People of Carleton Place, Ontario — Ms. Krista Lee



From the Facebook Group:

I was just going to post pictures but I had the pleasure of  writing about Krista before– and if you click on this link below it will take you to the full story with lots of photos:

On the sunny side of Bridge Street in Carleton Place,ON across from the local post office where “everyone knows your name” sits our local children’s consignment shop called Apple Cheeks.  Like any small town; the store is a wonderful mixture of old and new. This establishment takes in your child’s previously worn clothing that is in good shape and sells it for you. It is a win win situation for everyone involved.

Krista offers love and kind words with every purchase and has 10% off on Grandparents Day every Tuesday, plus a feature of the week. She used to run a home day care, but when her kids went to school she wanted to be able to run her own business.  Krista wanted to have the luxury of locking up her shop and put a “closed” sign in the window when her kids were sick or had events at the local school.


In a small town people understand this and think nothing of it. You see, it’s the mom-and-pop stores, farm-supply stores, coffee shops, bookstores and barber shops where small town people connect. Everyone checks in on one another. The residents of Carleton Place love the idea that Krista is here and want her to stay.

Throughout the interview I watched her help customers, as Krista offers personal service, as she is the store. In a small town people know what they want out of life and most morals are strong. They have major beliefs about certain things and I think that has helped me coming from a rural area, as reading books at a local store as a child, helped me explore the world.

Krista was born and raised in Carleton Place, and one can see that she and her family will never leave. She doesn’t have a bowling alley in her basement, a house on the beach, or condos in New York–but there is one thing she has that no one else has–she is the heart and soul of Apple Cheeks.

Comments from the Facebook Group–Carleton Place Social Scene

Amanda WarkShe just saved the day for me too! I forgot my sons snowpants at home, quick call to Apple Cheeks and nannie was able to run in and grab a pair and deliver them to school – phewf!!! We are lucky to have this option in town!

Martha Linklater McNeelyThe kindness you ALWAYS have for others comes full circle Krista Lee! You deserve it.

Photo and Text by Linda Seccaspina

Tilting the Kilt, Vintage Whispers from Carleton Place by Linda Seccaspina is available at Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street, the Carleton Place Beckwith Museum in Carleton Place, Ontario and The Mississippi Valley Textile Mill in Almonte.  available on all Amazon sites (Canada, US, Europe) and Barnes and Noble

For the Facebook Group:

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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