Jeff Green | May 29, 2019
Leslie Gauer and her husband, Bruce, decided to move to Sharbot Lake from the Hamilton area to open up a bed and breakfast.
They opened The Cottages at Windrush on Sharbot Lake a year ago and have been surprised by the number of visitors they have welcomed who are from far flung corners of the globe.
“We were also surprised how busy we were this past winter,” said Leslie.
Working with other local business owners, Lesley and Bruce have been taken with the energy and range of businesses in Frontenac County and are supporters of the Infrontenac branding initiative as well.
All of this, and the fact that Leslie has always liked the idea of running a small craft store with a good selection of exceptional items, led her to consider opening a gift store with a focus on locally made artisan items for both the local and tourist traffic.
When a small space became available at the high traffic corner of Hwy, 7 and road 38 she grabbed it and Windfall Fine Gifts began to take shape.
Even though it has just opened, the store already has a curated feel to it.
Some of the featured artists are Dave Travers from Hartington, who makes finely crafted folk-art inspired bird houses, and wood worker James Hanley whose small tables and other items are carried. Cards and smaller Batiks from Sarah Hale are available, as well as original work by Judith Versavel. Signs from Backwoods Country Creations, local honey and maple syrup, Perth Soap products and more are available at the store.
Free coffee is in the pot these days as Leslie encourages everyone to check out this new store in Sharbot Lake.