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

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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