29 Forsyth Street  2017 - "Possibilities"


29 Forsyth Street

 Margaret and Bob Maynes

Margaret and Bob Maynes

In January of 1935,  Albert  Johnston Maynes (1901-1967) of Tweed purchased the Clarence William Gladney mercantile store located at 1 McGill Street and  announced that he would start operations to remodel the  store in Marmora for a five cents to a $1.00 tore.  Miss Helen Montgomery,  who was formerly employed in the Selrite Store in Tweed took charge of the new branch in Marmora.  It officially opened on April 12, 1935.

And so began the Maynes empire on Forsyth Street.  Over three generations, (Albert,  Bob and finally Julie) the Maynes family would own seven  buildings (#'s 29,  23, 21, 14,15, & 16 Forsyth St. and 1 Main St) 

 In 1949 Albert Maynes  started the construction of the new 5-$1.00 store at 29 Forsyth Street and in  1960,  the store was renovated for self-service.  In  1981,   the 5 cents to $1.00 store was moved to the site of the Plaza Theatre at 19 Forsyth Street,  by Bob (son of Albert)   and his wife,   Marg Maynes.  The store at 29 Forsyth was divided into two and rented to a variety of businesses including Homestead Bulk Foods by Janice Chrysler,   Bulk Foods with Linda Hargin and later June & Don McGibbon of Havelock on the south side.  By 1998,  the bulk food store was known as the Gingerbread House,  owned by Donna Adams,  followed by Laurie Booth-Aulthouse in 1999.    

The  north space was occupied Thompson Printing and Graphics, run by Peter Thompson and his wife,  Brenda Sanderson,    and 1990  it saw used by the Minister of Agriculture,  Elmer Buchanan M.P.P. for Hastings-Peterborough.  He was followed   in 1995  by Bill Yearwood and Craig Rayson,  who together ran a gift and flower shop known as Raywood Hill. When this business closed its doors in 2008,  Tanya Burrows opened her hairdressing salon,  known as Savelle.  

Lisa Booth and Wendy McCoy,  co-owners of Possibilities

Meanwhile at the back of the south side of the building,  Shirley Kidd opened "Your Health Naturally  in 2007, and eventually bought the building with her husband Les in 2009.   Then in 2010,  the south space was rented to "Artists in Motion"  a co-operative group of local artists and artisans. 

In 2014 the building was sold  to"Possibilities",  a  wonderful furniture and gift store that showcases the talent and creativity of Wendy McCoy and her sister, Lisa Booth,  who returned the building into a single unit.

 July 21, 1949

July 21, 1949





SOUTH SIDE                 click to enlarge                      NORTH SIDE

Above:  2017 - The results of one of the many creative classes held at "Possibilities"