INGLESIDE – A distinctly local multi-service shop has opened its doors in Ingleside.
The new business is at 14935 County Road 2 – a building which also houses M&L Supply and Sterling Engineering at the corner of Wales Drive.
“We think we have something to offer to the community of South Stormont and Ingleside in particular,” co-owner Terry Tinkess told attendees, “We have lived here for 25, going on 26 years, and we’re happy that it’s a sunny day and that everybody’s here,” he said.
Tinkess says his dream wouldn’t have been possible without the help family and friends, including the Timmers family from the Ingleside Foodland.
“They (Martin, Patsy and Josh Timmers) were doing their renovation at the same time so we were able to get some of the equipment they were replacing. They are one of the cornerstones of business in South Stormont, Their guidance, assistance and support…I can’t measure how much it’s been worth,” Tinkess told Cornwall Newswatch.
The Encore Shoppe is a quintessential small town store offering a number of services to customers – from artwork, photography and ice cream to computer repair and parcel pickup for people who can’t be home to sign for an online purchase.
“We see the community as telling us what they like and what they don’t. We’ll obviously focus on what they’re interested in. We have a lot of seniors in this area. Offering classes so they don’t have to drive to Ottawa or to Cornwall…they can do that here,” Tinkess said.
He and his wife, Brenda, had thought about the shop for a long time but the end of his teaching career at St. Lawrence College was a “kick in the pants” they needed to set off on a journey as entrepreneurs. Tinkess says it was “serendipitous” that the location on County Road 2 became available for their new enterprise.
The shop is open 9:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.