Happy shoppers
From the left, Carol Quinlan and Carolyn Burgess were pleased with their participation in the 2019 Winchester Shop Crawl. Quinlan commented that it was great to get out to see the stores and that there seemed to be a lot of people participating in the event. Thompson Goddard photo

Paulette Meurs from Hallville was finding it difficult to decide which gnome to purchase during her visit to Forever Young on Nov. 9 during the 2019 Winchester Shop Crawl. Thompson Goddard photo

WINCHESTER – It was the perfect day for a walk through the business section of Winchester, and by all accounts the 2019 Winchester Shop Crawl on Nov. 9 was a resounding success! Merchants in the village were pleased with the turnout of people doing some early Christmas shopping or perhaps just enjoying the fresh air and bargains to be found.

Participants were provided with a passport that could be stamped while visiting the participating merchants, and handed in at your last stop to be entered in a draw for the event’s grand prize. This year, close to 15 businesses participated in the Shop Crawl with additional vendors and luncheon available for purchase at the Joel Steele Community Centre.

The Painted Arrow Flowers and Gifts were open in their new location in the historic Angus house on St. Lawrence Street. Owner Kelly Windle mentioned there were lots of people visiting the store which offers a variety of Canadian gifts, full floral services with workshops available. Windle mentioned there are plans to hold a periodic pop up service in one of the main level rooms where local artists will be able to showcase their work.

Forever Young owner, Colleen Young called the event absolutely “fantastic” with a great turnout mentioning the business had begun ten years ago in Chesterville with her opening a second store in Winchester a few years ago.