The third annual Shop Crawl, organized by local business owner Lisa Williams (right) of Main Street Clothing Company, attracted hundreds of shoppers to Winchester’s business community Sat., Nov. 4. Williams is pictured with customer Nanda Wubs checking off a stop on her passport.

Jo-Ann Houle, co-owner of Cup of Jo’s, was busy serving a long line of customers stopping in for a bite to eat.

WINCHESTER – The village streets were bustling Sat., Nov. 4, with hundreds of shoppers, passports in hand, navigating local businesses and exploring exclusive promotions and events around town for the third annual Winchester Shop Crawl.

This year, 16 locations were marked on participants’ passports – Main Street Clothing Company (both locations), The Heritage House Spa, Barkley’s Shoes and Accessories, Cass Bridge Cheese and Gift Shop, Country Treasures (Winchester BMR), CJAM Fashion Boutique, The Planted Arrow, Forever Young Creations, The Town Vintner, Winchester Print and Stationary, Cup of Jo’s, Winchelsea Events, the Double C Outlet, Bridals by Al-Mor, Samantha’s Emporium, and Paddletales.

Another new stop on this year’s Shop Crawl was The Heritage House Health Spa, which offered free gifts to the first 10 people who spent $35 or more at the location, as well as promoted new deals. Pictured are Taylor Webster, owner Natalie Brundige, and Pam DeVries.

Shoppers were able to collect stamps from each stop along the way. At the end of the day, completed passports were put into a draw for a grand prize totalling more than $300 worth of items donated by local businesses.

Many of the stores paid the taxes on purchases, and special luncheons were also hosted for patrons at Cup of Jo’s and Winchelsea Events (which also housed a local vendor show).

Each year, more local business owners have jumped on board with the event, which was organized by Main Street Clothing Company owner Lisa Williams as a way to put “Winchester on the map as a thriving business community” for the third year in a row.

Sharon Mercer (left) and owner Sam Chadwick from Samantha’s Emporium promoted a no-tax sale at the business, which was a passport stop for the first time this year.

“It’s our first time participating, and it has been great to see the community coming together,” said Marti Craig, co-owner of Double C Outlet. “I’m not sure everyone knows we’re here and what we’re all about, so this brings in people. Even if they don’t buy, they can at least see what we are and what we offer.”

Shoppers from as far as Ottawa and Cornwall also came out to see what the village had to offer.

“We saw the event promoted on the news, and decided to make a day of it,” said Brockville resident Susan Jason, who checked out shops with three other girl friends during the event. “It’s such a great idea – we’ve had lunch, done a bit of shopping…We never would’ve come to Winchester otherwise.”


Shoppers from far and wide navigated local businesses, including Brockville residents Joanne Chisamore (left), Susan Jason, Wendy Whelton, and Judy Livius. Press Photos – Gosselin