In 2014, Anne Corbin moved to Lake of Bays and opened Cedar Creek Gardening Services. Initially drawn to the area by friends who lived here – including local gardeners Neal Waters & Paula Vickery – she joined forces with them to create an experienced and reliable gardening team.
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 having owned a gift shop in the Bramalea City Centre and a gift-basket shop in Brampton. Anne’s chosen location in Dwight along the “gateway to Algonquin Park” has great exposure to tourism traffic on Highway 60, and conveniently, it had an existing retail space when she bought it. In May of 2018, Anne officially opened a gift shop and art gallery.
The shop is cozy and inviting and stocked with beautiful items. 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.
As you wander through the gift shop make your way right to the far end to check out the gallery section of the shop. Cedar Creek Gallery features painting, photography, illustrations, and wood carvings from a variety of local artists. This past summer Anne hosted ‘Meet the Artist’ days at the shop with artists setting up tent and tables on the lawn to showcase their work. You could even watch featured gallery artists Marike MacDonald and Jack Slade at work at their canvases. Anne plans to host more of these events in the future.
“Opening the gift shop and gallery this summer 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.”
Connecting to the community and its history has also provided a lot of inspiration. Many customers stop in to chat about past memories of the property with some even sharing memorabilia such as the customer that brought a photo of themselves in front of the shop in the 1950s. Anne also acknowledges the role of the H.O.L.D. (Hillside, Oxtongue Lake, Dwight) group in supporting small businesses and has become an active member.
“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.”
The gift-shop and gallery is open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – but hurry in to do your holiday shopping because the store will be closing for the season Christmas Eve and then re-opening in May. To book your spring gardening cleanup, call Anne at 905-970-7878.
Cedar Creek Muskoka
2805 Hwy 60, Dwight