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Disney Musical Packed with Family Fun this Summer in St. Jacobs!

by Drayton Entertainment

Go “under the sea” this summer as the blockbuster musical Disney’s The Little Mermaid comes to St. Jacobs Country Playhouse from July 18 to August 4. This aquatic adventure is sure to entertain guppies of all ages with its splash-tacular cast of familiar characters like Princess Ariel, Price Eric, Sebastian the crab, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and more.
 

Colourful costumes, dazzling dancing and unforgettable songs including “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and many more, means a stop at the theatre should be part of your St. Jacobs experience. 
 

Whether you’re planning a day trip or a weekend getaway, a visit to the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse is a must. Explore the famous St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, do some shopping in the village, enjoy a delicious local meal and experience live, professional theatre all in the same charming area. With plush seats, beautiful acoustics, terrific sightlines and free parking, the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse offers top quality musicals and comedies all for one affordable price – only $46 plus tax per ticket. Plus, kids under 20 are only $27 plus tax, so the family can enjoy live entertainment together without breaking the bank.

 

Click here to take a virtual tour of the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse!

The 2018 Season at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse also includes: the romantic comedy The Rainmaker (June 20 – July 7), Disney's The Little Mermaid (July 18 – Aug 4), the British farce Out of Order (Aug 15 – Sept 1), the Canadian premiere of Ghost: The Musical (Oct 3 – Oct 21) and the holiday musical panto Jack and the Beanstalk (Nov 28 – Dec 30). For more information about Disney’s The Little Mermaid or the 2018 Season in general, click here

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From the Farm - Treat Yourself to Local Dairy Chocolate Milk!

From the Farm: Eby Manor Golden Guernsey Dairy’s Chocolate Milk is a Real Food Treat!


While shopping at the Meats & Cheese store in St. Jacobs recently, I purchased a glass bottle of Eby Manor Golden Guernsey Chocolate Milk as a treat for myself. I was completely unprepared for the flood of joy that overtook me upon my first sip of this smooth, rich beverage.

 

“Some say it tastes like a chocolate milkshake, others describe it as a liquid chocolate bar, several have likened it to melted chocolate ice cream.”

 

This quote from the Eby Manor web site, although accurate, cannot quite capture the rapture that their product invokes. Decanted cold from its retro style glass bottle, I am reminded of days gone by and memories of fresh milk being delivered in glass bottles door to door. 

 

bottles of Eby Manor milk and piece of chocolate cake
No less nostalgic is the idyllic farm where the milk is produced. The pampered herd of 60 registered milking Guernsey cows of the Eby Manor live in a clean and comfortable home, grazing fields that have been farmed for three generations.

 

The special qualities of the Guernsey cow breed makes their milk naturally higher in Beta-Carotene, Omega 3, calcium and A2. It’s pure and wholesome naturally.

 

Also try their 2% white milk and Balkan style yogurt available for sale at Meats & Cheese in St. Jacobs!  For more information about Eby Manor Golden Guernsey products, visit their website

 

J. Rennie

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Conestoga River Pottery’s Phil Yordy: An Original St. Jacobs Artisan

It was 1979 when Milo Shantz, the visionary behind the redevelopment of downtown St. Jacobs, approached Conestoga River Pottery’s Phil Yordy. Recognizing Phil as a talented potter, Milo offered him an opportunity to develop a pottery studio in St. Jacobs. Fortunately for the village, the rest is history and Conestoga River Pottery has been creating high-end, handmade pottery in the village for 38 years.


 
As one of the original artisans in the Village Silos, Phil continues to make over 100 unique functional pottery items ranging from tableware to teapots. Conestoga River Pottery offers a wide variety of work in style, shape, and colour, with many different glaze finishes. Phil’s pottery is sold in complementary sets and as individual pieces. 


With the kiln, potters wheel and bisque room all onsite, you can see new unique pottery items in production all year-round. We welcome you to visit Conestoga River Pottery located in the historic silos in downtown St. Jacobs.

