Twenty-five years ago, July 1996, Margaret Barclay opened the door to her lady’s boutique, “Crabapple Cottage”, in beautiful Bragg Creek. Fashion was her passion and it showed in her original, timeless designs, lovingly tagged, “Barclay”. I had the pleasure of working with Margaret for five years. She was a dear soul and deeply passionate about her boutique. Margaret and Crabapple Cottage left an imprint on my heart!
I have been the proud owner of “The Cottage” for close to five years now and as the sign above the door says, “There’s No Place Like The Cottage”. When you enter The Cottage through the green door, you will soon feel at home having entered a place that exudes kindness, peace, and loving attention for all. You will see carefully curated collections that open many possibilities for the creation of a style exactly right for you. After working with the Crabapple team, the results will leave you feeling uniquely special, and I am sure you will leave with a smile on your face.
Over the years, The Cottage has become a destination for locals and clients from all over Canada, and around the world. The patronage and loyalty of so many is greatly appreciated and I am dedicated to paying that forward anyway possible. The Cottage is committed to supporting Bragg Creek business and is a proud sponsor of many local initiatives. Some of them include the Bragg Creek Chamber of Commerce, Community Centre, Trail Upkeep, Visitor’s Guide, Taste of Bragg Creek, Bragg Creek Days, and several local Ladies Golf Tournaments, to name a few. Also support for areas such as Cochrane, Redwood Meadows, Priddis, and Millarville have been recipients of donations and prizes courtesy of Crabapple Cottage.
We have a promotion starting June 1st though July 31st that is a “Special Thank You” as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary. Wow, a quarter of a century!! Have a look at our ad in this edition for details. Visit The Cottage website at crabapplecottage.ca and feel something special. Also follow us and feel good about what is happening at The Cottage on Facebook, Instagram, the Redwood Meadows newsletter, Chatter in The Woods, and the Bragg Creek Updater.
Bragg Creek is home to many wonderful restaurants, pubs and unique shops. There are also talented local artisans that offer up their own inspiring creations. Bragg Creek is an amazing place to explore, and Crabapple Cottage is delighted to be a part of it all.
One thing I would like to share with you is the feeling women experience when they walk into The Cottage. It is all about community, fellowship, and sisterhood. The lovely ladies that come in find their best in fashion with excellent, personalized service. The Cottage staff are helpful, friendly, and bring together a passion for fashion within a safe and warm environment. As you walk in, there is a large original painting of The Cottage by our staff member, Elaine Stringer. She has been exhibiting her art for many years. See her painting here on the front cover and her artist’s statement on page four.
Come in and join us at Crabapple Cottage. You will not be disappointed! Many, including myself, consider it a Sanctuary! THANK YOU and we look forward to seeing you soon!
There’s “No Place Like The Cottage”
by Barbara Kolody