Small-town store wins big
A sweet little decor store in Orangeville, Ont. has picked up the Canadian Gift and Tableware Association's Retailer of the Year award. The original Acheson’s was opened by Dianne Acheson more than 20 years ago as a 300-square-foot section in her family’s pharmacy in Harriston. Tired, perhaps, of big-box blandness, local folks flocked to the store, which also became a favoured stop for cottage-bound weekend visitors.
In 2006, the 5,000-square-foot, award-winning Orangeville store was opened. It sells giftware, one-of-a-kind jewellery and home decor. I especially like the animal motifs - the lamp in the background that has a horse for a base, the needlework cushion with a bear motif, and the print with a dog decked out in full military regalia.