 

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The Silo Weavers’ Elsa Brigden Elliott: An Original Artisan

The Village of St. Jacobs has embraced the art of weaving for 37 years and Elsa Brigden Elliott is the reason why. Elsa was one of the original three weavers that started their business in The Village Silos in 1980; she continues to contribute to the variety of downtown shops as one of the original artisans remaining from that era.
 


Today she specializes in high-end textiles such as table runners, scarves and throws, unique items that are functional and yet colourfully intricate. St. Jacobs shoppers are impressed with her design expertise and the quality material with which she weaves. 

 

Elsa remains passionate about her work in part because of the expressed appreciation and conversations with shoppers supporting her craft.  She has a friendly, authentic personality, and claims she is always learning something new.
 


The Silo Weavers is an example of St. Jacobs’ commitment to the textile field and just one example of the community's support of unique local artisans and independent businesses. 

 

Elsa also plays an important role with the "Quilt & Fibre Art Festival, Waterloo Region & Beyond" held annually each May, by inviting important visiting textile artists to showcase and demo their work at her studio.
 


Sadly for St. Jacobs, Elsa will be retiring and closing her store at the end of May 2017 after a long and successful run as artist, shopkeeper, and business woman. Make sure you experience her artistry and pick up original handcrafted pieces before it's too late.

You can find The Silo Weavers in the silos of the historic flourmill adjacent to the Conestogo River.

 

 

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"Lots to Love" February SALE at St Jacobs Farmers’ Market & Flea Market!

St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market & Flea Market is jazzing up your February with a “Lots to Love” sale! Throughout Market, food and craft vendors participate with their own unique offers and specials.

Find top quality cuts of fresh meats and poultry, sausages and deli meats, cheese, farm fresh eggs, homestyle baking, mouthwatering desserts, locally-grown apples and other hardy Ontario crops, ready-to-eat foods, plus clothing, housewares, and handicrafts galore.


 

Some people love the routine and bustle of our Saturday market, while others enjoy the more laid back, quieter atmosphere of Thursday market at this time of year.  Either way, more than 200+ vendors are there to serve you this February in three distinct buildings, and you may even find a few hardy outdoor vendors too!


Stop by, chat with the farmers, growers and producers themselves, and discover all there is to love at St. Jacobs Market! Click here to see the full list of vendor specials during their "Lots to Love" February sale event.

 

St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market & Flea Market is OPEN
Thursday & Saturday all year, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Plus Tuesdays in summer too, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

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5 Kitchen Trends to Watch for Right Now

Timberbarn, St. Jacobs

 

Trends are evolving quickly and nowadays we are all about pushing the limits and taking bigger risks in our kitchens. Not only do we live in our kitchen but we also invite guests into this space, giving us an opportunity reflect both our life and design style. Here's a look at what's trending in kitchens right now.


1. Tuxedo Kitchen Cabinets

tuxedo kitchen contemporary kitchen


Expect to see a rise in two-toned kitchens, or tuxedo kitchens, the combination of mixing dark and light cabinetry by engaging monochromatic colour-blocking. The timeless simplicity of this style appeals to a variation of designers with it’s high contrast fixture and accessory opportunities.


2. Hidden Appliances

contemporary kitchen with hidden appliances
You may have to look twice to find the dishwasher as appliances are now integrated into seamless cabinetry to maintain a consistent style and texture.

 

3. Cast Iron Apron-Front Sinks

cast iron kitchen sink in rustic yet modern kitchen
Though commonly associated with farmhouse or vintage spaces, cast iron sinks with a front apron extension are finding themselves in a variety of interior styles offering their colour opportunities and shape variations. Cast Iron sinks are known for their appealing enamel coating with long lasting durability.

 

4. Consider Grey

beautiful grey and white transitional kitchen
Grey is creeping up on white to offer an alternative to the ever-popular white palette. It has become complimentary to a two-tone approach which can contrast richly stained wood and light cabinetry.

