MANITOWANING – Erin Salomaa has been a familiar face at Manitowaning Mill Home Hardware for just over 10 years. Erin holds the title of office clerk at the busy store.
Originally from Sudbury, and with a stint in Calgary, Erin and her husband decided to make the move to Manitoulin over a decade ago to be closer to family—it’s a decision they’re glad they made.
Erin and her husband live in Tehkummah with their two dogs and four parrots. Erin explained that she developed a love of parrots while living in Calgary. “Our neighbour had a garage full of them she got me hooked! It’s like having a two-year-old forever,” she laughed. The Salomaas’ particular variety of parrot has a life expectancy of 60 years.
Erin admits to being a “homebody” who loves to spend time with her pets and tending to her garden too. (She cannot say enough about potato grow bags, coincidentally enough available at Manitowaning Mill!)
Erin says she loves the people and the community that is Manitowaning Mill. “It’s such a good place to work.”
“You don’t need to go to the big city, everything is here,” Erin reminds Island shoppers. “And if we don’t have it, we can get it.”
Remember that when you shop locally, you’re supporting friends and neighbours like Erin Salomaa.