One of the best things about living in Abbotsford is the opportunity to do so many different things and explore so many unique neighbourhoods.
One of my family’s favourite places is Downtown Abbotsford where we can wander among both modern buildings and historically restored shops. We love identifying the buildings we’ve seen in movies and TV shows over the years. We’ll be watching this holiday season for the movie “The Christmas Secret” that was filmed around Spruce Collective on Montrose earlier this year. We were there when they were filming with artificial snow and Christmas trees in March! Did you know that our old downtown is a much sought after filming location? Kinda fun right? You never know when you’ll see a film crew in our community.
Heading out early on Saturday mornings to the Abbotsford Farm & Country Market has become a family tradition. My kids love the giant pretzels from Gesundheit Bakery’s big van and our dog loves wandering the market because lots of little ones stop by to pet him. Being a fox terrier he’s low enough to the ground that he’s the perfect height for greetings from toddlers. They sometimes “accidently” share their treats with him too! I love being able to speak to the farmers who grow the beautiful produce; it’s so reassuring to know that the food I’m feeding my family is organic and spray free. From fresh bread, local honey, delicious cheeses, organic produce, beautiful crafts and so much more – the market is THE place to be on Saturday mornings. Plus, we always run into someone we know – it’s a great place to see friends. The market is on every Saturday through December 20th (in the fall they move inside the United Church) from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The market is located at the foot of Montrose Street.
After exploring the market, we head up the street to Duft & Co. Bakehouse for a fresh croissant or muffin and hot chocolate for the kids, coffee for the Mr and me! Fresh baked every day, Duft & Co. has made a huge mark on the community. They’ve become so popular that often they are completely sold out of everything by mid-afternoon. Baker Tyler Duft told me that he’s up a 4:00 a.m. each day to start creating his delicious breads, pastries and other treats. It’s definitely worth a stop for a quick bite, a longer lunch (they serve lunch weekdays) or to grab something delicious to take home.
Just a few steps up the street from Duft & Co. you’ll find Spruce Collection. This beautiful store is owned by five talented women who came together to share their love of vintage with the community. You’ll find gorgeous furniture, home furnishing and accessories here, plus paint and hardware to finish that perfect project. You can also rent their furnishings for photo shoots, weddings and special events. This unique shop has quickly become a “must see” shop for anyone who wants to add a unique flair to their home.
Whatever your interests, I know you’ll find something in our beautiful downtown to suit you. Whether you’re a music buff, love books, beads or fitness – you’ll find something just for you! You can find out more on the Downtown Abbotsford website. Enjoy exploring – maybe I’ll see you downtown!
Get out and have some fun in our great community. Share your discoveries and photos on our Facebook page – we’d love to know what fun you’ve found.