Bruce Mines

Co-op at Mariner's Cove Worth a Stop

Co-op at Mariner's Cove Worth a Stop

Mariner's Cove is home to a unique cooperative where local small business owners sell both new and vintage items in a beautiful shared space.  

Fun clothing and accessories at Sense of Colour.
Fun clothing and accessories at Sense of Colour.

Located on Highway 17 just West of Bruce Mines, the Cove is a real treasure trove of goods and services, made up of 10 member businesses selling antiques, collectables, furniture, fashion and spa or massage treatments. The owners take turns working at the co-op at least one day a week and sell items for the others, who are not in on that day.

The co-op fosters a very supportive environment, with businesses collaborating on displays and promoting the work of others within the Cove. For instance, Marcia Grueter of Sense of Colour, uses pieces of Sherry Hicks' Dusty Roads' rehabilitated furniture and picture frames to display her clothing line and jewelry.

Sunday July 24th the co-op hosted an open house and the members seemed happy with the turn out for this first time event.

Rehabilitated furniture for sale by Dusty Roads.
Rehabilitated furniture for sale by Dusty Roads.

Debbie Gregory Gillespie and her cousin, Linda Gregory-Darmogray, co-own Gregory Bros. Girls. Debbie explains, "Our fathers owned the Gregory Bros. Garage in Thessalon for years and now we are using that name with a twist for our shop." The girls have a huge selection of collectable and a wide array of antique items from signs to sporting goods and everything in between.

Lucy Ansley's Vintage Soul and Old is Good, owned by Debra Lucier also sell antiques and collectable items and share space in the front room of the Cove.

Wooden Boxes and More at Nip & Tuck General.
Wooden Boxes and More at Nip & Tuck General.

Two of the co-op's newest members can be found in the lower level. Heidi Werner recently opened the Nip & Tuck General, which is set up like an old time general store. From here she sells Wooden Boxes and More, her hand sewn table clothes and products from a few local vendors, among other things. Pretty Little Rednecks specialize in upcycled artwork, furniture and décor items.

Hidden away in a corner of the cove, Jayne Rydall works her magic in the Serenity Spa and two Registered Massage Therapists see clients as well.

Mariner's Cove is open Tuesday – Sunday 11-close (which is usually after 4pm). The spa and massage are by appointment only. You can learn more about the co-op on their facebook page.