Just a short drive north of Guelph, and only an hour and a half from Toronto, the historic towns of Elora and Fergus in Centre Wellington Township are a pair of hidden gems in rural Ontario. Nestled along the Grand River, these beautiful communities have two distinct personalities both full of outdoor adventure, innovative artisans, a lively culinary scene, and rich history.
In a vibrant yellow clapboard century-old building off of Church St E in downtown Elora you'll find a unique working glass studio specializing in all things glass. Husband and wife team Neil Hanscomb and Gisela Ruehe established Hanscomb Glass in 1983, and while their ornate stained glass pieces are their specialty, visitors to their store can find an array of unique art. Much of the studio creations are made from upcylced and repurposed float glass, diverted from post-consumer sources and then creatively designed into one of kind pieces of art. From stunning glass bowls and decorative wind chimes, to curvy flame blown ornaments and delicate pieces of jewelry, there's a keepsake there with your name on it.