Food and clothes wrapped up in small town wonder

Thornbury, Ontario is a small town on the shores of Georgian Bay.  Most people are familiar with its neighbour down the highway, Collingwood.  I prefer Thornbury because it has everything you would want as a visitor or resident, but without the hassles of living in a busy tourist recreational hub.

At a glance you would think that Thornbury has the highest independent retail and restaurant diversity per capita than any place else in the country.  I have yet to be disappointed with any of the restaurants or shops since happening upon the town fifteen years ago.

Our routine is to go for lunch first, then check out the shops.  Sunday we went to The Mill Cafe.  A renovation was just completed 3 weeks ago and it is sharp.  The Mill has long been a Thornbury favorite, and after receiving so many happy diners over the years, it is really great to have a fresh look.  I felt like it was a gift to the customers.  No doubt it will reap the rewards.

There are large pieces of original artwork by a local artist and with the pop of green on all seating it gives the impression of whimsy, but also skill and thought.  The design of the restaurant is much more open now, and it also gives you the impression that you are being welcomed into someone’s personal space.  That is not always so easy to accomplish.  Quite often an open space seem cold, but this is pure comfort and fun as you can watch the chefs in the open kitchen, keep an eye on the drinks that you ordered at the bar(or the regulars!), or enjoy some people watching. I would describe the food as a solid take on old favorites.  Anyone can find something to enjoy on this menu, from the food snob to the most conservative eater.  My husband had the pulled pork back rib sandwich, we shared the yellow and red beet salad, and I had the mini back ribs with chimichurri sauce.  Yum!  Now well fed, we are off to…

Without a doubt my favorite place to shop for clothes.  It doesn’t matter what I have bought, when I wear something from Furbelows, I receive compliments.
I love the fact that what you find here, except for the basics, you will not find anywhere else.  Jane, the owner, loves to bring in lines from small labels in North America as well as Europe.  This means that she cherry picks the clothes that come into the store, and therefore creates something akin to your own closet…varied, mix of high and low, and always interesting!  I love a clothing store that has mirrors in and out of the dressing room….sometimes you just don’t want to leave the room with a really bad piece of clothing on.  Furbelows has the best staff at a clothing store that I have ever come across.  They are not only fashionable each in their own way, they know their stuff.  They know every item in the store.  They also know when to tell you to “put and item back”;) or when to take you out of your comfort zone in order to go from “nice” to “awesome”.   If you want awesome, you want Furbelows.
On Sunday, I left with new (fall!) boots, skinny cargo jeans, long tank, and a cardigan(which looks like a piece of art in and of itself).  As I was at the counter paying, I spied this dress on the manikin, and after one more quick change, it was added to my stash for the day…the only I regret, is not buying the necklace with it!  Oh well, next time:)
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