Friday, November 1, 2019

Christmas is the Camellia, Thunder Bay, Ontario

evergreens and magnolia in planter at The Camellia, thunder Bay

Hello there! Are you planning a Winter wedding in Thunder Bay? Have you started thinking about your outdoor decor? Now is the perfect time to DIY your outdoor planters with fresh evergreens and magnolia leaves. These large planters have red Dogwood in the pretty! 

girl holding gift,

Here at The Camellia, we have a lot of gift ideas for everyone, for the Bride, for the wedding party, for Moms and sisters, and for everyone who has done so much to make your Wedding Day special. 

Paarizaat bed in a box, the Camellia, thunder Bay

For the Bride, we have Organic Cotton sheets, Paarizaat  Bed in a box mattress, weighted blankets and cooling gel Pillows. We also have Clara Clark 1800 thread count sheet sets, you can feel the softness. Come into our store, the Camellia, at 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. to try out this mattress, and a 15 lb. weighted blanket. 

Clara Clark 1800tc Bedding at The Camellia

weighted blankets at The Camellia, thunder Bay

hubby and wifey snuggling under blanket,

There is nothing better than snuggling under a warm blanket with your loved one, all relaxed because you started your Christmas Shopping early this year! 

We have all of our Wedding and Event Decor on SALE now at The Camellia. 
The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On
Open Wed. through Sunday. 
p 807-475-3551

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Staying together in Marriage for 40 years.

bride walking down the aisle, photo from

In traditional Wedding vows...there is this phrase....
'.....for Richer or poorer, in sickness and health, till death do us part." Fourty years ago, when I said my wedding vows, I was full of many emotions. Most Brides & Grooms will wonder if they are doing the right thing, if this person is THE right person for them. So many things come into play... attitudes towards money, raising children, her family, his family, jobs, stepchildren and so on. 

couple showing their hands with wedding rings

Well here we are 40 years later. Every married couple has their joys, triumphs, and their failures and not-so-great moments. No-one is perfect. We are led to believe by the media that the Perfect One exists for us, in reality, staying together requires patience, communication, compromise, and more patience. Marriage is hard work. 

couple saying vows in church

Having a renewal of Wedding vows at 25, 30, 40, or 50 years is a wonderful idea. It's something happy and positive to celebrate! 

ceremony flowers with wine barrel

Here at The Camellia, we design Wedding flowers and Flowers for Renewal of Vows ceremonies. You can also take one of our Floral Design Classes and make your own creations. 

purple and white wedding bouquet with silk flowers the Camellia

We also do Weddings for those getting married later on in this beautiful Bouquet for Miss L. One of the themes for this celebration was Butterflies, and we were able to work this sparkly Butterfly into her Bouquet. Here at the Camellia, we specialize in faux Botanicals. 

purple and white wedding bouquet with silk flowers the Camellia

couple making heart shape with hands,

If you're getting married, we wish you many years of Happiness! Visit us here at The Camellia for Wedding Flowers, special event flowers, wedding gifts, and much more. 
30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Thunder Bay. Open Wed. through Sunday. p 807-475-3551

mmap of how to get to The Camellia Highway 61, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Happy Canada Day...Canada Day hours at The Camellia, Thunder Bay, On

  Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!  

 Hello everyone! are you enjoying this beautiful warm weather we're having? Only in Thunder Bay would they issue a heat warning when the high is going to be 29C. Do you love hot weather, or do you retreat to an air-conditioned space? What is your favourite Summer activity? Hit reply to this email and let us know. 
What are your plans for Canada Day? It's easy to get complacent and take our life in Canada for granted. I have lived in Canada for almost 43 years, before that I was in British Guyana, on the north coast of South America. Lately we've been watching 'Island of Bryan" on HGTV, where Brian and his crew are rebuilding a large resort in the Bahamas. I plead guilty to moaning about how bad Canadian weather is (in the Winter), but watching Island of Bryan is a reminder of the scorpions, snakes, termites, and other unmentionables. One BIG thing we take for granted in Canada isthat we can walk into a store and there are items on the shelf to buy. This is not always the case in the Caribbean...goods are imported and have to get shipped through Miami, then it has to clear customs, etc. You can't imagine how challenging it is to make a meal missing staples like flour, and cooking oil. Third World countries are broke, quite often, with no money to import food.  Building a Home is equally difficult, trying to procure fans and A/C units. What do you LoVe most about living in Canada? 
We are OPEN Canada Day Weekend here at The Camellia. Friday 11-5, Sat. 11-5. and Sunday 12-5, Monday we are closed. 

