Muskoka Natural Food Market opens doors at new location

Over 60 people celebrated with the staff of the Muskoka Natural Food Market tonight at the advanced ‘reveal party’ of the store’s new location on 229 Manitoba Street in Bracebridge.

Guitarist Jamie Sherman kept people entertained from in front of the living wall designed and planted by Seasons in The Country. Jamie Sherman & LIving WallMany people were in awe of the floor to ceiling murals gracing the walls. There were a lot of treats to sample from the Deli Lama and the new Buddha Bakery, and the aisles were full of products with surprises in every corner.

Co-owner Curt Dunlop expressed thanks to all the “superheroes involved,” including all the volunteers and companies, such as Quemby Electric, EZ Flow Plumbing, LaserTrim, Red Lion Workshop, Frostek , along with the general contractor, Propellor Fine Homes.

“We had no flexibility on our timeline or budget,” says Dunlop. “Through sheer JebPoursforce of will, Propellor brought us in on time and on budget.”

Dunlop says they got the keys to the place (the former Sears building) on May 2 and here they are open today on June 29. A time-lapse video of photo footage shot by Scott Turnbull was on display that gave a sense of the hectic pace over the past 58 days of renovations.

He also thanks Shannon Corbeil and Gavin Hammond for their help and vision of the store design, adding more HelpDeskaccents will come in the next few weeks. A next phase is already in place for transforming the mezzanine and office and planting space.

“We’re glad people took time out to come and check out our new space,” adds Dunlop. “We’re proud of what it is, what it will become and of all the great people who are part of the Muskoka Natural Food Market family. We really want to see this become a community hub, and we will be listening all summer to our staff and patrons on how best to make that happen.”

An official grand opening celebration is planned for 11am on Canada Day and the party will continue throughout the long weekend. See below for an inside view of the new digs and tonight’s celebration.

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