Welcome to The Home Accents Emporium
Home furnishings can often bring about that quiet moment we all enjoy. The sights and sounds in our homes. A favourite vase, a photograph, a song on the radio all can serve to bring a sense of peace. Now, in the quaint country village of Feversham, Ontario the opportunity for that moment awaits. Through the miracle of renovation, a maintenance building has been transformed into a lovely retreat from everyday living. Entering Home Accents Emporium is akin to finding yourself in your own favourite place with all your favourite things. Gone are the machines of yesteryear to be replaced by treasures to make your home even more welcoming.
You will be greeted by either Kent Hudson or Gerry Littlejohn who will lead you through the carefully curated selection of home decorating ideas while you sip your tea or coffee, possibly on the lovely adjacent deck overlooking the Feversham Gorge.
Classic and traditional with a hint of European flavour,” is how Kent describes his business, and shoppers won’t be disappointed as they listen to his collection of French and Italian bistro music. The Emporium is filled to the brim with unique giftware, tableware, chinaware, candles, bedding, throws, cushions, lamps and new furniture. Hidden inside is a small “Great Britain Shoppe” offering jams, jellies, sweets and treats from England and Scotland.
Inside The Emporium
Some of the richest moments for families and friends occur over the dining room table. Remembering adventures from the past or looking forward to future endeavours carries with it a series of happy times and often the décor of the table can bring forth stories and anecdotes that might not otherwise be heard. A thoughtfully decorated table reflects the warmth of the hosts and the pleasure of the meeting.
Next door to the Emporium is Tippy Canoe, a “cottager’s” store with both giftware and apparel. Tippy Canoe is for people who appreciate Canadiana and cottage-style décor items, including plenty of wilderness and wildlife motifs. The store’s cottage theme features plenty with casual cottage furnishings, caps and t-shirts.Tippy Canoe is filled with true Canadiana. Gifts that will be cherished by foreign and Canadian visitors alike. We have a huge array of treasures that speak to every taste and age. For the avid hiker to the amateur barbequer, Tippy Canoe has it all.
Now if impulse buying is one of your favourite hobbies then the Tippy Canoe counter area is the place to be. All sorts of temptations to take with you on the road to help stave off those go-to-a-restaurant urges.
There is no season that goes unnoticed at Home Accents Emporium. Winter, spring, summer and fall - all see changes in the emporium that reflect the season. Kent and Gerry take great pleasure in seeking out these seasonal items to decorate your home.
The Emporium Emerges
Vision is often the key to success. Seeing the potential of turning a service garage into a home décor centre takes a great deal of courage and determination. Looking at the building in it's previous life and then seeing it transformed demonstrates that determination. Kent and Gerry faced a daunting proposition in setting up the Home Accents Emporium in Feversham but the result is extraordinary. The work continues to this day with more and more improvements being made.
The changes did not happen overnight. Working in the garage was a lengthy process as may be seen, but the design/build work was its own reward.
Seeing what Kent and Gerry have been able to accomplish and how much their work has added to the Village of Feversham is very humbling.
About The Emporium
Kent Hudson, the owner of the Emporium was born and raised in Feversham, Ontario, during the 50's and 60's, when Feversham was a bustling little village.
Kent’s dad , Lloyd Hudson, was the local miller who owned and operated a 4 story stone mill, built in 1905. Kent observed that unfortunately, “after Dad had sold the business, to retire, in 1979, the mill burned". The village lost a great historical building and a hub of regular activity in the town. The mill was powered by water from the Beaver River and dam. "Dad had rebuilt much of the dam and maintained the river levels". The mill serviced local farmers for miles around, for years".
Interestingly enough the volunteers at the Osprey Museum have put together an historical presentation of the mill, which can be seen at the museum.
An Entrepreneur Is Born
After attending school in the village school, SS no. 7, in Feversham, for grades 1-6, Kent attended Osprey Central Public school, in Maxwell for the balance of his elementary years. He then attended Flesherton District High School and completed grades 10-13 at the new school of Grey Highlands, Flesherton. Kent then left Feversham to attend Ryerson University in Toronto and remained in the city to live and work, for the next 40 years.
His work took him in many directions including becoming a Vice President of Store Planning with a well known clothing retail chain. His work with that chain included the design and construction and opening of many store locations in most major cities in North America. Following on this success, Kent and his partner, Gerry Littlejohn, opened a home accents store in downtown Oakville, which they operated until June 2013.
Following the closing of the Oakville store and thinking of retirement Kent and Gerry moved back to Kent’s original home, where he was born, in Feversham.
Despite their intention to retire Kent and Gerry found themselves thinking about another Emporium in Feversham. "There was never any intention to open another business or store, especially in Feversham". However, Kent's father had owned a building, where he kept his trucks, for the mill. It was located next to the house. So Kent decided to open a small little shop there. The store was a great risk, as the store and even the village of Feversham were not on anybody's radar.
After the first part of the store was opened in 2013, it was warmly received and, like it’s predecessor in Oakville attracted a wide clientele and became a recognized success.
The following September, Kent expanded the store, taking 3/4 of the entire building. And finally in June 2015, Kent expanded again and opened the last part of the building to add a new concept called "TIPPY CANOE on the Beaver", a Canadiana shop and coffee bar. To finish the building Kent added a large cedar deck, where customers can relax and enjoy a free coffee or tea and treat.
A swift route to Feversham from Toronto starts with Highway 401 westbound to Highway 410. North on 410 and continue after it turns into Highway 10. Continue on Highway 10 until you reach Highway 89 where you turn left (west) to Shelburne. Just as you arrive in Shelburne you will turn right (north) on Highway 24 (at the Esso Station) and continue north to Highway 4. You will then turn left (west) on Highway 4 and continue to Highway 2 (marked for Feversham) and continue north on Highway 2 until you reach the bridge over the Beaver River. There are streets leading into Feversham on both the north and south sides of the bridge and either will lead you into the village. The trip will take about 2 hours.