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canada goose outlet in uk Amherst Island General Store hasn changed much in the past 100 years, but its new canada goose jacket outlet owners have big hopes for its future. canada goose outlet in uk

From the moment David McGinn heard that the nearly 200 year old building was for sale, he knew that it was meant to be his.

A Kingston born and longtime Alberta resident, David family roots are deep on Amherst Island, but he never imagined living there until circumstances in his life left him looking for a home in the Kingston area that would accommodate his seafaring spirit and his wife career.

After living for 47 years in Alberta and retiring from a career in the oil industry, David was ready to return home.

canada goose jacket uk wanted to buy it sight unseen, and my wife, being the prudent one in the family, insisted that I look, David said with a sheepish grin. daughter in Ottawa goose outlet canada came down to be the devil advocate. She took over 300 photos and sent them on Dropbox. the building ailing state, David liked what he saw, and he and his wife, Linda, purchased the old store in December 2016. canada goose jacket uk

Since then, they have been working to restore the Amherst Island establishment to its former glory and perhaps beyond.

The building initially constructed in the 1820s has been a staunch and utilitarian fixture on the corner of the main intersection in Stella, the little village whose name marks the addresses of every resident on Amherst Island. It has housed a general store for much of its life, first opening in 1860. Over the years, the building has oscillated canada goose outlet jackets between offering locals general goods and functioning as a hotel.

canada goose outlet mall In the most recent years, it canada goose outlet has housed the local post office, a role that the store still fills today, with the added benefit of providing a paid position as postmaster for Linda. canada goose outlet mall

But the previous owner was unable to maintain the building, and it fell slowly into disrepair.

canada goose outlet jackets Some Amherst Island residents told the McGinns that they were waiting for it to fall down, until the couple purchased it. canada goose outlet jackets

Indeed, David said he couldn stay in the building when they first took possession.

not fussy about my place, but canada goose outlet new york city I wouldn even stay here at first, he said. stayed down at a bed and breakfast for a week because I wouldn stay in here. It was on the border of derelict. didn know initially if he could keep the building standing.

January [2017], I had been doing a month work tearing into the walls and ceilings. canada goose outlet reviews It was in deplorable condition, but now we on the way to gorgeous, he said with confidence.

canada goose outlet boston The store is built from the island canada goose outlet store uk itself: massive logs make the timber frame building, and the floor boards and interior siding are also cut from ancient island trees. canada goose outlet boston

Peeling away the layers of time have revealed good, sound bones.

canada goose uk site is eight inch by eight inch timber frame, David said. already dug through enough to see the bones here, I been in the foundation, and I been in the attic. It all looks good. ceilings and roof are supported by four and five inch wide and eight inch deep rafters, and the walls are tongue and groove pine. canada goose uk site

only five boards to make the whole wall, David marvelled. are 20 inch wide planks. offers a tour of the main canada goose factory outlet floor. The 900 square foot building canada goose outlet shop is small on space, but David and Linda are big on ideas.

canada goose outlet toronto factory Once a renovation of the canada goose outlet toronto factory back half of the main level is complete, the tiny corner that houses some general goods will become the post office space, and the rest of the room will open up for the canada goose outlet general store, complete with a corner for hardware. canada goose outlet toronto factory

canada goose outlet authentic The current post office area will house three little tables for drop canada goose outlet uk sale in visits over coffee canada goose black friday sale and baked goods. canada goose outlet authentic

David has taken up the original floors in the back area flat on the top with bark still attached on the bottom and after installing a new subfloor, the original canada goose outlet canada planks will go back down.

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canada goose outlet montreal In this project, David is the jack of all trades and Linda brings home the bacon as postmaster, behind the historic post office counter, on loan from a friend and boasting a nearly 100 year history in Renfrew. canada goose outlet montreal

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The McGinns want the general store to be a hub for the tiny island.

want this to be a gathering spot for the community, Linda said. are all about reviving this as a village community. of that plan could include renovating an addition on the back of the store into an always accessible sitting area where the coffee is always hot, a common area for anyone to use anytime.

canada goose outlet website legit The post office is running and a little corner of the store is open, and the McGinns are aiming to finish the store expansion and also get a machine shop behind the store up and running. canada goose outlet website legit

canada goose outlet store quebec That machine shop will provide potential full time employment for a local machinist and welder, and also some income official canada goose outlet for mechanically minded David. canada goose outlet store quebec

canada goose outlet london uk a more established island residence and with the new ferry, we hoping to grow this back into more of the community that my father left at one time, David said canada goose outlet london uk.

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