18 April 2017

Are you “Nuts for Cheese” yet?

We've just started carrying a new line of vegan cheese called “Nuts for Cheese” and already it is gaining popularity amongst a wide range of customers. Recently we were fortunate to have Laura up from London, Ontario to demo it.  She notes that in some stores they've even had to downplay the fact that it is vegan because it's so good that even dairy-eaters love it.

So what's the secret to making a decent vegan cheese that actually tastes like cheese? Cashews, and lots of them.  We at the Stone Store particularly enjoy the authentic cheesy texture, with each wedge delicately spiced to produce a rich flavour.  Flavours include: Un-Brie-Lievable, Smokey Artichoke, Red Rind (featuring a turmeric and paprika rind) and Chipotle Cheddar (featuring chipotle peppers in adobo sauce).

Stone Store employee Karin lived in London when the Nuts for Cheese phenomenon began. She told us how founder Margaret Coons began making it out of a local vegan restaurant called Veg Out. From there she began selling it out of the Western Fair Farmer's Market.  “Then it just kind of blew up and gained popularity,” she says, adding that some people even make cakes out of these cheeses. “You can eat the whole wedge and not feel like garbage.” (Well, maybe save some for your housemates please!)

Curious?  Come and try some for yourself.   Maybe you'll become brie-liever too!
The Stone Store Crew

10 April 2017

05 April 2017

Get Ready for Spring with the Stone Store

Spring is here and like you the Stone Store is gearing up for sunnier skies.  

Remember those Colbri Wet/Dry Bags you had your eye on last spring? The ones with the stunning patterns so practical for trips to the splash pad? Now is your last chance to pick one up!

Check them out two fun spring patterns and colours, now 40 % off.
Three convenient sizes:
Go Light ...... reg. 10.99 now 6.99 (great for baby wipes or food)
Clutch ......... reg. 23.99 now 14.99 (great for cloth diapers and potty training)
Explore ....... reg. 48.99 now 29.99 (perfect for swimming)
All are made in Canada.

And our latest exciting new product:
Alba Botanica's new very emollient sunblock spray!
Sean's particularly excited to try this one because at 50 spf it's strong enough to protect his sun-damaged skin.

This sunblock uses an air-powered continuous spray system with no chemical propellants and sprays on clear. Fragrance free and water and sweat resistant, it lasts for an outstanding 80 minutes.
   Available in Kids' SPF 50 and Sport SPF 50.

Don't wait until your first burn of the season to buy sunscreen - now is the time to get ready for fun in the sun.
Wishing you all sunny skies and fun days at the splash pad,
The Stone Store

26 October 2016

Saugeen Country Dairy

Are you ready for another local producer showcase?!

We are!  Today our blog takes a field trip to the country.
The first thing you need to know about Saugeen Country Dairy is that it was organic even before it was cool.  Their products have been organic since 1994, and even before that they were certified with the Biodynamic Society of Ontario in 1988.  Nowadays, they hold certifications from both Eco-Cert (for organic practices) and Demeter (for biodynamics).  Biodynamic farming takes their organic practices to an even higher level, incorporating holistic philosophies to farm management

19 August 2016

Going Local with Seedy Steve Pancake Mixes - Made in Guelph!

Here at the Stone Store, we love supporting innovative local enterprises, and the latest has been Seedy Steve with his hearty Pancake mixes.

Steve Snoek created his signature pancake mix to offer a healthier alternative to bread for his family.  To do so, he went back to his Mom's classic pancake recipe, and started by reducing the wheat flour.  To make up the difference, he started experimenting with bulking up the rest of the recipe with healthy seeds.  He ended up adding buckwheat flour, poppy seeds, shredded coconut, ground flax, black chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds.  

15 April 2016

Green since the beginning.

For some businesses, environmental issues are an afterthought, but here at the Stone Store we strive to be green through and through - whether in the products we decide to stock, the packing options we offer, or the causes we support.  Here are some of the highlights!

04 March 2016

A Little Sun for the Yorklands Greenhub

 Coolest product ever: Now at our store we are selling rechargeable solar lamps.  Better yet, when when you buy one, you make a global (and local) impact!

Little Sun is a social enterprise focused on getting clean, reliable, affordable light to the 1.1 billion people worldwide without access to electricity.

05 February 2016

Winter Night Market

Our store loves to celebrate local products, and that's why we jumped at the opportunity to support a new local artisan market - The Guelph Night Market!  After a very successful market in Autumn 2015, Theresa Mullin and Emily Colley-Divjak, co-founders of the Night Market decided to do it all again!

The next market will be WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016 from 7PM-Midnight @The Ebar, Guelph. 

15 January 2016

Breast-feeding Support

Attention new mothers in Guelph - did you know there is a free peer-support program for breast-feeding mothers in Guelph?  It is called the WE (Women Everywhere) Breastfeed Support program.

We are lucky enough to have one of their trained peer support people on our staff here at the store!  Holly has two children of her own and decided to become a part of the program in October 2014.
Holly is at the store Fridays 10-5 and Sundays 9-3.  She would be happy to chat with you if you have any quick questions for her, or you can contact the WE Breastfeed Support Program at 519-821-6638 ext. 250 or online at: http://www.guelphchc.ca/healthy-living/outreach/we--women-everywhere--breastfeed

13 January 2016

Going Local with Best Baa Dairy

At the Stone Store we pride ourselves on having the most interesting and best quality local suppliers, so we decided to use this blog as a way to share the stories of a few small businesses who have products we think you'll LOVE!

Ewenity Dairy: Best Baa Sheep Milk 

 Nicole Bzikot, the Plant Manager at Best Baa in Fergus ON, told us that Best Baa began in 2001 as a "retirement" project for Elisabeth and Eric Bzikot (her parents-in-law) who recognized there was a niche market for sheep milk products.  Sheep milk is often easier to digest because it is very close in constitution to human milk.  Plus, it's loaded in calcium, protein, CLA, and vitamins A,D and E in formats your body can absorb.