In 2014, Anne Corbin moved to Lake of Bays and opened Cedar Creek Gardening Services. Anne says she “saw a potential in the area to grow my gardening business” and was attracted to Dwight for the town’s charm and fantastic small businesses. She purchased a property on Highway 60 and got to work. Gardening services include weekly or biweekly general maintenance programs, spring and fall cleanup, as well as special products like decorated holiday urns. The gardening business serves cottagers, resorts, and commercial establishments and has been a great success since coming to Dwight.
“Many local cottagers and businesses are now on our weekly maintenance program,” says Anne, “and it continues to grow.”
Although long-passionate about gardening, Anne also has a background in retail and chose her location in Dwight along the “gateway to Algonquin Park” for its exposure to tourism traffic on Highway 60, and its existing retail space. In May of 2018, Anne officially opened a gift shop and art gallery.
With lovely design features, custom-built display areas, and unique cabinets full of curiosities, the gift shop is exquisite. There are locally-produced artisan candles, soaps and crafts, as well as accessories, scarves, jewelry and more. Not only will you find home and garden décor, but custom arrangements and gift baskets are also available. Anne also carries vinegars, bitters and salts from Wild Muskoka Botanicals. Providing many opportunities to showcase local makers, Cedar Creek Gallery features painting, photography, illustrations, and wood carvings by talented local artists and artisans.
“Opening the gift shop and gallery has been a fantastic experience,” shares Anne. “I have met many amazing local customers and artists, that I am very lucky to now call friends. They have been extremely helpful spreading the word of what Cedar Creek offers.”
In the spring of 2021, Anne’s gardening and retail endeavours came full circle with the addition of a greenhouse and small garden market. Bursting with colour, the retail greenhouse is stocked with annuals and perennial as well as ready-made planters and hanging baskets.
“I’m very happy with the decision to start a small business in Dwight and make it my home, the sense of community and support here is very strong.”
Cedar Creek Muskoka is located at 2805 Hwy 60 in Dwight. For complete details call 705-970-7878 or visit www.cedarcreekmuskoka.com.