Avril Copestick, left, owner of Rowan and Oak Co. and Deborah Lyons, owner Organic Times Emporium, stand in their new storefront on their opening day on Thursday, Jan. 19. The two local businesses are now located 5167 County Road 21 in Haliburton. /VIVIAN COLLINGS Staff

Local entrepreneurs open new space

By Vivian Collings

Two Haliburton businesses, Organic Times Emporium and Rowan and Oak Co., opened the doors to their new space at 5167 County Road 21, just beside Industrial Park Road in Haliburton, on Wednesday, Jan. 18. 

Avril Copestick moved to Haliburton recently and owns Rowan & Oak Co., a natural bath and body products company. This is her first time owning a storefront.

“Our first week was amazing. Haliburton is such a supportive community, and we’re grateful for that as well as all the best wishes and lovely comments we’ve received this week,” Copestick said.

With a background in skin care having studied esthetics, Copestick started Rowan & Oak Co. in 2018 and got her start in Haliburton at the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market.

When she met Deborah Lyons, they both realized they were looking for the same thing and decided to operate both businesses out of the same space.

Lyons, owner of Organic Times Emporium, was looking for a new space for her business, which focuses on environmentally safe products.

“Both businesses focus on environmentally safe products; eco friendly, healthy home, unwrapped, upcycled, and supporting local “makers” as well as creating a beautiful and friendly place for people to shop and mingle,” Lyons said.

Lyons has over 20 years of experience owning and operating a health store.

Visit their Facebook pages, Organic Times Emporium and Rowan and Oak, for business hours and more information.

“We both are doing different things, but it all works beautifully. Our focus is very much on local, community and sustainable living wherever we can,” Copestick said.