Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 2- Milano Pizza to Milady Dress Shop

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 2- Milano Pizza to Milady Dress Shop

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The Parking Lot between The Moose and Milano Pizza

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The Parking Lot between The Moose and Milano Pizza

I often wondered what was between these two buildings and yes, there was once business located in this parking lot.

Actually,there was once two stores in that location. One was a second-hand store belonging to Mr.  Sam Wilson. If that name sounds familiar, he was the father of Mrs. William Woodcock, better known as Rita to all that new her. (Woodcock Bakery)


Mr. Wilson could be seen outside most days, when business was slow in the store, sitting in a chair that he was probably selling chatting with those passing by. The other business was a tinsmith store which belonged to a Mr. White and his two sons William and Eddy. William’s wife was a beloved fixture in our Carleton Place community and was a Silver Star Mother. Later they were turned into apartments.

Darla Fisher Giles- My parents lived in the building you are referring to, and they always referred to it as Townend’s Apartments. That would have been late 50s/early 60s


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal04 Aug 1937, WedPage 12

26-28 Bridge Street Carleton Place

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Photo Shane Wm. Edwards


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26-28 Bridge Street Carleton

Built circa 1880–

Ms. Dalgattie operated a store at 26 Bridge Street from about 1882 until the 1910s. During Ms. Dalgattie’s ownership of this building, the CP Telegraph was also housed in this building. Some of the people who rented half of the building from Ms. Dalgattie included Dummert’s Bakery, Stevens Grocery, Mrs. Broom rented an apartment, Hastie, and Shepherd. In the 1930s, Sam Wilson operated a second hand store and Mr. White operated a tinsmith shop.

Some of the business owners that worked out of 26 Bridge Street included Fevaeroux’s Bakery in the 1960s, Judy McGlade Financial, Tom’s Bike Repair, and  Dan Cameron/ Danny’s Meat Market until he moved to Bell Street. Ted Hurdis said that his great Aunt Marge Fevaeroux ran a bakery here. They sold mostly Richmond Bakery goods in the store. The last name of Fevaeroux seems to be debated between this and Fevereau.

Also mentioned for this locale was Wilmer Hecks, real estate office of J.M. Quinn and Adeline Valiquette a hairdresser.

Sue Mcconnell– Simon Gold added that the the sign on the building to the left in the second picture is Simon Gold’s. This was his first location in Carleton Place and opened there sometime in 2002 and moved the salon when Milano’s purchased the building 2006-07.

Ray Paquette —Where Milano’s Pizza is was the grocery store of Wilmer Hicks who my family patronized when I was a boy. Charlie Jay operated his shoe repair to the left in the space showing the rental notice. He later moved his operation across the street to the current location of “Good As New”. In 1980, when I returned to Carleton Place, Don Smith ran a barber shop out of the former Jay space. The main commercial space has served many functions: a record shop, a seasonal toy store prior to Christmas and many other commercial endeavors that I have forgotten!

Debbie Roy In the early 1970’s, the building on the left, used to be Albert Gale Real Estate and Rupert St. Jean was one of their agents.

I also seem to remember a sheet music store there too and hope someone can help me out. Jayne Graham– I think this was a music store that used to be owned by Bill Kerr. I took guitar lessons there.

Petra Graber from the Good Food Co.

With regards to Milano’s, there was a music store selling new CD’s when I opened the restaurant. It was owned by a guy named Bruce who used to come in for lunch. Great store and he employed several high school students. As a teenager, I spent all of my allowance on music from Sam the Record Man and others, so I thought Bruce’s store was great. He was in business for 5 years, but he told me he wasn’t making enough profit to stay open – that was his time limit to become viable.

After that, it was a sheet music store. It was also a coffee shop called ‘Sounds Like Coffee’ which was run by Roger Weldon and his girlfriend. They marketed to high school students and allowed smoking in their establishment to attract that segment. Then it was Simon Gold.

Thanks everyone!! Of course now this building is home to Milano Pizza.

Related Reading:

Milano Pizza Comes to the Rescue! Carleton Place Power Outage 2015

25-27 Bridge Street

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11 years ago

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25-27 Bridge Street

This building was built circa 1870 and I first thought it was Maggie Love who had her candy/grocery business in there. I was wrong– she was in Mac Williams building next door– but more on that tomorrow. From the middle of the nineteenth century, 27 Bridge Street housed a butcher and grocer.

This building was once Frank McNeely’s Meat Market. His wife was a Boal from Almonte and their only daughter Isabel married Morley “Butch” Hughes. Later Ken Pierce operated a restaurant at this site and his helper was Elmer Doyle. The apartment on the second floor was always rented and Chas. and Gertie Costello lived there.

Thomas Stevens was one of the most well known tenants of this building and according to record he seemed not to be the best of bosses.

According to Mary Cook– Robert Reynolds Powell came back to Carleton Place to clerk in Tom Steven’s store which was situated where the laundry portion of Carleton Place Cleaners is today.  This was where his family and friends and fiancé Elsie Lever lived, and it was good to be home, doing what he liked to do best:  serving the public.