I just want to find some ME time...Time to do all the things I want to do, the ...someday, I will....  what have you put on hold waiting for someday..? Maybe today is someday....
New shipments of COTTAGE PAINT have arrived! Those of you who have been waiting for smoothing brushes to use with Serenity, these are now in. Plus NEW Glaze and Seal product is now in stock in quart sizes.

It's always a pleasure to unpack NAPA SOAP COMPANY boxes....instant escape to Napa & Sonoma Valley, wine tours, and stopping for the most incredible Lunches, with Vineyards stretching for miles. This is the creamiest, silkiest, good-to-the-last-sliver Soap bar, and a Spa-like treat at the end of a busy day. Just arrived: we have Lather in Lavender, Vanilla Bean, Eucalyptus Spa , Buttermilk Rose, and Gar-diognier Soap. They also make a lovely hostess Gift!  

 JUST IN - More  sheets - 1800 thread count - in exciting bright colours, like aqua, turquoise, peach, lavender, navy, dark grey and sand.   When you come into the store, ask to feel our sample pillowcase.  We stock Queen sizes, but will order once a month, and can get you other sizes. . For information on prices and colours, call us at 475-3551. 
 Wondering about WEIGHTED BLANKETS? We have a 15 lb. and a 20 lb.sample in the store. I have tried them and they DO help you sleep . You can pre-order to take advantage of our special pricing. Message us or phone 475-3551. 

MONTHLY Cottage Paint Inspiration!! 
So many of you have transformed your Kitchens and Bathrooms with Serenity Cottage Paint!  We love seeing your Before and Afters, so keep sending us photos. It's amazing how much better you feel once you makeover your cabinets with Cottage Paint. We now have a Paint Tinter on site so we can now tint quarts and gallons. ( No need to go somewhere else for Tinting!) WE have cleaners, rollers, brushes, everything you need for your project is here ( PLUS How-to help). Have some free time Lunch hour time? You can now grab a Cottage Paint pamphlet, and see sample boards and a painted cabinet  at Superior Custom Granite at 645 Hewitson St. ( down from the Keg). 

   Visit our website for information at 
or phone us at 475-3551

Come Visit The Camellia.

 So often we hear.."I never seem to be able to get out to your Shop!" We know life is busy, but taking time to do something joyful for you is so worth it. We are here to inspire and help you to have a beautiful Home! We have had our store open at 30, Hacquoil Rd. for 20 years now. We are 10 minutes south of the Thunder Bay Airport, go past the Neebing Roadhouse and the Best Western Norwester Hotel, staying on Hwy. 61. Turn left onto Hacquoil Rd. we are 1.6 km. on the left. We love to see you at the store!

HOURS: Wed. 11-5, Thurs. 12-5,  Friday  11-5, Saturday 11-5,
and Sunday 12-5p. 
p 807-475-3551

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Friday, April 26, 2019

"We can't wait until this Wedding is over....! " The Camellia, Thunder Bay Wedding Florist

Sometimes in our shop, we've overheard some customers talking to one another...and the conversation goes like this: " We can't wait until this Wedding is over!"  You may have felt this way when called upon to help with someone's Wedding. Weddings have become a huge production.....Engagement parties, Shags,  Stags, Bridal Showers, Rehearsal dinners, after-Wedding Breakfasts, and the list goes on. I'm sure you can add more events to this list. It does become overwhelming for those involved. So how can you prevent things from getting to this point? 

image via WedLuxe Magazine Flower wall

Social media doesn't of over-the-top-very-expensive-things keep popping up in your feed. You have to keep one important thing in mind..what do both of you want? 

urban barn display IDS

Conflicts arise when others offer you are fine with 2 floral arrangements at the Reception, your bridesmaid thinks you should have 1 on every table. 

bedding display at IDS Toronto

This wedding is about you and your partner-to-be. Your dreams. It's not a good sign when you hear..."We can't wait until this Wedding is over...!" It would all be easy if we all lived in the same town, or we all had holidays for a month leading up to the big event. But that's not real life. We still have to work, take care of children and grandchildren, run errands and do our day-to-day. So if you are hearing this phrase, it's time to step back, take a deep breath, and see what is essential, and what can be changed. 

rose corsage The Camellia Thunder Bay wedding florist

Here at the Camellia, we design faux corsages and Boutonnieres for your Wedding. 

peony wedding bouquet The Camellia thunder Bay

We also design Wedding Flowers..these are fresh peonies and hosta leaves.
We have a limited number of wedding packages which are on sale for 40 to 50% off. Stop in at our showroom at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, Ontario ( just outside Thunder Bay).
Open Wednesday through Sunday.
p 807 475 3551

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Plan Your Day Wedding event in Thunder Bay, the Camellia, Thunder Bay Wedding Florist

bar display at Plan your Day Thunder Bay event

Hello! In February, we were lucky to be part of The Plan your Day Wedding event in #ThunderBay at the C.L.E. ( Canadian Lakehead Exhibition). It was a great chance for Brides and grooms, and their families to get help with everything Wedding!! For more information on 'Plan your Day' visit

Haven display at Plan Your Day event Thunder Bay

We only had a small window of time to run around and snap some photos of the other vendors at Plan Your Day wedding event. 

photography booth at Plan your Day event Thunder Bay

SGM designs thunder Bay

SGM designs Thunder Bay

Jess Corbett photography Thunder Bay

faux botanical wedding bouquets at The Camellia Thunder Bay

Here at the Camellia, we specialize in faux botanical wedding Flowers, and great news, we have a limited offer of 40% off some Bridal packages! 

redo your kitchen cabinets with Cottage Paint at The Camellia, thunder Bay

Having extra guests staying at your Home? If your Kitchen needs an update, and you don't want to go out and buy new cupboards( $25,000 and up, yikes!), then think about painting your Kitchen cabinets with Cottage Paint. It comes in 60 colours, and there is no need to strip the old finish off. 
Visit us here at #TheCamellia for Classes, how-to's, Cottage Paint and more! 

The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, Ontario
Open Wednesday through Sunday.
For faux botanical Wedding Flowers, visit

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Happy spring! The Camellia, Thunder Bay, Ontario

white daffodils flowering in field

It's March in Thunder Bay, and it will be  a while before our daffodils start growing, but in the meantime, we can look at cheery pics of our last year's blooms. 

flowering daffodils in field

 They are just so bright and springy! 

bouquet of spring muscari, iris from Oasis Floral
 Spring flowers are showy and colourful, like this bouquet of muscari, hydrangea, iris and other spring blooms. Are you planning a Spring wedding?  Here at The Camellia in Slate River we design bouquets of faux flowers that look real, but are not fresh. Perfect for Northern Ontario Spring weddings where the weather is unpredictable, warmish one day and freezing the next day. Yesterday it was 12 C, and today the high is 1C.

vase of spring faux flowers, the Camellia, Thunder Bay

Above is one of our real-looking ( but not fresh) Spring centrepieces, which we made for a Wedding. 

pink bridesmaid faux bouquet The Camellia

Wonder what a faux bouquet looks like? Here is a photo of a bridesmaid bouquet we designed  which is faux, and mixed with real hypericum berries and grasses. If you are someone who is allergic to pollen, faux flowers are the way to go. 

Pink flowering trees at The Camellia, thunder Bay

Come see us here at The Camellia, in beautiful Slate River Valley, in Thunder Bay. 

Hacquoil Rd. Slate River road leading to The Camellia store

We are a mere 10 minutes south of the Thunder Bay Airport, left onto Hacquoil Rd. We are #30/32 on the left side. We are open Wednesday through Sunday, generally 12-5p. 
p. 807-475-3551

Friday, February 15, 2019

The Camellia will be at Plan your Day 2019 event Thunder Bay, at the C.L.E. in the Cardinal Room

Are you attending the Plan your Day event at the C.L.E. in Thunder Bay? It happens Saturday, Feb. 16th. 2019. 

We will be in the Cardinal Room off the C.L.E. Coliseum, with a small selection of our Flower bouquets, and other Wedding decor items, at 40% off. The Marketplace is where you will find us ( Cardinal Room off the Coliseum), from 1-5. 

You can come out to our store at 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. to see our entire selection of Wedding bouquets and decor. We are open Wednesday through to Sunday. 
p . 807 475 3551.