The official opening of the railway occurred in 1854, when it ran from Prescott all the way to Bytown. When the railway came to Gloucester and the Osgoode Township in the late 1850s, the Village of Manotick Station became highly significant, as it was the first established station.
The station was a small, two-storey building that consisted of a living quarters, a telegraph station and a post office. The building was owned by the Fitzsimons Family who also operated a general store at the station. In c. 1885, the T.N. Johnson family began to occupy the station, as they ran the post office.
In the 1870s, the general store at the station was purchased by William Burns, although the T.N. Johnson family continued to inhabit the station until 1922, after Alexander Potvin purchased the store from Burns in c. 1920. At the station, Potvin operated a feed depot, a gas station and the general store.
It was during this period that the store underwent a historical robbery. Potvin had been selling farm implements to his nephew when two masked robbers entered the store. The two Potvins were tied up and looted while being held at gunpoint. While the felons helped themselves to food from the store, Potvin’s nephew managed to work his hands loose and wrestled a revolver from one of the gunmen upon their return. He then chased the looters down the railway tracks with their own gun.
In the late 1920s, the original building was replaced by the Kemptville railway station house.
During the prohibition era, Manotick Station played a key role in the exportation of moonshine. The village was known as the Pokey Moonshine settlement and it was a great exporter of “tea.”
After the prohibition and the wartime period, The Bakker family purchased the general store in the 1960s and has operated it ever since. It is now run by Henry Bakker and his family, and it is located right next to the Third World Bazaar, which is operated by his brother, Dick Bakker.
Roots and Shoots, the organic gardeners, have expanded their production significantly. They are selling their vegetables at several market locations and to a larger number of Community Supported Agriculture patrons. Robin Turner, and his team, can be found this summer and fall at a number of Farmer's Markets (Lansdowne on Sunday's, Kanata on Saturday's, and Thursday's 4-8PM at Bakker's General Store and Mountain Equipment Coop in Westboro. Tasty, nutritious vegetables from the fields of the Third World Bazaar.
The Third World Bazaar is a family business that purchases products from around the developing world and sells directly to consumers in the Ottawa area. We operate a Bazaar over a six week period where our products are sold in a large barn, with a festive atmosphere. We bring to our customers a wide range of exotic and interesting home décor, garden, musical instruments, art, furniture, and a wide range of other products. We buy the majority of our products directly from the Artisans and Craftsmen in the source country. We try to maintain very low operational costs; for example we handle all shipping and transportation ourselves; wherever possible we reuse packaging and integrate old materials into our operation. This is a barn we are operating from! This allows us to pay fair prices to the producers, buy in reasonable volume, maintain product variety and remove the various middlemen. Core to our business success is maintaining a good relationship with our suppliers, paying them a good, fair rate and providing advice on changing trends in Canada. Many of our suppliers have been selling to the Third World Bazaar for over 20 years. This form of commerce is often called "Fair Trade". The Third World Bazaar is a family operated business, run by Peggy & Dick Bakker, together with their children; Case and Anneka. Up to 2003, the business had been operated in the Kingston area by Paul and Evelyn Gervan (Peggy's brother).
The new owners have carried on a similar business model of direct purchasing and direct retailing. Peggy and Dick are continuing to purchase from many of the same Artisans Paul and Evelyn had supported. The business is now situated next to Bakker's General Store which is operated by Henry Bakker (Dick's brother). Yes, lots of family involved here! Over the past five years the Bakker family has traveled to, and purchased directly from producers, in Vietnam, Bangladesh, Namibia, South Africa, Kenya, Guatemala, Indonesia, Cuba and Thailand. We also supplement our inventory with purchases from wholesalers who travel to other countries. Where possible we attempt to buy from importers with similar business practices. We also source certain craft items from Canadian producers directly. During our travels we attempt to source products that reflect our interest in culture, craftsmanship and history. The world is a varied and interesting place with many different things to offer; we hope you can find something that reflects your interests as well, at the Third World Bazaar. Packing Shipping product around the world involves a lot of packing materials. This year we have made an extra effort to reuse as much of the original packing material as possible. This does involve a little extra work and organization on our part, but it also reduces costs, lowers waste and enables us to keep our prices low. We hope you will understand and appreciate why your art work is wrapped in reused paper or plastic.
Grazing Days has expanded their herd to 30 heads of grass fed Black Angus cows. You can see the ladies munching away in the fields at the corner of Mitch Owen's and Bowesville. The fields have been divided into many separated paddocks; the cows are moved daily to ensure they have fresh, highly nutritious, grass. These are the best fed cows you will meet!