Shopping with the friends

Get ready girlfriends and guyfriends! We know that entertaining during holiday season can challenge ones hospitality prowess so we’ve created an afternoon field trip for you to Ajax, Ontario. These locations will help to inspire you to channel your inner host/hostess while having fun doing it!

You’ll experience fresh holiday décor ideas, sample boutique sweets to lift your holiday spirits and learn fromagerie know-how to serve to your guests. P.S, Don’t forget to chill the wine for when you return home; you’re going to be inspired to deck the halls!

First stop is Vandermeer’s Nursery Ltd. An abundance of fresh and vibrant greenery waits in one giant location including cedar, pine, spruce, boxwood, magnolia, and more. There’s a complimentary design centre on site with staff to help you express your own creative side. Or, you can take in a Saturday décor demo for shared ideas – see website. The store smells of cinnamon and sounds like Christmas. The growers have 17 types of poinsettias and 30 colours of cyclamen in the greenhouse making it a colourful and energetic place to find your Fa La La!

Afterward, head to Debbie’s Boutique Cafe and enjoy this sweet European inspired café and sandwich shop. At Debbie’s you are welcome to relax and stay a while, enjoy a magazine, catch up on your ‘list’ or simply savor something delicious. Meals 2 Go and Catering of all sizes is an option too to help with the holiday hurry.

After lunch, get ready to experience the Country Cheese Company with a large selection of fine artisan and farmstead cheeses from across Canada and abroad. Staff is knowledgeable, friendly and available to take you through taste samples and find your flavour. There are artisan cheese boards, gift baskets and boxes, and of course, all types of cheeses to take home and enjoy, grill, spread and share.

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