back where it all began

Exactly nine years ago today, we opened our little shop just up the road in Port Williams. We had no employees; it was just Ross, doing everything.

As of today, we have no employees again. We’ve gone from a staff of 20 right back to just Ross, doing everything. It has been heart-breaking to lay off our staff members over the last several days. They’ve been wonderful: understanding, kind, and optimistic. Situations like this tend to bring out people’s true colours, and it’s clear that our employees–sigh: former employees–are good people with the right stuff.

We’re trying to be optimistic too, and looking forward to the day when we start calling people back. Until then, you’ll find Ross keeping the shop open for as long as he can on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10am-2pm. If you aren’t able to come to him, e-mail him at and he’ll try to come to you if he can.

Thank you to our caring and loyal customers who are supporting us and other local businesses as much as they can! It means the world to us.

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2 Responses to back where it all began

  1. Burger says:

    All the best to you Ross. I survived the last recession in the late 1980’s-1990’s with no staff in the store and only a few in the Recycling Division of FRITZ’S. The store was open although the stock was down; I arranged my shelves to make the store look fuller! The “4 walls” time changed my life to the point that I made a promise to myself that I would never be so out of touch again. Remember, that was before computer/social media and in order to stay in business all store keepers were in their stores. We had little contact with each other and did not know how each other felt or how they were handling things. It was NEW to all of us. ( Following the recovery I met a store keeper who said to me “I don’t know what I did; the customers just stopped coming in. I always treated them nicely and had what they wanted.” When I explained about the recession, I felt that she was relieved. However, just imagine the stress she had! ) We are so lucky today when it comes to our ability to communicate, don’t you agree? We are no longer “alone”.

    When we sold in 2010 we were 68 years in business; then I had 3 more years as a Clearance Centre. 71 years in all in New Minas! Here’s to many more years for you Ross. 

    Thinking of you and will hopefully order from you soon.

    Frieda Burger Customer and your Rotary Duck Race Contact (The Duck Race is now a thing of the past, sadly.) 902-542-4211

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