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Let's Eat: A shop that feeds your soul (7 photos)

Bitz & Bobz is filled with Canadian-sourced products.

There’s a hidden gem of a store in every small town, and Bitz & Bobz is one of them. Located a few steps away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Manitouwadge, this eclectic coffee and gift shop is a magical place to explore.

Caring and sharing would be the best words to describe the atmosphere at Bitz & Bobz. Everything they offer is carefully selected, locally sourced and environmentally sensible, whilst keeping the customer’s well-being in mind.

Their Canadian sourced, 100 per cent high-grown Arabica premium grade coffees are available in many pre-infused flavours. They offer a variety of whimsically named herbal teas (Snifflefritz, Calm Waters and Coughy!) for health and enjoyment. Other beverages, such as hot chocolate, Dairy Dreams (a wonderfully flavoured milk concoction), and smoothies are also available. Choose a yummy treat to go along with your beverage; local hand-made chocolates and other delights are available in the cooler. Fido doesn’t get left out of the flavourful fun, either! Quality dog food, treats and pet supplies can be found here at reasonable prices.

Herbs, spices and salts are the consumable highlights of the store. Melissa Gionet, the proprietor of Bitz & Bobz, sources her herbs from a wholesale supplier in Toronto. She and her staff are knowledgeable in the use and benefits of each herb, and can steer you in the right direction towards wellness. These herbs, herb blends, and spices are available in predetermined quantities, or can be purchased by the gram.

Although on a COVID hiatus for now, monthly Tipz and Bitz herbal workshops are offered at a nominal cost. The workshop leader will discuss the uses and applications of the herb of the month, and then participants will get some hands-on experience, using the featured herb to make a sample product to take home. Of course, a coffee or tea is included!

Health and beauty are not just found in herbs and tinctures; there are many products such as hand creams, soaps, lotions, bath salts, laundry detergents and many other household and beauty aids available, both in premeasured quantities and in bring-your-own jar bulk bins. Many of these products are made right on the premises, using wholesome ingredients. The beautifully scented soaps are lovingly made with natural fats, herbs and fragrances, just like in the good ol’ days.

For the health and happiness of your soul, or to share as a gift, you’ll find beautiful handmade crafts and objects D’art, such as paintings, stained glass creations, handbags, leather and wood art, and many other gifts and home décor that will delight your inner artist. Incense, smudges, candles and other smoke related products and equipment round out the spirit soothing arsenal of calmness this amazing oasis of personal wellbeing offers.

So, head on down to Bitz & Bobz and bless yourself or a friend with beauty, an herbal hug and a cup of great coffee! For more information, check out their website at or their Facebook page

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