Friday, May 4, 2012

fashionable fredericton

This week Fredericton hosts delegates from across the country for the Travel Media Association of Canada annual conference.  Each day I'm going to be sharing one of my favourite things about my little corner of the world.

This was supposed to be Thursday's post but by day I work at Theatre NewBrunswick and last night we unveiled our upcoming 2012-2013 season so things were a bit hectic.  Working at a theatre, one of the first questions I get from visiting actresses is ‘Where is the best spot for vintage fashions?’   Fredericton is home to a number of spots for vintage and consignment fashion (check out Reneu in the Tannery while exploring downtown for cute vintage and fashion forward local designs) but I always send curious fashionistas to Lovely Betty  in Marysville (277 Canada Street.)

This 19th century home is a two-storey treasure trove for vintage lovers.  Owner Tina Robinson learned an appreciation for fine fabrics - wool, silk, cashmere – and certain classic styles growing up in her mother’s British Woolens store.   With a fashion editor’s eye, she chooses and displays an eclectic mix of vintage and new items. Plan on spending lots of time exploring - eight rooms of clothes, shoes and accessories can keep a girl busy!

While visiting Lovely Betty, take the opportunity to explore historic Marysville one of Canada's National Historic District which was recently short-listed as one of Canada’s great neighbourhoods. Located on both sides of the beautiful Nashwaak River, Marysville was developed as a planned community at the height of the industrial revolution by cotton mill owner Alexander "Boss" Gibson .   The mill (now converted to provincial offices), the brick duplexes which housed the workers, the stately homes of the mill managers on 'Nob Hill' remain intact making it unique in Canada. This year the community marks the 150th year since Boss Gibson arrived on the Nashwaak,

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