 

5. Technology Efficiency

kitchen mixing reclaimed wood with high tech hydaulic doors
Kitchens in the 21st century offer many different gadgets and integrations for maximum use and storage capacity. Opportunities range from hydraulic cabinets, double layered drawer storage, and appliances controlled with your smartphone. 

 

These five items are only the beginning. The Timber Barn in downtown St. Jacobs displays a high-profile kitchen showroom with professional designers onsite. Book an appointment today to meet with a designer and see for yourself how timber tells a story.

 

Timber Barn serves the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and greater Toronto area. Its showroom is open daily in St.Jacobs.  Enter from either King Street across from the Stone Crock Bakery or from Spring Street. 

 

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Thoughts on Making Fashion Your Own

Guest Blogger Tina Schank, Vivah Jewellery, St. Jacobs Outlets

 

When asked to define “fashion”, the mind goes in many directions.  Images of what you feel are “fashionable” and even “unfashionable” may start popping into your head. Perhaps you will reminisce on your most fashionable moments, those times when your outfit and jewellery came together so well that you truly “rocked” the day, event, or meeting!!

Webster’s dictionary defines fashion as “a popular way of dressing during a particular time or among a particular group of people….” well I call that balony. Fashion is expression.

 

In today’s world, fashion cannot be defined by what’s “popular”, or what is “in” right now, or even by a group of people.  It is only defined by you, the wearer! Your choices, not only in clothes but also your accessories, jewellery and presence in time, make up YOUR FASHION. This is still just the tip of the iceberg, as fashion cannot even be limited to one great outfit or theme. Fashion is within you, and as you grow, so does it.  Fashion is an individual expression of growth, where you’ve been and who you are today. It is in the blink of a moment that your “fashion” is captured by another and in that moment in time. With time, moments change and so does perception. Your fashion encompasses your energy, whether positive or negative. Exterior fashion always complements with your interior. The perfect dress and sparking jewellery are best perceived in a positive light, when the wearer is smiling from ear to ear.

Therefore, fashion is created and grows through your exterior and interior evolution and expression.  It will change often and cannot be defined by a lifetime. It is yours… NOT the world's.

 

Looking back, you will remember fashion expressions from when you were a young teenager, as you were starting to find your individuality.  Your friends fashion or expressions were hints for your expression, but they were never all encompassing.  You always managed to put some personal flare into YOUR fashion.  As you matured and your knowledge and expression continued to grow, so did your sense of fashion. Which brings us to today.   Think about your fashion as a whole, now can you define it?  I bet your answer is “NO”.

From day to day, our fashion evolves, some days we even have a secret theme to our outfits, such as the “rocker” on a Friday night out where we are meeting up with the girls, or business professional – with our pencil skirt and work heels (the ones we can walk in for 8 hours). Other days our expression is to simply be comfy and casual, with our yoga pants and Tee.

Fashion is no longer the industry telling us what to wear, but you and I telling the industry what we want.  What do we want?  We want, no, we demand choices, we demand options, we demand that the industry work for us and not the other way around.  Trends last weeks, and what we’re wearing this week does not influence what we will be wearing next week. Even a repeat outfit has a new element of expression, as we change up our jewellery, shoes or other accessories.

 

Fashion is our outlet to expression, choices, position in time, diversity, and ones love for self and choices. It cannot be grouped, categorized or bought in any “fashion marketing”.  So when it comes to clothing, accessories and jewellery, we ask for choice, change and evolution.

We change, we evolve, we express, not as a group but as individuals and our fashion is our reflection in time and place.

Tina Schank is Director of Sales and Operations at Vivah Jewellery. Vivah Jewellery at St. Jacobs Outlets is open every day. www.stjacobsoutlets.com 

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Disney Musical Packed with Family Fun this Summer in St. Jacobs!

by Drayton Entertainment

Go “under the sea” this summer as the blockbuster musical Disney’s The Little Mermaid comes to St. Jacobs Country Playhouse from July 18 to August 4. This aquatic adventure is sure to entertain guppies of all ages with its splash-tacular cast of familiar characters like Princess Ariel, Price Eric, Sebastian the crab, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and more.
 

