Welcome to The Avant-Garden Shop
The Avant-Garden Shop offers homeowners and gardeners the finest in home and garden décor, gardening accessories and backyard birding supplies.
We carry four lines of puzzles. Algonquin, Indigenous collection, Galison (Michael Storrings) and Pomegranate puzzles have been restocked but are selling fast. Look under “Shop online>Toys and Games for current inventory.
Occasionally we decide to clear out items to make space for the NEW products coming into the shop. Change is good! You can now find sale items by clicking this link. Happy shopping!
During this time of uncertainty some customers are purchasing gift certificates to use at a later time or to gift to a friend. This will help with our cash flow during this extremely difficult time. You can find gift certificates on our online shop by searching “gift certificates” or clicking the link here – GIFT CERTIFICATES. Thank you for your ongoing support. We sincerely appreciate it!
We support many Canadian artists. More than 75 Canadian artists in the shop and online.
Find us on YouTube
Over 220 clips now online.
Since 2013 The Avant-Garden Shop has a feature on Peterborough’s CHEX TV. A segment called Garden Gate appears bi-weekly on Fridays at 7:50am during The Morning Show. The following week it appears a number of times during various prime time shows such as Survivor and Amsterdam. These 2-3 minute informational segments about bird feeding, gardening and fun products available in the shop can be found on our YouTube channel and also are previewed our blog.
We also Tweet on occasion. Find us @avantgardenptbo
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2022 Brenda was awarded Business Woman of the Year (Entrepreneur) by the Peterborough-Kawartha Chamber of Commerce. This award is sponsored by the Women’s Business Network, of which Brenda has been a member since 2017. Celebrating 20 years this year, Brenda very much appreciates the support of her wonderful customers, fabulous staff, many suppliers, her husband and friends. The first years were tough and the last two challenging but we persevered and came out on top.
2021 Brenda and her team were awarded the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence award for Best Retail. In 2020/2021 The Avant-Garden Shop employed 5 people part time.
2021 Brenda Ibey received the “Wild bird store of the year” award from Wild Bird Trading. This prestigious award is granted to wild bird specialty stores who have shown the highest level of excellence in the wild bird sector. The award celebrates the best in product knowledge, quality, selection and overall customer service.
2017 Brenda Ibey received the “Customer First” award from the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce at the Business Excellence awards. This award is given to a business which demonstrates putting the customer first and offering excellent customer service.
2017 Brenda Ibey received the “Hazel Wilson” award from District 4 of the Ontario Horticultural Association for 40 years of volunteering with the Lakefield Horticultural Society as well as for her work with Peterborough Garden Route, Peterborough Green-Up and the education she offers at The Avant-Garden Shop. Only one of these awards is given out within the district each year.
2014 Brenda Ibey, a long time member of The Lakefield Horticultural Society, received a Meritorious service award from the Ontario Horticultural Association for her many years of dedicated work to the society.
2013 Received a “Garden Tourism” award for “Best promotion of the Year” for a group which The Avant-Garden Shop helped to start called Garden Route.ca. See Brenda and Joe Cook from Blossom Hill Nursery accepting the award on the groups Facebook page.
2012 The Avant-Garden Shop won the BEST RETAIL BUSINESS (non-chain) at the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.
2012 The Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corp presented The Avant-Garden Shop with an EPIC Ventures Award – Entrepreneurs Proudly Investing in our Community.
More about us
Established in 2002 , we are located in downtown Peterborough in the heart of the wonderful Kawartha tourist region.
Our store is filled with an alluring collection of functional and decorative items to enhance your outdoor living and gift giving experience. As often as possible we seek out beautiful hand-made items from Canada. We also source from the US and include quite a number of Fair Trade items. We feel it is very important to support local as much as we can.
We also offer on-line shopping for a number of our products, but to fully appreciate our selection, a visit to the store is a must.
Whether it’s a gift for a friend or a distinctive item for your home, you will find something unusual and interesting at The Avant-Garden Shop.
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Check out all the Avant-Garden Shop videos on our YouTube Channel.