What do the IDA and Hallmark Have in Common? by Glenda Mahoney

What do the IDA and Hallmark Have in Common?  by Glenda Mahoney




This is Farah Merani -the beauty with the long dark hair wearing the red pants – in the Hallmark movie The Magical Christmas Ornament. Farah is the daughter of Esmail and Mina who have a business in Carleton Place.  Esmail and his son Karim are both pharmacists and the owners of the Carleton Place Stittsville Richmond and Greenbank IDA stores.

It was a few years ago, but the movie is part of the Hallmark Christmas movie line up. I knew about it but I have never seen the movie. I was researching the movies filmed in Almonte and Carleton Place for my sisters and randomly came across this still with Farah in it. She is an actress and has been in plays, television commercials and lives in Toronto.

Esmail and Aziz had always brought all of their children in to the Carleton Place IDA to work when they were young. Those kids worked all of the positions in the store and they were not treated with any special privileges and did everything. They stocked shelves and price ticketed merchandise and worked at the front cash wherever they were needed.. They are a wonderful family and very modest and unassuming. Farah had come home that year for Christmas and Esmail was joking around that throughout the entire Christmas holiday week the movie was played non stop. Lol. Over and over and over.

Glenda Mahoney






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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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