Colourful costumes, dazzling dancing and unforgettable songs including “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and many more, means a stop at the theatre should be part of your St. Jacobs experience. 
 

 

Whether you’re planning a day trip or a weekend getaway, a visit to the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse is a must. Explore the famous St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, do some shopping in the village, enjoy a delicious local meal and experience live, professional theatre all in the same charming area. With plush seats, beautiful acoustics, terrific sightlines and free parking, the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse offers top quality musicals and comedies all for one affordable price – only $46 plus tax per ticket. Plus, kids under 20 are only $27 plus tax, so the family can enjoy live entertainment together without breaking the bank.

 

Click here to take a virtual tour of the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse!

The 2018 Season at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse also includes: the romantic comedy The Rainmaker (June 20 – July 7), Disney's The Little Mermaid (July 18 – Aug 4), the British farce Out of Order (Aug 15 – Sept 1), the Canadian premiere of Ghost: The Musical (Oct 3 – Oct 21) and the holiday musical panto Jack and the Beanstalk (Nov 28 – Dec 30). For more information about Disney’s The Little Mermaid or the 2018 Season in general, click here


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From the Farm - Treat Yourself to Local Dairy Chocolate Milk!

While shopping at the Meats & Cheese store in St. Jacobs recently, I purchased a glass bottle of Eby Manor Golden Guernsey Chocolate Milk as a treat for myself. I was completely unprepared for the flood of joy that overtook me upon my first sip of this smooth, rich beverage.

 

“Some say it tastes like a chocolate milkshake, others describe it as a liquid chocolate bar, several have likened it to melted chocolate ice cream.”

 

This quote from the Eby Manor web site, although accurate, cannot quite capture the rapture that their product invokes. Decanted cold from its retro style glass bottle, I am reminded of days gone by and memories of fresh milk being delivered in glass bottles door to door. 

No less nostalgic is the idyllic farm where the milk is produced. The pampered herd of 60 registered milking Guernsey cows of the Eby Manor live in a clean and comfortable home, grazing fields that have been farmed for three generations.

 

The special qualities of the Guernsey cow breed makes their milk naturally higher in Beta-Carotene, Omega 3, calcium and A2. It’s pure and wholesome naturally.

 

Also try their 2% white milk and Balkan style yogurt available for sale at The Meats & Cheese Shop in St. Jacobs!  For more information about Eby Manor Golden Guernsey products, visit their website.

 

 

J. Rennie


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Conestoga River Pottery’s Phil Yordy: An Original St. Jacobs Artisan

It was 1979 when Milo Shantz, the visionary behind the redevelopment of downtown St. Jacobs, approached Conestoga River Pottery’s Phil Yordy. Recognizing Phil as a talented potter, Milo offered him an opportunity to develop a pottery studio in St. Jacobs. Fortunately for the village, the rest is history and Conestoga River Pottery has been creating high-end, handmade pottery in the village for 38 years.

 
As one of the original artisans in the Village Silos, Phil continues to make over 100 unique functional pottery items ranging from tableware to teapots. Conestoga River Pottery offers a wide variety of work in style, shape, and colour, with many different glaze finishes. Phil’s pottery is sold in complementary sets and as individual pieces. 
 



With the kiln, potters wheel and bisque room all onsite, you can see new unique pottery items in production all year-round. We welcome you to visit Conestoga River Pottery located in the historic silos in downtown St. Jacobs.


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The Silo Weavers’ Elsa Brigden Elliott: An Original Artisan

The Village of St. Jacobs has embraced the art of weaving for 37 years and Elsa Brigden Elliott is the reason why. Elsa was one of the original three weavers that started their business in The Village Silos in 1980; she continues to contribute to the variety of downtown shops as one of the original artisans remaining from that era.


