‘Most fun gift shop in Canada’

Cavendish Fig­urines changes its name to the more rep­re­sen­ta­tive Shop and Play

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

Af­ter 25 years the own­ers of Cavendish Fig­urines have de­cided to change the name of their Gate­way Vil­lage busi­ness to Shop and Play.

Jeanette Arse­nault and Don Max­field wanted a name to re­flect what their busi­ness has evolved into over the years.

The store first opened in Summerside as a man­u­fac­turer of Anne of Green Gables fig­urines, and the shop be­came a tourist at­trac­tion with fac­tory tours and Anne dress-ups. In 1998, Cavendish Fig­urines moved its oper­a­tions to the foot of the Con­fed­er­a­tion Bridge in Bor­den-Car­leton. Over the years, the de­mand for their fig­urines de­clined, but the Anne dress-up grew, and the re­tail sales of gifts and sou­venirs ex­panded to the point that the store is now the largest gift and sou­venir shop in At­lantic Canada.

Not only did the trade name change, so did the in­side of the build­ing. The Anne of Green Gables dress-up has be­come so pop­u­lar that it out­grew the room where this was done.

Shop and Play has themed rooms full of prod­ucts from all over the world, and of­fers free photo op­por­tu­ni­ties.

New this year is an “I left my (heart) on P.E.I.” mar­quee, where ev­ery visi­tor can put a heart with their name on it and where they’re from. To many of their re­peat visi­tors, it will look like a whole new shop, said Arse­nault.

“With the dress-up ac­tiv­ity, we in­vite peo­ple to get in touch with their in­ner child. We have laugh­ter all day long in our build­ing as many men, women and chil­dren put on the red braids and be­come Anne, mak­ing us the most fun gift shop in Canada.”

The store is open year-round. Visit shopand­play.ca for all the ac­tiv­i­ties of­fered.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Jean­nette Arse­nault and Don Max­field welcome ev­ery­one to their newly re­branded “Shop & Play” gift store, for­merly known as Cavendish Fig­urines, in Bor­den-Car­leton.

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