Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital Tuck Shop — Labels Or Love?


A long time ago the hospital tuck shop was a well known place for bedside get well gifts and a used book or two for those in the hospital. You could always find something to express well wishes or the perfect thing to thank a nurse, doctor or caregiver for providing great care. The tuck shop was always there to help with whatever you might need.

I have been just as guilty as other residents in Carleton Place, not even bothering to go see what was new in our local tuck shop in the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital. When I was at their Diamond Anniversary Gala dinner I kept spotting some serous bling on some of our local women that all came from the hospital tuck shop. Could our local tuck shop be a hot spot for fashion accessories?

Well my lovelies– these gals not only still carry candy and books– they have some great fashion pieces in there. Ever so often I will focus on one of their items. Take a look at one of their purses from “Baskets of Combodia”.



Baskets of Cambodia was started in 1996 and quickly became the first major overseas exporter of baskets in Cambodia.  In 1997, there was a coup and change of power in government.  Throughout this time, Baskets of Cambodia not only operated but also expanded to it’s current level, employing over four hundred artisans throughout Cambodia.
Currently Baskets of Cambodia supplies some of the world’s finest baskets and purses in any price range. We design, manufacture, and distribute to North America and Europe.
Instead of putting undue pressure on prices and seeing quality suffer, Baskets of Cambodia has always provided an upward bias in favor of our workers in Cambodia. This is perhaps the primary reason our baskets and purses are as extraordinary as they are.  Our entire business model is progressive as well. We provide a healthcare safety net program, yearly dividends, and schooling options in varying degrees depending on the level of participation of our makers in Cambodia.  All these things contribute to produce a quality product that reflects the satisfaction and the growing esteem of our talented makers.

Remember to support out local hospital tuck shop “because they love you to the moon and back”. And yes, the clock is for sale too.:)

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Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital Fact:

The Auxiliary to the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital (CPDMH) has dedicated caring members. They donate an average of 20,000 hours per year in support of the hospital. The Auxiliary has made a commitment to raise $1,000,000 over the next ten years through its fundraising activities. The people and businesses in our community are to be commended for their generous support in helping to make this happen, and we thank you!

Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital (CPDMH) was opened in 1955 to serve the residents of Carleton Place and surrounding communities – and as a memorial to the lives lost, and the veterans who served in World War I and II.

The hospital serves a large catchment located in the northern portion of Lanark county and adjacent to the western boundary of Ottawa. Combined, the communities primarily served by the Carleton Place Hospital, namely Carleton Place, Beckwith Township and parts of Mississippi Mills and West Ottawa represent a total population in excess of 25,000.

Related reading: 

Sitting in the Emergency Ward at the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital

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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