It’s Always Springtime at the Ginger Cafe!




Spring always has referenced ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth. Did you know that Carleton Place’s very own Tiffany Nixon brings us whispers of Spring each day? Tiffany is owner of the Ginger Cafe in the old historic train station on Coleman Street, as well as Hamsa Yoga in the same building.

Tiffany views her life with two different mindsets. Actually, you can probably see her sporting two different hats every single day. Born and raised in Carleton Place, her cozy little Ginger Cafe not only has a full service coffee bar, but is host to a whole lot more on the healthy eating scale. They serve a pay-per-weight vegetarian buffet, soups, sandwiches, smoothies and fresh pressed juices. They also have vegan and gluten free options.

Anyone I have interviewed has repeated almost the same thing. Like most people Tiffany tired of her high-tech marketing job and wanted to change directions. She is also very honest and admitted she had no restaurant training. That’s right, she did not “work the line” prepping for years before she opened The Ginger Cafe. She approached the former tenant The Lanark Moonshine Cafe, managed for a spell, and then took it over lock, stock, and barrel.

Tiffany slid into the organic driver’s seat and learned as she went along. Education is important, and her staff are also well versed in what they sell, and what’s good for you.

Their menu is constantly evolving based upon the seasonality of produce and their chef’s creativity. They use quality, fresh ingredients in all their dishes, and although they may not be 100% organic, organic ingredients are used when possible.

If you’re a regular, you know that there are a few ‘standards’ in the buffet, but for the most part, there are new dishes each time you visit. Tiffany wants to personally make sure you feel great after you dine at The Ginger Cafe. Eating vegetarian doesn’t mean you have to eat boring, humdrum dishes. There are no hardcore divisions anymore. It’s also a means towards reducing both human and animal suffering and leaving a habitable planet to future generations.


Whether it be the fresh pressed smoothies, juices, or those much ballyhooed desserts, your Mum could not do much better feeding you. Their sweets are home baked with quality ingredients and love. The selection changes daily but you’ll usually find cookies, squares, tarts, scones, and muffins. They are also participating in the Taste of Maple. Warning: a maple overdose may have been experienced when perfecting their maple latte!

In discussing Tiffany’s other hat, Hamsa Yoga promotes well being for men and women. No one is perfect, but her Yoga classes teach you to seek and find all the barriers within yourself. As I watched her coach one of her clients, I saw how she was emphasizing the union of the body to match your consciousness. You can’t always change what is going on in life outside, but Tiffany helps you change your inside.

Her two businesses sum up a balanced personal attitude in day to day life. It’s called “getting to know yourself”. She says since she began her journey on Coleman Street she has personally changed. She is more patient, and finds she seldom passes judgment anymore, which is a feat for anyone these days.

If she had a magic wand Tiffany wishes our citizens of Carleton Place would shop locally, as we have everything here that you need. When you visit any one of Tiffany’s establishments you will feel comfortable, eat healthy, and deal with a friendly fantastic staff. After all “beautiful minds” inspire others!

Ginger Cafe

132 coleman street
carleton place, on, k7c 4m7

visit them
monday-wednesday 9am-4pm
thursday & friday 9am-8pm
saturday 10am-4pm
sunday closed

get in touch

Hamsa Yoga

Address: 132 Coleman Street, Carleton Place ON, K7C4M7

Call: (613) 451-3200

Ladies Who Lunch

You have met Amanda McNeely, and Teri White, who are part of our working team for your Ladies Who Lunch date on June 6th. This is another one of our members ready to put this shindig all together. When we have all the details a formal announcement will be made.

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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