From our Christmas Shoppe

The year-round Christmas Shoppe features the finest in popular, quality holiday fare such as the Dept. 56 villages, Snowbabies, and Old World Glass Ornaments and Byer’s Choice Carolers. Also, it is a center for the finest in one-of-a-kind hand crafted, American made ornaments, Santa’s and wreaths, all presented in award winning displays that have no rival.

“This was our Mom’s idea!” The building alternately owned by H.R. Morris in 1838, then Joseph Holmes and James Fulton in 1870, had been run as a general store, post office and trading center. Sadly, when Holmes’ son Lyman O. retired in 1958, the store closed. Though the building remained in the family, it stood vacant for 18 years. Yet, something gnawed at family Matriarch, Doris Holmes.

She knew all too well, just what the store meant to her, to her family, and to the community where they’d built a life. So, Doris took matters into her own hands. And in 1976 Canal Towne Emporium was born and family tradition was re-established.

Doris sought the counsel of local interior designer Gary Eckhart, who removed past attempts to modernize the store and restored it to its original turn of the century atmosphere, using equipment and furnishings from the original store. Doris died in 2004, but her sons Lyman and Gary, the third generation of Holmes’ carry on.

American Handcrafted Goods

Featuring hand painted furniture from Lisa Hilliker. She has spent most of her life in rural northern Vermont, just a stone’s throw from the Canadian border. Surrounded by natural beauty and abundant wildlife, it is not surprising that both have become sources of inspiration for her. “I love animals and nature. Any piece of wood or stone sets me off. I start feeling and seeing what could happen.”

Hilliker has been creating art since she was a small child. Early teachers included an artistic mother and grandmother, and an extraordinarily talented eighth grade art teacher. From there she has learned from other artists and let her powers of observation guide her. “Art is in the eye of the beholder”, she says. Fellow Vermonter and artist Warren Kimble, who is considered to be “America’s Best Known Living Folk Artist,” has been a great source of inspiration for Lisa. “Any guy who paints on barn boards is terrific in my book,” she says. Lisa shares Warren’s affinity for barn board. After selecting the right piece for the project, she sands it and gives it a base coat of paint. Working primarily in acrylics, she then paints, and after completing her project, finishes the piece with an antiquing process and a final protective coat of varnish. Lisa works from a studio in her home, often with her cat, a favorite muse, at her side.

Country Foods

Canal Towne specializes in country foods, candies and other delectables, many that are locally made. All of it meets our high standards for quality and taste. In fact, all our country foods are taste tested and approved before we carry them.

“This was our Mom’s idea!” The building alternately owned by H.R. Morris in 1838, then Joseph Holmes and James Fulton in 1870, had been run as a general store, post office and trading center. Sadly, when Holmes’ son Lyman O. retired in 1958, the store closed. Though the building remained in the family, it stood vacant for 18 years. Yet, something gnawed at family Matriarch, Doris Holmes.

She knew all too well, just what the store meant to her, to her family, and to the community where they’d built a life. So, Doris took matters into her own hands. And in 1976 Canal Towne Emporium was born and family tradition was re-established.

Doris sought the counsel of local interior designer Gary Eckhart, who removed past attempts to modernize the store and restored it to its original turn of the century atmosphere, using equipment and furnishings from the original store. Doris died in 2004, but her sons Lyman and Gary, the third generation of Holmes’ carry on.

Unique Items, Vintage, Kids, American Made

Candy

True to our roots, we have a huge candy selection set up like candy stores of old. We offer a wide selection of locally made fudge, peanut butter cups, pops and more, as well as old fashioned candies and treats including: sandy sticks, chocolate and chocolate covered treats, locally made fudge and maple sugar candy, specialty candies from around the united states and more!

True to our roots, we have a huge candy selection set up like candy stores of old. We offer a wide selection of locally made fudge, peanut butter cups, pops and more, as well as old fashioned candies and treats including: sandy sticks, chocolate and chocolate covered treats, locally made fudge and maple sugar candy, specialty candies from around the united states and more!

Jewelry

At Canal Towne Emporium we carry wide variety of jewelry featuring our collection of Irish- themed jewelry. A large number of local jewelers feature their work in our store, as well. From natural wood, beaded, and fine stones, there are many different styles to choose from.
Silver Seasons Jewelry
A world-renowned collection of nature jewelry designed by Michael Michaud and made in the northeast. Using the lost wax casting method, the designs capture all the beauty and exquisite detail of nature in metals, pearls and stones.
Renaissance Glass Jewelry
Made in North Carolina, with no two pieces being the same, each capturing the light in different ways.
Glimmerglass Jewelry
Handmade by Julie Bigger in upstate New York. Each piece of her dichroic glass jewelry is made of Julie’s own designs, from peace signs to uniforms to a variety of birds to gorgeously detailed hearts.
Amber Jewelry
Handmade and imported from Europe, each piece of this amber jewelry, which ranges from earrings and bracelets to pendants and rings is truly a one of a kind piece of nature, carefully remade by European Craftsmen.
Silver Forest
Our popular line of Vermont hand crafted jewerly, all reasonably priced from with dozens of styles and colors to choose from!
DaVinci
Build your own bracelets. Finely made and very reasonably priced, perfect for making your own statement by adding the beads and dangles of your own choosing.

Something for the whole family.

  • History Photo of the Week: The Mamakating Train station, located up the mountain between Bloomingburg and Wurtsboro. The trains for this stop came through the Bloomingburg Tunnel on their way to the Summitville station.
    May 12, 2018
  • History Photo of the Week: Wurtsboro Public School in the early 1900s. This building is now the hall for the Community Church.
    May 5, 2018
  • things are starting to bud and blossom on Sullivan Street!
    May 4, 2018
  • We're all spiffed up for Spring! This week Canal Towne received a total repainting by Straight Edge Painting of Matamoras, Pa. They did a terrific job, and we are now hard at work getting the inside up to snuff with new merchandise coming in every day!
    May 4, 2018