Author: Kimberley Falk
Building and Growing Community From the Ground Up
Photos Stephen Wild
A family-owned meat shop north of Kingston going into their seventh year of operation has become a staple of many people’s weekly grocery trip, and a destination business.
Just a short drive up Highway 38, Gilmour’s on 38, owned by Nick and Jim Gilmour, is worth the drive for their meat selection alone, although they have so much more to offer.
With specialty items, local produce and dairy, as well as a hot food to-go counter, you’ll definitely find what you need from a business that prides itself on giving back to the community.
Growing up working in his father’s butcher shop, Nick inherited his father’s knowledge and entrepreneurial gene at a young age.
“My dad has been in the business for a long time, previously owning a business in Bellville, which he sold in 2010,” he says. “I have always wanted to be in business for myself, saw an opportunity in South Frontenac and acted upon it.”
Quickly continuing to gain popularity and partnerships, Gilmour’s on 38 has been working hard to keep up with customer demand. A recently-launched online ordering platform, which may include delivery in the future, lets you purchase anything from dairy and produce to their famous kebabs and St. Louis Smokehouse steaks, so you can conveniently order in the morning and pick up on your drive home.
There are also big ideas in the works for a commercial development to be built that will expand the size and capabilities of Gilmour’s on 38.
The expansion will allow other businesses to join them to serve the community in one place.
“We place customer service at the top of our list,” says Nick.
Gilmour’s on 38 has promoted integration, community awareness, and shopping locally since its beginnings in 2013. Through their generous sponsorships and events, such as barbecues on location, Gilmour’s on 38 continues to build the trust and appreciation of the community and their customers.
“We support local small businesses and initiatives, such as the Verona Community Association, Frontenac Fury, and Winter Warmth, and we have businesses partnerships with Go Italian, Greek Town, Cheesecakery [Bakery], Sun Harvest Greenhouses, Gray’s Groceries, and Cota’s Mobile Catering and Barbequing,” Nick says.
Gilmour’s on 38 may be setting the threshold for more small businesses to develop outside of the city limits.
“The Frontenac area has grown so much since we opened. There are more businesses coming out our way,” he says. “People aren’t as scared to open up in rural communities now, and both the communities of Frontenac and Kingston are great at supporting local businesses.”
“Kingston has the best local restaurants in Ontario, run by great entrepreneurs,” he adds. “We are so proud to be part of a community that has supported us from day one and we will continue to give back to the community in any way we can.”
Gilmour’s on 38
5062 Highway 38, Harrowsmith