How Rustics By The Bay was born

rustics by the bay

A Mitchell’s Bay business owner answered a calling to create one of Chatham-Kent’s most unique shops.

Initially, Leslie Janssens opened up a hair salon about a year and a half ago.

“I was always creative,” Leslie said. “Blair who is with me is always creative. We ended up bringing pieces in here and it seemed to be like a calling kind of thing. We are really enjoying it. Then we went out and found a few things and brought them in. I wanted to utilize this space.”

From there, Rustics By The Bay was born.

“The girl that was in here in the massage part had left so I moved the salon back there and we thought ‘let’s turn the front into something.’ We came up with the name because we are into a lot of barn board and drift wood… that rustic home stuff,” Leslie said.

“We decided ‘let’s take a stab at it.’ So it will be a year in January that we have been focusing on this part of the store. It’s one of the stores you come into and you are not just honing in on a couple of things. There is a little bit for everybody.”

Leslie said they are excited for their first Christmas event for the store, taking place November 7th.

“We have had a lot of people come in from all over,” she said. “A lot of people come in that have never been to Mitchell’s Bay before. I found that incredible.

Leslie said they do a lot of the work at home still and they also have suppliers that ship items in.

Rustic’s By The Bay features unique custom barn board and driftwood pieces, home décor, scarves, candles, mancave items, signs, gift ideas, and chalk painted pieces. They are located at 20 Main Street in Mitchell’s Bay. You can reach them by calling 519-784-7271 or give them a ‘Like’ on Facebook.

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