By Sue Tiffin
Published Aug. 1 2017
In the 30th year of business Lockside Trading Co. from Young’s Point is expanding to a second location – Haliburton.
Mike Matucci who co-owns the furniture home decor and design business with his mom Sue said they’ve had their eyes on Haliburton for awhile and have been encouraged by a growing number of property owners from the area at the annual Cottage Life show held in Mississauga.
“We knew it was an up and coming area” said Mike. “We met a lot of people who said we needed to be in the area.”
Lockside Trading Co. offers Canadian-made furniture indoor and outdoor lighting outdoor furniture and home decor. In-store and onsite consultations for everything from fabric selections to space design are available to customers.
When according to Mike the “right employees came along” the Matuccis began setting up shop in Haliburton. Those employees interior designer Sam Lamont formerly of Ethan Allen and Jessica Riopelle who focuses on home build designs are settling in the Haliburton area and will be working in-store at the main street location.
“We are doing complimentary designs with the purchase of furniture so we can help home and cottage owners get the spacing and home they dream of” said Mike.
Shoppers on Haliburton’s Highland Street have been noticing the activity at the store location and have been asking when the store will be open.
“The local people are great” said Mike. “Everyone seems to be excited. A bunch of people have been coming in already. It feels like we’re going to be very welcome there.”
The Young’s Point store dubbed the “largest country store in the Kawarthas”on the Lockside Trading Co. website attracts more than 100000 visitors a year and was named as a retailer of the year in 2007 and a tourist destination of the year in 2010 as well as being classified as an Ontario Tourist Attraction in 1997. That store began in 1987 in a 400-square-foot space but now occupies 7000 square feet. Mike said the downtown Haliburton location is temporary until a larger space can be acquired but that the Matuccis want to keep a store in Haliburton because the town “suits Lockside.”
Lockside Trading Company opened July 28 at their downtown Haliburton location at 183 Highland St. with a draw for an in-store shopping spree. The store will be open from Monday to Saturday from 9 to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit lockside.com or call 1-888-714-0484.