For a pleasant shopping outing, visit the community of Ridgeway in the western part of Greater Fort Erie. This grew up in the 1700's as a busy village serving the local farming community, mainly United Empire Loyalists. The main street here, Ridge Road, has recently undergone a complete renovation with a central square and pavilion, sidewalks and streetscaping. The store facades look festive and baskets of flowers hang from the lamp posts. Today many of the shops serve the tourist trade as well as the locals, offering gifts, crafts, antiques, art and upscale ladies wear. An excellent selection of books can be found at the Lakeside Books and Art.
A Farmers Market offers fresh produce, cheese, meats, etc. every Saturday morning from May to October. This takes place at the Friendship Trail parking lot in Ridgeway After visiting Ridgeway, head south down the Main Street and you will come to the beach community of Crystal Beach, where you can pick up gear for the beach in the small selection of shops among the local eateries. The original downtown section of Fort Erie, known as Bridgeburg, is located along Jarvis Street. This area is now mostly comprised of service businesses with a few retail stores..
Fort Erie offers 5 garden centres, all of them interesting to visit. Stop by for a browse and take home some plants for your garden or house.
Stevensville Garden Centre Stevensville Rd., Stevensville (north end) Large selection of perennials, annuals, trees, pond plants & supplies (spring and summer season). Large gift shop, gifts, home and garden decor, artificial plants, ladies fashions, and in season, a breathtaking display of decorated Christmas trees & ornaments. Open all year.
Paterack's Landscaping & Supply 1625 Dominion Rd., just west of Buffalo Rd. (south west end Fort Erie) Perennials, annuals, shrubs, pond plants, supplies, landscape materials, tropicals. Business closing, selling out remainder of stock.
The Mill Greenhouses 2594 Dominion Rd., between Ridgeway & Fort Erie Large selection of perennials, annuals, shrubs, tropicals. Open spring through Christmas.
Perennials, shrubs, large choice of annuals. Open seasonally.
Lawns and More
3977 Garrison Road, Fort Erie
Landscaping supplies, shrubs, perennials, tiki log furniture. Open seasonally.
Groceries & Basics
There are three supermarkets in Fort Erie. No Frills and Sobeys are on Garrison Rd. in Fort Erie and Valuemart is in Ridgeway. Other big box stores, including Walmart, Canadian Tire, Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharma Plus, Marks Work Wearhouse, Liquor Store and Beer Store are found along Garrison Road in central Fort Erie. Drug stores are also located in Ridgeway and Jarvis St. in Fort Erie. The Tim-Br Mart Building Centre on Garrison Road has a large selection of building supplies, hardware, bath fittings, lumber, and landscape supplies. Rona Home Hardware offering hardware and garden supplies is on Dominion Rd. at Crescent Road in south Fort Erie. Turks Lumber with a good supply of building materials on Gorham Road in Ridgeway. The main Post Offices are on Jarvis St. in downtown Fort Erie and Ridge Rd. in Ridgeway. There is also an outlet at Shoppers Drug Mart on Garrison Rd. in Fort Erie. For banking services, the TD Canada Trust and Scotia Bank are on Garrison Rd. in central Fort Erie, the CIBC is on Lakeshore Rd. in the south end of Fort Erie and in Ridgeway, the Royal Bank is on Jarvis St. in downtown Fort Erie and in Ridgeway, Bank of Montreal is on Jarvis St. in Fort Erie. And here's a bonus - there are no parking metres to feed when you go shopping. Parking to shop in Fort Erie is free every day, everywhere.
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