Barrie Uncovered


“Tis the Season!  As Christmas comes closer and COVID hits harder, we all need to think about shopping differently this year.  Over the summer Canadians fell hard to the lure of on-line shopping through big box stores.  We need to search out our smaller local shops and work closely with them to keep our ecomony strong.


Today we’re taking a glimpse at one of Barrie’s newest florist shops.  Owned by Julie Jacques, and located at 2 Marcellus Drive, in south end Barrie is Wild Lotus Floral Design. (  Julie has been a floral designer for over 15 years and was nominated as one of Barrie’s Best in the 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards.

Having just opened her shop this fall, you can be sure that Julie is excited about the upcoming season.  Wild Lotus Floral  Design shop is certainly not just floral arrangements.  There is a wide array of giftware as well.  Find everything from rustic home decor to jewellery to meditation and mindfulness gifts.  There are some beautifully seasonal choices as well.  Julie is a wonderful supporter of local artisans as well, displaying their talent in her shop.

Julie would like to take a moment to teach us the difference between using a local florist or one of the large on-line franchises.  If at all possible avoid the middleman and shop local.  To begin with, that saves dollars.  When you call a florist directly they can tell you exactly what’s available at that moment.  Lastly and most importantly is that local florists are true artists.  They can create something beautiful and customized for you based on your needs and budget.  Take Julie for instance, her style is described as rustic, modern with an elegant flare.  Julie herself loves to do a bit of avant-garde design.  She mentions an all black floral arrangement bedazzled with diamond headed pins for a local tattoo shop, or a totally black and white theme for a wedding!

Her biggest passion though is the customer.  She loves the smile that appears on the face of every happy client.  Julie likes to say “That sending a loved one an arrangement always feels like a warm hug!”

Julie loves to take part in random acts of kindness and fully believes in “paying it forward”.  There is a giveaway program at the shop that you should call about.  Julie intends on becoming the best florist shop in Barrie.  Her full service shop and superior designs are sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.  Check her website at or give her a call at (705) 984-7234.  I think you’ll be happy you did.  Remember – Shop Local – Support our Economy!

Say It With Love!!!

Looking for the perfect wedding dress? Say It With Love has got you covered!

SAY IT WITH LOVE is a family-owned business and one of Ontario’s largest bridal stores. The staff is attentive to the client’s needs and provide services to make the bride feel special. Say It With Love will help you find the perfect dress for the big day. The store has 10 large changing rooms and a large VIP room for special gatherings of the whole family.

They offer an extensive range of wedding gowns, bridal accessories, cocktail dresses, prom dresses, grad dresses, and evening gowns. Champagne is also available at this fantastic bridal store. Say it with love is your first stop shop for all your wedding needs.

They also sell dresses for more special occasions. They have a large selection of Bridesmaid dresses and Dresses for the Mum’s of the bride or groom, so they can pretty much cover all your wedding day dress needs. They also have a selection of Prom and Grad dresses. So before you make your choice check out Say It With Love selection of dresses you won’t be glad you did. Check out their site and make an appointment.

Covid 19 measures

During the pandemic, the store is open by appointment only. They take the outbreak very seriously and screen all their employees as well as clients for signs of COVID 19. An ultraviolet light system is used on all the dresses being delivered, as well as the ones you try on. Say It With Love is the only store in Canada to implement such measures.

For all the infomation you need and see their beautiful dresses click onto their website