December 5, 2023
Shop local this holiday season!
Every year, Canadians spend about $700 on Christmas gifts for their loved ones. And while we’re all for the spirit of giving…many of those dollars end up in the hands of big franchise companies like Walmart. We all know we want to support our local communities, but sometimes the local gems are few and far between. So that’s why we put together this little shopping guide for Belleville, Quinte, Prince Edward County, and the surrounding area. We’ve included a couple of spots in Picton, Trenton and even Napanee.
The 8 best local shops in the area (as told by locals like us) are as follows:
Pure Honey is one of our favourite places to shop in the whole region. Owned by Jess Barclay, this shop has all kinds of unique, stylish pieces including tops, sweaters, jeans and accessories. Plus, they’ve got an online shop too.
Located in a historic building in Downtown Napanee, Touch of Class is a “one-stop shop” for women of all ages carrying a range of casual, smart, formal, and accessories. Owned by Teresa Hendric who opened the shop 32 years ago, Touch of Class also specializes in locally produced candles and jewelry.
Owner by jewellery designer Tamara Steinborn, Kindred sells in-house brands as well as those of other local artists. Kindred’s newest location is in Picton! Home to cards, gifts, clothing, jewellery and accessories, it’s a great place to find interesting and unique pieces.
Rossmore, Bay of Quinte
Just over the bay bridge in Rossmore, you’ll find Lori Foster’s The Dressing Room. What makes this place unique is the level of care and personalization. The experience is more like that of a personal shopper as they only allow four people in the store at a time. Here you’ll find ladies' tops, pants, accessories, casual and some more formal wear.
Lafferty’s Crossings, in historic downtown Belleville, carries high-quality, classy men’s clothing. We’ve probably spent way too much money here over the years – but we keep coming back. Unique, stylish pieces for any man on your Christmas list! They’re also fully licensed LLBO and have a patio out front.
If you’ve never been to the Frock Shop, you’ve got to visit. Ranging from semi to formal, this shop caters to women’s dresses and accessories more than anything else. Their real selling feature is how unique their items are, bringing in brands from all over the world.
Park Provisioners is a locally-owned barbershop and haberdashery located in Belleville, ON – but they also carry unique gifts and clothing items. Owner Kyle Thomson’s idea was to create a store that caters to men’s interests, exclusively. They carry brands like Howler Bros, Scotch and Soda, The Unbranded Brand and Redwing Boots. For unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for the men in your life, you don’t need to go anywhere else.
Picton is a beautiful place to do your Christmas shopping, and if you’re headed there you’ve got to stop by Josefina’s. You’ll find unique gifts, jewellery, accessories and clothing all at reasonable prices.
Owner by Michael and Janice Hebbert, Bonkers in Picton has probably the largest collection of entertaining, clever, and interesting gifts in the region. You’ll find games, toys, books, candles, kitchenware, and a whole wall of socks. If you have an “I don’t know what to get them” on your list – Bonkers is your store.
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