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Celebrating Grr8 Finds: 10 Years in Business

Submitted by Anna Radey

Fenelon Falls has always been a unique destination for visitors. Tourists and locals alike are often enamoured with the variety of attractions within the boundaries of our small town. However, at its core, Fenelon is all about the people who make each and every visitor feel special and welcome.

One of the town’s greatest ambassadors is Randy at Grr8 Finds. His store is located in the heart of downtown and has been in operation since February 2009. Given his passion for antiques, it was only natural that he would eventually expand his business to include over 50 vendors and 1900 consignments. His venture has been so successful, that he was one of the first businesses in Fenelon Falls to start practicing standardized hours, (7 days a week, 364 days a year), which has proven to be quite effective. With many small businesses getting their start from being a vendor at Gr88 Finds, Tim Wisener of the Colborne Street Gallery notes that Randy “may be one of the most effective small business incubators within the City.”

Grr8 Finds offers up a visual wonder of unique items for all occasions and tastes. The vendor spaces are stocked with items of all sizes, with enough variety to fit any budget. Randy has a desire to ensure that everyone finds what they are looking for. His store even includes a candy counter for the local children, and those who are young at heart. Randy said his favourite thing about the store is “making memories. From the kids growing up as they come in to get candy, to the customers who purchase something and come back to tell me what they have done with it.”

Along with being a pillar of the business community, Randy is also a staunch ally of the LGBTQ community, and is often the provider of a safe space for teens to come and share their thoughts and perspectives, as well as perhaps gain a little wisdom along the way. Dakota Tilling, a student at Fenelon Falls Secondary School who stops in to see Randy nearly every day, notes that when Randy offers life advice or encouragement, “it’s always been very, very helpful. And he always seems to go out of his way to make sure that everyone else is happy. One thing he offers is a safe place for high school students to go if they’re having a rough time. You just go and sit on the bench at his candy store and you’re good.”

As we celebrate Randy’s 10th anniversary in Fenelon Falls, we wish him continued prosperity, both as an entrepreneur, as well as a supporter of the local community. If you find yourself downtown, be sure to stop in and congratulate Randy. You might even walk out with a little treasure of your own!


5 Generations of Fenelon Falls

History provided by Ali Carter

My Father’s Grandfather bought a property on Sturgeon Lake in 1912. Our family has been summering here for over 100 years. In 1999, my parents retired here and lead active lives in the community playing golf, curling, and bridge.

When my brother and I had our children, we made it a priority to visit Fenelon Falls, not only during the summer months, to take part in the many unique and exciting events, and variety of activities, the various seasons bring.

My daughter Quinn (8) and her cousin, Cole (9) have been coming to the area year-round since they were born. They are the 5th generation on our property. They are the best of friends and always look forward to their time together at Grandma and Grandpa’s!

Some of their favourite Fenelon activities are:

  • Country Cupboard for frozen yogurt
  • Lunch at Murphy’s
  • Visiting the Fenelon Museum where my Great Aunt Elenor Mann’s figure skates are displayed
  • Skating at Fenelon arena
  • Fenelon Park
  • Harvest Festival
  • Santa Day
  • Candy bar at Grr8 Finds
  • Shopping at Butterfly Boutique and Red Apple
  • and probably their favourite...tube rides and kayaks on Sturgeon Lake!

I may have missed a few things! We adore Fenelon and are so impressed with the diversity and inclusive nature of this town. Every day we all feel blessed that 106 years ago our relatives decided that this was the place to lay roots.


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