Slow down for the season: small town shopping and experiences in Oxford County
As candy-red maple leaves light up the countryside and unique retail shops prepare for the first dusting of snow, they’re also ready to offer the ideal holiday shopping experience.
Whether you shop locally in-person or online, Oxford businesses have everything you’re looking for — and lots more to discover.
“I think charm is the best word to describe the shopping experience,” says Crystal van Roekel, business support consultant at the Rural Oxford Economic Development Corporation.
“These smaller businesses curate your experience — and the products they’re selling, they would give to their own family. I think that says a lot.”
Why not make your holiday shopping experience a fun, relaxing, rural road trip?
A craftsperson’s paradise
If there’s a woodworker on your list, visit Embro, Thamesford and Kintore. Start the day with a fresh cup of coffee — and beans to go — from Kintore Coffee in Embro.
Then visit Workshop Supply across town for hobby supplies — maybe a birdhouse kit, or a crokinole board — and over to Kintore Custom Hardwoods to buy a hand-made chopping board, charcuterie board, or lumber for your next project.
The Country Tool Shed in Thamesford has tools for any job, and you can pick up party-ready dishes at the Village Deli that simplify the holiday hosting experience.
Still more shopping to do? Travel 10 minutes to downtown Ingersoll.
Pamper yourself and delight the foodie in your life
Online fashion retailers
If there’s a fashion-lover on your list, consider shopping locally online with an Oxford boutique. The cozy cottons from local designers Thames River Clothing and Bear and Fox Apparel are available at the click of a mouse. Fashionistas will love On Trend in Norwich — be sure to check out the seen-on Dragon’s Den Ponyback Hat, the perfect chapeau for people with ponytails.
From Tavistock, you’ll find unique baseball hat designs at Noble North, and MIO has women’s jewellery, accessories and adorable children’s swimsuits.
Treasure hunters can also visit the online hub of Morrows in Drumbo, and so much more is available in-store. See a full list of rural online shops at Tourism Oxford.
All this, and we haven’t even talked about weekend walks with alpacas, flying in an antique Harvard airplane, or live theatre at Walters Music Venue. Book an in-season adventure or a gift card for a memory-making holiday gift.
There’s so much to see and experience in rural Oxford County this holiday season, you’ll want to return several times. “Let’s not focus on the stress of the season,” says van Roekel. “Let’s make it an experience to share with other people, and still fulfill your shopping needs.”
For more great ideas about holiday shopping in Oxford County, visit tourismoxford.ca/holidays .