The Granary in Your Backyard — Dena Comley


Five years ago after a work history as a consulting engineer, Dena Comley decided she wanted control over her busy schedule. After she made the final decision to be closer to home and family, she chose Carleton Place to make a positive difference in her world and ours.

Even though Dena took over from the former owners of The Granary, she always had a passion for good health. This interest went way beyond her own to include the health of the community and the natural environment. Dena researches all their products before they hit the shelves. The staff are also educated in all aspects of mind, body, and soul. Dena is a believer that your mental being is just as important as your physical health. Balance is an important aspect of any healthy lifestyle.

She is excited about the new expansion of her store. Not only will there be new products like a higher end natural beauty line and essential oils, there will also be a special educational section for customers. There is a projected lending library, reference books, and a directory of local farmers. As she says, if they don’t know the answer to one of your questions, they will look it up. Small cozy workshops are in the works, like cooking classes similar to the popular Make your Own Sauerkraut class they had last year.

The Granary is a one-stop shop, which means you don’t have to drive to Kanata for your needs. If they don’t have it, they will try and get it for you. Just because something is not in the store doesn’t mean they can’t get their hands on it. Dena and staff offer personal and approachable service. She loves the small town aspect of her kids being able to know everyone in the community, so that mantra just naturally overflows into her business.

The Granary’s prices are very comparable to those in the city. If people will pay 5 bucks for a Starbucks drink why is the same amount for a dozen of organic eggs too much? With the Easter holidays approaching, delicious sweet edibles have hopped into the store. Fresh chocolate, and jellybeans are just a start. Don’t forget The Granary is once again participating in “Taste of Maple” in Carleton Place. Check out their selection of local maple products including syrup, butter, candies, sugar and even chocolate.

Ready for Spring cleaning? The Granary has put together a list of ways to clean using Castile soap. Castile soap comes in solid and liquid forms and is made with vegetable oils such as palm, coconut, hemp, jojoba, and olive.  The list goes on, and frankly, I could barely keep up with what Dena has to offer us all in Carleton Place. I was gobsmacked!

As an active member of the local business community, Dena sits on the board of directors for the Carleton Place Business Improvement Area (BIA) and is a member of the Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) and the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB). The Granary is a proud supporter of local groups, schools and organizations. This year that list includes but is not limited to the CP Canadians,  the Mississippi Mudds and the Carleton Place Museum.

She would like to see future business owners set up a 5 year plan before they open an establishement so they don’t find themselves in a pickle. Do your homework she insists, and I agree. Dena would also like to see local landlords co-operate more with their tenants.

When I was there an older gentleman was buying a product called Osteo-Move by Natural Factors. I asked him if it helped his joint issues. He told me he had been in great pain and after one bottle things were really getting better. Dena proudly nodded her head as he spoke. What she sells is really good for us, and visiting The Granary will make your body be around a lot longer than that expensive handbag.

107 Bridge Street
Carleton Place, Ontario
(613) 257-5986


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March 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
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March 29 @ 9:00 am – April 7 @ 6:00 pm
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May 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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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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