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The Best Specialty Shops in the Kawarthas
Shopping local supports communities. We have THE best Specialty shops in the Kawarthas.


Customers appreciate the knowledge and guidance that speciality shops offer from staff who are passionate about the products they sell. They offer unique or hard-to-find items that may not be in general stores. This can include artisanal or handcrafted products, specialty foods, cheeses, meats, cooking oils, gifts or niche items. The focus on quality over quantity make the shopping experience more enjoyable for customers. The atmosphere in these shops is often curated to create a unique and enjoyable environment. Many specialty shops are small, local businesses and when customers choose to support them, they contribute to the local economy and help maintain a diverse retail landscape. The owners and staff are passionate about what they do and this enthusiasm is infectious. Customers feel more inspired by the passion of those who work in the shop. Whether it’s a unique cheese shop, a butcher shop, or handcrafted items, customers will stumble upon exciting finds that they wouldn’t encounter in a more general retail setting.

ONE FINE FOOD (Peterborough) is at the top of my list.  There is something for everyone! Wander around and you will find a thoughtfully curated selection of local and imported fine foods, Cheese and deli, butcher shop, fresh seafood, home décor, bakery and café. They have many local items that you won’t find elsewhere. For instance, their selection of Olive oils will have you wanting all of them. Their local meats are the highest quality and will never disappoint! I feel like a kid in a candy store wandering around the many areas of this shop. The Italian Inspired restaurant features a wood fired oven and a heated four season patio that is cozy even when the snow flies.  Ask about their catering!  Your evening with friends is sure to be a hit when you bring out One Find Food charcuterie boards, appetizers, salads, pasta dishes, entrees, sides and desserts!  (705) 742-6200   800 Erskine Ave, Peterborough

THE CHEESY FROMAGE (Lakefield) is a shop where I could sit and enjoy the ambience. Have a glass of wine with a charcuterie board and watch the world go by. The staff here are well versed and will help you pick out the perfect cheeses to go with your wine. They are proud sellers of Canadian cheese, Ontario artisan wines, find foods and more! Dine in and take-out charcuterie boards customized with your preferred cheeses, meats, pickles, olives, fruit, bread, crackers, jams/jellies. They can also prepare side items of olive bowls, vegetables, dip and other items.  (705)  908-3027  25 Queen St, Lakefield

NEEDFUL  THINGS  CURIOUSITIES  WINE  SHOPPE  AND  ESPRESSO  BAR (Lindsay) is an eclectic shop offering 24 wines not available at the LCBO, delicious coffee, cappuchinos, expressos, caffe lattes, flat whites specialty teas, offering curiosities and so much more!  This cozy shoppe is packed full with curiousities you won’t find anywhere else. Bring your friends and taste wines from all over the world while you enjoy the ambience of the shoppe. Jennifer, the owner, is well versed in wine pairing and is also a local photographer. She will keep you smiling with her stories of her travels around the world to find these delicious wines.  (705) 878-2001  15 Cambridge St S, Lindsay
KAWARTHA COUNTRY WINES (Buckhorn) is not your average winery. Come in and enjoy wine and cider tasting! This is a family-owned, award-winning winery. There is a store with unique jams and hot sauces along with other items that make great gifts or are perfect for your home. In the summer, enjoy a wood fired pizza on the patio with your friends. Follow their website to see when they have events such as dinner and music, yoga, painting, and so much more! If you are hosting a gathering, rent their event space. This is a stop you won’t regret!                                  (705) 657-9916  2452 Peterborough County Rd 36, Buckhorn 
THE GRAPE AND WEDGE (Apsley) is a specialty gourmet grocery store in the middle of cottage country.  They feature locally made foods, cheese and baked goods.  Stop by and find a large selection of handcrafted art, knives, potter, charcuterie boards and giftware.  (705) 499-3011  168 Burleigh St, Apsley

ANGLE IRON KITCHEN (Lakefield) Chef Brian is not only known for his incredible cuisine and catering, but also for the items he has for sale in the shop.  Not for the faint of heart, you won’t find what he has anywhere else!  Chef Brian has curated a line of spices which will not only please your guests, but will take the guess work out of cooking. Combining all of their talents under one roof  makes for one stop shopping for light lunches and prepared meals. Catering with a sense of humour and adding an edgy panach to everything he does.                                                                 (705)  875-0428  15 Charlotte St, Lakefield
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