PEOPLE & PLACES
Visit Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts for your style of living and giving
Story by Linda White | Photos by Sarah Hyatt
Christmas carols like ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ provide a welcome soundtrack to holiday celebrations and with the help of Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts, you can bring that and other classics to life, beginning with holiday décor.
Five beautifully-lit Christmas trees that appear to be nestled in a bed of snow welcome visitors to this charming Port Hope shop. Christmas decorations in luxurious colours like blush, silver and gold are scattered throughout the store and sparkling gold branches add a discerning touch of glitter.
Look forward to those dear to you gathering around a festive table decorated with towering candlesticks or a candelabra and place settings in stunning colour combinations like cream with gold, gold on gold, and black with gold. Discover Portmeirion Pottery tableware and serveware from England ideal for holiday entertaining.
Hilborn Pottery ceramic serving pieces are unique and functional and include pistachio and olive dishes, as well as serving sets and platters – all handmade in Cambridge, Ontario. Imagine serving your famous English trifle in a beautiful crystal bowl and setting out floral arrangements in crystal vases. Toast the holidays with Venetian glass stemware, including wine and prosecco glasses. Hosting a cocktail party or New Year’s Eve celebration? Pamper your guests with barware perfect for those special drinks.
Even if you dream of spending at least some of the holidays curled up with a stack of books, you’ll want to surround yourself with beautiful things, such as a distressed black desk with a brass and leather chair, mercury glass, mirrored tables and hand-blown glass balls in vibrant oranges, reds, turquoises and yellows. Thymes Fraser Fir candles and diffusers set the ambience for the special moments that make up our life stories. Cozy fur, satin and leather pillows and hand-painted lamps complete your winter retreat.
Herma’s also invites you to choose from a tantalizing selection of artisan cheese and charcuterie. Make entertaining a breeze by having Herma’s talented staff prepare an artful cheese presentation using seasonal fruits, crackers, compotes and olives. They even rent cheeseboards and accessories to make your wine and cheese an elegant expression of your style and taste.
Complete your entertaining with Herma’s Signature Products, ideal as hors d’oeuvres, snacks or as an ingredient in a recipe. They’re made fresh in small batches on a weekly basis in Herma’s very own kitchen. In the shop’s early days, Herma travelled weekly to Fitz-Henry Fine Foods in Toronto to bring unique gourmet foods to Port Hope. When the Fitz-Henrys closed their doors in 2005, they agreed to share their recipes with Herma. Today, Herma’s Chicken Liver Pâté, Savoury Cheddar Spread and Beer Cheddar Spread are favourites.
“I love entertaining and I love buying beautiful things and having a shop gives you a platform to meet and connect with people,” Herma says. “If you love food and love to entertain, you like to bring those foods to the table and let people enjoy them.”
Attend Christmas open houses on Saturday, Dec. 1 (which has an Italian theme) and Saturday, Dec. 8 (which has a Dutch theme) and enjoy a sampling of delicious goodies. “Our customers from past and present always look forward to our open houses. Each one will be a little treasure,” assures Herma. As an added benefit, you’re sure to also find inspiration for custom gift baskets, such as a basket filled with a selection of pastas and sauces, olive oils and a champagne vinegar.
Since opening its doors 25 years ago, Herma’s has grown to become the area’s premier provider of gourmet foods, home décor and gifts to satisfy any budget. With an extensive selection of fine foods, exotic desserts, impeccable kitchenware, stemware, gift baskets, accessories, toiletries and homewares, it offers hundreds of gift ideas for the cook, the baker, the entertainer, the wine lover, the food lover and the client.
The Mineral B French Collection, for instance, features a long handle in the shape of the Eiffel tower as a tribute to Paris and the ‘made in France’ brand. Herma’s also offers a luxurious selection of body care products, which are a perennial favourite. Discover Jacqueline Kent Jewellery and the Thomas Sabo’s Rebel Kingdom Collection.
However you plan to celebrate this holiday season, you’ll find everything you can imagine for your style of living and your style of giving at Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts.