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Whatever it takes...

Dear Friends:
Louise is also J.J. Cardinal's lead photographerOwning and operating a small business requires one to adapt. And likely tackle chores many customers may not even consider part of running a small retail store. It flatters us when people ask or assume this is part of a franchise group...or they'll say they: "like this shop better than our store on Corunna Road" which we are not affiliated with (and is part of a franchise).  Besides tasks like keeping the store clean, organized, well-stocked and inviting...we enjoy being involved and connected with our customers and nature. Hence, our endless series of events & community programs that have affected thousands of local residents through monthly nature hikes, bird house building classes and more [see "in-the-news" for more examples].

All the news this year about recalls of toys and other goods made in foreign lands contrasts our desire to find awesome quality merchandise that originates right here from North America. We are proud of the quality, creative American-made products that fill our store - many are one-of-a-kind creation by independent artists and craftspeople. Made in USA, made in Canada. It warms our hearts, and challenges us to plod forth and find more fabulous stuff for our guests to enjoy. Bird feeders in all sizes and shapes, awesome bird houses and nesting boxes. Handcrafted art work: nature inspired jewelry and home decorations. 

The mirror pictured above right is a classic example of the creative spirit found at independent shops like ours. We connected with the artist, Karen Anderson, and requested a mirror with a birding theme - and we're delighted with the finished project. It is just one of hundreds of unique and inspired pieces you will find in our little shop.

Louise Dawson  

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