Taking the time to shop in the boutiques of the small Victorian town of Knowlton and speaking to their owners opens the doors to the fascinating history of a number of generations of merchants. Among long time families are Cameron and Helen Brown, owners of Camlen Furniture, a boutique offering high quality locally built wood furniture, custom-made or not, rugs, decorative accessories, and bedding. This shop has been a local fixture since 1982. It’s not to be missed by anyone wishing to add a warm, local cachet to their space.

A little farther down Lakeside, drop in to Brome Lake Books. 

Need some sporty clothes for men or women from labels such as Löle, Kaffe, Royal Robbins CTR and others? Stop at Windrush Boutique and you’re all set. Chantal Cloutier and Ian Bryson, the perfectly bilingual owners, are knowledgeable and helpful. They have been there to advise and serve you since 2018. Close by is The Shack Jewellery store.To add european flair, at affordable cost, to your wardrobe, have a look at Rococo.

Other than Boutique Prestige, the outlet subsidiary of the high end shoe store of the same name in St. Lambert, and the Knowlton boutique of designer Iris Setlakwe with genuinely Québecois products, both established for some 10 years.

You will be able to buy floral centrepiece bouquets, flower pots and decorative accessories at the charming Le Bouquet de Knowlton on Mont Echo Road. Right across is Le Panier Champêtre where you can buy special gifts.

Let’s not forget a new generation of merchant-entrepreneurs, ready to produce and distribute local products, in person or on-line so that Knowlton will continue to satisfy a continually expanding clientele. Among these, the brand new boutique e-Townships across the street from Home Hardware on the Boardwalk at the entrance to the Public Market, distributes local products from an alpaca scarf to Badger Pottery, wine from the region, potatoes, and honey at very reasonable prices. Virginia Wilson’s enthusiasm will convince you that buying locally is a pleasure, a discovery and a necessity.

Translation: Rémi Lafrenière