Living Local: Shabby Motley

Deliciousness from Shabby Motley.

Deliciousness from Shabby Motley.

This is the second post in the Living Local Series. The first post in this series featured Outspoken Brewing and can be found here.

Shabby Motley is a yarn shop, cafe, and funky hangout out space on Queen Street.  Coincidentally it is located right next door to Outspoken Brewery, which I wrote about a few weeks ago.  The store is filled to the brim with every type of fiber and yarn a crafter could ask for.  But, given how crazy long it’s taken me to approach completion of my latest knitting project I haven’t indulged in too many of the beautiful yarns offered by Shabby.  My goal is to finish using up some of the yarn I already own before I stockpile more.

But, even if you aren’t a knitter or fiber artist Shabby Motley is a pretty neat space.  They have delicious baking, locally roasted coffee from St. Joseph Island Coffee Roasters, and delicious sandwiches.  The staff are super friendly and helpful.  It’s an inviting space that makes me want to knit more every time I visit the shop.

The shop’s facebook account is also pretty awesome and hilarious at times — and they are constantly posting inciting photographs of tasty treats.  I am very happy to see a local business like Shabby thriving in Sault Ste Marie’s downtown core. Definitely a local gem.

Living Local: OutSpoken Brewing

I love finding local places that are unique, offer a great product, and owned by friendly people.  I think supporting local businesses and your local economy is important.  The “Living Local” series is inspired by this affection for local places and local products.  The series will highlight some of my favourite haunts, tasty eats, and miscellaneous local goodness.

If you hadn’t already guessed Andrew and I are beer drinkers. We recently sampled two beers from OutSpoken Brewing a microbrewery that recently opened in Sault Ste Marie.  Outspoken currently has limited storefront hours and sells by the growler and howler.  Your first growler is $20 and refills are $12-13.  We picked up two growlers from OutSpoken, one of Anvil Red Ale and one of Rabbit’s Foot IPA.

Surprisingly I enjoyed the Anvil Red Ale more than the IPA.  It was subtle, smooth drinking, and a lovely amber colour.  Andrew and I are looking forward to trying more selections from Outspoken — especially since they recently introduced expanded hours.