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Meet Angie Smith, Owner of Oats and Honey Bulk Foods

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A few years ago, Angie Smith found inspiration on a trip to New Brunswick. While visiting the rural community of St. Andrews, she stumbled upon an old-fashioned candy store. It reminded her of her childhood in Madoc when the community had a thriving bulk food store.

“There was one here when I was a kid that was absolutely amazing,” she said. After that trip, everything changed. Smith, who originally worked in retail and graphic design, decided to become a small business owner.

After her trip east, she spent six years researching, designing and planning for what would become Oats and Honey Bulk Foods.

Oats and Honey Bulk Foods carries a wide variety of ingredients for baking, soup making and cooking, as well as chocolate, tea, coffee and candy.
Oats and Honey Bulk Foods carries a wide variety of ingredients for baking, soup making and cooking, as well as chocolate, tea, coffee and candy.

Smith opened her shop on Durham Street S. in downtown Madoc in 2018. It’s hard to miss in the downtown. Painted in pea green and butter yellow, the shop has become a destination not only for bulk foods like spices, soup mixes, baking ingredients, nuts, chocolate and candy, but also for quirky and humorous kitchen accessories.

An entire wall of Oats and Honey is dedicated to unique accessories and décor with a cooking and/or baking theme. There’s also reusable water bottles, coffee and tea mugs.
An entire wall of Oats and Honey is dedicated to unique accessories and décor with a cooking and/or baking theme. There’s also reusable water bottles, coffee and tea mugs.

The store offers unique product lines from Fred and Friends, Blue Q and Danica, among others. The accessories include tea towels, mixing bowls, tea and coffee mugs, oven mitts, and more.

“Cooking sucks, you need to make it fun,” Smith joked. “Baking is way more fun than cooking.”

Smith has risen above a few challenges since opening. Her store has persevered through downtown road construction in 2019, and now a pandemic in 2020. But, that hasn’t stopped the flow of traffic. In fact, the shop was wildly busy throughout COVID-19 due to locals looking for baking supplies to bake their own bread and other items.

“Now everyone is canning and pickling,” she said, so customers are finding what they need at her store. Overall, the community support and response has been great, she said.

“Everyone comments on how nice it is, and how clean it is, and there’s a pretty good variety,” she said, adding her clientele is always offering suggestions on what products to carry.

“I’m always sourcing out new things,” she said. “I have a list and I tick off the products as people mention them. If I get to the magical number, I bring it in.”

Living and working in a small community means Smith can accommodate the needs of her family and live less than five minutes from her shop. On occasion, her family joins her at the store to help out, and other businesses on the street communicate and promote one another.

“We’re a tight community here and we all like to support each other,” she said.

For more information on Oats and Honey Bulk Foods, follow Smith on Facebook.

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