As the old saying goes... "Never Judge a Book by it's Cover". We are very proud of the name of our Store.... The Explorers, stands for all of our
travelling friends from near and far... from Locals to Visitors, who are Exploring all of the possibilities and amenities of the Great Land O'Lakes.
As is found in the dictionary "A flea market is a type of bazaar that rents space to people who want to sell or barter merchandise. Used goods, and high quality items such as collectibles and antiques." We might be catagorized as a type of flea market...but... we certainly are different than that.
We have recently Purchased the Property and the Building, opening our doors on May 16th, 2015. We have been overwhelmed with the Welcoming and Positive feedback from our community and customers. We are so pleased as Owners who have accomplished so much, in so little time, as only two people can. Everything in and about the Emporium has been solely the two of us, and we are very happy to offer affordable prices ! On both our New and Repurposed finds. We have Explored Near and Far for our One of a Kind items.... and we are the sole suppliers.
We wear many hats at the Emporium. We are personal shoppers for clients who are in search of that special item to add to their collection. One of our motto's is, "If we don't have it, please sign our Guest Book and add your item to our Wish List, We will do our best to find what you are looking for."
We carry all types of music... even cassette tapes, as our boating friends, who have cassette players in their dash... love to find that special treasured music at our store to play on the water.... and yes, we have every genre. Even Smoke on the Water can be found, along side of Motor Head and Bach.
We would like to take this opportunity to reveal the meaning of Emporium, as again, found in the dictionary.
a large retail store selling a wide variety of goods.
synonyms: store, shop, outlet, retail outlet, superstore, megastore, department store,chain store, supermarket; establishment
"a furniture emporium" ...(we do not carry very much furniture)
•a business establishment that specializes in products or services on a large scale (often used for humorously formal effect).
"the world-famous food emporium" (we do not carry food items... only a small amount of containers of ice cream and freezies in the summer)
•archaic -a principal center of commerce; a market. (we do carry Sprouts)
We would also like to take this opportunity to reveal the dictionary description of the word Eco.
eco- 1. a combining form representing ecology, in the formation of compounds (ecosystem; ecotype); also with the more general sense “environment,” “nature,” “natural habitat” (ecocide; ecolaw; ecopolitics).
We are an ECO-Friendly store.... Meaning yes, we have repurposed items so as to not fill our Land Fill Sites. We recycle, as we care about the environment. We have reusable plastic bags, if you so chose to utilize them. We collect rain water for watering our plants and vegatables. We repurpose newspaper to wrap delicate items in. We want to leave as minimal a footprint onto the earth as possible, being one with nature on our 29 Acres. Sustainability is about ecology, economy and (sweat) equity. You may notice me, hand pulling the weeds and picking up the garbage on the front lawns that has blown out of vehicles passing through.
We are ECO-Nomically Friendly.... Our wares sell for below retail and or the going rates.
We the Emporium, being in the middle of busy cottage country, are so happy to meet so many Explorers. Sharing this quote -“Stand up; Grow up and Climb up. The reason why you can’t see farther and further is because you didn’t climb higher. Be willing to explore and be informed!”
― Israelmore Ayivor, Daily Drive 365
While visiting us, please sign our Guest Book, (add any Ecologically Minded Products that your are looking for, or any thing for that matter. We will do our best to get that special item for you) as there is always something more to discover at our store, each and every day. Being far from Basic, as Spider Man hangs from the ceiling over top of the over sized Gumball Machine. As "Buck" our talking / singing deer resides beside our Giant Lure above our Hand Made Welcoming front doors.
We Hope to meet you, soon...
Meet and Greet
The Emporium is Registered in the County of Lennox and Addington.
Owned and Operated by Christine Johnston and Co-owned by Gary Cox.
Chris is a graduate of Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute, Scarborough, Ontario., a proud parachute free faller, from 11,000 feet !
Gary is a graduate of Rosemount High School, Montreal, QC., who speaks and writes French as a second language.
Both Chris and Gary recognize the demand for quality, locally grown, frugality and personal service.
Focusing on a stronger local economy and community. Proud to call Potter Settlement, home.
Both share a passion for the creative side of things. "We have a shared love for percolating uncommon ideas, treasuring found objects and a desire to create magical spaces. We aspire to create projects and environments that engage people in unexpected ways, and to help spread the joy that a simple lifestyle, as well as leaving a smaller footprint on the planet can bring."
As of 2014,....
Chris brings 24 years of Retail and Customer Service, along with knowledge and experience in Payroll / Time Management Systems. Having been a Liaison and Coordinator with many Charities, Chris expects to maintain a wide client base and plans to offer competitive prices and build upon her reputation. Providing customers with loyalty and great customer service. Operating "Green" (Eco), as gardening is one of her passions...ensuring a more environmentally friendly shopping experience. Conserving resources and cutting down on waste, gardening organically. Recycling. Utilizing Rain Barrels, and composting.
The business prides it's self on giving it's customers, choices... not found in some places.
"Our Customer is our First and Highest Priority". If you don't see what you are looking for, please ask us !
An Eclectic Mix of Now and Then... The Emporium will strive to be the best in the Region. Promising Affordable prices.
"We are always open to new ideas....." Involved in the community, donating, sponsoring and participating in events.
"People are attracted to nostalgic items, as they connect them to something larger than themselves... Nostalgic people, have historical and cultural roots. They know where they came from, which allows them to know where they are going !"
Create your own Journey in South Eastern Ontario....Be sure to make the Emporium one of your favorite stops !!!
Find our Story on the Lennox and Addington Web Site.... http://www.yourbusinesshere.ca/index.php/la-county-store-offers-both-quirky-collectibles-needed-essentials/ (All articles are free for republication)
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