Since I was 6 I’ve lived in Whitby Ontario (with a 2 year stint in Toronto) and now I live next door in Oshawa (or Poshawa for you, my loyal readers!). Whitby is a beautiful town full of so many wonderful places and its where I chose to set up shop and establish Penney & Company. My goal is to establish deep roots in this community and create a gathering place for creative types seeking to express themselves through their homes. I can’t think of a prettier place to do it…here’s a taste of Whitby. And if you’re not local, you should come visit!
Whitby may have a lot of new development (seems like everyone’s caught the bug!) but it is also home to some gorgeous historic homes and neighbourhoods. Penney & Co is a short walk from most of the houses shown here.
The downtown core has some charming historic buildings, including this stretch of century homes that have been connected with a long verandah to create Pearson Lanes. Full of boutiques, salons and a tea room or two, its a very pretty place to take a stroll.
Rousseau’s is one of Whitby’s oldest and most inspiring home decor shops. Full of fine pieces and tons of fabrics and custom options, its definitely worth a visit. I’ve even used Rousseau’s pieces in House & Home photo shoots in the past!
If you are making a day of it, there are lots of great local eateries, like this converted old house called Prego for amazing Italian faire.
Historic charm meets modern achievement with old churches and civic buildings alongside futuristic spaces like the beautiful Whitby Public Library (which also has a great cafe seen here).
The Nice Bistro (Nice, as in France) is the go-t0 spot for authentic french food with the most warm and friendly husband and wife team you’ll ever meet. And the crepes!? Yum!
The downtown strip where Penney & Company, is has lots of salons and spas and interesting places to check out. There’s a fantastic cupcake shop, a seriously skilled butcher, health food shop, I could go on…
Well I’m guessing you can see why I love my hometown, Whitby and am happy to count Penney & Company as part of the local community. There’s lots to appreciate here and always more to discover. Like the lakefront! But I’ll save that for a later post…