Header photo by Monika Kraska
Being a military spouse comes with many challenges; one perk, however, is the opportunity to explore new places and uncover hidden gems, of which there are many in Trenton!
Since being born and raised in Nova Scotia and spending 11 years in Halifax, I became accustomed to the variety offered in a bigger city. We are no strangers to the transient lifestyle inherent to military life—never putting down roots in any place that we’ve lived in, never becoming regulars at a local café or restaurant.
That all changed when we moved to Trenton in 2016. My initial curiosity led me to be a tourist in my own town, which is how I came to discover some of my favourite local spots like the Grind Café, the Front Street Farmers’ Market and the ever-popular Tomasso’s. This approach allowed me to discover all that Trenton has to offer in its inviting and walkable downtown core.
Shop By The Waterfront: Downtown Quinte West
Whether I am taking a scenic walk along the Waterfront Trail, boating on a sunny day at the Trent Port Marina, enjoying local events like Hops on the Water or dining with friends on a patio steps away from the Trent River, there are many assets that have helped us build a life here. Here are but a few:
Trenton Delicatessen – Looking for a taste of Europe in downtown Trenton? Stop in and see Erin and Adam at the Delicatessen. It’s been a staple in the region for 37 years and is a must-visit shop for homemade meals and treats, as well as local and imported meats and cheeses to make one impressive charcuterie board.
Sox It To Me – You’d think the name would say it all, but this sock shop has you covered from top to toe with colourful fashions, quality brand names and incredible services to make sure its customers are well-dressed for any occasion.
Ardens Music – With walls lined with Stratocasters and acoustic guitars, it’s like walking into a guitar paradise. I was tempted to re-enact Wayne’s World during my visit and say, “No Stairway? Denied.” But I thought that might be too cliché. This place is the one-stop shop for any budding or seasoned musician.
Lottie Jones Florist Ltd. – Nothing puts a smile on my face like a beautifully arranged bouquet of fresh flowers, and Lottie never disappoints! Roses imported from Ecuador and stunning arrangements on every surface transform this flower shop into an urban jungle. I definitely don’t mind getting lost among the buds and blossoms!
J&B Books – A true book lover never passes up an opportunity to buy another—it’s just who we are! This bookstore is so much more than just ink and paper; from tabletop board games to Magic: The Gathering tournaments, there’s something for the nerd in all of us.
Emma’s Bridal Boutique – This bright and spacious boutique is effortlessly sophisticated and elegant. Owner Jennifer Putman believes that every bride should “look like an angel and feel like royalty,” and she definitely delivers. The staff at Emma’s Bridal is ready and waiting to make you feel truly like a queen!
Wish Etc… – Wish Etc… successfully wears many hats, serving the Trenton community with locally sourced art and signs, fresh flowers, refurbished furniture and décor. This newly renovated space is a hub for florists, decorators and designers looking for the perfect unique piece.
The Red Shark Men’s Wear – Residing on Dundas Street for nearly 50 years, the Red Shark is a Trenton institution when it comes to men’s wear. Their varied selection of suits, dress shirts and ties are perfect whether you’re getting ready for your big day or simply want to elevate your date-night look.