An Insider's Guide to Waterloo Region

Interesting places on and off the beaten track

Archive for the ‘Stores and Shops’ Category

At the Crossroads

At the Crossroads is located at the south end of Elmira. This popular country style buffet also offers breakfast, lunch and dinner options from a menu . The Mercantile has a large selection of items for sale including home and garden decor, giftware, cards and an attractive quilting shop.

384 Arthur Street South Elmira, Ontario, Canada   (map)

Written by Ruth

March 3, 2011 at 7:36 am

St. Jacobs Tea Company

(photo provided by Miroki Tong)

A practical holiday gift idea! St. Jacobs Tea Company is offering custom and preset gift packages of tea for Christmas. You can place your order until December 18th, either at visiting the shop at The St. Jacobs Farmer’s Market (open Thursdays and Saturdays), or by ordering online on their website. They have a wide selection of oolong, green, black, rooibos, white, and herbal teas.


Written by thebecka

December 15, 2010 at 12:00 am


I used to go to Vincenzo’s often when I worked from an office in Waterloo. Now that my workplace is near the border of Kitchener and Cambridge, it is not convenient to stop by the store on the way home. I finally shopped at their new location this week and was not disappointed by the variety and excellent quality of products sold. Vincenzo’s website is under construction but is functional.

Location: 150 Caroline Street South Waterloo, Ontario Canada, N2L OA5 (map)

Hours: M-F 9am-8pm Sat 8am-6pm Closed Sundays

Written by Ruth

November 27, 2010 at 12:03 am

Window Shopping

Christmas decorations at Sheridan Nurseries, Ottawa Street South, Kitchener

Written by Ruth

November 15, 2010 at 7:24 am

Moonrise at Fairview Mall

I am more of a nature trail person than a shopping mall person, but we did stop at Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener last evening around dusk. The full moon was rising over the busy commercial district along Fairway Road. And I enjoyed the beauty of nature at a mall on a late summer evening.

Written by Ruth

August 25, 2010 at 12:06 am

Kitchen Kuttings

Kitchen Kuttings flagship store at 2 Arthur Street South, Elmira

My husband always buys summer sausage at the Kitchen Kuttings stand at the St. Jacobs Farmers Market. The store in downtown Elmira features a large assortment of homemade jams, pickles and preserves as well as cheese, bulk foods and kitchen supplies. I found lids for all sorts of jars such as those originally sold with cheese whiz and pasta sauces. Kitchen Kuttings is owned and operated by sisters Lydia and Elmeda Weber and Nancy Shantz. It is featured on the Waterloo Region Foodlink website and you can find a link below to a full article about the business which was originally published in the Local Harvest newsletter.

Open: January 15 – December 31
Hours: Tues-Thurs: 9:00am-6:00pm Fri: 9:00am-8:00pm Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm

Local Harvest Feature [go]

Written by Ruth

July 13, 2010 at 12:02 am

Old Hardware Store in Ayr

The village of Ayr in North Dumfries township is very picturesque and home to many historic buildings. This old hardware store is now a pizzeria. The movie Cold Creek Manor (2003) was filmed in Ayr and other local locations in 2002. I did home care visits here at that time and remember that the store signs were removed on the buildings for the movie set.

Written by Ruth

May 27, 2010 at 12:00 am