When it comes to gift giving, even if that gift is to yourself, a “must stop” shopping experience while on your travels should be Arthur Cash and Carry, located in lovely Arthur, Ontario. This amazing retail store boasts 4,000 square feet of beautiful and unique home furnishings, lighting, linens, cookware, and just about everything else you can think of, that you just won’t find anywhere else.
Fran Turnbull, owner of Arthur Cash and Carry explains some of the key differentiators when it comes to her products. “Some of the products that customers will find here in the store come from local artisans, where the numbers of their pieces are few, and that’s what makes them so unique.” Fran has a strong network of vendors spread across North America, so she’s always bringing in new items from all over, which adds to the customer’s ability to find something on their list, or a special gift for that individual on your list that has everything!
As we approach the Christmas season, something very exciting to note is that Arthur Cash and Carry has been named “The Best Christmas Store in Ontario” by “Roger Brooks International” a North American professional tourism agency, who describe the store as “fantastically merchandised and decorated.” “I didn’t even know that they’d been in our store” says Fran. Well, she wouldn’t have known as this company complete their assessments as “secret shoppers” so they can experience the store in a natural, customer-based environment. Roger and his team have assessed, aka secret shopped, shops in more than 1,500 communities around the world, from single communities, to counties, regions, states, and provinces. Arthur Cash and Carry has been characterized as one of their “best finds”.
When you walk through the doors of Arthur Cash and Carry, you’re instantly amazed at the size of it! From just the outside, you’d have no idea how beautifully designed and furnished this large retail space is. This is just another reason why Fran and her team can offer such wonderful products at just about every price point and for every taste in décor as well.
Beyond all of the incredible products, another huge plus to the shopping experience at Fran’s store is her staff. “My staff are the heart and soul of this store” says Fran. “They bring the shopping experience to an entirely new level, and treat each and every customer like family.” It’s not unusual to see one of Fran’s staff laughing with a customer or giving them a huge hug when they’re about to leave. The wonderful products at Arthur Cash and Carry will keep you coming back for more, but the staff will keep you coming back forever.
Just before Fran and I sat down to speak, she had just wrapped up a “Shopping Party”, where a busload of ladies had come into the store from out of town, and enjoyed a 2-hour shopping experience, where Fran not only provided snacks and beverages for these shoppers, but also special promotions, to thank the ladies for choosing and supporting her store. This type of outing is a perfect way to grab a group of friends and get your Christmas shopping done early, as we are quickly approaching “that time of year.”
Certainly high praise for the small community of Arthur, and even higher praise for Fran and her amazing team!
Written By: Kelli M. Maddocks | Photography: Cory Bruyea | Resources: Arthur Cash & Carry, Arthur