How three Prince Edward County barns transformed into cool businesses

These county businesses run out of former sheds, carriage houses and barns

By Valerie Howes| Photography by Derek Shapton
Tuck Shop

WHAT A twee general store WHERE 433 Main St., Bloomfield HOW BIG 240 square feet

Alex Fida first stumbled upon the 1880s-era workers’ cabin turned chicken-plucking shack in Bloomfield that would become the Tuck Shop four years ago—while trespassing. When he later learned that the shack was owned by his then-partner’s parents, Fida bought it and moved it about 30 kilometres down the road, where he poured it a new foundation and turned it into a wee general store.

Prince Edward County Barn Renos: Tuck Shop

The 14-by-17-foot result is filled with penny candies, artisanal goods and a custom line of apothecary products from the nearby Angeline’s Inn, which he also owns.

The Tuck Shop has only one employee: Fida’s grandmother. “She really adds to the ambience,” he says.

Prince Edward County Barn Renos: Tuck Shop


Bloomin’ Barn

WHAT A carriage house turned art gallery WHERE 71 Consecon St., Wellington HOW BIG 610 square feet

In 1999, Margaret McFetridge was approaching retirement. She was renting an apartment at Yonge and St. Clair but didn’t want to spend her twilight years in midtown Toronto. So she bought an old farmhouse in Wellington, with a rickety carriage house on the back lot.

Prince Edward County Barn Renos: Bloomin' Barn

In 2006, she tore down the walls and ceiling, and had the 100-year-old elm planks whitewashed to create what she calls a “very feminine space.” Now, the old carriage house is a private art gallery filled with her big, bright, floral canvases—all available for purchase.

Prince Edward County Barn Renos: Bloomin' Barn


County Cider

WHAT A restaurant and cidery WHERE 657 Bonguards Crossroad, Waupoos HOW BIG 6,000 square feet for two barns

When the Howes family bought their Waupoos farm in 1975, two of the barns were used for livestock and feed. Now, the buildings are the headquarters of the award-winning County Cider.

Prince Edward County Barn Renos: County Cider

Grant Howes—who currently heads the company—renovated the first barn in 1998, turning it into a full-service restaurant. This year, the company added a retail store and tasting room to the ground floor of the 5,000-square-foot second barn building.




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