Picton has become an attractive location for artists and artisans seeking refuge from bigger cities. Consequently, a vibrant arts scene has developed. Demand from eclectic locals and visitors seeking experiences, has given rise to a plethora of distinctly different retail outlets and restaurants.
One such well established retailer is Zest Kitchen Shop, which for many years has been selling beautiful and functional cooking implements. Shelves are stocked with Le Creuset, All Clad and Peugeot. Talented local artisans are represented with hand made wooden charcuterie boards, linens, honey, maple syrup and jams, for visitors wishing to return home with a piece of The County. Part of the store is dedicated to table décor with lines of tableware, candles and napkins. Naturally a good chef needs a good knife and Zest is the knife specialist. As well as selling ranges of knives from Japan and Germany, they also have a knife sharpening service to keep your knife in tip top shape. And for those tying the knot, there’s a Gift Registry.
Another mainstay of Main Street is Books & Company. Behind its impressive façade is over five thousand square feet of carefully selected reading material, toys and games: reason enough to visit The County. Enjoy the huge selection of fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children. Other treasures include journals, magazines, stationery, antiquarian and gently-used books, jigsaw puzzles and board games galore. Books & Company supports the very worthwhile County Kids Read which aims to address the link between literacy and poverty. Books & Company is an independent bookstore open seven days a week for your reading pleasure with the added delight of the adjacent Miss Lily’s Café, and you may even come across Miss Lily herself.
Jeff Hounsell, Maxine Tiller and Rachel Morris have recently launched The Blue Sail, which is The County’s first and only specialist fish restaurant and fish market. Originally from Newfoundland, Jeff and Maxine guarantee a warm welcome to their cozy establishment. Rachel and husband Mike own Lamb’s Quarters, a small family farm which will provide much of the fresh ingredients used in Chef Jeff’s recipes. The Blue Sail brings to Prince Edward County the highest quality seafood in a casual and friendly atmosphere. For those wanting to dine at home, check out the retail market for the freshest seafood, in-house smoked fish and prepared foods.
Owner of Savon Du Bois, Anne Du Bois, promotes a self-care philosophy which looks after the planet. An earth to body approach to skin care fosters a connection to the planet …these are not typical skin care products. Locally sourced ingredients mean Anne can offer handcrafted, cruelty-free skin care solutions made from the freshest ingredients with the most minimal environmental footprint. The store truly merits the title boutique with its exposed brick walls, warm atmosphere and glorious aromas. And it’s not just for the ladies, check out Baby du Bois and Homme Du Bois. Workshops are also available for those wishing to explore further.
Not surprisingly a warm welcome awaits at The County Fireplace Company. Their three and a half thousand square foot showroom is the best place from which to select a new fire, be it wood, gas, propane, pellet powered or even electric. Spring is a good time to think about heating as the warmer weather makes the installation easier. The County Fireplace Company serves The County, Belleville, Trenton and Napanee with a sales, installation and servicing. A full range of fire side accoutrements are available too as well as bbqs in readiness for summer.
Spring is the time for spring cleaning. Could it also be time for a new kitchen? Who wouldn’t relish out with the old and in with the new? Frequently it is said that the kitchen is the heart of the home and Picton Home Hardware specializes in kitchens and bathrooms. A full design service is available supported by a wide range of flooring products and Hunter Douglas blinds for a complete look. A new kitchen is a major investment, and taking professional advice really pays off to navigate your way through all the choices of cabinets, hardware and counter tops.
Recently relocated to 166 Main Street, The Vic Café is a retro-modern diner, where fresh meets fun and kids are welcome. Check out Kate Kristiansen’s article on page 6 & 7