WINCHESTER – This year’s Shop Crawl in Winchester was a success for everyone.

Shoppers from Ottawa to the St. Lawrence River enjoyed an interesting and fun day exploring local businesses on Sat., Nov. 3, and getting in the Christmas mood along the way.

The fourth annual event featured 15 local businesses, from the Cass Bridge Gift Shop to the south of Winchester to Winchelsea Events in the north.

Country Treasures at the Winchester BMR was busy during the Shop Crawl. Here, Taylor and mom Julianne Hodges from Navan, take in some of the great items at the popular store.

The crawl featured a passport visitors could pick up at any location and once stamped at each stop was entered to win a grand prize courtesy of all the Winchester business participants. Lunch was offered at Winchelsea where more than 140 people reserved a spot for a delicious lunch.

Shop Crawl organizer Lisa Williams who also owns Main Street Clothing Company, said the day, despite the November weather and rainy afternoon, was a good one. “It has been a great day,” she said. “We had 200 people here before 11 am.”

All of the 14 locations on the crawl experienced similar numbers throughout the day.

Williams said, “There are lots of really great vibes.” She said after the event all of the different business will get together to discuss what went right with the event and how to make it better next year.

The Shop Crawl enjoyed enthusiastic and happy visitors. There were many grandmothers, mothers and daughters making the rounds of all of the different locations.

Her shop was overflowing with diners. Johanna Barkley (above, left) and Lisa Williams, owner of The Main Street Clothing Company take a break from the Shop Crawl in Winchester.

Samantha Chadwick, owner of Samantha’s Emporium said, “The Shop Crawl lets people who did not know we were here that we are here,” she added, “it has been a fantastic turnout.”

Kelly Windle, the owner of the Planted Arrow Flowers and Gifts was happy for a break in the flow of people coming through her store so she could have some lunch. “Despite the weather, everyone is having a good time,” she said.

Barkley’s Shoes and Accessories, like all the other locations had a healthy stream of visitors despite the wet weather. “It has been absolutely amazing since it has been pouring rain most of the day.”

She said it was nice to see people supporting local business.


Sarah and Diane Dunn look at items at Samantha’s Emporium during the Shop Crawl.

Jo-Ann Houle (top photo) owner of Cup of Jo’s was busy with a full house of hungry customers during the Shop Crawl. Morin Photos