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Under Lock and Keyes- Keyes Building



New photos by Linda Seccaspina and old photos by the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

The Granary is located in the historic Keyes Block at 107 Bridge Street in Carleton Place, Ontario. Like many of the old buildings on Bridge Street, the history of The Keyes Building runs deep and is remembered in different ways by many. The original structure that occupied the lot was built in the early 1800’s.

The modest wood building housed the Keyes’ family shoe business and living quarters. The structure was destroyed by fire in the 1880’s.

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The current building was constructed in 1887. It quickly become known as “The Keyes Block”. The space, now occupied by The Granary, was home to Keyes Boots & Shoe Store. The neighbouring commercial unit was occupied by The Union Bank of Canada.


Jennifer Fenwick from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum– and Mark Lovell owner of the Keyes building.








William and Barbara Neelin sold lot 10 section D to William Brundige in May of 1873 for $1200. The early tenants included Steele’s tinshop, Wilson’s Bakery, Northern Telegraph and George Keyes Boots and Shoes. George Keyes was the son-in-law of William Brundige marrying his daughter Lucy. After the fire, the new red brick building was constructed in 1898 with two storefronts. The Union Bank rented 109 Bridge Street.

George Keyes died in 1909 and the Deir’s open a grocery store at 107 Bridge Street. Cal Moore moved from Smiths Falls and purchased and operated Moore’s Central grocery in 1919. Calvin was also the son-in-law of George Keyes marrying Edena Keyes.

Maynard Argue operates Argues’s Grocery at 107 Bridge Street for many years and then the Mi-Lady Dress Shoppe operated out of the same location from 1953-1977. It was owned by Dorothy Burns and later E. Shane. The tenants included: the Remembrance Gift Shop and Charlie Jay Shoes. Ken’s Discount Shoes opened at number 109 in 1965 and then The Granary Natural Foods opened at 107 Bridge Street in 1977 expanding in 2015.

Files from Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  09 Feb 1903, Mon,  Page 9

The Old Grocery Counter –Calvin Moore

Memories of Argue’s Food Market?

The Writing on the Wall Disappeared but the Memories Don’t


bennxxPhoto from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Glory Days of Carleton Place–Mike Kean

Memories of Ruth Ferguson

Where’s the Beef in Carleton Place?

Name That Carleton Place Butcher? FOUND!!!

Memories of Argue’s Food Market?

The Days of the Loosey Cigarette, Slinky and Mailing a Letter

In Memory of Mickey Pickup– Carleton Place Dominion Store

Memories of Argue’s Food Market?



Photo from the Carleton Place Canadian files– The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Photo –Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Argue’s Food Market was once located where The Granary is now on Bridge Street in Carleton Place. According to The Granary website“Argue’s Grocer ran their business in the 1950’s and 60’s selling everything from produce and eggs to canned goods and cleaning supplies. Local members of the Argue family still recall and share fond memories of the successful business. Following Argue’s, the space was occupied by a few different stores, including My Lady’s Dress Shop in the 1970’s”.


Have you bought your supplies for Thanksgiving dinner yet? In 1950,Argue’s Grocery on Bridge Street was packed full of everything you’d need! Maynard Argue purchased the store from Calvin Moore in 1940 and ran the business until about 1964. It now houses The Granary. Photo and comment-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


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Norma Sperl
Oh , how funny to see this picture. There I am ( Norma Julian) Brings back lots of memories working for Mr Argue. My Aunt Marge is standing by me.



The Granary in Your Backyard — Dena Comley

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photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum at the Caldwell Jaimeson Dunlop Reunion.–