The Story of Home Accents Emporium and Tippy Canoe
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.
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.