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Frontenac News, March 2007
Harrowsmith Horse Country
After spending the last ten years as a financial analyst in Kanata’s high tech sector, Heather wanted a career change. The prospect of starting her own business came in the form of the old Albion Hotel in the heart of Harrowsmith. The 1860 hotel has been a famous watering hole for decades, and was in need of serious renovation. With a lifelong passion for horses and Victorian buildings, Heather opened Harrowsmith Horse Country in May 2006, a retail store selling equestrian supplies and riding equipment. The store has become popular for its selection of Western boots and cowboy hats. Longtime residents in the area have flocked to see the transformation of the old building, previously dark and rundown, now bright, colourful and inviting. There’s something for everyone at the store: Western buckles and belts, women’s clothing and jeans, riding breeches, saddles and tack, giftware, jewelry, grooming supplies and a little country furniture thrown in.
Address: 4930 Hwy #38, Harrowsmith ON
News Release CFDC NEWS
March date 27, 2006
Anyone heading past the old Frosty Muggins building in Harrowsmith can’t help but notice the activity. Workers are swarming all over the place. A new business is obviously about to locate in the run-down but lovely old stagecoach inn.
Built in 1860 as the Albion Hotel, the 5,400 square-foot historically-listed building has had a succession of owners. In recent years, it was a bar, the most infamous being Frosty Muggins, which attracted many a reveler from miles around. It was Wycott’s for the past five years, and now the indomitable old dowager is getting out of the food and drink business entirely.
When the renovations are complete in May, the building will reopen as an equestrian store.
A former financial analyst who has left the high tech world of Kanata for Harrowsmith and a change careers is the new owner.
“This building was crying for someone to love it and restore its architectural dignity,” says Heather Spencer. “I’ve had century-homes before and renovated them. I just think they are built better and have more character and charm. This place is wonderful.”
Called Harrowsmith Horse Country, the store will offer a wide variety of products, including tack, riding apparel, horse care and home furnishings for the equestrian community and those who enjoy the country lifestyle.
Opening date is Saturday, May 20, 2006.