Serenity Seeker Wandering Downtown Stirling

Photos and Story submitted by Aysha Tayab-Ratsep

The last time I ventured to Hastings County, I happened to pass by a charming street in downtown Stirling. Although I was headed in another direction, I thought to myself “I’ll have to come back here sometime.” Sure enough, I did. I spent a good portion of my day wandering around Mill Street, commonly known as downtown Stirling.

My original plan was to celebrate Creekside Yoga’s 2nd anniversary. However, as we all know, plans always change. When you have some amazing options presented to you steps away from your destination, you can’t help but enjoy them. So, I did. But first, yoga.

Creekside Yoga studio was tucked just around the corner of Mill Street. It wasn’t difficult for me to find. The cheerful balloons worked their magic.

Even though this was my first time coming to the studio and meeting the community, I was excited to be celebrating this occasion. Truth be told, this event came at just the right time for me. I was in need of a mindful recharge and yoga always helps me to achieve just that. When I stepped inside the studio, I was instantly swept with a wonderful sense of community and warmth. The space was filled with smiles, laughter, food, and an overall feeling of calm. Since this was a celebration of a local business, Creekside Yoga was also hosting a mini local vendor market. It was held in the backyard of the property. I soon found out why the space was called Creekside Yoga.

The calming feeling of the morning came full circle when I took a class in the serene studio itself.

The open and bright minimalist space truly allowed to concentrate on my practice. I then had the chance to speak with the owners of Creekside Yoga, Jess and Nate Rogers. I asked them what inspired them to start a business in Stirling Here’s what they had to say.

It’s clear that many have been drawn to their passion and that they’ve cultivated a great community. This lovely couple also shared what this 2-year celebration means to them.

After an enjoyable morning at Creekside Yoga, I was ready to explore the surrounding area. I made a stop for a cup of coffee and a light lunch at Jenny’s Country Lane Coffee Shoppe Restaurant.

It was a friendly no-frills neighbourhood joint.

The stores on Mill Street were filled with gorgeous antiques, natural bath and beauty products, boutique clothing, and everything you need for your next furniture makeover project. It’s like this street was made for me. Okay, maybe that’s a little over the top but a girl can hope right?

I ended up buying a natural soap from Stirling Chic Studio and some supplies for my next restoration project from Rustic Routes & Hi Country.

Although my trip to Stirling was on a cloudy day, it was a cheerful one. I’ll be sure to come back again for a yoga class or a nice stroll through the shops. Have you visited Stirling before? If so, share a comment with a picture tagged #HastingsCounty #comewander on our Facebook page!

Story and photographs by Aysha Tayab

Linsey De Ruysscher bio pic

As one of our six Local Wanderers exploring Hastings County, Aysha enjoys Arts and Culture, Agri-Tourism and Paddling adventures.

She grew up in a rural community, suffers from an incurable travel bug, and is an ambassador for the road less travelled.

Learn more about Aysha and her adventures as well as the other five Local Wanderers and the excursions they've experienced across the County