A shop of her own

Tiny store cul­mi­na­tion of Syd­ney Mines’ res­i­dent’s dreams

Cape Breton Post - - Northside/Cape Breton - Dona Benac On the North­side Dona Benac is a North­side res­i­dent and can be reached at dl­beb75@hot­mail.com. Her col­umn will ap­pear monthly in the North­side/Vic­to­ria page of the Cape Bre­ton Post.

It isn’t of­ten that a per­son’s life­long dream comes true, but when it does it is such a bless­ing.

All her life Nancy (Pa­quet) Doyle dreamed of hav­ing a lit­tle shop. Grow­ing up in Syd­ney Mines as part of a large fam­ily she won­dered if it would ever hap­pen.

For 22 years she lived in On­tario and re­turned to Cape Bre­ton in 2007. The idea of open­ing a shop was in her mind so much that she de­cided to take a chance and started look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties which led her to a spot close to her heart.

Her fa­ther had owned the “cor­ner store” on Le­gatto Street for many years and she knew that the ad­join­ing space was be­ing used as stor­age. With willpower and lots of help from fam­ily, that space be­came “Nancy’s Trea­sures” which opened in May of this year.

When peo­ple ques­tion her choice of lo­ca­tion she says it’s sim­ple; she grew up in Syd­ney Mines and wanted to sup­port her home­town. She’s not in­ter­ested in hav­ing a huge space to main­tain, pre­fer­ring the co­zi­ness of her shop.

Her sis­ter Deb­bie de­scribes it as the lit­tle shop with a big heart. That’s be­cause Nancy puts her heart and soul into ev­ery as­pect of the busi­ness. The mer­chan­dise is hand picked with her cus­tomers in mind, stock­ing only a few of each item so you know your pur­chase is unique, and keep­ing prices rea­son­able. Trav­el­ing to On­tario, New Brunswick and Hal­i­fax gives Nancy the op­por­tu­nity to buy for the shop.

Home dé­cor items like cush­ions, plaques and glass­ware are pop­u­lar as are gift items like jew­elry and keep­sakes. There’s some­thing for ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing hunt­ing gear sup­plied by her hus­band Dave Doyle. You can also find his prod­ucts on­line at www. chase­hunter­club.com.

Be­sides the new mer­chan­dise Nancy also stocks gen­tly used cloth­ing which she chooses her­self from yard sales and so forth. These items are then washed and ironed at home

and sold at very low prices. She be­lieves in of­fer­ing af­ford­able clothes es­pe­cially for chil­dren so her new cloth­ing is also very rea­son­able. You can also find Ca­per Cre­ations jew­elry and Tina Brown’s sea glass at this gift shop.

Nancy’s Trea­sures is open Tues­days to Satur­days from 9-5 on 169B Le­gatto Street, 902-577-8207 and on Face­book. If you’re not fa­mil­iar to the area it’s close to the Syd­ney Mines Arena and the Fos­sil Mu­seum. Drop in for a look; you won’t be dis­ap­pointed.

On Oc­to­ber 6, 13 and 20 there will be a “how-to work­shop for chang­ing your re­la­tion­ship with food” hosted by pri­mary health care di­eti­tian Natasha Os­mond. This work­shop will be held at the Wil­fred Oram Cen­ten­nial Li­brary at 1 p.m. on these three

Fri­days. Call 902-567-1306 to reg­is­ter. There is no charge.

On Septem­ber 20 from 6:30-8 p.m. there will be a physics and chem­istry hands-on ses­sion for el­e­men­tary school chil­dren as part of Sci­ence Lit­er­acy Week. Call 902-794-3272 to reg­is­ter, no charge.

The li­brary also has tick­ets on an Adiron­dack chair and gift bas­ket be­ing drawn for on Septem­ber 20, $2 each or 3 for $5.

If you want to know all the de­tails about Celtic Colours you can pick up a cat­a­logue or events at the Her­itage Mu­seum.

Take care.

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