Michele Kadwell-Chalmers

      Owner   –    The Original Flame

      Michele’s  Words :          Courageous         Resilient         Compassionate

      Michele’s  Story :  

      I am the owner of The Original Flame, a fireplace boutique shop in Peterborough, ON.

      I have always been shy & quiet but love people, so I ended up in sales!    I have sold, everything from pet caterpillars to Kool-Aid when I was a kid, to motorcycles & ATVs  and finally settled on  fireplaces.

      I absolutely love selling fireplaces as they bring so much comfort & beauty to a room.  I have been in the fireplace industry since 1993 and found it  was very male-dominated.   Showrooms were all about heat & efficiency; looks didn’t matter. So after many years, I decided that I wanted to open a stylish store where women felt comfortable asking questions and shopping for a beautiful focal  point for their homes.

      With my love of art, I am able to sketch design ideas to assist clients in deciding what will work best in their particular situation. It is truly wonderful to sit with someone to design a fireplace wall in their home that family & friends will gather around for years to come.

      Fireplaces really are a comfort to your soul and a great way to reflect, so when I wanted to give back to my community, I decided to support YWCA Crossroads as well as Hospice Peterborough.