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Spotlight: The easiest way to shop stress-free this holiday season AND have fun doing it

It’s the experience that draws you in. The desire to seek out the unexpected in a place that is constantly transforming but is always familiar. This place is alive and overflowing with the magic of a community.




There is a feeling you get when you shop Downtown Guelph. The essence of the city captivates you as you explore local boutiques, cafés and restaurants. The ever-present buzz of friendly conversations effortlessly escape into the open air while holiday greetings pass like drifting snowflakes along the bright corridors connecting the heart of the city.

Downtown Guelph is the holiday shopping destination for the whole family, but it’s also MUCH more than that. The vibrant city centre isn’t a place to simply get things done, but it’s a place to get to do things.

Spending time in Downtown Guelph is an occasion.

It’s about discovery. Finding the perfect gift for a loved one that they’ve been waiting for but didn’t know it yet. It’s about community pride and meaningful
conversations with local business owners. It’s the chance to meet up with friends to share laughs over a meal, coffee or drinks during the holidays.

Downtown Guelph is unique finds, culture, art, music, food, friends, local traditions and a feeling of belonging that comes from home.

Experience stress-free holiday shopping this year instead of rushing through it. Check out these incredible local businesses and much more and discover why people are choosing Downtown Guelph for all things holiday this season.

Gift giving made easy with Maison Apothecare

Treat the people you care for with products that care for them. Maison Apothecare offers small batch body and skin care products made using 100% pure
plant derived extracts. Find out more about these safe and luxurious gift ideas by visiting their Holiday Gift guide at or pop in for friendly service at 18 Wilson St.

Bobby O’Brien’s Irish pub is serving up the spirit of the holidays

With 19 different beers on tap, live music and a 12-foot big screen TV, Bobby O’Brien’s is the place to celebrate the holiday spirit. A casual dining menu and a lively traditional pub atmosphere makes Bobby’s a favourite local meeting place. Visit for events and daily specials or belly up to the bar at 90 MacDonell St. West.

Play With Clay is molding the most personal gifts

The perfect holiday gift lives within you! Give the one you love something personal and thoughtful this year. Play With Clay offers pottery classes to people of all ages so you can create your own unique gift. No experience is necessary and all tools are provided. Visit for more information or stop in at 42 Wyndham St. N and get started – no appointments or reservations required.

Flour Barrel: Create holiday baking that would make Martha Stewart jealous

Only the best baking ingredients for over 35 years, that’s what Flour Barrel is serving up. Whether you’re looking to bake a holiday favourite, allergy sensitive recipe or that gluten free treat all your guests can enjoy, the Flour Barrel has you covered. For great recipe ideas and product list visit or come chat about all things baking with the knowledgeable staff at 115 Wyndham St. N

Wyndham Art Supplies adds colour to the holiday season with perfect gift ideas for the artist in your family

Gift ideas for the seasoned artist or budding Picasso in your family, Wyndham Art Supplies has it all and more. Their knowledgeable staff will brighten up your holiday shopping experience with a level of expertise and customer service that will make your life oh-so- easy. For information on Wyndham Art Supplies’ impressive range of products visit or explore their shop at 125 Wyndham St. N.

Persephone’s Wardrobe: Prove who the best gift-giver is this holiday season

You know who the best gift-giver is; now prove it! That unique, scream-worthy piece waits for her at Persephone’s Wardrobe. Choose from a selection of comfortable, easy to wear clothing made from high quality organic, sustainable materials. For the latest fashion and accessories, visit the Persephone’s Wardrobe showroom at 20 Wilson St.

For more information on Downtown Guelph, including the downtown directory, visit