When you close your eyes to think of your favourite place to be, what do you see? A place warm and welcoming, where one thing likely ties everything together: the furniture, décor and sentimental pieces you have collected over the years to create a place you feel at home in.
Arthur Cash and Carry, found on the corner of Smith and Fredrick St in the heart of the welcoming village of Arthur ON, is perfectly located for anyone to stop in on their way through town. The Arthur Cash and Carry has become a destination stop for many, whether it’s a friend’s trip, bus trip or a solo mission!
Many are drawn by the inviting atmosphere, unique home décor and gift options. With friendly, familiar service, the dedicated team of genuine people at Arthur Cash and Carry enjoy building relationships with customers by listening to their wants and needs to help find what fits. In store interior designer Sarah Burke is able work one on one with customers to help them to create the home of their dreams.
It’s not hard to get a sense of what Arthur Cash & Carry is about; all it takes is a conversation with owner, Fran Turnbull or any of her employees. Their enthusiasm for their job is truly contagious. As I walked around the store, trying (and I believe failing) to see everything there was to see, I couldn’t help but smile as Fran and some of her girls were laying out their new shipments. The excitement they were expressing amongst themselves at seeing the new styles and colours in person was infectious, only encouraging me to explore further. I wanted to be a part of the joy.
When asked about her store, what it means to her, and why she started it, Fran had this to say:
“I wanted to create a unique home decor retail space that was family friendly and to display one of a kind merchandise for home, cottage and outdoor living spaces. From seasonal products, furniture, lighting and rugs to wall decor, pillows and other accent pieces. Our products have the ability to impact the way you feel, and we want all of our customers to feel that sense of home when they walk through the door.”
From their humble beginnings in 2015, to where they are now, Fran feels as if they have accomplished a great deal and overcome many obstacles – still with a smile on their faces. Fran made a point of emphasizing that she couldn’t have accomplished any of it without her team; each member brings a different perspective, making each visit to their store more memorable than the last. They’ve become a family, and look forward to welcoming people from across the province into their little home.
Their customers, too, are part of this family and it’s as much about making an experience for each person who walks through the door as it is the products. If they have brightened someone’s day, or they’ve got to see the excitement people have for their purchases, it’s a day they enjoy.
The warm feeling of home is what they are infusing in their new line, “Welcome Home by The Arthur Cash and Carry”. The brands first product launch is a line of beautiful soy candles that will come in three sizes, wood and cotton wicks, with five unique scents that will have you feeling at home. The line will include artisans from all around. The Welcome Home collection will be sold exclusively at Arthur Cash and Carry.
All year round the store is full of intriguing displays that reflect the passion of the team who created them. From their current summer displays to the full Christmas extravaganza that will begin to spread through their store come September. It’s a passion for Fran and her team to find show stopping pieces to bring into the store to create the “wow” factor for the customers.
If you are looking for a way to spend your day, stop by Monday to Saturday for a visit! During the summer Arthur Cash and Carry hosts mini markets each Saturday with local vendors they have selected to give local artisans a spot to sell their wares. It’s a great way to spend a summer day, exploring the community, enjoying the outdoors and supporting local!
If you haven’t been already, we highly suggest you put it on your list of places to visit. They would love you to stop by and enjoy the experience of shopping local. In closing from Fran, “All of us at Arthur Cash and Carry would like to thank our customers for taking time out of their day to visit us and make ours a special one!”
Arthur Cash and Carry is where your story can begin…
WRITTEN BY: JILLIAN KENT | PHOTOGRAPHY: PAUL SPEARS | RESOURCES: ARTHUR CASH & CARRY, ARTHUR