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Digital Subscriptions > Cottage Life > EARLY Summer 2018 > The QUEEN Bee


It’s a true labour of love: this cottager went all in at the lake and transformed the struggling store of her childhood into the buzz of Georgian Bay
Photography Daniel Ehrenworth
”We sell a lot,” says Lauren Patchett. This includes clothing, decor, artwork, books, jewellery, and specialty grocery items—even fresh foods and frozen meals. And the water-side yoga? “It brings people together,” she says. So does standup paddleboard yoga; the Hive offered clinics last summer.

A part - time job could have been an unambitious gig, were Lauren Patchett an unambitious person. When Lauren was 16 years old, she took up a summer job, working at a quiet little shop in Honey Harbour, Ont., a 15-minute drive from her family’s cottage. It was meant to be an easy job to fill up the long summer days, something to occupy her time when she wasn’t swimming in the shimmering waters of Georgian Bay or hiking amidst the pine trees, before returning to the city in the fall. A typical job for a teenager. Only a few years later, however, she would own the place.

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Love is in the air—and in the pages of the Early Summer issue of Cottage Life. Our readers’ sweetest (and silliest) romance stories from the lake Inspiring design ideas from three cozy little love shacks Tips for getting along with your neighbours The inside scoop on the (surprisingly frisky!) cottage critter dating scene Our essential guide to keeping the cottage in the family An easy, casual tostada feast to feed all your loved ones—even the ones with dietary restrictions Summer projects to show your love: a bee box for troubled pollinators, a nature-inspired centrepiece for a cottage wedding, and a dock staircase that’s good for Grandpa, kids, and pets The inspiring story of a cottager who, at 22, brought the struggling lakeside store of her childhood back to life Intel on the new tribunal that’s replacing the OMB and how cottagers can help steer their lake’s development Pick up the Early Summer 2018 of issue of Cottage Life for tips and ideas to make this your best season yet.