Who’s Who: Emma, Susan & Carole, The Ladies of Daisy Roots
By Mike Butler
Good Day Readers, It’s the first day of spring and it’s snowing, blowing, and freezing outside. I’m from Nova Scotia so this is not unusual. I know spring is right around the corner but for now, I know where I can find some warm smiles, some springy customer service, and the feeling of fun and excitement that spring brings. Take a jaunt over to Daisy Roots in Port Williams and get acquainted with Emma, Susan, and Carole! Here’s a little bit about this wonderful shop and these wonderful ladies!
Daisy Roots has been in Port Williams for over a year and a half, after spending two years in Kentville. The location is great with lots of through traffic, and it is busy in the summer with visitors. All you have to do is pass over the Gladys Porter Bridge and Daisy Roots pops up on your right. It is conveniently located next door to The Noodle Guy, so you can grab a little coffee and lunch before hitting those deals at Daisy Roots!
The Daisy Roots space is much bigger than the previous location. The old general store, where Daisy Roots inhabits, is full of character and reflects their brand nicely. The business is run as an informal collective. There are three ladies in there, and between them, they cover three decades – each bringing her own unique style to the shop.
Emma Jones, the founder of the business, keeps her focus on vintage clothing from the 1920s to the 1980s, which is mostly still relevant today. She says, “I am always on the hunt for new pieces to add to the store and love it when someone brings in a treasure for me to pass on to a new owner.”
And then we meet Susan. Susan recently took early retirement from the banking world and knew it was now or never for her to pursue her creative interests. It turned out to be a great decision. She says, “I always planned on opening a second-hand vintage store but soon decided I did not want to do it on my own. I also love to paint and need lots of time for that. Fortunately I met Emma at a pop-up vintage night at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market and we decided to collaborate. Carol, Emma, and I each bring our own tastes and skills to the collective. We are constantly hunting near and far for the gems out there.”
And last, but certainly not least, is one of my favourite customers at TAN, Carol Carpenter. Carole states, “Over the years, I have always loved finding beautiful second-hand clothing for family and friends, so being part of the “Daisy Roots” collective is a great fit for me.”
Emma concentrates on the vintage clothing and consignment, whereas Carol and Susan focus on quality contemporary clothing for women and men. They look for high-quality brands that use natural fibres, cashmere, merino, cotton, and silk. Susan remarked that all the ladies agree that one of the best perks of the job is meeting great people and having fun helping them find the perfect item. I know from being involved with many community theatre groups that having a shop like Daisy Roots and having wonderful helpful staff has been a godsend for us when searching for a period piece outfit or vintage article of clothing for a costume.
In this North American throw-away culture, and because of fashion trends, a piece of clothing is generally very briefly worn leaving it in excellent shape to be worn again and again. When the garment falls apart it can become a piece of art or craft. The ladies of Daisy Roots have strong beliefs in reducing, reusing, and recycling what is still very good and making it affordable and useful. I have just gone through the moving process and realized how many articles of clothing I processed and it was mind-blowing. So I kept the essentials and donated the rest to places where they were needed.
Second hand clothing use is another way we can choose to be environmentally responsible and sometimes you can find real treasures at places like Daisy Roots. Let Emma, Carole, and Susan time travel you to a new wardrobe. Something timeless, unique, dapper, and fun! Visit Daisy Roots at 964 Main Street, Port Williams. Contact by phone at 902-542-2202 or check out their Facebook page! Shop local and shop economically at Daisy Roots!