Robert was a devoted employee of Mr. Stevens for 19 years, and then without warning, his boss sold the store without giving young Powell a chance to even make a bid for the business.  It was a cruel blow for an honest young man who had devoted so much of his life to his employer.

There weren’t too many options opened to a young man in Carleton Place in those days, but Robert Powell decided it was now or never.  If he didn’t’ open his own store then, he probably never would.  And so the first of two Powell Grocery locations opened.  He chose the Leslie/Comba building. It was obvious that many of his customers from his Steven’s days liked the young Powell, because his store flourished.

In 1960, 27 Bridge Street became the home of Carleton Cleaners when Eleanor Lay purchased the building. In 2006, 27 Bridge Street continues to operate as Carleton Cleaners.

31 Bridge Street Carleton Place



If you look at the picture of this building,  Miss Mayhew’s and  Schwerdtfeger ‘s stores became ‘As Good As New’.  The man that looks like he is holding on to the hitching post is standing in front of what is now The Good Food Co.


Photo– Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Photos from the Carleton Place Carleton Place Canadian files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum –August 1997–Photo by Theresa Fritz

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31 Bridge Street Carleton Place

This  building was built circa 1870 and was originally owned by the infamous Margaret Love. Originally I thought she was in the Carleton Cleaners building, but she was located in the Good Food Co. building. According to the Carleton Place newspaper–  Mrs. Love had a confectionery store/restaurant on Bridge Street. People came for miles for Maggie’s delicious home made Italian Cream candy, but if you read the story Margaret Love -From Sweet to Sour she was also a woman of some scandal. Scandal in Carleton Place? You don’t say! She sold her candy/restaurant business to Mr. Otto in 1899.

This building was once a hardware store, then it was the tailoring business belonging to Mr. Shaw. After that it was a Chinese restaurant for a short period of time. Mel Newman also operated a grocery store at 31 Bridge Street.  Mel’s friend, Sam Ventura,  was the projectionist from the Star Theatre and lived upstairs and later married Ruby Ashfield. Then there was a disastrous fire.

After this fire Mrs. B.Y. Williams and her son ‘Mac’ purchased the building. Mac ran a drug store out of the building and was a beloved figure of Carleton Place. Mac’s half brother James and his wife, who was a Heddleston, lived on the second floor with her two sons Harold and Sonny Stokes. In 1982, Mac retired and in 1997 The Good Food Company  was opened by Petra Graber.


Petra Graber and Leslie Rouble

Additions to the Good Food Co. by Petra Graber owner


I had noticed some evidence of fire damage in the attic space of my apartment and wondered if that is why a couple of rooms had lowered ceilings – to cover something up! It’s cool that there was originally a restaurant/confectionery in here, too. I had heard rumours that it was a rooming house. In the plans of the street from the turn of the century, it shows a carriage house at the back of the property, and you can see some of the old foundation from that in our parking area.

By the way, the As Good As New building was obviously built some time after this one – there are window wells in my side of the basement that are now blocked by that building.

My storefront was empty for about a year before I moved in. Before that, it was a lovely, lovely gift shop called ‘Country Lanes’. I can’t remember the owner’s name, but she had dried flowers, baskets, vintage-style cards, and she was one of the first people I knew to sell vintage-style Christmas ornaments before they became all the rage again. It was a beautiful and memorable store in Carleton Place for the 1990’s.

There was a tea room in here before that. When I moved in, I discovered a rudimentary kitchen with two double sinks behind the pharmacy shelving and the men’s and women’s bathrooms were already here – a bonus for me! There was blue-flowered wallpaper behind the shelving and pale blue rolled linoleum in the bathrooms and kitchen.

Other additions to the story–Memories of Mac Williams

Sandra Rattray– He was the absolutely nicest, sweetest man. Handed out rollos (ice cream cones) to the kids. We all slid down the hill on cardboard on his front lawn (next to the old Arena) and had tons of fun.

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston –Wonderful man – I have a tincture bottle from his store that we found in the attic.

Ann Stearns Rawson— I remember going there with my sister and Mom to buy cod liver oil that Mom decided we needed during the winter months.

Donna Mcfarlane– His own cough syrup sure was great…

Catherine Marvin– I used to sit and read a comic book when Mom or Dad stopped in there.
It always had a smell that I still remember.

Allison Kirkpatrick– Worked there through High School and the summer after Gr. 13 Mac Williams was a gem of a man!

Anthony Tyler Tony Henderson-– I remember helping clean out the basement when The Good Food Co. place opened, lots of old brown jugs and bottles of pills from when it was a pharmacy years ago

Sean Redmond (Town Councillor)– I remember as a kid 10 or 12 years old having some warts on my fingers. I would stop into mac’s on my way home from school and he would put some acid on them for no cost. To this day I have never had another wart. Those were the good old days members of our community looking after members of our community.


