It’s a sweet addition to downtown Huntsville: famous Canadian pastries company, BeaverTails, recently opened at the corner of Main Street and Brunel Road.
The shop is the first BeaverTails location in Muskoka, and one of more than 150 around the world.
Franchise owner-operator Michelle Hill and her family recently made the move to Muskoka. Her husband arrived first to open his own business; Hill and her two daughters joined him this past spring.
Hill has always loved Muskoka, and with her entrepreneurial spirit she wanted to find a business that also matched the community’s spirit.
“To me BeaverTails was the perfect fit—it’s so ‘Muskoka’,” said Hill. “We wanted to be a part of the downtown community and BeaverTails caters really well to walk-in traffic. It truly is the best location for us.”
Hill and her daughter Lauren will be in the shop full-time and her oldest daughter, Taylor, will also be popping in to help on her days off.
A BeaverTail is often described as a flat donut. It can be dressed with a variety of themed toppings, including Apple Pie, Oreo, and Strawberry Cheesecake.
The most popular in the shop so far: Bananarama (chocolate hazelnut spread and bananas), The Classic (cinnamon and sugar), and the Hazel Amour (chocolate hazelnut spread with icing sugar).
The Huntsville shop is also the first among the company’s 150-plus worldwide locations to offer the Ice Cream Parlour range, a collection of classic ice cream products, including sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, and floats, served with a BeaverTails twist.
If sweets aren’t for you, there are a few savoury options to choose from as well, like the BeaverDog, a Nathan’s all-beef hot dog wrapped in a BeaverTail; the Poutail, poutine on a BeaverTail; and the SayCheese, a giant mozzarella cheese stick with a BeaverTail pastry coating.
“We have been open less than a week and already feel so welcomed here, it’s been amazing,” said Hill. “People have been lined up out the door.”
Customers have been both returning BeaverTail fans as well as newbies who have never even heard of them before, she added.
The decor in the new location differs from what you’d usually find in a BeaverTails shop as the company has recently elevated its branding. However, there are still some classic touches including a vintage canoe hanging in the seating area.
BeaverTails Huntsville is located at 69 Main Street East and is open every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
They are looking for full-time, year-round employees. If you think you’d be a fit, inquire at the shop.
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