The Determined Fashionable Women of Carleton Place



If you have ever taken a stroll down Bridge Street you know there is a bit of magic sitting in the building next to Mr. Mozzarella. Wisteria is an eclectic mix of consignment clothing and jewelry alongside brand new home décor, quilts and accessory items. In layman’s terms it has something for everyone.

Did you know owner Janice Martin, was once a trained performance pianist at McGill University? Yup, and an educator for years before she opened the store. Not only does she own Wisteria but she is a devoted Mother who spends a lot of time caring for her autistic son.


Janice, likes us all was petrified when she opened her business- would the things she was going to offer work in Carleton Place​? Consignment clothing is very labour intensive, but “it’s still my bread and butter,” observes Janice.  Plus it gives all of us a chance to have something less than the regular price.

Not content with just the store she and her staff found time found the time to organize Carleton Place’s first-ever Girls Night Out. It drew over 185 women downtown and providing exposure for 45 local businesses.

If any of you have visited, or driven by Wisteria, at 62 Bridge Street, you most certainly have seen or met Gail-Sheen-MacDonald who is Janice’s right hand everything.

Not only does she have that enviable winning personality, she is ageless. According to an online quiz on her Facebook page she was a Queen in her past life, and they quote her age at approximately 25. She has also been labeled exotic, but she thinks Wisteria’s owner, Janice Martin, is much more intriguing, than she is.

Like me they hate their pictures taken, but these gals have a way to say who and how they are without even speaking. Just remember even though they both like a nice heel both these women can also concentrate in flats. 🙂 Now that’s power for you!

See Wisteria’s fashions in the table to table show at Ladies Who Lunch in Carleton Place June 6th.


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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