Today she specializes in high-end textiles such as table runners, scarves and throws, unique items that are functional and yet colourfully intricate. St. Jacobs shoppers are impressed with her design expertise and the quality material with which she weaves. 

 

Elsa remains passionate about her work in part because of the expressed appreciation and conversations with shoppers supporting her craft.  She has a friendly, authentic personality, and claims she is always learning something new.


The Silo Weavers is an example of St. Jacobs’ commitment to the textile field and just one example of the community's support of unique local artisans and independent businesses. 

 

Elsa also plays an important role with the "Quilt & Fibre Art Festival, Waterloo Region & Beyond" held annually each May, by inviting important visiting textile artists to showcase and demo their work at her studio.


Sadly for St. Jacobs, Elsa will be retiring and closing her store at the end of May 2017 after a long and successful run as artist, shopkeeper, and business woman. Make sure you experience her artistry and pick up original handcrafted pieces before it's too late.

You can find The Silo Weavers in the silos of the historic flourmill adjacent to the Conestogo River.


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"Lots to Love" February SALE at St Jacobs Farmers’ Market & Flea Market!

 

St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market & Flea Market is jazzing up your February with a “Lots to Love” sale! Throughout Market, food and craft vendors participate with their own unique offers and specials.


Find top quality cuts of fresh meats and poultry, sausages and deli meats, cheese, farm fresh eggs, homestyle baking, mouthwatering desserts, locally-grown apples and other hardy Ontario crops, ready-to-eat foods, plus clothing, housewares, and handicrafts galore.
 


Some people love the routine and bustle of our Saturday market, while others enjoy the more laid back, quieter atmosphere of Thursday market at this time of year.  Either way, more than 200+ vendors are there to serve you this February in three distinct buildings, and you may even find a few hardy outdoor vendors too!
 


Stop by, chat with the farmers, growers and producers themselves, and discover all there is to love at St. Jacobs Market!  Click here to see the full list of vendor specials during their "Lots to Love" February sale event.

 

St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market & Flea Market is OPEN
Thursday & Saturday all year, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Plus Tuesdays in summer too, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.


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5 Kitchen Trends to Watch for Right Now

Timber Barn, St. Jacobs

 

Trends are evolving quickly and nowadays we are all about pushing the limits and taking bigger risks in our kitchens. Not only do we live in our kitchen but we also invite guests into this space, giving us an opportunity reflect both our life and design style. Here's a look at what's trending in kitchens right now.


1. Tuxedo Kitchen Cabinets

 


Expect to see a rise in two-toned kitchens, or tuxedo kitchens, the combination of mixing dark and light cabinetry by engaging monochromatic colour-blocking. The timeless simplicity of this style appeals to a variation of designers with it’s high contrast fixture and accessory opportunities.


2. Hidden Appliances


You may have to look twice to find the dishwasher as appliances are now integrated into seamless cabinetry to maintain a consistent style and texture.

 

3. Cast Iron Apron-Front Sinks


Though commonly associated with farmhouse or vintage spaces, cast iron sinks with a front apron extension are finding themselves in a variety of interior styles offering their colour opportunities and shape variations. Cast Iron sinks are known for their appealing enamel coating with long lasting durability.

 

4. Consider Grey


Grey is creeping up on white to offer an alternative to the ever-popular white palette. It has become complimentary to a two-tone approach which can contrast richly stained wood and light cabinetry.

 

5. Technology Efficiency


Kitchens in the 21st century offer many different gadgets and integrations for maximum use and storage capacity. Opportunities range from hydraulic cabinets, double layered drawer storage, and appliances controlled with your smartphone. 

 

These five items are only the beginning. The Timber Barn in downtown St. Jacobs displays a high-profile kitchen showroom with professional designers onsite. Book an appointment today to meet with a designer and see for yourself how timber tells a story.

 

The Timber Barn serves the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and greater Toronto area. Its showroom is open daily in St.Jacobs.  Enter from either King Street across from the Stone Crock Bakery or from Spring Street. 

 

 


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Thoughts on Making Fashion Your Own


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