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Lots of “Stuff” in new Lakefield store

A new store opened in Lakefield this week and it is loaded with stuff. In fact the name of the store is Stuff.

Stuff is located in the old Millage Plumbing building on the corner of Queen and Reid streets in Lakefield.

In a short period of time the location transformed from plumbing supplies and bath tubs to artwork and locally produced wines.

The store is owned and operated by two families, Nick and Jill Exton who moved to the Buckhorn area from Gildford, Surrey, U.K. in 2007 and John Rufa and Trish Dougherty who are retired school teachers and moved from Toronto to set up a winery in Buckhorn.

Both families own businesses in the Buckhorn area, but saw a great opportunity for growth when the Queen Street location became available earlier this fall.

The store is appropriately named Stuff as there is quite a selection of products and services available under one roof.

Two Fish Digital Canvas Art takes your favorite photos and displays them on canvas with frames manufactured on-site.

Proprietor Nick Exton is also a seasoned photographer who takes digital photos then digitally redraws the photograph to create a flat colour digital version of the picture devoid of any unwanted “noise”. Examples of Exton’s work can be viewed at the Queen Street location.

Kawartha Country Wines will also be available in Stuff. Kawartha Country Wines is a small premium family-owned winery located just north of Buckhorn on County Road #36.

Local fruits and berries are processed with the highest standards in order to produce award winning wines. The local winery took home two bronze medals for fruit wines made from local produce at the All Canadian Wine Championships held in June.

Kawartha Country Wines also produces a line of jams, condiments and salad dressings which will now be available at the Lakefield location.

Stuff will also be offering gourmet dog treats under the banner of Doggy Deli. The dog treats are made on-site, healthy and sure to be your pets favorite treat.

Stuff officially opened its doors on Monday, but hosted an extremely successful open house on Saturday. Special guests included MPP Jeff Leal, Reeve-elect Mary Smith, GCH Reeve-elect Janet Clarkson, Smith Ward Councillor Sherry Senis and Lakefield Ward Councillor Anita Locke.

Entertainment was provided by Victoria Pearce, a popular Lakefield singer who is well known for her renditions of Patsy Cline tunes.

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