When we visited the towns and cities for our “Ontario Travel Series“, one common thing that we noticed is how friendly the people are from many of these destinations. Human interactions is what makes the destination extra special and memorable.
If you take the initiative to chat with the locals, many of them are friendly, they are willingly to tell you more about themselves and why they decided to stay in the local towns and cities. Everyone has a story(s) to tell and if you listen to them, you will find these stories precious and extra special.
Welcome to this MoVernie BLOG of “Humans of Madoc”. It’s through these precious stories from the locals that make these destinations so memorable and enjoyable to visit.
Below are some of the humans that we chatted during our visit in Madoc, Ontario and we will share some of their stories with you.
Meet Hannah Cowell – Founder and Owner of Fish & Co.
Hannah is an experienced professional and she is passionate about female angling. She was introduced to fishing at the early age of 4 with her Father and she felt in luv with this sport ever since.
Hannah’s mission has been to make fishing inclusive to women. In 2019, Hannah has opened an online store called “Pretty Li’l Angler’s” and a branded clothing was born in 2019 with a mission to open the door to women being introduced to the world of fishing.
After the success of the online store, Hannah quickly realized that she wanted to expand to more than
just clothing, so that fishing could be inclusive to everyone.
In 2020, Fish & Co. was born! It’s a physical store Hannah has created where there is no judgment, and to remind everyone that fishing can be anyone’s sport. The store carries everything from fishing tackle, to cottage decor and branding clothing. Me and my buddy, Hank along with the Madoc & District Chamber of Commerce team got to check out her store and talked to her in person.
It’s amazing at a such a young age that Hannah decided to open her store. Hannah is thankful of the help the local business owners, the Chamber of Commerce and the residents for their continual support. It’s not easy being a young entrepreneur opening a new store especially during the pandemic, so I am super proud and admire her dedication to open her own store. It motivates and encourages other females to learn more about sport fishing and have the courage to make the 1st step to open a store.
Meet Scott Williams – Business Partner of 7/62 Craft Brewers
7/62 Craft Brewers began in early 2018, when the newly minted business partners Scott Williams and Al Shaw decided to turn their mutual enjoyment of beer and affection for their community into a new business venture. 7/62 Craft Brewers was born and become a reality as it’s located in the historical village.
7/62 Craft Brewers was founded on three core values – craft, community, and sustainability. It is its mission to create a space that brings people together with their community. They support the local and collaborate with other local businesses by featuring local products and utilizing local services.
The next time when you are driving along the scenic route of Highway 7, make sure to make a stop to 7/62 Craft Brewers to get some snack bites, a beer flight or buy some beer home to enjoy! Support Local! Drink Local!
Meet Peter Nayler – Co-Owner of MacKenzie Mills Emporium
Located in a 130 year old former hardware store, MacKenzie Mills Emporium is a family run business. This store sells Irish clothing and Jewellery, as well as Canadian made moccasins, soaps, men’s and women clothing, wooden game boards, teas, hand lotions, fudge, cookies, spices, and jams. You name it and they probably have it!
It was amazing to chat with Peter as he showed us around the store, and identified the locally made clothing items and other products. He gave us some insights about the history of Madoc as well as how they passionately spent their time to renovate this 130 year old building and transformed it into the modern store in the present.
Meet Angie Smith – Owner of Oats & Honey Bulk Foods
Angie Smith is the owner of Oats & Honey Bulk Foods, located at the Downtown Madoc, Ontario. Before we first stepped into this cute store, I was attracted by the amazing Christmas themed Lego set at the front of the bay windows. I am a Lego lover! They even have my beloved “Simpsons” Lego house, which we have our own set at our place.
When we stepped into this cute store, we enjoyed the green wall colour and all the cool ingredients people need to bake, cook or just enjoy some sugar rush. Since 2018, Oats and Honey has served the Madoc and its surrounding areas with fresh baking ingredients, nuts, confectionary, herbs and spices. There are over 200 items in stock.
Meet Tracy B Richards – Founder of XO. Life Celebrations
Tracy B Richards is a Founder of XO. Life Celebrations, which is a wedding officiant business serving Hastings County, Belleville, Toronto, and surrounding areas in Southeastern Ontario.
This is the latest updates on Tracy’s website, “As one of Toronto’s most sought-after Wedding Officiants, Tracy will still be available for weddings in the Toronto area in 2022 while she is in the process of restoring some of the existing structures on her property. When completed, couples will be able to get married anywhere in the exquisite, pastoral setting overlooking Deer Creek or in the charming Coach House which is currently being restored into a “Tiny Chapel”. In the meantime, Tracy is thrilled to be able to offer her wedding packages at the historic O’Hara Mill Homestead & Conservation Area beginning in 2022.”
This press trip was provided by the Madoc & District Chamber of Commerce. However, as always, the opinions expressed in this post is entirely my own.