Herma’s News – Fondue in the Cheese Shop, NEW Purses, Christmas Arrivals

Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes – every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man. – Orison Swett Marden

Dear Customers,

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November is an exciting month at Herma’s as our store is brimming over with merchandise, much of which is arriving daily and, of course, pertains to the holidays to come – fun gifts, magical home décor, glamorous decorations and festive cookies, candies and chocolate which are only offered this time of year.

Amongst this new merchandise is a line of NEW guilt-free fashion made of vegan materials.


Ela Handbags – Vegan Leather Collection


Humble luxury is our brand philosophy and we believe that great design and quality should be accessible. We strive to design timeless pieces that are crafted from vegan materials with the goal to make sustainability and animal-safe products the new normal. – Ela Handbags

We are very pleased to now carry Ela’s Vegan Leather Collection of handbags complete with their signature purple lining. This line of soft, beautiful leather handbags is very chic and stylish with a nod toward being kind to animals.

We carry an array of their lovely bags from their sleek Editor’s Pouch to the stylish Mini-Tote, Large Tote, Crossbody, convenient Belt Bag and more. Come and see!

Just in…Holiday Arrivals

During the past few weeks we have made mention of all the wonderful Christmas merchandise that has been arriving on our doorstep. It is so exciting for us and we hope it is for you as well. This week is no exception.

Herma’s NEW holiday arrivals are…

Marzipan-Stollen and Stollen Gateau de Noel (including Stolen Bites and Marzipan Pigs)

Shortbread House of Edinburgh (Including the traditional recipe, we also carry a range of flavoured shortbread…Warming Stem Ginger – Dark Chocolate & Orange – Rich Dark Chocolate – Shortbread Fingers – and Peppermint Bark.)

Stonewall Kitchen’s Holiday Gift Boxes

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We are pleased to offer four of Stonewall’s Gift Box Sets…

Blueberry Breakfast and Farmhouse Breakfast (contains Wild Maine Syrup, Wild Maine Blueberry Jam and Pancake & Waffle Mix with Christmas Tea Towel tucked inside.) – Salsa Collection (Mango Lime Salsa, Black Bean Salsa and Spicy Corn Relish) – Cheese Pairing Collection (Roasted Garlic Onion Jam, White Fig Spread, Sea Salt Crackers and Simple White Crackers)


Mrs. Bridge’s Holiday Gift Sets (Marmalade Collection, Condiment Collection and Breakfast Collection) – Seggiano’s Baked Fig Ballsand Sugar Sin’s Fizzy Gummies for Adults

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Coming soon! Our large variety of beautifully wrapped Panettone

Just a reminder to mark your calendars for

Herma’s 26th Annual Open House

November 23rd and November 30th, main presentation will take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gift Baskets

For those of you who would like to create  beautiful Christmas gifts that are swoon-worthy for clients, colleagues, friends, neighbors and employees, be sure to call 905-885-9250 or stop by to place your order. Gift baskets are our passion.

Herma’s Cheese Shop

Delightfully blended cheeses from England have arrived that will stimulate your creative taste buds. The combined flavours are remarkable and we believe these cheeses will be extra-special on your cheese platter for entertaining or as a fun treat in the morning.

While visiting our Cheese Shop be sure to look for these crumbly, soft cow’s milk cheeses that contain flavours like Caramelized Orange & GinCinnamon and CranberriesGinger & Jamaican RumChocolat – and Sticky Toffee.

Join us for Fondue

Fondue Presentation this Saturday 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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We have both the Fondue pot and the cheeses to go with it!

When cold weather hits, no culinary delight is more sensual and cozy than that of fondue. At Herma’s we have both the cheeses (Gruyere, Emmentaler and Fontina) and a great selection of Fondue pots of all sizes to make your fun happen. From main party feasting to side dish on an appetizer table, we have you covered.

History of Fondue 

The word Fondue comes from the French word, fondre, which means to melt. The first recipe recorded dates back to 1699 and was referred to as Kass mit wein zu kochen, meaning to cook cheese with wine.

It is said to have gotten its start when Alpine farmers in Switzerland, who needed to stretch their limited resources during winter months, would place left over hardened cheeses in a pot called a caquelon, which would have been rubbed down with garlic. A splash of wine would be added and as the cheese becomes liquid, the cheese would then  be ready for the dipping of their often-times stale, hardened bread.
This is a happy story as they turned what would have otherwise been a boring culinary experience into a special occasion.
Eventually the practice moved down the slopes and into towns where Gruyere cheese became the favourite sought-after ingredient. It was around 1875, in the French Rhone-Alpes, near the Swiss border, that the modern recipe we know today was first recorded.

Be sure to join us this Saturday to talk Fondue and to enjoy shopping in the beautiful wonderland that Herma and Gordon have created.


Meredith Ender

Communication Coordinator

Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts