I grew up in Port Dover and am now raising my 4 daughters (with my wonderful hubby whose family goes back generations) in this lovely little community. It’s gotten bigger over the years to be sure, but what hasn’t changed is the support we have for our neighbours, friends and local businesses in general and especially in time of need. Now more than ever with so much choice it is important to shop local as much and as often as you can.
I would include myself in the category of “small business Owner”. I am a full time Salesperson and a Realtor® with Coldwell Banker Coastline Realty here in Port Dover. Though I have a great company behind me for training, advice and support, I am 100% self employed. Like any other business owner I have overhead, expenses, put in countless hours and LOVE what I do. My girls go to school here, they take dance, play baseball and you’ve probably seen us (or heard us – I apologize) at the local grocery stores and downtown shops. So when you’re considering real estate services, before you think “big city”, let’s sit and talk (or Facebook) about why this local real estate Expert (me) is a hometown option worth exploring.
Ok, so enough about me. The reason for my post is to support these local Artisans who represent what is such a draw for people visiting, moving here, or choosing to stay here as grown-ups. I encourage new (and old) Norfolk County residents to not just reside here but to get involved in the community. Whether it be joining one of the local Facebook pages, attending a craft show, buying from a local artist, taking an art class, seeing a play at the Lighthouse Theatre or volunteering, where we “hang our hat” is a big part of who we are. Our little piece of heaven is that much sweeter because of the arts community – our handmade, local, custom, unique, creative, individual, amazing Nor-folk!
This list is by no means everyone and everything you might find here but I appreciate the folks who commented on my requests in our little Facebook community pages. Please click on their names and show a little Facebook love to their pages – and remember to tell them where you found them!
Home furnishing and Antiques/Collectibles
Re:vived Home (Sarah Morrison)
Kindred Spirit (Julia Mansley)
ReLoved Painted Pieces (Aleisha Ferrera)
*Grit and Vise (Hagersville)
*Sawdust and Sparkle (Tillsonburg)
Record Time (Timothy Bryan)
*Sew Darn Cute – Sock Creations (Selkirk)
*Deb’s Threads – custom embroidery (Cayuga)
*3 Beez in a Car – custom crochet items (Canfield)
Cameron Studio (Marlene McNiven Morton)
Art With Heart (Nikki Schram)
Dover Paint and Paper (Chalk Paint classes)
Deakin’s Den (and personalized paint pieces) Waterford
The Queen Bee Studio – Tracey-Mae Chambers
*Chunky Country Home and Garden (Judi Cox Brown) Tillsonburg
*Muskoka BBQ Fire Pits (Made in Bracebridge)
Rang’s Custom Tube Amps -custom design and construction
Sue Koopman – vintage silverware rings and bracelets
Health, Skin Care and Wellness
*Bloom Skincare Co (Brantford)
JUGZ Motorcycle – custom builds, parts and service
Jessica MacLean – all things sewn and crafted (personalization available)
Norfolk County Roller Derby – Seriously how cool is this?!
Port Dover Farmers Market at Silver Lake Lions Club – Saturdays from 8am-1pm
Simcoe Farmers Market at the Norfolk County Fairgrounds – Thursdays from 9 am – 4 pm
And new to our area is the Norfolk Cultural Map. Here’s the awesome thing about that – you can and SHOULD (for a very modest fee) get yourself on the map! Choose a category, fill out the form and you can be a part of where people will be going to look for local artists such as yourself. Click HERE to visit their website and sign up!
What is Cultural Mapping?
Cultural mapping is recognized as an essential planning and economic development tool in municipalities across Canada and around the world. Cultural mapping is defined as:
A systematic approach to identifying, recording, classifying, and analyzing a community’s cultural resources.
How is this useful?
Cultural Mapping informs municipal planning:
Identifying and mapping cultural assets strengthens the base of information that can be used to inform future planning and decision-making in any municipality. Cultural planning of course benefits from cultural mapping, but so does land use planning, economic development, and tourism.
Cultural Mapping raises awareness of cultural assets:
Consolidated databases of cultural assets support marketing and promotion to both residents and tourists.
Cultural Mapping supports cultural development:
The subjective nature of what “counts” as culture can lead to disconnection and distinction within the cultural community. A cultural map is a stronger base of information that strengthens and creates networking and partnership opportunities, and encourages people to view their community using a cultural lens. More collaboration contributes to a higher quality of life and overall community well-being, and stimulates new economic opportunities in multiple sectors.
For additional information on Cultural Mapping in Canada, see:
The objectives of the Norfolk County Cultural Map are:
- Promote arts, culture, and heritage creators, industries, events, programs, and services.
- Increase or enhance economic opportunities, including tourism, for Norfolk County’s creative sector.
- Create pride and stimulate interest in Norfolk County’s culture and heritage.
I hope you enjoyed this article and would love to hear your feedback! You can visit me on my Facebook page (and maybe stick around for a real estate tip or two) by clicking HERE.