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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?

Worry Dolls, Gingerbread and Bottles—Episode 3— Carleton Place’s Favourite Things


Find out all about your Holiday events on the Carleton Place Social Scene. Thanks Lisa Strangway



Bring your friends, sisters, mothers and daughters, and head down to Downtown Carleton Place on November 19th for Sales, Prizes, Refreshments, a Fashion Show and Fun!

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Shop and Dine in Downtown Carleton Place!

The Christmas Hut in Carleton Place!
  • Founded in 2015
  • Christmas Shopping for kids in Carleton Place

    As adults, we get a smile from watching the children we love, receive and open a gift that is under the tree. Their excitement to know it is just for them, and it is truly a surprise as to what is under the wrapping paper!!

    Well this year we are offering “Kids Christmas Shopping” so those wee ones, can share in that excitement too!

    We will be holding, for 3 weekends and a selected amount of days before the holidays start. A chance for children to shop with volunteers while the parents wait in the ” parents area”.

    Your children will have a chance to choose gifts from the donated items. A gift for mom, dad, brother or sister, maybe even grandma or grampa. That gift will then be wrapped and tagged and be ready to put under the tree for Christmas morning!

    We want to say thank you to our community, so we are asking that each shopper bring a donation to the food bank to help them with their Christmas rush. We are asking that there be one donation of food per gift item.

    This will all take place at 355 Moffat Street, in the small office building in the parking lot of the Free Methodist Church.

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A Whoville Christmas –  Carleton Place 2015 Santa Claus Parade

Saturday November 28th 5 pm— FACEBOOK PAGE


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My Favourite Christmas Movies– A Town Without Christmas

Stories I Love You Should Read Again…


The Snowman – Raymond Briggs

The Snowman is a children’s book by English author Raymond Briggs (born 18 January 1934), published in 1978. In 1982, this book was turned into a 26-minute animated movie by Dianne Jackson. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film in 1982. The book is wordless, as is the film except for the song “Walking in the Air”. The story is told through picture, action and music. A groundbreaking publication depicting the birth and development of a beautiful but fragile friendship between a young boy, James, and the Snowman he has built in his back garden.

Favourite Cookie– Gingerbread Men

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
3⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 3⁄4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3⁄4 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1⁄2 cup molasses
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (optional)
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Check Out Our Top Rolled Recipe

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves until well blended.
In a large bowl (KitchenAid’s great for this) beat butter, brown sugar, and egg on medium speed until well blended.
Add molasses, vanilla, and lemon zest and continue to mix until well blended.
Gradually stir in dry ingredients until blended and smooth.
Divide dough in half and wrap each half in plastic and let stand at room temperature for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours.
Preheat oven to 375 deg. Prepare baking sheets by lining with parchment paper.
(Dough can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, but in this case it should be refrigerated. Return to room temp before using.) Preheat oven to 375°.
Grease or line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Place 1 portion of the dough on a lightly floured surface.
Sprinkle flour over dough and rolling pin.
Roll dough to a scant 1/4-inch thick.
Use additional flour to avoid sticking.
Cut out cookies with desired cutter– the ginger bread man is our favorite of course.
Space cookies 1 1/2-inches apart.
Bake 1 sheet at a time for 7-10 minutes (the lower time will give you softer cookies– very good!).
Remove cookie sheet from oven and allow the cookies to stand until the cookies are firm enough to move to a wire rack.
After cookies are cool you may decorate them any way you like.
I usually brush them with a powdered sugar glaze when I am in a hurry, but they look wonderful decorated with Royal icing.
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 Carleton Place’s Favourite Things– If Oprah can do it we can too!!.. Each blog will have something different.


Children have fears and troubles and woes and don’t always tell their parents about them. Psychologists and teachers recommend Worry Eaters as a waste bin for problems. The children can write or draw their troubles and feed them into the zip mouth of the Worry Eater. Not that this solves all the problems straight away, but the first step has been taken and you can be sure it will provide an immediate feeling of relief. And when the Worry Eater tells the parents about the problems, they can talk to their children about them. What’s more, Worry Eaters are nice and cuddly in both good times and bad and not just for children. ADULTS CAN USE THEM TOO!!

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For all Parents out there from Wisteria on Bridge Street in Carleton Place

The no button is a handy button that says “No” The founders of the No Button are parents who seemed to be repeating the same things to their kids over and over. They dreamed of a button that would just say it for them. Eventually they noticed that ‘no’ is the most often used phrase followed by ‘clean your room.’ So they designed a button that would say the no’s for them! Now, you too can enjoy the famous “No” button! No only is it great with kids, it works well at the office or elsewhere! Truly hilarious! Makes a great gift, too!!

S’well Bottles from The Granary Bulk and Natural Foods on Bridge Street in Carleton Place.


In the US alone, an estimated 50 billion plastic bottles are dumped in landfill sites each year, and over 200 billion globally.

When developing and designing the S’well bottle, they aimed to create a beautifully crafted bottle that keeps drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12, while also giving back to those in need. At S’well, they understand it’s important to be part of the solution, which is why they are working towards bettering our environment and communities around the world, one S’well bottle at a time.

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Your Chance to Snoop in Carleton Place this Sunday! 40% of People Snoop– Do you?



There’s a new survey out. Did you know that over 40 percent admit to snooping around their host’s house?

For this survey funded by party planning website The Salonniere, researchers collected responses from 605 men and women between the ages of 25 and 54 as a part of the site’s Party Poll series for summer 2014.

And as you can imagine, bathroom detectives are nothing new. But you knew that already…

In 1994, the Los Angeles Times spoke with some psychologists and sociologists to better understand why people love snooping so much. According to one doctor, it’s a quest to know the person better.

“Medicine cabinets are where you find secrets. People are naturally curious, and they like to know things about other people.”

Better clean yours up today:)

This is your ONLY chance to snoop in the apartments above the Granary – tomorrow between 2 and 5! See you there!