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J'adore Fine Cheese Shop

Downtown Barrie
is steps away from Kempenfelt Bay and home to patios – some on the sidewalk and even one on a roof top. The real street-level adventure can be found as you explore the boutiques and specialty shops that offer everything from clothing and accessories to home décor to gourmet products such as infused olive oil and specialty chocolates. J’adore Fine Cheese and Chocolate carries 150 fine cheeses from all over the world and an incredible variety of hand-made chocolates. But that’s not all! Down a historical staircase to the lakeside level, there’s a spot to pair the best cheeses with a glass of wine or craft beer, a sensual experience that blends food and wine with the sweet sounds of greats like Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong, topped off with views of the bay. The Barrie Olive Oil Company features a tasting bar to sample more than 50 infused oils and flavoured balsamic vinegars that will make your next salad more than special. The knowledgeable staff will help you find your new favourites and guide you with suggested pairings, before pairing and bottling your choices fresh in the shop.

Downtown Shopping

When you’re with the girls – or just on your own looking for that perfect-fitting pair of jeans or the purse that’s timeless yet sassy – Dunlop Street has what you’re looking for. Janet Kemp Ladies’ Fashion features French Dressing Jeans and names like Frank Lyman and Joseph Ribkoff. Janet and her staff can find the perfect fit and look for both regular and petite ladies. At ZuZu Fashion Jewelry and Accessories, Tracy and her staff strive to empower women with a sense of who they are as they set trends that are sophisticated and chic and blended with personalized service and a dash of fun – whether we’re talking hats or handbags, earrings or bracelets or even a statement jacket.

Out House

Accessories for the home? A must-explore store is Our House, which is full of unique gifts and accessories for your home or yourself. Wendy and Sandi are two sisters who are passionate about what they do – finding the pieces that tell a story and which inspire the inner decorator in each one of us.


A short drive away is Bayfield Street, Barrie’s Golden Mile, and home to Georgian Mall.  Anchored by Hudson’s Bay, the mall has everything you’d be looking for, for yourself, your home or your family. Updated and expanded a few years ago, Georgian Mall has comfortable chairs to relax in and enjoy a specialty coffee or tea.

Park Place

Just off Highway 400 on the south edge of town is Park Place, a place to shop, dine and unwind. Located on the lands that were once Molson Park, the diverse retail development features big-box stores like Best Buy, Marshalls, HomeSense and Cabela’s, as well as smaller retailers with trendy clothes and shoes, cameras and accessories. Rounding out the merchandise is the crafter’s paradise, Michael’s. A unique feature of Park Place is its food – with sit-down restaurants that feature steaks, sushi and Tex-Mex, with names like Nando’s, Lonestar, The Keg, Milestones and The Burger’s Priest (a hit with the teens!) The Village Courtyard is best enjoyed on a summer day, with Muskoka chairs and patio sets near smaller restaurants including Freshii, Mr. Greek and the Sweet Oven Bakery. The Village Courtyard also features outdoor events such as open mic nights and charity events. Pick up your groceries at Goodness Me, after you stop in at Hand & Stone for a massage or facial.

Tanger Outlets

Ten minutes south on Highway 400 is Tanger Outlets, which features steals and deals on some of the biggest names that appeal to kids, teens and adults. Its 75+ brands include Under Armour, Coach, Puma and Guess, as well as Gap Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store and H&M. While you’re there, drop into Shopper Services to get a copy of a free coupon book. You’ll soon find what many die-hard shoppers already know – it’s sure to be a “fave way to save” as you take a retail time-out from the kids – but it’s also as popular with teens as much as their savings-seeking parents. 

Whenever you decide to come this summer, Barrie has lots in store to explore and enjoy.


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