A Hop and a Shuffle Salute To the Feet of Carleton Place



Once upon a time there was no internet, and when people had to shop they went to their nearest Main Street in anytown USA or Canada. When I was a child, we always shopped locally–Hashim’s, The Ritz, and a couple of other stores in Cowansville, Quebec were enough for us. The staff knew everyone, especially those we were buying for, and had many personal suggestions.


Remember when you got personal service at most shoes stores? Remember Ken Blackburn’s Discount Shoe store that was on Bridge Street? The Granary now sits in that same location.


There is still a shoe store on our Main Street (Bridge Street) where you get personal service.

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Doug Hawkin’s family has owned this shoe business for over 60 years and I knew his Mother and Father well. When my son needed wedding shoes at the very last minute he was there for us and did his utmost. This year the Christmas slippers were bought from Doug as not only does he care for each customer – his son is still my son’s best friend. You can’t get that on the internet.



Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing. All the corner shops in our towns and cities, the restaurants, cleaners, gyms, hair salons, hardware stores – these didn’t come out of nowhere– Get to know your local small business!

Photos taken by Linda Secaspina- Carleton Place Newspaper Ads from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place

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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