Christmas in the Heart of Downtown Cornwall

September 28, 2021
By Lesley McDougall

Cornwall Ontario – When you meet husband and wife duo, Mary Vallieres-Ethier and Edgar Ethier, owners of Three Belles Christmas Fantasy, it is clear they have a true passion for the holiday season and for the joy that it brings to others. The duo opened a Christmas boutique in Downtown Cornwall earlier this year, and they are currently preparing for a busy festive season with increased inventory and extended store hours.

Three Belles Christmas Fantasy

The 1500 sq foot shop is divided into 3 rooms. As you browse around the store you can shop ornaments from off the Christmas Trees and select from a wide range of garlands, wreaths and bejewelled festive displays. A large portion of their inventory is made by hand; Mary has been making Christmas ornaments for over 45 years and is proud to pass on the craft to the next generations of her family. She believes that the uniqueness of handmade is far more expressive than some of the pre-made ornaments typically in stores and hopes others will appreciate the individuality. Edgar has a real-life Santa’s workshop set up in a back room where they can build and tweak their handmade creations. It really is a family affair.

Eleven-year-old granddaughter Tamya was the inspiration behind the business and helps with making the decorations and with operating the store.

“We wanted to teach our granddaughter how to run a business and give her that opportunity,” said Mary. “She’s very smart, a leader and has a head for business, so we want to encourage her by teaching her how to operate a business and manage the books.”

Even Santa’s elves would be impressed by the determination and efforts of Mary, Edgar, Tamya and other family members who put in extremely long days to prepare their boutique. The couple navigated several pandemic challenges and delays along the way, but are happy with the outcome and to have the opportunity to share their dream with others.

The boutique welcomes children and kids at heart as Mary and Edgar wanted to create a space for people to embrace the magic of the season.

“Christmas is a time for us to be jolly,” said Mary, “and we are happy people.”

In addition to the handmade selections, Three Belles Christmas Fantasy offers a range of traditionally produced ornaments and decorations in order to cater to all Christmas shoppers. Beyond the holiday season, the boutique will offer a small selection of décor for other celebrations such as Halloween and Valentine’s Day.

Three Belles Christmas Boutique is located at 8 Third Street West in downtown Cornwall. The store is open Monday thru Wednesday from 10am to 5pm, Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 7pm and on Saturday from 10am to 5pm. You can reach the store at 289-930-0103

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