live in Maxwell and I am proud to call Grey Highlands home.
HELLO 2021! We have been eagerly awaiting your arrival.
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. Take a peek at some Southgate-based businesses that will be open in the coming weeks for essential shopping, curbside pickup and/or online shopping.
The good folks at the Dundalk Guardian Village Pharmacy will remain open throughout lockdown, offering free local prescription delivery. In addition to pharmaceuticals, the shop carries a wide array of gift items, such cosmetics, home décor, jewellery, baby gifts and clothing. It is recommended to call in advance for prescription pickup, and if it’s gift items you’re after, have a look at the shop’s Facebook page where you’ll find many of the items found in-store.
Misty Meadows Market is a one-stop-shop for fresh local produce, dried goods, freshly baked breads and treats, meats, prepared meals and other grocery items. They carry a good selection of items in bulk - perfect for a time like this when we’re trying to minimize our outings while maximizing our baking outputs.
On my visit to the market I picked up a big bag of cocoa powder, to prepare what I hope to be many a post-hike hot chocolate, along with the ingredients for a scrumptiously simple chocolate biscuit cake. I strongly recommend trying this recipe out!
Chocolate Biscuit Cake
400g digestive biscuits
100g golden syrup
50g cocoa powder
1. Crush biscuits
2. Melt butter & syrup
3. Stir in biscuits and cocoa powder
4. Press into greased baking tray. Leave to cool.
5. Option to coat top with melted chocolate once cool.
Over at the Holstein General Store you’ll find freshly brewed coffee, locally made preserves, sauces and cheeses, and a good selection of grocery essentials. It’s worth planning your visit around a delivery of freshly baked Magpie Donuts (check the General Store’s Facebook page for details). The Store is also a licensed LCBO vendor, making it easy to plan a low-key evening at home with local goodies and a drink.
While many businesses are closed at the moment, you will not go hungry in Southgate. Lucky for us, you can still get The Junction Family Restaurant’s famous fish & chips, yummy poutine or delicious deep fried pickles for pickup. Check their Facebook page for specials and send a DM or give them a call to order.
Though Covid has altered so much of our daily rhythms, life moves along, and we still need to celebrate the special occasions in our lives. If you’re looking for a gift for someone special in your life (and maybe that someone special is YOU), you may be surprised to find what you’re looking for right here in “virtual” Southgate.
Rose Coloured Glasses offers a wide selection of home décor, textiles and unique gift items, all available for curbside pickup. Check Facebook for product availability or give the lovely store owners a ring.
If fresh flowers or plants are more your thing, Rhonda from ABC Flowers & Gifts is available to take your order over the phone, or pay a virtual visit to the ladies at Nymph Floral. In addition to fresh and dried florals, Nymph’s online store offers a selection of curated fashion items and bath products - lots of options for treating yourself or that special person in your life.
Here’s to wishing everyone a healthy and hopeful year to come. Stay safe my friends.