Related reading:

Margaret Love -From Sweet to Sour

Before and After in Carleton Place — Mac Williams and The Good Food Co

A Burrito for All Seasons– Good Food Company

32 Bridge Street Carleton Place

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10 years ago

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Current 2017

32 Bridge Street Carleton Place

Yes, someone by the name of Daddy Morgan owned this building and the building once housed Morgan Musical Instruments for twenty-two years. The first year that Morgan was on the town tax role at 32 Bridge Street is 1896 and the last year that Mr. Morgan was on the Land Assessment Rolls is 1918.

Daddy Morgan’s Music shop sold sheet music, kazoos, metronomes, rolls for player pianos and so on. In 1908, there was an advertisement in The Carleton Place Herald that stated Robert Morgan sold marriage licenses.

The building was later purchased by Sam McClymont and turned into a residence.

1901 Carleton Place (Town), Lanark
Copyright (c)2007, Jamie Deacon, OntarioGenWeb’s Census Project (

4 1 21 Morgan Eleanor 19 19
4 1 20 Morgan Emily 65
4 1 19 Morgan Robert 65

Related Reading:

The Carleton Place Kazoo Band — Great Moments in Kazoo History

Brief News clippings of Robert “Daddy” Morgan


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal13 Jun 1912, ThuPage 10

Robert Morgan’s Granddaughter


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal01 Jun 1920, TuePage 5

31 Bridge Street Carleton Place “As Good As New”–CLICK HERE ON VOLUME 1


34 Bridge Street Carleton Place The Little Red Brick House

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34 Bridge Street Carleton Place The Little Red Brick House

This brick building was built circa 1900 and was the home of Thomas Stevenson and his half sister, Miss Brisland. They took up residence in the early 1930s and first operated the little store next door later known the Central Candy Store, but it was called Thomas Stevenson Grocery. When they extended the store to make living quarters, they sold the little red brick house.

Prior to Mr. Stevenson living here one of the Burgess’s and *John Darou lived here. The parents of Jack the Kidd and *Velma Bryce, Mr. and Mrs. Bracewell, lived in this building as well as Alex and Viola Watson and Mrs. McEwan.

The Schwerdtfeger’s who had the tobacco business across the street also called it home for thirteen years. In the 1950s, 34 Bridge Street came into the hands of Eleanor Shane who operated a ladies dress shop for some time.

Stores moved up and down the street and Eleanor’s store- Milady Dress Shop owned and operated by *Eleanor Shane eventually moved to the Granary location. She was widowed in 1940 with three children and was refused social assistance. Elinor eventually went on to sell Raleigh garments and earned the capital to set up her store. When John Edward’s father had brain cancer in 1959 and 1960, he would go his Grandma Shane’s store from Central School (current Post Office) for lunch in order to give his mother some relief. (files John Edwards)

The brick building was also the home of the Watson’s for twenty years and then fell into the hands of Ruth Hall. Stephen Giles House added that the building was owned by Ruth Hall for the past 29 years. Prior it was owned by her parents.

Kelsey Rice

That’s my grandma Ruth/ she owned this house forever, just somewhat recently moved to seniors living. She’s currently 92! My Nan and pop (Gerty & Sam McClymont) transferred it to her and they continued to own the house next door until they passed, and it was left to their son Eric McClymont who has since passed and been sold. 🤍 I have so many childhood memories in this house and the adjoining backyard! Her cousins also back on to it which I believe you have a connection to through Taryn Card! (I believe her name is Rita and Colleen next door) Small world!

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Related Reading:

*Pic of the Past Carleton Place- Meryle MacDowall and Velma Bracewell


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal23 Oct 1937, SatPage 12

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 23 Jan 1941, Thu, Page 20– I never put two and two together. But this was Eleanor Shane who I wrote about above who had the Milady Dress Shop on Bridge Street. None of her family today knew about this incident- so I am going to document it. I had the same feeling when I found it that I have when I walk in cemeteries.. Someone wanted this story remembered.



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal12 Jul 1974, Fri[Second Edition]Page 34


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)

Volume 1 of: Mississippi Hotel- Canadian Tire Gas Bar- Pizza Pizza-Bond store- As Good As New–Bud’s Taxi–The Moose– Brown & MacFarlane–CLICK HERE

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Carleton Place — A Valley Town at Confederation 

In Canada’s Year of Confederation, the busy sawmill village of Carleton Place had a population of about 700 people. Many citizens were sons and daughters of the Scottish emigrants who had settled the area in the 1820’s.Most of the town’s buildings stood on the north side of the Mississippi River, with only about 12 houses on the south.

Shops on Bell, Mill and Bridge Street were open from 6 am to 10 pm and the average work day for laborers was 11 hours! Want to know more about what Carleton Place (formerly Morphy’s Falls) looked like in 1867?

Read more in the Carleton Place Community Information Guide or stop by the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum and check out their summer exhibition.


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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